Oklahoma State Football: Emmanuel Ogbah Excelling in NFL


Former Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is having a solid rookie campaign with the 0-14 Cleveland Browns and looks to be improving every week.

When your team has not won a game all season, there are not many players on the roster who are performing on a high level. Such is the case with the Cleveland Browns, who at 0-14, may be on their way to joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go win-less in a 16 game NFL season.

While his defense struggles around him, former Oklahoma State Cowboy Emmanuel Ogbah is performing at a high level in his rookie season in the NFL. Ogbah currently has 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks. His sack total leads all Cleveland Browns defenders. That number is also good for 2nd among rookie defensive lineman and 4th among rookies overall.

After a brief switch to outside linebacker in OTAs, Ogbah moved back to defensive end in training camp after an injury to 31-year-old defensive end Desmond Bryant. Much more comfortable in his old position rather than a new one, Ogbah has pleased Browns fans with his play so far this season.

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  • Ogbah has been a lone bright spot for the Browns defensive line as they rank dead last in sacks in the NFL. Ogbah has made a considerable difference for the Browns with his 5.5 sacks making up 1/4th of the team’s total sacks. His ability to get pressure on the quarterback has impacted a unit which not much has gone right for.

    Despite his contribution, the Browns defense is still ranked 31st in the NFL in opponent yards per game and opponent points per game.

    The second round draft pick was just one of many rookies that the Browns expected to make an impact on their season this year.

    With his play through 14 games, it would be hard to argue any of the other rookies are more important to this team and the future of the franchise.

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    Hopefully Ogbah will take a big step in his game next year, as the 6-foot-4 275-pound pass rusher has all the tools to become an pro bowl caliber defensive end in this league.