One, prospect who the Denver Broncos could show interest in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. He is a 6'5", 307lb offensive tackle who is considered one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. Ogbuehi is ranked as the 99th overall prospect in the 2015 draft by CBS Sports and is ranked as the 9th overall offensive tackle in the draft.
In 2014 Ogbuehi was named third-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC. Started all 13 games for the Aggies, including 11 at left tackle and two at right tackle. Tore his ACL in the bowl game against West Virginia.
Offensive tackle, Senior, Texas A&M
Height: 6'5" Weight: 306lbs 40 time: N/A
Arm Length: 35 7/8" Hands: 10"
Bench Press: 23 reps
* Did not participate in Combine or Pro Day workouts because he is rehabbing a knee-injury.
- Athletic. Moves easily in space and has a quick first step
- Has long arms(nearly 36") and strong hands
- Has very good foot speed
- Wins consistently in the second level
- Plus flexibility
- Can play either tackle position
- Powerful player
- Very good run blocker
- Capable of recovering if initially beaten off the snap
- Matched up against top pass rushers in college and performed well
- Keeps feet moving through contact on zone plays and sustains blocks until he wins
- Has strong, consistent effort even on the back side of the play. Hustles down field into and beyond the second level looking for bodies to hit.
- Suffered a torn ACL during the aggies Bowl game
- Functional strength is a concern
- Needs to work on his technique/hands
- Concerns about him anchoring in the passing game
- Plays too high
Does Cedric Ogbuehi fit with the Denver Broncos?:
He would be a good fit.
After speaking with multiple teams I have no doubt that Ced Ogbuehi's ACL tear will NOT keep him out of the first round. He's going in 1st.— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 7, 2015
Ogbuehi's skill set fits perfectly into Kubiak's offense. He has plus athleticism, a good run blocker, good second-level blocker, and versatile(played both LT and RT).
The big question here is how quickly can he recover from the ACL injury he suffered during Texas A&M's bowl game? NFL Networks Lance Zierlein who is reliable as they come has heard from teams that despite his knee injury that he is going in the first-round.
What will be key here is how his medicals look. ACL injuries aren't nearly as bad as they used to be(look at Von Miller and Chris Harris this past year), so there's a chance he'll be healthy enough to participate during some portion of camp. Taking a player recovering from an ACL injury in the first round would be something you don't see often.
Other than his injury he will need to work on his technique and functional strength to reach his full potential.
I personally would like this selection if he's recovering well from the injury. I was hoping that the Broncos would be able to select him in the 2nd round, but that doesn't appear likely at this point.