According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos are expected to visit with former Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi next Tuesday.
Cedric Ogbuehi will join the long list of offensive tackles who the Denver Broncos have been showing interest in this offseason. They have had Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings in for a pre-draft visit as well as Colorado States Ty Sambrailo. They have also met with the likes of D.J. Humphries and La'el Collins at other times during the process this offseason.
It really should not come as a huge surprise that the Broncos will be showing interest in Ogbuehi. He is an ideal fit for Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system. He has long arms, athletic, light on his feet and a strong run blocker. Unfortunately for Ogbuehi, he suffered a torn ACL during the Aggies’ Liberty Bowl win against West Virginia on December 29th. This injury has hurt his draft stock a bit.
If healthy Ogbuehi would have probably would be a top 15-20 pick this year. He was expected to declare for last year's NFL Draft, and if he did he was considered a top 15 lock by many.
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
The big question with Ogbuehi is where in the draft will he go? Originally I believed he was a mid to late second rounder because of his injury. However, this might not be the case. According to NFL Networks Lance Zierlein who is considered of the more respect draft guys out there, Ogbuehi is going in the first round.
- 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 the 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
To check out my full scouting report on Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, click here.
Each team is allowed up to 30 visits with draft prospects, so I would expect to see a few more of the top offensive tackle prospects to make their way through Dove Valley in the next two weeks. As I said prior they have already met with Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings and worked out Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo already. Florida's D.J. Humphries, Oregon's Jake Fisher, and LSU's La'el Collins are among the names we could see visit the Broncos in the near future.