2021 NFL Draft: Amen Ogbongbemiga Player Profile

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Amen Ogbongbemiga 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6’1

Weight: 231 lbs.

School: Oklahoma State University

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Amen Ogbongbemiga 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Overview

Born on September 4th, 1998 in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbongbemiga originally relocated to Houston, Texas, before finally settling in Alberta, Canada. He attended and played at Notre Dame High School where he completed 214 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, seven sacks, nine forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. As a senior, Ogbongebmiga was named First-Team All-District and his team’s MVP. He also was a three-time honor roll selection who also competed in track and field. 247Sports.com rated him as a three-star prospect, and he was recruited to Oklahoma State University by cousin Emmanuel Ogbah.

In his first year, Ogbongbemiga was redshirted. The following season, he completed 11 solo and five tackles. He had his season-best five tackles in one game against Pittsburgh. Ogbongbemiga received First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors During his sophomore season, Ogbongbemiga completed seven solo and five assisted tackles with one and a half sacks. He received First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the second consecutive year and received the OSU Outstanding Special Teams Player Award.

In his junior season, Ogbongbemiga completed 63 solo and 37 assisted tackles with five sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception of four yards. He also had one punt return of 10 yards. The coaches nominated him to the Second-Team All-Big 12 and he was nominated as team captain by his teammates. He was selected to the First-Team Academic All-Big 12 for the third year in a row as well as being a recipient of the OSU Leslie O’Neal Award for being the MVP of the defense. Ogbongbemiga led his team with five sacks and was ranked #13 in the Big 12. Additionally, he led his team with 15.5 tackles for loss and was ranked fifth in the Big 12.  He ranked second on the team in tackles with 100 while ranking sixth in the Big 12. Against Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl, Ogbongbemiga set a career-high in tackles with 12.

During his senior year, Ogbongbemiga completed 50 solo and 30 assisted tackles with two and a half sacks and three forced fumbles.

Strengths

  • Good speed and athleticism
  • Good range and coverage
  • Good vision and instincts
  • Good endurance and durability
  • Good tackler

Weaknesses

  • Needs improvement in strength
  • Sometimes too patient or hesitant
  • Needs to improve in avoiding blocks
  • Not a lot of production during his college career
  • Had problems when the play went downhill

Player Comparison: David Long Jr.

Teams With Need At Position: Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings

Draft Projection: Sixth Round

Bottom Line on Amen Ogbongbemiga

Ogbongbemiga is a good, aggressive run defender who needs to needs to improve his reaction time and awareness. He has shown great play on special teams, and this asset may bump him up a round in the draft. Due to his speed, range, and coverage, Ogbongbemiga fits best in a four-two-five defense scheme where he is able to attack quickly instead of having to read the play. He projects as an inside linebacker with the ceiling of a backup.

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