Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Cedric Ogbuehi


With the NFL draft as the next major happening for the NFL and the Buffalo Bills, as there is not a lot of news coming out of One Bills Drive at this time, and we are still waiting on the announcement of what the Buffalo Bills are going to be doing as far as Charles Clay goes, let’s start to take a look at some of the possibilities for the Buffalo Bills at the offensive line position in this years draft.  

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The Buffalo Bills are set to pick 50th at this point and with a low stock in the free agent market as far as offensive lineman go, they will most likely be looking towards the draft to bring in some prospects for the offensive side of the ball.

Cedric Ogbuehi, is really the first guy that could be there at 50 for the Buffalo Bills.  Ogbuehi is an offensive tackle and has a draft grade of a 5.91.  Grades in the draft range from 0 to 10 with 9.0-10 being a once in a lifetime player.  Most of the players that we will look at over the next couple of days will be in the high 5 range, which classify all of these players as having a chance to be an NFL starter.  This range is from 5.50-5.99.

Most of the first round lineman have a grade of 6.0-6.49, with the highest being Brandon Sherff at a 6.4, which classify these players as an instant starter in the NFL.

As far as Cedric Ogbuehi goes, he was part of the offensive line that protected Johnny Manziel. He tore his  ACL in the bowl game against West Virginia, but was able to start 13 games for the Aggies with 11 of them being at left tackle and 2 being at right tackle.

Some of his strengths and weaknesses are…

"Gifted athlete with foot quickness and ability to move easily in space. Has feet to slide and meet speed rushers. Easy weight shift to recover against counter moves. Is a second-level winner. Gets on top of linebackers quickly and can adjust in space to moving targets.Functional power and anchor are legitimate concerns. Technique flaws make pass protection harder than it has to be. Football leverage isn’t as good as expected. Doesn’t play with enough bend at impact. His punch in pass pro can be woefully mistimed and he plays with wide hands and some wasted motion in setup.NFL.com"

He is compared to Eugene Monroe as a player.

The bottom line, as far as NFL.com is concerned is…

"NFL evaluators are very worried about Ogbuehi’s core strength and ability to anchor in pass protection, but some of his anchor issues could be improved with technique work — especially where his hands are concerned. He should be a plus run blocker, especially on stretch plays, but needs to add strength and work on technique if he is to reach his play potential. Ogbuehi’s bowl-game injury could hurt his draft standing, but his traits and potential might be able to keep him in the first round.NFL.com"

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