New Orleans-based draft analyst Mike Detillier came out with his top 45 NFL prospects yesterday.
That’s a figure that carries into the middle of the second round.
Detillier had the three Ole Miss underlcassmen going off the board in the first 11 picks. He lists Laremy Tunsil at No. 1, Laquon Treadwell at No. 9 and Robert Nkemdiche – in spite of his Atlanta problem – at No. 11.
No other school has three players in Detillier’s top 11. Notre Dame has two in the top 10.
What also stands out to me on the list is No. 16, Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, and how the Rebels handled him in the Sugar Bowl.
Ogbah (6-4, 275) went into the game with 13 sacks, third nationally. A senior from Houston, he had 28 career sacks to lead all active NCAA players.
More impressive about Ogbah was the consistency he’d shown. As his defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer told us prior to the game, Ogbah wasn’t one who amassed big numbers in non-conference games and let those stats carry him for the season. He was a guy who showed up in every game.
Ogbah had totaled at least one sack in 16 of his 20 previous games, and he’d been involved in a sack in the other four games.
The Oklahoma State bowl guide highlighted Ogbah’s performance against Texas Tech tackle Le’Raven Clark, projected as a fourth-round draft pick. Ogbah had seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.
He had at least one sack against the Baylor and Oklahoma offensive lines.
Against Ole Miss Ogbah was credited with three tackles and one pass break-up. No sacks, tackles for loss or pressures, which are the calling cards of a defensive end looking to break into the NFL.
When Tunsil came off his seven-game suspension his first challenge out of the gate was Texas A&M end Myles Garrett which Tunsil passed with flying colors.
A&M didn’t move Garrett around much. He was mostly lined up against Tunsil.
That wasn’t the case with Ogbah. He moved to different sides of the field. I didn’t see him lined up in the middle much. Some blocking assignments had him matched up against guards, but he was largely the responsibility of Tunsil and Fahn Cooper.