Updated Dec. 31, 2015
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
Sources tell WalterFootball.com that Oklahoma State junior defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah plans on skipping his senior season and declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. Ogbah and his family have been interviewing agents ahead of his Bowl matchup against Ole Miss with star left tackle Laremy Tunsil taking on Ogbah. In speaking with sources at NFL teams, they believe Ogbah will be a first-round pick.
In 2014, Ogbah broke out for the Cowboys with 11 sacks, 49 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes batted. He had a coming-out party to open the season against Florida State and left tackle Cam Erving, a first-round pick of the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. As a junior, Ogbah recorded sacks in all but one game this season. He has 61 tackles, 17.5 for a loss, three forced fumbles and 13 sacks entering his Bowl matchup with Tunsil and Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder has a nice skill set with speed and strength. After a fast start to the year, Ogbah cooled some in the second half, so an impressive game against Tunsil could really send a jolt into his draft stock. Sources say that Ogbah and his family are advanced in his agent interview process and he is firm in his plans to skip his senior year and enter the draft.