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DT Vince Oghobaase Highlights/Lowlights 2009/2008 Duke (via ProDraftParty)


Vince Oghobaase, Duke, DT/DE, 6-5  303

Played in the interior at DT during college, but the general consensus seems to be that he would be most effective as a 3-4 DE.  He's tall with long arms, which will allow him to stack and shed blocks.  He's very athletic for a man of his size and he gets off the snap with pop, allowing him to get into his opponents and often knock them backwards.  He has the strength to generate a good push, and the long arms and athleticism to shed blocks and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

He was a highly touted prospect prior to entering Duke.  After a pretty good junior season where he logged 9 tackles for loss (TFL) and 6 sacks, expectations were high for a big senior season.  However, after dealing with a knee injury throughout the season, he was only able to play in 8 games and his stats (7.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks), along with his draft status, suffered as a result.  Prior to the 2009 season, Vince was widely projected as a first round pick.  But after last season's struggles, he now isn't expected to come off the board until the 4th round at the earliest.

He seems to have gotten the "bad motor" label by many of the prognosticators.  But some have explained, and I tend to agree, that this seems to be the case with many of the taller prospects who are long striders. 

Here is Chris Kouffman's take from Universal Draft:

From what I have seen of Vince Oghobaase over the years, and I am not just talking about the Army game but also work against North Carolina, Clemson, NC State, Navy, etc., that hellish strength of his translates against more than just the undersized line of Army. With the weakness in protecting his feet and that strength, ability to extend and get off blocks, I would really be looking at the guy as a prototypical Defensive End in a 3-4 alignment. He won’t wow you with his quickness off the ball or ability to run plays down, but he will knock even some of the strongest linemen backward, creating obstacles in the backfield, and using his long arms to get off the block and make a play on the ball. Playing from a Defensive End spot in a 3-4 will create some natural protection from the cut blocks that have proved to be somewhat of a weakness. He can shift inside on special downs and use his hands and length to swim beyond blockers, threatening the pocket’s integrity. This is not a 4th round draft pick. I believe his struggles in 2009 were mostly injury-related, and that he will bounce back to have a successful starting career in the NFL.  

I think Oghobaase would be a nice little steal if we snatched him up in the mid-late rounds.

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