Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #6 DT, #34/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; 22 Sol-51 TT, 9 TFL, 6 SK, 5 QBH; Honorable mention All-ACC pick, Tied for the team lead in sacks (6.0). Posted 51 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss & five QB pressures. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 20 Sol-49 TT, 12 TFL, 4.5 SK, 4 QBH, 1 BLK; Tied for the team lead in sacks (4.5) while ranking second in tackles for loss (12.0) and seventh on the club with 49 total stops. 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 9 Sol-28 TT, 8 TFL, 1 SK, 1 SFTY; Freshman All-America choice by Rivals.com (2nd), College Football News (3rd) and The Sporting News (HM) ... Freshman All-ACC selection by The Sporting News ...recorded a safety against Florida State by tackling Seminole running back Lorenzo Booker in the end zone ... on the field for 568 snaps. 2005: Did not see game action due to a knee injury suffered in spring practice.
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Oghobaase (pronounced oh-guh-BAH-see) had relied on his size and athleticism but noticeably improved his conditioning and technique to post career highs in tackles (51) and sacks (6) in 2008. He earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades and only one ACC defensive tackle finished with more sacks than Oghobaase -- BJ Raji, the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Oghobaase began the 2009 season where he left off in '08, averaging seven tackles per game over the first three weeks -- better than any defensive tackle in the country. A nagging knee injury slowed him throughout much of the second half of the year. Oghobaase played in only eight games and posted 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks and earned honorable mention all-ACC.
Leaves Duke with 165 tackles in 44 starts and finished sixth in school history in tackles for loss (36.5) and fifth in sacks (14).
Despite being a four-year starter, Oghobaase remains a work in progress. With better technique, his unique blend of size and agility could make him a steady NFL contributor.
Pass rush: Flashes the burst to slice through gaps and disrupt action immediately. Good lower-body strength for the bull rush when playing with leverage. Improving hand technique and learning to use his long arms and quick hands to better slap away blockers. Typically relies on his bull rush to create pressure. Ineffective using hands to disrupt the passing lanes. Has one pass defended in 44 career starts.
Run defense: Rare size for the position. Good strength to stack and shed at the line of scrimmage when he keeps his pad level low. Can drive the blocker into the pocket and slide off laterally to make the tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Good lateral agility and balance to slide down the line against the toss for a man his size.
Explosion: At least moderate initial quickness off the snap, and flashes a legitimate burst to attack the gap. Marginal lateral agility and straight-line speed for the position. Only "phone booth" quickness and tires easily. Flashes some pop as a hitter, but only when given space to gain momentum.
Strength: Good anchor against double-team blocks. Can create a pile in the middle. Struggles to consistently gain leverage and often allows shorter interior offensive linemen to get their hands to his chest plate and dictate the action. Good strength and lateral agility is negated when he plays too high.
Tackling: A typical catch tackler who can slide off blocks as the ballcarrier passes. Shows some lateral agility in space and uses his long arms well to trip up ballcarriers. Flashes closing speed as a pass-rusher. Marginal effort in pursuit.
Intangibles: Rare highly touted prospect to sign with Duke. Missed the entire 2005 season due to a knee injury and four games in 2009 with a leg injury. Viewed by scouts as a talented prospect, but not yet the sum of his parts despite starting for four years. Size and strength make him an intriguing fit for 3-4 teams as a defensive end, though he's never played in this scheme or outside.
NFL Comparison: Tommy Kelly, Raiders
Returning starter at defensive tackle ... candidate for post-season honors ... has started the past 36 games for the Blue Devils ... named to the Watch List for the Lott Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top defensive player in the country who has the biggest IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community & Tenacity) on their respective team both on and off the field ... preseason second team All-America pick by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... preseason first team All-ACC choice by Sporting News, Lindy’s, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... projected as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and No. 5 nationally by Lindy’s ... the league’s top returning vote-getter among defensive linemen from last year’s All-ACC balloting.
Missed the majority of spring practice due to a foot injury ... has started a team-high 36 consecutive games ... big, agile defensive tackle with excellent skills ... combines good size, strength and quickness ... has recorded at least one tackle in 33-of-36 career games and in 22 consecutive contests dating back to 2007 ... has increased his tackle and quarterback sack totals each season as a Blue Devil ... among active players in the ACC, enters the 2009 season ranking second in tackles for loss (29.0) and third in quarterback sacks (11.5) ... currently ranks tied for ninth in career sacks in school history ... stands one tackle for loss away from moving into a tie for 10th on Duke’s career chart ... Duke’s active leader in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and quarterback pressures (9).
Honorable mention All-ACC pick along the defensive line ... started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... led the team and ranked tied for 11th in the ACC with 6.0 sacks ... finished the year with 51 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries ... sack total ranked second among ACC defensive tackles, trailing only Boston College’s B.J. Raji (7.5), a first round pick (9th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft ... enjoyed the end of the season with 18 tackles and 4.5 sacks over the final three games ... registered two sacks and four tackles at Clemson ... posted a season-high eight tackles with one sack at Virginia Tech ... notched six tackles and 1.5 sacks against North Carolina ... had five tackles and one sack at Georgia Tech ... posted at least three tackles in 11 of the 12 games on the year ... played a total of 638 snaps on the season with 50 or more in nine games ... topped 60 plays against Wake Forest (69) and Virginia Tech (62) ... received the Ace Parker Award, an honor given to an individual who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute, at the team’s annual awards banquet.
Started all 12 games in 2007. Honors candidate for 2008. Tied for the team lead in sacks (4.5) while ranking second in tackles for loss (12.0). Finished seventh on the club with 49 total stops. Logged career-high 10 tackles with 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks at Navy.
Started all 12 games ... Freshman All-America choice by Rivals.com (2nd), College Football News (3rd) and The Sporting News (HM) ... Freshman All-ACC selection by The Sporting News ... credited for 28 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and one sack ... posted a season-high five stops at Wake Forest ... recorded a safety against Florida State by tackling Seminole running back Lorenzo Booker in the end zone ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles for loss ... on the field for 568 snaps.
Did not see game action.
2009: Missed four games with a knee injury.
2005: Missed the entire season with a leg injury.
Two-year letterman at Alief Hastings under Wade Luker ... All-America selection by Prep Star magazine ... charted as seventh-top defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... ranked as the 45th-best overall prospect in the country by Scout.com ... rated as the top defensive tackle and the third-best overall prospect in Texas by Scout.com ... listed as the 15th-best overall prospect in Texas by Rivals.com ... tabbed as the 17th-top defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... listed as the 11th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com ... one of five finalists for the Watkins Award, an honor given to the top African-American high school student-athlete in the country ... registered 68 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior to earn first team all-state honors ... in junior season, had 94 tackles to post all-district accolades.
Son of Florence and Vincent Oghobaase ... born January 24, 1987.
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