Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB
The Browns really wanted Emmanuel Ogbah, because according to reports, there were no dearth of offers for the No. 32 overall pick. Instead, the Browns stayed put, and drafted the Oklahoma State product.
Ogbah is strong and while he was an end in college, there were times he played with his hands up. He has 4.6 40-yard dash speed. Ogbah should bull-rush the line–an attribute that helped him rack up 17.5 tackles for a loss in 2015.
Ogbah is probably going to play outside linebacker in the Browns’ 3-4 defense. There shouldn’t be any doubts about his ability to rush the passer, but it’s going to be worth watching how Ogbah performs on passing downs.
The Browns will probably use a rotation of linebackers, but with the 32nd overall pick, the hope would be that you find an impact player that doesn’t need to leave the field. Perhaps Ogbah will be fine in coverage.
He’ll also need to help stop the run, because it still seems like we’re three years in and counting for Barkeviovs MIngo to take down a running back.
Jordan Payton, WR
Jordan Payton‘s projection as a starter has lot to do with the Browns disregard for the position over the last two years.
The team needs a possession receiver and UCLA’s all-time receptions leaders would appear to be ideal for the role.
Payton was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, and while he may lack big-play ability, he does one thing really, really well: catch the ball!
Releasing from press coverage is going to be a problem for Payton, but that is something Hue Jackson can coach up. He looks slow when he attempting to do it, but he’s got strong hands.
Payton’s broad shoulders and ability to come back to the ball, and not to keep dwelling on it, but that whole catching thing, should have this Bruin in the starting lineup.
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