Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Texas

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Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Texas

Postby Pudge » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:36 pm

Chris Ogbonnaya
6-0/220 Texas
4.65 Senior

Pros: Runs low with good balance. Is a patience runner is a nice north- south runner. Has some elusiveness to make guys miss at the second level. Very natural receiver that is good in the flats and on screens. Shows potential as a blocker, doing well in pass protection, and showing the ability to seal LB coming off the edge and lead block for Colt McCoy. Lowers shoulder and delivers the hit to defender when moving downhill. Does a good job protecting the ball when he's in traffic, covering with both hands.

Cons: Not as powerful as his size would merit. Doesn't break many tackles with either his quickness or power. Lacks burst and ideal vision. Takes some time to build up steam and doesn't change direction well.

Overview: He came to Texas as a WR, but moved to RB after his first spring. That past as a receiver shows in his play. Most extensive playing time came his senior year, where he had 373 yards and 46 receptions. Prior to that, played mostly on special teams. Shares backfield with McCoy, but basically his bodyguard.

NFL Forecast: I think Ogbonnaya could work if he moved to fullback. He doesn't have the power, speed, burst, or vision to really make an impact at running back. Could be an effective third down back because of his blocking and receiving skills, but would be next to nothing as a runner at the NFL level. If he can bulk up, I think he could make a nice lead blocker. Will never be a powerful lead blocker, but in a zone blocking scheme could be a very effective one. His best assets are his hands and receiving skills, and it wouldn't be crazy for a team to line him up in the slot on occasion to take advantage of it. Probably needs to put on another 15-20 pounds to become a fullback. For the time being, could contribute on special teams. Probably not a great starter, but adequate in the right scheme that likes to throw to the FB a lot in the flat.

ATL Forecast: His only chance in Atlanta would be as a developmental fullback. He'd probably need at least a year on the practice squad before he can become somewhat a factor. But probably at least two or three years away from contributing. Can help on special teams immediately. He's a similar player to Snelling, just not as natural a runner, but a better receiver. Would be a nice long-term backup option at fullback.

Value: Probably too much of a project to draft, but would be a nice free agent pickup for a team with vision.
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