Josh Oglesby, OT, Wisconsin

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Josh Oglesby, OT, Wisconsin

Postby Pudge » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:28 pm

Wisconsin Senior
40: 5.80


Has good size and strength. Has a tall frame with long arms that looks the part of an NFL tackle. Uses his long arms effectively to redirect and ride pass rushers wide around the pocket. Size makes him hard to get around. Has the size to engulf smaller defenders at the point of attack, particularly on the second level. Flashes good pop and able to get some initial push off the snap. His size makes him effective at getting the seal on the edge or blocking down on the tackle. Flashes a good punch as a run blocker and will finish his blocks. Shows some leg drive. Has enough athleticism to adjust in space and hit his assignments downfield.


Doesn't play with the power and pop of a player with his size and strength should. Doesn't have great hand placement and struggles to lock on as a run blocker. Makes him a less effective pile mover and drive blocker than he should be. Bends his waist too much and at other times blocks too high. Doesn't initiate contact well, and it allows smaller defenders to jolt him back or shed him at the point. When he faces quality ends, they tend to win at the point of attack when he's run blocking. Doesn't have good feet and struggles to match up against speed. Doesn't set up well against quicker edge rushes, and when you put him on an island he tends to get beat. Doesn't play balanced on the edge and struggles to deliver a punch on the edge. Whiffs at times with that punch, and will grab at others leading to potential penalties. Opens up his stance too early and struggles to stay square. Is not particularly athletic, and it shows when he's moving in space as he tends to lumber downfield to hit his assignments.


A few years ago, I saw Oglesby as a guy with potential, but was big and raw. He came to Wisconsin as a highly-rated recruit, being the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country on many recruiting lists. He then got hurt, and I did not see the progression and development in his final year that I thought he coudl potentially develop. He flashes potential as a run blocker, but he's not as dominant there as a player with his size and strength should be. And he struggles in pass protection. The Badgers run-oriented scheme covers up a lot of his flaws, and he's often covered up by tight ends to further prevent him from getting isolated. He has consistently been the weakest link on Wisconsin's front whenever he's been in the starting lineup. Oglesby projects potentially as a reserve right tackle because some teams will like his run blocking potential. But he'll continue to struggle in pass protection, enough that his ability to stick long-term in the pros is questionable. He struggled with knee injuries throughout college, and the medical check is going to be critical for him going forward. He underwent six knee surgeries throughout his career.


(9/1) vs. UNLV: 2 key blocks, 1 pressure
(10/1) vs. Nebraska: 1 key block, 1 pressure, 1 penalty (holding); Cut: 0/1
(12/3) vs. Michigan St: 1 key block, 2.5 missed blocks, 2 penalties (false starts); Downfield: 2/5; Cut: 0/2
(1/2) vs. Oregon: 1 key block, 1 pressure, 1 QB hit; Downfield: 1/2


2011: 12/12, right tackle
2010: 5/2, right tackle
2009: 10/10, right tackle
2008: 13/3, left tackle
2007: redshirted

- missed 1 game in 2011 due to a sprained MCL in his left knee
- missed 7 games in 2010 due to torn left ACL
- missed 3 games in 2009 due to knee injury
- tore right ACL during his redshirt year in 2007


Oglesby is a tough guy, but the knee injuries slowed his progress and development in college, and you have to be concerned if they will allow him to play in the NFL. The pedestrian Combine workout did little to allay such fears. Being as big as he is probably doesn't help because of his lower joints and ligaments have to carry the excess weight. So him slimming down to the 320-325 range might potentially help him. Because of the size and talent of him, a good comparison is a player like Renardo Foster who also had his fair share of knee injuries in college. Oglesby is going to be hard-pressed to become a starter in the pros. If he can remain healthy, get the necessary development with his hands then he could become a decent journeyman backup at right tackle much like Foster. But Oglesby is going to struggle if he's exposed to extended reps. The best you can hope for is that you give him a two or three years to develop, and he might serve as a serviceable stopgap starter at right tackle for a few years, similar to Barry Richardson with the Chiefs. But Richardson was a mediocre starter at best, and in that way you don't see Oglesby being much better. He's going to be one of those 16-game starters that will potentially give up double-digit sacks and also be one of the league leaders in penalties. And unlike say a player like Phil Loadholt, he's not going to make up for it with his run blocking ability. It's possible that a good NFL line coach will be able to get more out of him, but he's not a dominant run blocker. And it's not as if he was poorly coached at Wisconsin, so it doesn't make you believe an NFL coach is going to get more out of him than his coaches at Wisconsin did. If his knees check out medically, and because of his physical stature, I could see teams keeping him around for a few years on the practice squad or as the last guy on the roster to see if they can develop him. But like similar players like Richardson or Wayne Hunter being another example, once he gets his opportunity, I don't see him performing at a level to take advantage of that patience. He could wind up playing five or six years in the league as a journeyman because teams like his toughness and size, but at no point during that time do I see him being good.


Renardo Foster, ex-Rams.


Oglesby is a body that can push for time in Atlanta on the practice squad. Because Wisconsin runs a more man-blocking scheme, he would have probably been a better fit under Boudreau than he would be under Hill, as the Falcons will probably mix in more zone. It's not that he can't play that because Wisconsin does use that at times, but he doesn't have that sort of footwork and lateral quickness to really shine there. At best, you're hoping he impresses enough to land on the practice squad. And then like a Jose Valdez, with two or more years there under his belt, he can push for a reserve spot. But he's not going to overtake Tyson Clabo at any point in the future, and he's not going to be a better swing tackle than Will Svitek. So it's hard to see him sticking unless the Falcons offensive line really becomes depleted in the coming years.


Even if you could give Oglesby a clean bill of health, he probably would not be worth drafting. He's too one-dimensional, and even not as good in that one dimension as you want. He's an undrafted player, and the medical issues makes him more of a camp body than a guy that will be a legit upgrade in competition/depth.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Strength: 8.0
Pass Blocking: 3.5
Run Blocking: 6.0
Footwork: 3.5
Technique: 3.0
Mobility: 4.0
Mean Streak: 6.0
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