Texas A&M: Breaking Down Where Cedric Ogbuehi Landed on 2015 NFL Draft Boards

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

Texas A&M offensive linesman Cedric Ogbuehi jogs off the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The 2014 NFL draft is complete and three Aggies were selected in the first round. In 2015, Aggie left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is projected to extend the Aggies' streak to five years of having a player selected in the top 10 picks of the draft. 

Von Miller started it all in 2011 when he was selected No. 2 overall by the Denver Broncos. Ryan Tannehill was selected No. 8 overall in 2012 by Miami, with Luke Joeckel going No. 2 overall to Jacksonville in 2013. 

Two added to the Aggies' newest tradition in the 2014 draft, with offensive tackle Jake Matthews selected No. 6 by Atlanta and wide receiver Mike Evans selected No. 7 by Tampa Bay. 

If Ogbuehi is selected in the first round of the 2015 draft, he will be the third offensive linemen from the Aggies' 2010 recruiting class to accomplish the feat. Ogbuehi may be the most physically gifted of the trio.

The lean 6'5", 305-pound athlete resembles a linebacker or tight end more than a typical offensive lineman. He has rare speed for his size and has reportedly ran a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash during testing at A&M.  

Ogbuehi was recruited to A&M by former head coach Mike Sherman with the hopes that he would develop into a left tackle. He started at right guard in 2012 and right tackle in 2013 as he waited for his turn behind Joeckel and Matthews. 

Ogbuehi has quick feet and tremendous balance. He is the prototype of what the NFL is looking for at the left tackle position. He is a big body with catlike quickness and agility. Those are the kind of offensive linemen who end up starting in the Pro Bowl at the left tackle position. 


NFL Farm System

The Southeastern Conference is playing the best brand of football outside the NFL. The SEC produces the most NFL draft picks on a yearly basis. It is a physical brand of football highlighted by the battle in the trenches. 

For the second consecutive year, the No. 2 pick in the draft was a left tackle from the SEC. In 2013 it was Joeckel and in 2014 it was Greg Robinson from Auburn. Offensive linemen in the SEC go up against the best defensive linemen in college on a weekly basis. 

Left tackles for colleges in the Eastern Division of the SEC had to face Jadeveon Clowney on a weekly basis for the past three years. Some people think he was the best college prospect available in the 2014 draft, and he was the No. 1 overall pick.

Competing against the top defensive linemen in college football on a weekly basis helps develop the offensive line talent in the SEC. It has allowed players like Joeckel, Matthews and Ogbuehi to prove their worth to NFL scouts.   

When you compete with Dee Ford, Ed Stinson and Michael Sam on a weekly basis you are going to improve as a player. 


Draft Projections

Ogbuehi is expected to be one of the first offensive tackles off the board in the 2015 NFL draft. You simply do not find too many tackles with his skill set. 

He is predicted to be the No. 12 overall pick of the first round by CBSSports.com. The pundits at WalterFootball.com have him going No. 6 overall. 

Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com has Ogbuehi going No. 7 overall. He is predicted to be selected No. 8 overall by draftsite.com. A lot can change between now and the 2015 draft. 

Ogbuehi is almost a consensus top-10 pick right now. Before the 2013 season, there were people who thought A.J. McCarron would be selected in the first round of the 2014 draft. 

Nothing is guaranteed in college football. Ogbuehi could blow out his knee in the Aggies' opening game against South Carolina and ruin his draft status. 

Ogbuehi and Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss enter the 2014 season as the top offensive tackles in the SEC. They both are legitimate candidates to be all-conference and All-American. If Ogbuehi has the kind of year that is expected, he will hear his name called during the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.