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Amen Ogbongbemiga NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Chargers LB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) is tackled by Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga (11) during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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HEIGHT: 6'0 7/8"

WEIGHT: 231

     

POSITIVES

—Solid change-of-direction skills.

—Consistent tackling ability, particularly in space.

—Very competitive player on the field, has a high motor.

—Great foot speed allows him to close as the play develops.

     

NEGATIVES

—Often played as an apex linebacker in college, which is a role he will rarely play in the NFL.

—Foot speed is a long-speed positive for him, but his quick burst is not great.

—Coverage issues are apparent for a linebacker who played outside the box so often.

—Is not strong at the point of attack when meeting linemen.

     

2020 STATISTICS

80 TKL, 5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 2 FR, 3 FF

     

NOTES

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—Born in Nigeria, but moved to Houston before his family settled in Canada.

—His brother, Alex Ogbongbemiga, played for Houston before being signed to play in the CFL.

—Two-year All-Big 12 player in his two years as a full-time starter.

—2019-2020 team captain.

     

OVERALL

Amen Ogbongbemiga has a knack for making plays on special teams and registered 180 tackles in his two years as a full-time starting linebacker. A two-time captain with a brother who played in the CFL, Ogbongbemiga has the character and effort of an NFL special teams player, while his long speed is a strong enough trait to keep him on a roster. Should he become a better coverage player, he could eventually move into a role for a team as a 4-3 outside linebacker.

     

GRADE: 6.3/10 (Round 7)

OVERALL RANK: 270/300

POSITION RANK: LB23

PRO COMPARISON: Kamu Grugier-Hill

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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