5 Best Cleveland Browns second-round picks since 1999
4. Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE (2016)
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was the first overall selection of the second round by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. Ogbah attended Oklahoma State University, where he registered 26.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in 3 seasons. Following his sophomore season in 2014, he was selected as the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big-12.
These stats, as well as an impressive NFL Combine performance, put Ogbah high on a lot of team’s boards. He still slid outside of the first round, however, and Cleveland didn’t let him get past them.
Following a strong offseason of workouts, Ogbah started all 16 games his rookie season and finished the year with 53 tackles and led the team with five and a half sacks. Ogbah started with strong numbers in his second season, accounting for four sacks in 10 games. However, a broken foot derailed the positive start to that season and force him to miss the rest of the season.
Following another good season with three sacks and a career-high eight pass deflections while coming off the edge, Ogbah was traded by former general manager John Dorsey to the Kansas City Chiefs for safety Eric Murray. Ogbah, a three-year starter for the Browns, was traded for a defensive back who would see limited reserve action.
While Emmanuel Ogbah has shown a few injury concerns early in his career, the Browns probably gave up on him too soon for less than what he was truly worth. Ogbah would have been great to have on the defensive line in 2019, especially considering the lack of depth at that position stocked by Dorsey truly derailed the late-season hopes of the Cleveland Browns defense.