The Cincinnati Bengals viewed offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi as one of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL draft, despite the fact that he's recovering from an ACL injury. College Football Focus ranked the top offensive tackles and listed Ogbuehi as the second-best offensive tackle -- in a story written in April 23, 2015.
If you were putting together the ideal frame and movement skills for a left tackle in the NFL it might look a lot like Cedric Ogbuehi. 6-foot-5, 306 pounds with freaky 35 7/8" arms, Ogbuehi was as quick to mirror pass rushers with his feet as any tackle in this class. It looks so effortless for him in pass protection that it’s almost as if he’s not even trying.
When he got himself into trouble it was because he tried to time his punch too perfectly to swat a defenders hands away. What inevitably happened was Ogbuehi mistimed it and let the defender into his body. While Ogbuehi has almost the ideal frame for a tackle, his strength is definitely lacking and he doesn’t do as well as someone like Andrus Peat when the defender gets into his chest.
During the NFL draft, the Pro Football Focus team immediately reacted:
Quite the get for the Bengals. They get arguably the most athletic tackle and they can ease him into things as he comes back from an injury, safe in the knowledge they are set at tackle for the 2015 season before both Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are out of contract. Ogubehi doesn’t always look like the most physical tackle but his ability to kick and slide in pass pro is something that the Bengals must be excited about, especially with his experience at left and right tackle.