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2016 NFL Draft: Emmanuel Ogbah is boom or bust prospect

SB Nation's Stephen White gives us his take on the pass rushing talent.

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Oklahoma State pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah is a player whose name has come up a few times in mock drafts for the Arizona Cardinals, including the most recent by Adam Stites for SB Nation. He has been one of the most productive players in the draft and is expected to be drafted in the first round or maybe into the second.

But he isn't a slam dunk.

If you listen to the NFL Draft Breakdown podcast with our own Seth Cox and his cohosts, Ogbah is a guy who isn't well liked. Justin Higdon gives him a player comp of Kareem Martin, whom the Cardinals drafted in the third round and have seen only a little bit of production as a pass rusher.

SB Nation's Stephen White, a former NFL Defensive lineman gives his take on Ogbah and is confused with what he sees.

He sees Ogbash as a big risk who will either be a boom or bust player.

There are flashes of greatness and long stretches of mediocrity.

The pattern of uneven play from Ogbah continued throughout the other four games I watched. I don't think it was a lack of effort. However, it's hard to explain how a guy can almost literally put you to sleep for stretches of a game in which he is so quiet, then have you almost break your laptop because you jump up out of your seat in excitement at one of the plays he does end up making. Especially when it appears that he's going just as hard on most of the plays.

His Combine numbers add to the confusion. He has production in college and he scores well with the athletic numbers, outdoing Joey Bosa at a slightly higher weight. Athleticism and explosiveness are there.

But he gets washed out in the run game and overuses really one pass rush move.

So who is he?

I just don't know how you draft a guy like Ogbah high and have any kind of confidence in what he will or won't develop into as a pro. That doesn't mean I can't see a team taking him in the first round. After all, guys his size and with his speed and production in college don't grow on trees.

A team will have to be honest and realize he is a boom-or-bust guy. They are just going have to bet on the boom, but they damn sure better be prepared if he ends up being a bust.

Even with Ogbah's testing numbers, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was out of the league in four years. On the other hand, he could also go to the right team with the right coach and work his ass off and all of a sudden become the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

I can't actually decide which is more likely at this point. Good luck to the team who decides to pull the trigger and take him. I have a feeling that they are really going to need it.

I have been up and down on Ogbah. Would you like him to be Arizona's pick in the first round?