(AP) After wheeling and dealing their way around the first round, Cleveland held onto its second-round pick — the first one made Friday — and selected Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah at No. 32 overall despite numerous offers.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ogbah, whose family immigrated to the United States when he was 9, gives the Browns a much-needed edge rusher to help a defense that recorded just 29 sacks in 2015.
“We had a first-round grade on him, so we were hopeful and really pleased leaving last night that he sat there waiting on us,” said Sashi Brown, the Browns vice president of football operations.
Ogbah, who was timed in 4.56 seconds in the 40 at the combine, had 13 sacks last season and 28 in three years with the Cowboys.
“I’m a relentless player and I love to get to the quarterback,” Ogbah said.
Brown said one of the team’s top off-season priorities was to add speed on both sides of the ball and the team will count on Ogbah to raise its sack total and the blood pressure of opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators.
Jackson also said Ogbah will be a candidate to play some linebacker.
“There’s not a lot of guys at 270-plus pounds who can do what Emmanuel can do, period,” Brown said. “He’s flexible. He can win with power and with speed. That is a rare combination.”
The New York Giants drafted wide receiver Sterling Shepard of OSU also in the second round.