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2018 NFL Draft: Former Oklahoma Sooners LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo selected by Los Angeles Rams in 5th Round

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The reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is now a Los Angeles Ram!

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Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was a bright spot on the defensive side of the ball for the Oklahoma Sooners over the past two seasons, and the 2017 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has now been selected in the 5th Round (160th overall) by the Los Angeles Rams!

At Oklahoma, Ogbo played the JACK position, which is essentially a hybrid of an outside linebacker who sometimes plays at the line of scrimmage and specializes in rushing the passer — and the Houstonian is quite adept in that regard. He finished the 2017 season with 8.0 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss, and he did so as one of the focal points of the opposing team’s offensive game plan week after week.

By the end of his collegiate career, Ogbo amassed 164 total tackles, 34.5 tackles-for-loss, 21 sacks, five forced fumbles and five pass break-ups. It’s worth noting that the majority of his production came in his final two seasons, making him one of the premier pass rushers in all of college football over that span. In addition to being named a Walter Camp’s First Team All-American his senior season, the former team captain was also named a Second Team All-American for the AP, the FWAA and Sporting News.

Ogbo has been compared to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tim Williams and Atlanta Falcons D-end/linebacker hybrid Vic Beasley, and he’s found a perfect landing spot with a 3-4 defense. At the next level, his lack of height has been seen as a concern, but the combination of his speed, low center of gravity and long, strong arms could certainly make him a solid back-up right out of the gate, and with time he’ll have a chance to prove himself for more playing time.

Above all, Ogbo was a phenomenal leader and stand-up individual during his collegiate years and served as a team captain as a senior in 2017. He’s not someone who is going to ruffle any feathers in a locker room or cause any manner of drama with coaches. He already carries himself as a professional, which is obviously conducive to a relatively smooth transition into the NFL.