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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Falcons take long look at Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi

By Vaughn McClure

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Last year, the Atlanta Falcons selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews with the sixth-overall pick in the NFL draft.

Could the Falcons select a player off that same offensive line this year? It's a possibility.

The Falcons recently hosted Aggies offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi at their facility, according to a league source. The 6-foot-5-inch, 306-pound Ogbuehi took over the starting left tackle spot after Matthews' departure.

Ogbuehi was well on his way to becoming a first-round pick until he tore his ACL in the Aggies' Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia. He had surgery on Jan. 16 and an ACL recovery is typically seven to 10 months. The belief is Ogbuehi will be ready for training camp based on his progress thus far. He only participated in the bench press at this year's NFL combine, completing 23 reps of 225 pounds.

Some draft projections have Ogbuehi going in the second or third round as a result of the injury. The Falcons, in need of athletic and versatile offensive linemen, might have to seriously consider the possibility of adding a player with first-round talent.

Former Texas A&M offensive line coach B.J. Anderson raved about Ogbuehi's abilities.

"I love the kid," Anderson said. "He's a really long, athletic kid. He plays with great athleticism. He's got great length. He's got the ability to play inside and out. In 2012, he was my starting right guard. He moved to right tackle, then he moved from right tackle to left tackle. So he's played a lot of positions, which will be very beneficial to him in an NFL camp. He's used to playing out of a right-hand stagger and a left-hand stagger."

Anderson utilized both outside and inside zone blocking schemes with his linemen, and Ogbuehi used to clear holes for Johnny Manziel. The Falcons are implementing an outside-zone blocking scheme under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

"With his length and athleticism, he's perfect for that scheme," Anderson said. "Ced's like a long, athletic tight end who plays with power. He's very quick on his feet."

Anderson is confident Ogbuehi will come back stronger off the ACL tear.

"It killed me to see what happened to that young man in the bowl game," Anderson said. "I know he's been working his tail off to get ready for the draft. That's just the type of kid he is. He's a complete football junkie. He's got a great work ethic."

The Falcons also have looked into top tackles such as Miami's Ereck Flowers, Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings and Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo, to name a few.

Right now, the Falcons have a handful of offensive linemen still on the mend from serious injuries: Matthews (Lisfranc ligament tear), center Joe Hawley (torn ACL, MCL), tackle Sam Baker (knee), tackle Lamar Holmes (toe) and center/guard Peter Konz (ACL). The team also released veteran Justin Blalock, leaving a void at starting left guard.

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Wow, a lot of speculation in that article.

We met with him. That's it. There no more evidence that we're interested in him, than in any other player that visited.

I like Vaughn, but, this is pretty forced.

hjerry,

nobody knows squat that is not a Falcons Owner, GM, Scout, or Coach - nobody knows ANYTHING other than who meets w/ a team or when a team works out a player. don't know what you expect.

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hjerry,

nobody knows squat that is not a Falcons Owner, GM, Scout, or Coach - nobody knows ANYTHING other than who meets w/ a team or when a team works out a player. don't know what you expect.

Well, he's making an entire article about this guy, with a title that suggests we're very interested in him. It just seems strange that he's singling out this one guy, when he could make the same article on any player that has visited. It just seems like more bias on his part than anything. Maybe he likes the fit?

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Wow, a lot of speculation in that article.

We met with him. That's it. There no more evidence that we're interested in him, than in any other player that visited.

I like Vaughn, but, this is pretty forced.

Agreed. Wondering what the motive is for specifically pointing him out more so than the other OT's we worked out. Whose to say we aren't "taking a long look at Clemmings"? Or any potential 2nd round OT that we worked out?

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Daniel Jeremiah had the Titans taking Clemmings at #33 and the Bucs taking Ogbuehi at #34 the other night in his 2nd round mock draft. It's a real possibility that neither is still even on the board when we pick at #42, given how many teams need an OT this year.

Teams that need a starting LT or RT, or at least some strong competition at the position: TB, TEN, JAX, OAK, WAS, NYG, STL, MIN, HOU, KC, BUF, CIN, PIT, CAR, DEN

Since we've also shown known interest in Scherff, Flowers, and Sambrailo, I'm beginning to come around to the idea that we're going OT pretty high on draft day. Either the new staff isn't as sold on Ryan Schraeder as AFMB, or they're planning on moving Schraeder - or one of these draft prospects - to OG.

The real question is what does the coaching staff and front office feel our top needs are? After edge rusher, there's a lot of fan debate on what our highest priority needs are... RB? LG? RT? TE? MLB? FS? CB?

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