Scouting Report: Ebenezer Ogundeko, Edge, Tennessee State

#1 | Brooklyn, NY | 6022 | 255 | 4.75E | 2018 | NFLPA Invite

SCOUTING REPORT

There is no doubt that this prospect displays next level talent, with his explosive burst on the edge and the ability to pressure the quarterback. He is quick to swarm to the ball and demonstrates active hands, in addition to being relentless in pursuit. His size suggests that he’ll most likely be converted to linebacker but the bigger concerns scouts will have surround his character. A couple of off the field incidents, including one of which led to his dismissal from Clemson means that teams will want to spend a little extra time with this player behind closed doors. He showed great toughness during his junior campaign, playing at a high level while battling through injuries. He was on the wrong end of a chop block his senior season, which caused him to miss two games. Despite the injury, he was named All-Ohio Valley First Team Selection during his final year at Tennessee State and finished up his three-year stint with the Tigers registering 143 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in 26 games. His nickname is “Ebo” and he hails from an athletic family; his brother Ed, played basketball at Trinity College and football at Central Connecticut State. His talent will be hard for NFL teams to pass up on, as he currently projects as a day three selection.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016 (Jr.): Started first four games of the season before injury hampered playing time, finished with eight games played at defensive end… Still managed to finish fifth on the team in tackles (48), while leading in tackles for loss (11.0), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (5) and fumble recoveries (2) in limited time… Was on the STATS FCS Buck Buchanon Award Watch List and the inaugural Black College Hall of Fame Player of the Year List… Earned Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on (9/11) for performance versus Jackson State… Gathered a season high in tackles (11), Tackles for loss (3.0), forced fumbles (1), pass breakups (1) and blocked kicks (1) while registering two sacks and a quarterback hurry… Logged season highs in TFL’s and sacks (2.5) while converting six tackles and a quarterback hurry against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9/3)… Had two TFL’s and five tackles at Bethune-Cookman (9/17)… Recovered a fumble, had a quarterback hurry, a tackle for loss, eight tackles and a season best seven solos against UT Martin (10/1)… Earned a sack and a QB Hurry at Vanderbilt (10/22)… Recovered a fumble and made eight tackles, one for loss, at Austin Peay (11/5)

2015 (So.): Named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team, as well as All-Newcomer Team… Totaled 52 tackles, 31 solos, with 10 tackles-for-loss including five sacks in nine games… Named OVC Defensive Player of the Week (11/8) after recording nine tackles, seven solo, 3.5 tackles-for-loss for 24 yards, three sacks and forcing a fumble against Murray State… Recorded a sack for a 12-yard loss, while grabbing five tackles at Tennessee Tech (11/21)… Had an eight tackle performance, with five solos and a TFL, against Austin Peay (10/31)… registered a quarter back hurry, a TFL and seven tackles, five solo, at Eastern Kentucky (10/24)… Secured his second of three QBH on the year, along with 1.5 TFLs, half a sack and five tackles at Florida A&M (9/26)

2014 at Clemson (Fr.): Had five tackles in 16 snaps over seven games … played eight snaps against NC State on Oct. 4; it was his first career game … had four tackles in four snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 … played three snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013 at Clemson (rFr.): Redshirted … No. 34 signee in the ACC in the preseason by Athlon … enrolled in January … had a sack in the Spring Game.

High School: Played in the Under Armour All-American game … No. 126 player in the nation and No. 1 defensive end in New York by ESPN … No. 212 player in the nation by Rivals.com … No. 21 strongside defensive end in the nation and No. 4 player in New York by 247Sports.com … had 71 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior … had 79 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior … top-300 All-American by PrepStar … first native of the New York City area to sign with Clemson since Elsmore Gabriel in 2005 … coached by Stephen Edwards at Thomas Jefferson High School … recruited by Brent Venables.

Personal: Majoring in communication studies … born Oct. 12, 1995.

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

2 thoughts on “Scouting Report: Ebenezer Ogundeko, Edge, Tennessee State

  • January 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm
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    Hey there, great scouting report on Ebo Ogundeko. The chop block happened on the first play of a game really resulting in him missing three games, not two. Just trying to get my guy into day 1 or 2 in the draft. I’ve got video of him doing some great things in the NFLPA practices if you want me to send them somewhere

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  • February 15, 2018 at 7:22 pm
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    Not a bad report, but this guy could easily sneak into day 2. He missed 3 games his senior year (chop block was literally first play of game) and played in 3 subsequent games with the effects of that injury, Otherwise his stats would have mirrored or exceeded Noah Spence last year at EKU (Round 2 2017). Keep in mind, when you watch complete game tape, offenses wanted nothing to do with this guy. Knowing Ebenezer’s reputation teams utilized a lot of quick pass strategy and running the ball the other way. He wins one on one battles 90 percent of the time and has numerous highlights of him making tackles for short gains or losses on the other side of the football field. Highly, highly recruited out of high school.

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