Cedric Ogbuehi, a offensive lineman at Texas A&M, had a pre-draft visit with the Detroit Lions on Monday, per Lions web site writer Tim Twentyman.
Ogbuehi’s name was mentioned several times on Thursday during a conference call with ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper. He referred to Ogbuehi as a wild card because he tore the ACL in his right knee in the Liberty Bowl and is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp.
Ogbuehi could have come out a year ago when he most likely would have been a top 10 pick, but stayed for his senior season with the Aggies when he started at left tackle. In prior seasons he’d started at right tackle and guard which adds to his versatility.
NFLdraftscout.com has him ranked as the 10th best offensive tackle in the draft and projected to go in the third round. The reason he’s so low is because of the injury.
Here’s what the web site had to say about his strengths: “Ogbuehi isn't just athletic; he's powerful, demonstrating the strength to simply drive defenders off the ball. ... Ogbuehi’s experience should provide his future NFL team plenty of flexibility.”
Durability is an issue and not just because of this knee injury. Ogbuehi (6-foot-5, 306 pounds) missed three games in 2011 with an ankle injury and another two games in 2013 with an undisclosed injury.