Round 6: Tennessee State DE Ebenezer Ogundeko
6-2, 255 – 4.84 – Senior
Tampa Bay adds a tough, aggressive, pass-rushing defensive end in Ogundeko, who began his collegiate career at Clemson before being dismissed for committing credit card fraud after the 2014 season. Ogundeko landed at Tennessee State where he made an immediate impact with 52 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble.
Injuries limited his 2016 campaign to just eight games, but he still managed to record 48 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. Ogundeko was a STATS FCS Preseason All-American, but injuries cut into the left defensive end’s playing time and production. Ogundeko had 43 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery during his senior year.
Ogundeko’s Tennessee State Career Defensive Stats
2017: 43 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, FR
2016: 48 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 FR, blocked kick
2015: 52 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, FF
Ogundeko is a bit of a gamble, but isn’t that what late-round picks are for? Tampa Bay could use as many pass rushers as it can get, and Ogundeko has recorded 14.5 sacks over the past three years when healthy. He’s solid against the run and has some obvious talent otherwise he wouldn’t have landed at Clemson.
Ogundeko has had some run-ins with the law, most recently in 2015 when he was arrested for assault at a party. Having a little more toughness and aggression on Tampa Bay’s defensive line wouldn’t be a bad thing in 2018.