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Chris Ogbonnaya (RB)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
College: Texas
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Missouri City, TX
High School: Strake Jesuit
Featured Prospects
Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 2 (211)
Pick Analysis: Ogbonnaya has potential as a spot starter in St. Louis. He will provide crucial running back depth behind Steven Jackson for new coach Steve Spagnuolo and the Rams.
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One of the better stories in college football, Ogbonnaya finally got his chance to shine after Jamaal Charles declared for the 2008 draft. He entered his senior season having carried the ball only 66 times in three years and switching from tailback to receiver and back multiple times.

In Texas' Colt McCoy-driven offense (the quarterback was the leading passer and rusher), Ogbonnaya only managed 73 rushes for 373 yards and four scores n 2008, but his 46 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns also caught scouts' eyes. His play on coverage units also makes him a draft-able prospect. Had an arm span of 31 5/8 inches and a hand span of 9 7/8 inches at the combine.

High School

Coached by Ron Counter at Strake Jesuit ... Three-year letterman who helped his team post a 27-5 record during that time ... A versatile athlete who was Strake Jesuit's leading rusher, receiver and defensive back in helping his squad to a 9-2 mark as a senior ... Made 20 catches for 500 yards and four touchdowns with 270 yards rushing and two TDs that year ... Caught 22 passes for 530 yards and eight TDs with 500 yards rushing and eight more TDs as a junior ... Also returned a kickoff for a TD that year ... Led his team to an 8-3 record as a junior ... Earned Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year honors that season ... Also had 57 tackles, three TFL and eight PBUs as a cornerback in 2002 ... Made four receptions for 115 yards and ran for a 70-yard TD vs. Bay City as a junior ... Had 30 receptions for 600 yards and 10 TDs and added five interceptions from his cornerback spot for a 10-0 squad his sophomore year ... Lettered in basketball for two years and was a senior captain ... Also lettered in track & field for three years.

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Positives: Passes the eyeball test. Patient, one-cut runner who can attack the hole when it is there. Some wiggle in open space for a big back. Will lower his shoulder and bowl over the unsuspecting defender. Rare hands and experience as a route-runner due to his time at wide receiver. Physical blocker. Packs a pop and gives good effort to sustain. High effort player. Good locker room presence.

Negatives: Bit of a "tweener." Lacks the bulk for fullback, the all-around skills to be more than a secondary running back and the straight-line speed to move back to wide receiver. Isn't a nimble back who can consistently make something out of nothing. Has to take a few steps to generate his power. Runs a bit upright, leaving him prone to big hits and limiting his own power. Marginal speed to get to the second level. Can be caught from behind.

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