Photo of Dare Ogunbowale

Combine Results

Grade
5.1 ?
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

In spite of Ogunbowale's skills, some think he's only the second-best athlete in the family. His sister, Arike, was a three-time Wisconsin high school basketball player of the year and is now one of the top scorers at Notre Dame. Ogunbowale (whose name is pronounced DAR-ay oh-goon-bo-WALL-ay) came to Wisconsin as a walk-on defensive back. He redshirted in 2012 and played in eight games on special teams in 2013. Ogunbowale moved from cornerback to running back after the first game of the 2014 season due to injuries there (34-193, TD) and was also the team's second-leading special teams tackler with nine. With Corey Clement not playing much in 2015, Ogunbowale started 10 games and led the team in rushing (194-819, seven TD rushing; 36-299, TD receiving). Clement returned to start this fall, so Ogunbowale's numbers went down a bit (91-506, five TD rushing; 24-208, one TD).

Analysis

Strengths

Runs with proper pad level. Decent hips to cut and swerve away from tacklers or shake them off. Runs hard through contact and can keep runs alive. Good feel for stretch plays and can shift paths without gearing down. Has good vision to make wise choices. Served as Wisconsin's third-down back. Soft hands and helped out of the backfield on screens, swings and "V" routes. Can separate from linebackers out of breaks. Swivels head and scans for work in pass protection. Gives a solid poke to pass rushers with chip blocks. Willing to square up a blitzer.

Weaknesses

Runs with low knees. Run speed rarely varies. Lacks a big burst downhill and struggles to squeeze through tight creases. Will stutter step toward line of scrimmage unless he sees a clear rushing path. Benefitted from monster running lanes created by Wisconsin's offensive line. Try-hard back but not a dynamic runner; what you see is what you get. Doesn't have enough juice to accelerate to lateral escapes if he has to slow it down. Lacks desired speed for chunk runs. Not much of a catch radius. Has issues securing the low throws.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Bottom Line

A third-down back with the effort and consistency to compete for a roster spot on the next level. While his carry count is relatively low he's a serviceable option as a runner and has the pass-catching talent to compete for snaps on a team devoid of a prototypical third-down back.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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