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Duke DT Vincent Oghobaase Provides Late Round Possibilities

Vincent Oghobaase
Vincent Oghobaase

Vincent Oghobaase. Probably not a name that you're familiar with. But it's exactly the kind of choice the Chiefs could strike gold with later in the draft as they seek answers for the interior defensive line. As a four-year starter at Duke, Oghobaase showed the ability to penetrate the backfield with 36.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks for his career. Coming from Texas, he was the kind of talent who should have never attended a school like Duke.

"I remember in the summer of '04, I took a visit up there. It was really my first visit up there, so I scheduled an official visit after that. Out of all five visits I took, I really fell in love with the place. It was home up there and I bought into what they were selling and went there and made a decision. I asked during recruiting and they told me that if you're a football player, they'll come and find you wherever you're at. I didn't buy into the whole 'if you go to Duke, you won't be able to go to the NFL' thing."

Slight injuries plagued him during his career, a separate knee and leg injury knocking him out for a few games the last couple of years. However, he says neither are a concern. "My knee is back to 100% right now. I had a minor set back this season. I had a minor MCL sprain and I'm back to 100% now. There's nothing more I can do about that. [Teams] know about the knee, so there's nothing really knew about it. They ask if it's back to 100% and I tell them that it is."

For those wondering what he has to offer, Oghobaase says, "I'm a tall, physical athletic guy. I can penetrate the run, rush the pass, I can do a lot of things on a team to be successful. I played a 3-4 defense my freshman year in college, so I'm pretty familiar with it. Then we switched over to a 4-3. We had a 3-4 scheme with our 4-3 package as well, so I'm versatile. I can play that as well." While it will take some adjustments, Oghobaase has the size and athleticism that could prove successful at the next level.

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