Canadian linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga signs with Los Angeles Chargers

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Canadian linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Los Angeles Chargers after going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft, per sources.

The Calgarian measured in at six-foot-one and 231 pounds at the Oklahoma State University pro day, running a 4.66 forty-yard dash, 7.32 three-cone, and 4.28 shuttle. Ogbongbemiga also performed 24 reps on the bench press, recorded a 32-inch vertical jump, and nine-foot, four-inch broad jump.

The middle linebacker posted elite production as a leader for the Cowboys and needed to test well in order to be considered a surefire NFL talent. Running sub-4.70 in the 40 helped his chances of earning a shot south of the border.

Ogbongbemiga became a full-time starter in his junior season in 2019 and recorded 100 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception in thirteen games. He was named Oklahoma State’s Defensive MVP and finished No. 5 in the Big 12 in solo tackles (63) and tackles for loss (16).

In 2020, Ogbongbemiga made 80 total tackles, five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries in eleven games. He was named All-Big 12 Football Second Team and finished No. 4 in the Big 12 in solo tackles (50) and No. 8 in the NCAA in forced fumbles.

Ogbongbemiga was born in Lagos, Nigeria and spent eight years in Houston before moving to Calgary in 2011. He played at Notre Dame High School where he recorded 110 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, four sacks, and three fumble recoveries as a senior, winning team MVP.

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