Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah will enter NFL draft

Emmanuel Ogbah is NFL-bound.

On Wednesday morning, the Oklahoma State defensive end announced his intentions to enter the NFL draft after a junior season which saw him earn Big 12 co-defensive player of the year honors.

ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay has Ogbah as a projected first-round pick in his latest mock draft and he ranks among the Top 25 NFL prospects on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

Ogbah was one of the Big 12's dominant and most consistent defenders during the past two seasons. He had 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2014 before recording 13 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss this season. Ogbah recorded at least half of a sack in 11 of 13 games for the Cowboys.

Ogbah's departure means Oklahoma State will have to completely retool its pass rush with the junior joining senior Jimmy Bean as starters who won't be returning. Jarrell Owens and Jordan Brailford, a pair of redshirt freshmen, showed flashes of their ability in limited snaps in 2015 and will be counted one to step up with Bean and Ogbah no longer on the squad.