Sorry, I haven't posted here in a while. Going home for Xmas got me off-track and it's really taken me a week to get back into the groove. I'll try to post tomorrow night on some of my observations on the past week of bowls.
Houston vs. Penn State
Jan. 2, 12 pm on ESPNU
I haven't seen Houston play this year, as I opted to skip the Conf-USA championship game. The only time I saw QB Case Keenum play was two years ago in Houston's bowl loss to Air Force. Keenum really struggled in that game, showing a less than stellar arm and not being able to go to more than one read. He missed pretty much all of last year, and then came back this year and put up relaly solid numbers. But he's always reminded me of the classic undersized, weak-armed spread QB the only time I saw him. So I'll be looking forward to seeing if that appears different against a team like Penn State.
Other prospects to watch are WR Patrick Edwards and WR Tyrone Carrier. Both are really undersized guys, but Carrier is considered one of the top returners in the country, and Edwards did have 1500 yards receiving and 18 TDs this year. Both project as situational players that with Edwards he might have some future as a slot receiver.
Houston hasn't been typically known for the strong defensive prospects they've produced in recent years, but if anybody might be worth a look I hear it's LB Sammy Brown, who leads the nation with 24 tackles fro loss and is 5th with 12.5 sacks.
I have seen Penn State play this year, but only once. Penn State's top prospect is DT Devon Still who many are projecting as potential Top 20 pick. The one time I got to see Still I wasn't blown away with him. I see upside, but he seems pretty raw. But he has good size and can project potentially to play inside in a 4-3 or play DE in a 3-4 with his tall frame (6-4/305). In this game, I will expect him to dominate since Houston isn't chock full of top-notch NFL talent up front. Right now I have him graded as a potential late 2nd round pick, but generally speaking I do tend to grade DTs lower than many.
Also on PSU's D-line is DE Jack Crawford. He's never quite fully developed into the next good Penn State pass rusher, but he's got nice size and speed and you think he has the potential to bulk up (6-5/265) and become a decent rotational left end. You like his motor and if he could bulk up a bit more could be a solid NFL backup.
POtentially the next good LB from Penn State is junior OLB Gerald Hodges. Last year, I remember him standing out as a sophomore in some of the PSU games I watched, but watching him earlier this year I wasn't that much impressed. He looked like a good run and hit linebacker that lacked instincts and was limited in coverage that I think is probably best fit playing WILL in a 4-3 scheme. He has some ability as a pass rusher that might make him a decent projection to a 3-4 as well. But I should note that I thought very similar things about NaVorro Bowman when he was at Penn State, and he's turned into a fine NFL player.
On the offensive side of the ball, OG Johnnie Troutman is worth keeping an eye on because he's a big guy (6-4/325) that has upside. He still looks raw but has the potential with some development to be a good run blocker at the next level. His footwork and technique need work, but I think he has the potential to be a solid starter, but may never be quite as consistent as teams will want to be a guy that sticks long-term. You're potentially looking at a Derrick Dockery/Montrae Holland type of starter.
Michigan State vs. Georgia
Jan. 2, 1 pm on ABC
Michigan State is loaded with a lot of nice offensive prospects. The biggest name on that side of the ball is QB Kirk Cousins who was a player that was a little erratic at times, but a guy I liked last year. He is still a nice NFL prospect, but I no longer have the hopes that he turns into a sleeper as a starter. He is a smart, mature player that has been noted for his leadership during his career, but his decision making on the field doesn't always match that persona. He doesn't have a great arm, but can make all of the throws. But primarily, he'll be a guy that lives and dies by his ability to throw under 20 yards. I think a player I would compare him to is a poor man's Matt Ryan. Cousins is a player that I think can be an excellent No. 2 QB, and probably will get opportunities as a starter, but will limited early on. Because of the desperate need for QBs, he's the type of player that I think often gets thrust too early with being a starter like Trent Edwards, that typically isn't ready for it, and it ends up killing the rest of the career because they are seen as a "failure" because they were thrown to the wolves too early. I think Christian Ponder is in that same boat this past year, that I think he has the mental makeup to handle being an NFL starter, but lacks the physical gifts to really thrive there and ultimately after 2-3 seasons of mediocrity in that role he's going to get unfairly pushed out when he should have been holding a clipboard that entire time. I have him graded as a late 2nd/3rd round pick now.
WR B.J. Cunningham leads a trio of solid receivers for Cousins to throw to. He has good size (6-2/225), hands and ball skills. He's not the most sudden player and is not going to be much of a playmaker at the next level. But I really think he is a guy that can move the chains and while he won't separate against NFL-caliber corners, he is a guy that knows how to use his size to get position and make up for it. I see him developing into a Malcom Floyd-esque No. 2 option. Keshawn Martin is their more explosive, slot-receiver type. But he's not very big (5-10/185) and it shows when he's trying to play in traffic. He reminds me a lot of Harry Douglas but the part of HD's game that limits how good a pro he can be. I think in a spread attack that is looking for a nice complementary option in the slot, he can be a nice 30-catch receiver. His primary impact will likely be on special teams though. WR Keith Nichol is a former QB that has nice size (6-2/220) and decent speed, but there is nothing about his game that wows you.
TE Garrett Celek and Brian Linthicum are a nice pair of TEs. I like Celek a bit more because I think he's a more polished blocker, although Linthicum is the starter. Celek only has 14 career catches, but I think might be able to impact more quickly because of his blocking ability. Linthicum is an OK blocker and decent receiver, but does neither well enough to really think he's more than just a No. 3 guy at the next level. At least with Celek, I could see him turning into a Justin Peelle type of No. 2 blocker.
OG Joel Foreman is a widebody that will flash potential as a run blocker, but he's not very athletic and will likely struggle going up against the good NFL tackles at the next level. But I could see him developing into an OK stopgap starter down the road for a run-oriented team. Seeing how he handles the big athletes that Georgia has up front will be a good litmus test.
RB Edwin Baker is a junior that I've become less and less a fan of the more I've seen him. He runs hard for his size (5-9/190) but he's more of a speed guy that doesn't really get yards after contact because he'll struggle to break anything but arm tackles. I think he can add depth and value behind a zone-blocking line, but he looks like a nice No. 2, but nothing special.
Fellow junior DT Jerel Worthy is probably their only legit 1st round pick. Worthy flashes potential dominance but he has that sort of boom/bust potential with a lot of defensive tackles. He flashes a very explosive first step for a guy with his size (6-3/305), but he's a guy that if he doesn't win off the first step he lacks the technique to really make the play. But he's a disruptive guy that can provide pressure as a 3-technique at the next level. I grade him as a late 1st round pick, because he's not super polished.
For Georgia, they have some solid pieces on their O-line to try and slow down Worthy. LT Cordy Glenn is miscast at that position, but has a bright future if/when he moves back inside at the next level. He primarily played guard up until this year. He's a massive guy (6-5/340) that flashes power and ability to really push the pile as a run blocker, but he's not consistently dominant there because he's a waist bender. If he refines his technique and footwork he might be able to get by as a right tackle, but he's more likely to be a good interior run blocker that flashes the potential to be a Carl Nicks type of guy if he develops.
OC Ben Jones was a guy I really liked last year, but he hasn't wowed me this year. He's still a solid center prospect, but not the top notch guy I thought he was a year ago. He has good size (6-3/315) that will make him attractive to AFC teams that go against all those 3-4 nose tackles. But he doesn't get as much push as a run blocker as a player his size you would hope would, and his hands aren't super quick. He should be a solid starter, but not sure he's going to be a top-tier NFL center. I have him graded as a solid 3rd round pick.
I also like CB Brandon Boykin but more as a nickel corner than a reliable starter on the outside at the next level. He's athletic that helps him match up, but he's not that physical or disciplined. He has experience playing in the slot, so I think that is probably where he projects at the next level. Probably won't be a stud, but a guy that can definitely compete with NFL starters and be able to get the job done.
Other seniors include K Blair Walsh and P Drew Butler. Both are my top-rated prospects at their respective positions, although there is a much deeper crop of punters this year nipping at Butler's heels than Walsh, who pretty much stands out from the rest of the kickers I've seen this year. Walsh has a big leg that will definitely be able to contribute as a kickoff guy, and his upside as a FG kicker is high, but he's probably not the best bet to come in right away and be consistent. Butler similarly is a big-legged guy that gets nice hangtime, but not always consistent there. But both are definitely draftable specialists that may not hit the ground running right away in the NFL, but certainly should be able to be decent right away.
I'm a fan of TE Orson Charles who is a junior. He's a capable receiver that can make plays in the passing game. I just worry about his size (6-3/245) and whether or not he projects better as an H-back at the next level. He shows effort, so there's the possibility he turns into a Randy McMichael type that is a capable blocker despite less than ideal size. But I think he'll be best served playing in an offense that wants him to be a pass-catcher first and willing to play him more like a WR than a true TE.
I like junior DT Kwame Geathers as well who is a massive guy (6-5/35) at the nose. He's still raw with his technique and using his hands, but similar to Terrence Cody in that he's nearly impossible to move off the ball. I think he has Vince Wilfork like potential if he continues developing. I haven't paid much attention to redshirt sophomore LB Jarvis Jones. Apparently, he's planning on staying in school, but I'll at least keep my eye on him for this game.
Other underclassman I like is FS Bacarri Rambo. He's not a great run defender because he'll take some bad angles from time to time, but makes up for it with good burst to the ball. I like his ability to make plays in coverage with good ball skills when working in zone. I'm not sure if he's a guy that is going to be a playmaking machine at the next level, but I definitely think he can be a good ballhawking safety that will be a solid to good starter sort of like Brodney Pool on his good days. It sounds like Rambo might go pro, and if he has a good game vs. MSU, I think that becomes more likely.
Capital One Bowl
Nebraska vs. South Carolina
Jan. 2, 1 pm on ESPN
I've only seen Nebraska play once this year when they got beat by Wisconsin, but I saw them so much last year, that I didn't feel like I didn't know them that well.
DE Jared Crick had a disappointing senior year after breaking out as a sophomore and having a solid, but unspectacular junior year last year. Crick has the potential to play both in a 3-4 or 4-3, but right now I think he's more of a 3-4 guy. He's more of a stack and shed guy that I don't think really does a great job getting upfield and trying to get penetration. Against the Badgers, it looked like he started to wear down and the motor wasn't going as strong late in the game. I think he can be a solid starter at the next level, but I'm no longer confident his upside is as big as I once thought. To me he just looks like a solid to good NFL player rather than the superstar many were pegging him to be after his sophomore year. There just isn't enough for me to say he'll definitely be better than Adam Carriker who has been a solid, but not spectacular pro. I have Crick as a mid-to-late 2nd rounder.
LB Lavonte David is a prospect I do really like. He is undersized (6-1/225) but plays really physical for his size. And if not for his small stature I think would be at home playing MLB at the next level. But he needs to get bigger. The biggest issue for him going forward besides his size is that he's not great in coverage. He's a guy that you want attacking the ball, so playing as a WILL in a 4-3 works, as well as playing inside in a 3-4. But for him to play full-time inside, you want to see him put on another 10-15 pounds of muscle.
CB Alfonzo Dennard has never been a guy that has really impressed me. He's a good athlete that is a capable press corner, but I think his footwork and technique are raw and have just never seen the sort of discipline and ball skills of a potential 1st round corner that he's been billed as. I grade him as a 2nd round pick because of his athletic potential.
On offense, RT Marcel Jones is a big physical guy t 6-6/320. But he's limited in pass protection that has potential as a run blocker. But he might have to end up moving inside similar to a past Cornhusker OT in Carl Nicks where his limitations vs. the pass won't be as exposed as much. But I have him as a potential 4th/5th round guy that can add depth, but needs time to develop if he wants to be a starter.
South Carolina, I saw once very early in the year. I like OG Kevious Watkins is a guy with solid starting potential. He plays RT for them, but I think he is a capable position blocker that uses his size (6-4/320) well that won't really move the pile but is consistent that I think he can be a solid starter potentially in the same sort of mold as Justin Blalock that is capable, but not great.
I also liked their D-line prospects. DT Travian Robertson plays the nose and has a good enough first step to press the pocket. I think he can definitely help out a rotation, with the potential that down the road he can be a decent complementary starter in a 4-3 scheme.
Melvin Ingram looked more like a superb athlete than a great football player in the lone game I saw. But his athleticism is intriguing as he's a 6-2/270 guy that moves like he's 240. He has the potential to play FB, TE, DE, DT, or OLB at the next level. I probably like him a bit more as a OLB, but I think he probably needs to slim down some more to play there. I think he has nice speed as a pass rusher, but tends to get pushed around a bit. But he flashes the ability to dip the shoulder. He's an intriguing prospect that I'll be curious to see go up against Jones.
The player I like most is DE Devin Taylor who is a junior that in the lone game I saw really showed improvement from his sophomore year. Last year, I thought he was a long armed, tall-frame athlete that looked raw. His stock dropped this year because he didn't have the production to match his potential. But I see the potential of him being a very dangerous edge rusher because despite his tall frame (6-7/260), he shows the ability to dip and turn the corner. He'll need to fill out more though, but he could also get looks as a 3-4 OLB, although I think he's a bit more natural as a DE.
CB Stephon Gilmore is a solid corner that flashes the athleticism and ball skills to be a 1st round pick. I like his hips and burst that can be capable in both man and zone coverage and will also contribute in run support. He didn't wow me in the lone game I saw, but I definitely see the potential to be a guy that follows a similar path as Johnathan Joseph as a good No. 2 that turns into a solid No. 1 down the road.
WR Alshon Jeffery is an intriguing talent, but I'm not sure he's physically developed quite yet. He reminds me of Brandon Marshall in that he can be a physical mismatch for almost every CB in the NFL. But it seems like Jeffery has hardly hit the weight room since being in Columbia, and there have been various reports about weight issues and work ethic. There just looks to be very little muscle definition to his body and he seems a little round in the middle. He has excellent size (6-4/235), but he could be a boom/bust guy that teams fall in love with his potential, but don't realize he might need a few years of seasoning and could easily turn into the next REggie Williams. He also tends be a high-cut guy I'm not sure is as fluid as Marshall. But he has strong hands, body control, and ball skills. He definitely has the potential to be a go-to playmaker at the next level, but I think like Marshall he might be one of the lower-tier No. 1 receivers in the league that doesn't consistently have big games week to week.
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl
Ohio State vs. Florida
Jan. 2, 1 pm on ESPN2
Ohio State is another team I only saw once this year. Mainly because of the suspensions to most of their top NFL prospects, none of whom I saw this year. Of those guys OT Mike Adams is probably the best. In the past, he looked like he could be overmatched as a LT that could get by due to his size, but would probably be a below average starter. Instead, he's probably a better fit to play the right side. But you could see him as a Max Starks type.
I do like OC Mike Brewster who isn't quite Nick Mangold but I think he's a physical, and technically sound center that could develop into one of the better centers in the league. He gets a late 1st/early 2nd round grade from me.
Junior DE John Simon I like a lot that sort of reminds me of Jason Babin in that he's not the biggest guy in the world and is a solid athlete that can thrive in a scheme designed to get upfield constantly. He plays inside and outside. I'm not fully convinced he's an every down player at the next level, but I think he can be one of the premier situational rushers if not.
OLB Andrew Sweat isn't very big (6-1/235) and has decent speed, but won't wow you there. But he has decent instincts and can work in zone coverage over the middle. I think he's probably a backup, but I think can potentially work his way into a starting lineup down the road. Probably his best fit is once he fills out a bit more is playing inside in a 3-4 that can be a decent complementary starter.
Other suspended players are RB Dan "Boom" Herron who in the past I judged as a fast guy that has enough ability to potential impact as a change of pace and No. 2 RB. WR DeVier Posey has good size (6-1/210) and speed to burn, but he seems like a one-dimensional option that looks more like Drew Carter than the next Joey Galloway.
For Florida, their pro prospects are down, at least for the seniors.
QB John Brantley looks like a career backup that I think could become another Joey Harrington-type of backup. A dink and dunk passer that can manage a game, but probably too unwilling to take the chances to really be nothing more than an over-glorified No. 3 in the long run.
RB Jeff Demps and RB Chris Rainey get their highest grades among the seniors from me. And both are just 4th round guys at best. I like Demps a bit more. He's got world-class speed that I think as a situational player can be very effective. He's small (5-8/185) but has Chris Johnson-like game-breaking ability. His primary value will be on special teams, but I think a zone-blocking team with a creative coach can use him as a matchup issue similar to Reggie Bush on occasion. Rainey is slightly smaller (5-8/175) that is a step slower that I think is less likely to get major reps on offense, and will be more limited to just special teams.
DT Jaye Howard looks the part of an NFL player (6-3/300), but he's slow off the snap and doesn't really use his hands well. He's a guy that I think will have to try his luck in a rotation as a 3-4 DE, but he's so raw that it's hard to see him doing much for the first 3 years of his career.
OT Xavier Nixon is a junior that has filled out his frame completely (6-5/290), but he's a nice athlete that I think can play on either side of the line. But he's probably best fit playing on the right side for a zone-blocking team. I think potentially he develops into a better version of Ephraim Salaam that is raw, but athletically able to hold up.
Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Jan. 2, 5 pm on ESPN
An intriguing matchup. QB Russell Wilson is probably the most interesting pro prospect in this game. Wilson is a player I've liked since his sophomore year at N.C. State. He was always a player that I wondered what he could be capable of if he fully committed to playing football, as he spent his springs/summers playing baseball. The player he reminds me of is Seneca Wallace in that he's a big-armed, but undersized (5-11/205) guy that is smart. The issue with Wilson is that while he is a good vertical passer, his field vision isn't great and he is a guy that can at times struggle to see throwing lanes from the pocket. So he'll run around a lot and try to extend plays with his legs. But when he does tuck it to run, he is dangerous with the ball. He's a guy that I think once NFL coaches can get a chance to work with him full-time has the potential to be overcome his lack of height like Wallace has or even Drew Brees and become a solid starter down the road. I see him a bit more as a good backup than a long-term starter like Brees. But he can definitely add depth at the next level, and might be a nice stopgap starter for a few years for a team.
Up front, Wisconsin has a number of good NFL prospects. OC Peter Konz is their best, but a junior. He's a good run blocker and solid pass protector that I think has the potential to be an elite center at the next level. OG Kevin Zeitler has put together a strong senior year. He can pull and is a good, albeit not great run blocker. But he's a guy that if he's your 3rd or 4th best blocker on your line, you are in very good shape. RT Josh Oglesby missed most of last year with injury. He has good size (6-7/330) but his technique is raw and he looks more like a career backup at RT that lacks the versatility to play more than 1 position.
FB Bradie Ewing is one of my top rated lead blockers. He needs to bulk up some more as NFL teams like their fullbacks to be much bigger than 5-11/235, but he's a solid lead blocker that rarely misses an assignment. And if he ever does add somewhat of a power element to his game, he should be a good starting FB.
WR Nick Toon has solid hands and looks like he can be a solid possession receiver at the next level. His lack of ideal speed is made up for by his good size (6-2/215). He should be a nice complementary receiver that you hope develops into a player comparable to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
CB Antonio Fenelus is a tough, fiesty undersized corner (5-8/190). His size hurts him when it comes to run support and matching up with big receivers, but he plays with heart and I see him sticking in the pros at least as a backup/special teams player because of it. FS Aaron Henry has the size (6-0/210) and speed you like in a safety, but is underwhelming in run support, and while decent in coverage, not quite good enough to make up for the fact that he would be a bit of liability vs. the run if asked to be a starter. He's a backup that I would target in the 6th round range.
RB Montee Ball is a junior that is a physical runner for his size (5-11/220) that I think has enough ability to be a starter at the next level. But he's more of a guy that should split reps with a quicker back than be a guy that carries the load. And while you see some good runs from him, the more you see him the more you are left wondering if he benefits greatly from having such a good line blocking for him.
I'm not sure if he'll play in this game, but the one Oregon I'm most keen to see is junior CB Cliff Harris who has missed time due to suspensions this year. In the one instance I saw him this year, he showed me good ball skills, but he's a rail thin guy (5-11/170) that doesn't always play with discipline because he's looking for the INT.
RB LaMichael James is their top prospect and also a junior. I like James, but I'm not sure how good a No. 2 RB he'll be. He's a smaller guy that has good speed, but I'd be surprised if he clocked anything faster than a 4.52 at the Combine. He's more quick than fast and has nice vision. At times he'll run hard, and others he'll run soft. I'm reminded of a guy like Steve Slaton that behind a zone-blocking line he can be an effective third down back. I don't expect him to fall off the face of the earth like Slaton did. But in that scheme, and one that likes to use ample screens he should be a good fit.
RB Kenjon Barner is also a junior that has probably better burst out of his cuts than James, but doesn't run with same toughenss or vision. He looks more like your run of the mill third down/change of pace back that won't be a regular part of the lineup. At least with James, his potentilal in the passing game is high enough that you think there is some potential to impact like a Darren Sproles in the right system.
TE David Paulson is a nice backup TE prospect that has good enough hands and speed to get some looks as a starter, but probably not a guy that will be more than a 40-catch guy in that role and is better served working as an H-back/No. 2 guy.
OLB Josh Kaddu is a decent pass rusher with nice straight-line burst off the edge, but at his size (6-3/235) he's a better fit as a WILL in a 4-3 than playing in a 3-4. He's a good run and hit player with nice speed, but struggles vs. the run when you ask him to play near the line of scrimmage.
I like the toughness of their safeties: senior SS Eddie Pleasant and junior FS John Boyett. They show some leadership and character, although Pleasant can get overly aggressive at times. Pleasant is a physical thumper that I've seen improve in coverage over the course of the season. I think he's good enough to start at the next level, but won't be great there. He's probably more ideal as a backup. Boyett has very good straight-line burst and speed which allows him to cover ground as a centerfielder. But he doesn't show great ball skills to make a lot of plays in coverage. And he's also an undersized tackler that I think can potentially develop into a starter, but again is ideally suited to add depth.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Stanford vs. Oklahoma State
Jan. 2, 8:30 pm on ESPN
This will mark Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden's final college games.Despite all the attempts to knock Luck, he's a superb QB prospect. He's not perfect by any means, but he has a good arm, good athlete, and flashes the ability to fight tight windows and throw with accuracy that reminds me a lot of the same way that Aaron Rodgers is playing the game today. The difference is that it probably won't take Luck 6 years to get there, more like 2 or 3. Weeden is a player that is decent, but he doesn't really wow me. As a 28-year old, I'm not sure if I was a team I would really put too much stock in his long-term potential. But he has a nice arm, flashes decent accuracy and shows some mobility. He's efficient. But the problem I have is that Okie State's offense relies heavily on the dink and dunk passing and when he's asked to throw beyond 10 yards, I think he becomes fairly average. I also think he can press at times and can struggle against pressure. I think he makes a nice backup because I think from the neck up he's smart and mature enough to be an effective stopgap in the pros, but I just think a team will be setting themselves up for disappointment if they tag him as a potential starter. I think he can get there down the line if/when he gets comfortable in a system, but more in the Kyle Orton mold as a competent, but not good starter.
Stanford's other best pro prospect is RG David DeCastro whose ability in a short area, mean streak, and ability to pull reminds me a lot of Logan Mankins. He's not a guy that is going to really push the pile, but I think he's a guy that in the right scheme that will use him like New England uses Mankins he could become of the better guards in the league. He's just a junior, but you imagine that he and LT Jonathan Martin could come out early to join Luck. Martin is a solid LT prospect that has nice athleticism, and uses his hands fairly well to make up for his lack of ideal quickness. He's not a guy that I'd want matching up with elite NFL DEs, particularly not right away, but I think he can develop potentially into an above average to good starting LT. Another junior is OLB Chase Thomas who flashes intriguing upside as a pass rusher off the edge, that I think has the potential to be a BRooks Reed type of player.
TE Coby Fleener is their best senior prospect and my top senior TE. He has good, reliable hands and flashes ability and potential as a blocker. I don't see him as an elite NFL tight end as a pass catcher, but a guy that in an offense that features the TE quite a bit can be production in the Heath Miller mold as a great No. 3 option, but a solid No. 2 option.
SS Delano Howell is a thumper that can deliver some hits. He's not the biggest guy, but when he's not trying to make the big hit is a fairly sound tackler that doesn't miss many stops. I've yet to see him do much in coverage, but he seems to not make mistakes either. But I project him as a backup that could develop into a decent stopgap starter in a Cover-2 scheme.
Also this will be the last game for Okie State WR Justin Blackmon. The player I consistently compare Blackmon to is Terrell Owens. Owens was a bit bigger at 6-3/220 while Blackmon is more 6-1/215. But I think they are similar in that they don't have great top-end speed but accelerate quickly to their 4.5 speed and are very quick and explosive despite not having the speed to simply run by corners. Blackmon also has lapses in concentration that can lead to drops and fumbles. He is good after the catch, but has a tendency to not secure the ball which again leads to some ball security issues. I think Blackmon can be a solid No. 1 receiver, but I feel he's more Michael Crabtree than the next truly elite WR. But with a good QB and an offense that is willing to give him a lot of work, he can be a productive starter. I also do think like T.O., Blackmon's football character isn't great. I think he can get frustrated and check out when he's not getting the ball enough. But I don't think you'll see him doing all of the off-field antics of Owens. So probably a better comparison is Roddy White in that he can create headaches and is diva-ish, but probably not to the degree that it really hurts your team.
The other top Okie State prospect is FS Markelle Martin. Martin is a good run defender despite not having great size, and also is capable in coverage. He's a guy that I don't see being a stud starter at the next level, but should be a capable and productive guy that can be like a rich man's version of Thomas DeCoud.
OT Levy Adcock I've seen ranked on some sites/lists as one of the premier senior OTs, and I just don't see it. I think he is a decent guy that I think can be a decent option as a zone blocking guard. But despite good size (6-5/320), he is a limited athlete that just doesn't have the pop, push, or footwork to stay outside IMO.
OC Grant Garner is a decent backup prospect that I think is good enough to add depth, but will be exposed if asked to be a starter for long periods of time at the next level.
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