Draft Expert likes Horns, Big 12

Scout.com NFL draft analyst Chris Stueber thinks there are several top prospects from the Forty Acres, including All-Everything Brian Orakpo and Senior Bowl participant Quan Cosby, and the Big 12 in general. Burnt Orange Beat chatted with Stueber and got his perspective on the Senior Bowls, the Big 12 potential first round selections, and his mock draft.

Chris Steuber of Scout.com just returned from a week in Mobile, AL taking in the Senior Bowl game and practices. The Senior Bowl has always been the most prestigious bowl to play in if invited, and that is no different this year. As always, some of the highest rated invitees elect to sit it out.

"He (Brian Orakpo) wasn't the only senior to decline. Most of the top seniors didn't attend the Senior Bowl. Players like Aaron Curry, James Laurinaitis, Eugene Monroe, Jason Smith did not attend. Most of them opt to workout on their own," said Steuber.

In fact, Stebuer has Orakpo in his top ten of his most recent mock draft going to the Green Bay packers at #9.

"I think (Florida State DE) Everette Brown will be the first DE off the board," said Steuber, but added Orakpo is a definite top 15 pick at this point. "3-4 teams are looking at him (Orakpo) as an OLB. 4-3 teams are looking at him as a DE. He's more natural (as a DE)," added Steuber.

Texas senior wide receiver Quan Cosby did attend and performed very well in Mobile. As is the case with most all-star games, you can usually learn more about the players from the practices than the actual game, and Cosby fits that bill. Cosby had one catch for fifteen yards in the game.

"He looked really good at the Senior Bowl. I knew about Quan going into Mobile and his play just solidified what I originally thought. He's a great football player. The problem is his size and age. He only measured in at 5-9, 191. He's compact and strong, but his stature is much shorter than I anticipated. His age will worry a lot of teams. I think he will be a fifth round pick. He will be a nice slot receiver," said Steuber.

In addition to Orakpo, Steuber also has five other Big 12 players in his top 28 including Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree (4), junior Jeremy Maclin from Missouri (11), Baylor OT Jason Smith (13), Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew (21), and Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt (28).

The Longhorn's Fiesta Bowl opponent, Ohio State, is well represented too. The Buckeyes have three of the top 20 picks in Steuber's Mock Draft with Malcolm Jenkins (9), Chris Wells (19), and James Laurinaitis (20).


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