Scouting the Big 12: Oklahoma State

The Cowboys are back in the saddle and hope to improve from their bowl win last season. The best pro-caliber talent resides on the offensive side of the ball, including a top-60 pick at receiver and a dominant young lineman.

As natural a receiver as any in the country, Rashaun Woods looks to continue what has been great production since his sophomore campaign. With tremendous pass catching skills, Woods makes the ordinary as well as the extraordinary reception an every-game occurrence. He has a great feel for the position and plays on an almost telepathic wavelength with his quarterback. Woods will be one of the more hotly debated prospects going into the draft; he's incredibly productive but is neither big nor fast when projecting him to the next level. An early-to-mid second round calling should fit his talents. Tatum Bell is a speedy running back that quickly gets through the hole on the inside or beats defenders around the corner. He has great open field skills and can run to daylight. A little small, Bell is only an ordinary pass catcher, which puts him a little behind since he's viewed as a third down back. The late frames are where he'll end up. Tight end Billy Bejema is solid as both a pass catcher and blocker. Though he's not going to make many plays down the field, Bejema has both size and size potential which could make him attractive in 2004. At quarterback, Josh Fields is a heady and tough signal caller that always works to make something positive happen. Lacking arm strength, pocket passer size, and mobility, his upside is very limited for the next level. A player whose potential is unlimited would be guard Sam Mayes, an athletic yet dominant blocker and wide body up front. Possessing quickness off the snap, Mayes destroys opponents and removes defenders from the play. He needs to get results on every down but is one of the most underrated pro-prospects in the country.

Defensively, Elebert Craig is an intelligent safety that always makes positive plays and rarely gets beat. He may not have the great speed but could be an effective backup for a two deep scheme at the next level.


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