Scouting the WAC: SMU/Tulsa

Are the SMU Mustangs on the verge of a breakthrough? Quite possibly as the program has more talent then in recent years and will offer next April's draft a good amount of senior prospects. Tulsa on the other hand has a long climb.


Offensively, Keylon Kincade is a nice sized interior runner with good vision and running instinct. He can handle a lot of carries during the course of a game and could fit in as the third man on a depth chart at the next level. Chris Cunningham is a diminutive receiver with a penchant for making the big plays as a pass catcher or return specialist. Cunningham, known as "The Rocket" for his explosion, missed all of last year with a broken foot. He would be a nice fifth receiver/special teams player in the NFL.

Defensively, we've liked Jonas Rutledge since personally scouting him in 2001 against Hawaii. He was one of the few college corners we thought did a decent job against Ashley Lelie. Rutledge has nice size, explosion and general cover skills. A big senior campaign could move him into the late part of day one. Former safety Ruben Moodley moves to corner this season and is in a position to really improve his stock. Moodley is a tough run defender with decent range and cover skills.


It is unlikely any Tulsa player will be drafted, though a few can be signed after the draft. Jorma Bailey displays some explosion from his outside linebacker position but projects to safety in the NFL. Senior receiver Romby Bryant has flashed skill but has poor size/speed numbers and must really step up his game. A pair of juniors to chart would be receiver Montiese Culton and safety Jeff Thibodeaux.

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