Scouting the Big 12: Oklahoma State

On the path to success, the Oklahoma State Cowboys come off of consecutive bowl appearances and now move on without the services of their record setting wide receiver and first round pick Rashaun Woods. Still, this program offers a good amount of talent as several players from this roster possess good upside for the next level.

Up front, big bodied Sam Mayes is a powerful blocker who dominates opponents at the point of attack.  Playing low with leverage, he displays good jolt and easily anchors in pass protection or turns defenders off the ball opening holes for the running game.  Extending his arms, Mayes easily keeps opponents away or blocks down on defenders and removes them from the action.  Not light on his feet, he looks overweight and poorly conditioned, lumbering around the field with marginal skills blocking in motion.  Possessing a good amount of upside, Mayes must first make football a priority and a good senior campaign with solid post season results could push him into the middle rounds of next April's draft.  Tight end Billy Bajema runs well for a player at his position and is a solid pass catcher.  Looking the ball into his hands, Bajema effectively picks up positive yardage running after the catch.  While he gives effort blocking Bajema must improve his overall body strength yet if he runs well at next February's combine he looks like another solid middle round choice.  Quarterback Josh Fields is a good college passer that sees the field and works hard to make positive plays.  Lacking stature and an NFL arm, his professional career may lay in baseball rather than throwing the pigskin.  The offense has several talented underclassmen with potential for the next level starting with left tackle Corey Hilliard.  A good athlete, Hilliard blocks with leverage, strength and easily holds the point of attack.  Still needing to refine the rough edges of his game, Hilliard must improve his blocking balance, use of angles as well as the mental nuances of the position.  Fullback Sean Willis is explosive at the point of attack and removes defenders off the line scrimmage.  Blocking with good knee bend, he shows strength at the point of attack and helps the quarterback sell the play action.  D'Juan Woods, Rashaun's  younger brother, is a heady receiver that does a nice job settling into the open spot of the defense.  Coming back to the ball, Woods always works to make himself an available target but lacks the speed and ability to get separation down the field.  Though a solid receiver at this point in his career D'Juan is nowhere near the prospect his brother was.

On defense Oklahoma States top prospects lay in the secondary.  Though a tad undersized, cornerback Darrent Williams is a ball hawking magnet with a penchant for making the big play.  Displaying a solid move on the ball, he is very aware and constantly making positive things happen.  Not physical Williams looks best as a zone cover defensive back that should be good value in the late rounds.  Teammate Robert Jones works is another solid zone cornerback that plays on the opposite side of Williams.  Junior Jon Holland displays a solid head for the ball and also displays excellent ball awareness .  Finally Cole Farden is a highly rated punter that could find his way into the middle rounds next April.

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