Everyone agrees that Oklahoma's Donte Nicholson is the top safety prospect in the land but the class thins out after the hard hitting defender. That situation could quickly improve if the early rumors are true; a second consecutive draft will be graced with a underclassman centerfielder coming from Georgia. Last year Sean Jones left Athens early and became a second round pick of the Cleveland Browns and right now it looks like Thomas Davis will follow suit and make the jump after this season...and with good reason. Scouts have been raving about the play of Davis who is a fearsome run defender yet also solid in pass coverage. Right now he looks like a lock as a top 45 selection.
Another safety from the underclassmen ranks gaining notice is Hurricane redshirt-sophomore Brandon Meriweather. A defensive back with real good cover skills, Meriweather has improved the consistency of his game and though he needs time to develop, has scouts excited right now.
Like, safety the tight end position really thins out after the top prospect and would improve with an infusion of underclassmen, two of whom come from the University of Michigan. Starter Tim Massaquoi and his "back-up" Tyler Ecker were players we spoke about in our summer previews and are a pair of prospects that have shown almost weekly improvement. Massaquoi rates as one of our best tight ends and Ecker is also making a move. Each could be a first day pick if they continue the good work this season.
The scoreboard showed a victory for the Sooners over Texas last Saturday at the Cotton Bowl and their senior offensive linemen came out as real winners. Handling the Longhorn rush all day, Wes Sims and Jamaal Brown were nothing short of stunning shutting down the UT defensive blitzes throughout the contest, neutralizing the speed of the opponents back seven. With several other tackles having a disappointing open to the season, Brown has improved his draft stock and is heading towards the top two rounds.
Another Big 12 player soaring up boards is Oklahoma State running back Vernand Morency. Leading the nation averaging 173.8 yards per contest, Morency has topped the 100-yard mark by halftime in three of five outings this season. Backing-up Tatum Bell the past two seasons, Morency has similar size/speed numbers to the Bronco's 2004 second round pick and many think he has a greater upside.