Scouting the Alamo Bowl for NFL talent

An unusual early bowl appearance for the Ohio State Buckeyes whose top senior NFL prospect is a place kicker. The upperclassmen from Oklahoma State are not much better yet there is a bevy of talented draft eligible juniors and sophomores from both schools that could have a major impact on next April's draft.

Ohio State

Dustin Fox/CB/37/4Sr:  Smart, intelligent prospect who lacks the great cornerback speed.  Best in a zone system where he can face the quarterback and also has possibilities as a nickel back.

Simon Fraser/DE/75/4Sr: Workman like defender who gives top effort and plays with a great degree of intelligence.  Limited athlete with marginal upside for the next level.

Maurice Hall/RB/28/4Sr: Straight-line backed with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.  Flashes skills yet has never taken his game to a higher level.

A.J. Hawk/OLB/47/3Jr:  Tough as nails defender who flies around the action and makes a lot of plays on the ball carrier.  Displays excellent range and explosion.  Top prospect for 2006 who already stated he will return to college next season.

Santonio Holmes/WR/4/3So: Explosive receiver with a penchant for breaking the long one.  Excellent deep speed and also possesses a lot of natural receiving skills.

Branden Joe/FB/38/5Sr: Hard working lead fullback also effective handling the ball.  Used at the primary ball carrier this season for Ohio State.

Mike Nugent/PK/85/4Sr: Big legged kicker very accurate on the field goals.

Lydell Ross/RB/30/4Sr:  Highly touted to recruit that's shown flashes yet never pulled the pieces together or took his game to a higher level when the opportunity presented itself.  Ball security has been a major problem.

Nate Salley/S/21/3Jr: Solid defensive back with a lot of upside for the next level.

Anthony Schlegel/ILB/51/4Jr:  Tough, middle linebacker and a two down defender solid against the run.

Rob Sims/T/77/3Jr:  Athletic left tackle not talked about much outside scouting circles. Possesses a great amount of physical skill yet at the same time displays a good feel for the position.  A lot of upside for the next level.

Oklahoma State

Billy Bajema/TE/86/4Sr:  Solid pass catching tight end that runs well for a player at his position.  Effective running after the reception.  Gives effort blocking but gets minimal results.

Cole Farden/P/18/4Sr:  Dual threat kicker that booms his punts or kick loss.  Also a good directional punter.

Vernon Grant/S/20/3Jr: Solid zone cover safety aggressive defending the run.  Tough and likes to fly around the ball.

Jon Holland/S/17/4Sr:  Physical defensive back effective defending the run or covering the pass.  Very active and displays a good sense of tapping on the field. Lacks the top size/speed numbers yet a solid football player

Sam Mayes/G/76/5Sr: Underrated blocker with both power and explosion as well as the ability to dominate defenders.  Not light on his feet and must condition himself better but potentially a good run blocker for the next level.

Vernand Morency/RB/33/4Jr:  Explosive runner with terrific all around skills.  Very productive as a starter this season.  Over-aged prospect who played semi-pro baseball and has already stated he will return in 2005.

Darrent Williams/CB/9/4Sr:  Solid cornerback that consistently displays good cover skills.  Had his season interrupted with injury and will not play in this game due to suspension.

Shawn Willis/FB/37/4Jr: Explosive lead blocker that opens holes for ball carriers or anchors at the point in pass protection.  Tough in all aspects and a devastating fullback prospect.

D'Juan Woods/WR/84/3So: Developing young receiver with good natural skills, just like his brother. 

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