Scouting the Big 12: Oklahoma State
One prospect who could easily make a jump
into the top 40 should he leave for the professional ranks is junior receiver D'Juan Woods. Brother to 49er pass
catcher Rashaun Woods, the younger sibling is faster and has more talent. A reliable pass catcher with a well-rounded game,
Woods consistently makes the tough reception downfield even when opposing
defenses double him. Displaying
great focus and concentration, Woods is the go-to guy who cannot be stopped.
Lead blocker Shawn Willis sees minimal action in the Cowboys
system yet presents himself as a tough and effective fullback. Engulfing defenders and
opening holes for running game, Willis possesses blocking vision yet is a
minimal offensive threat. A former tight end, Charlie Johnson will be used at
blind-side tackle this year. A big,
strong football player, Johnson removes opponents off the line of scrimmage and
makes good use of blocking angles in pass protection. Only a short-range target as a pass catcher, he could jump
into the late rounds if he excels as an offensive lineman.
Junior guard Corey Hilliard is a nice sized athlete who blocks
with leverage and explosion at the point of attack.
Displaying footwork in pass protection, he easily moves about the
field and effectively walls defenders from the action.
At times a bit tentative, Hilliard must improve his run blocking strength
Running back Seymour Shaw has solid size and flashed skill playing
behind Vernand Morency. A good campaign in '05 could move him into the
late frames, though Shaw's status for this season is still up in the air due to
Running back Seymour Shaw has solid size and flashed skill playing behind Vernand Morency. A good campaign in '05 could move him into the late frames, though Shaw's status for this season is still up in the air due to grades.
After the untimely passing of senior Vernon Grant, the top prospect on defense is now junior Darnell Smith. An explosive player, Smith possesses speed off the edge and makes plays in the backfield. Undersized, he may ultimately stand up over tackle in a 34 defense and his best NFL position could be outside linebacker. Linebacker Lawrence Pinson and safety Jamie Thompson are both on the radar screen.
Oklahoma St. Prospect List