'06 NFL Draft Watch: Oklahoma

After consecutive losses in the BCS title game, the Sooners still have a team worthy of national contention. The senior class offers several talented NFL prospects who will impact next April's draft yet the top pro-players in Norman reside in the underclassmen ranks.  

Scouting the Big 12:  Oklahoma 

As has been the case the past three seasons, OU is brimming with talented receivers.  Travis Wilson is a nice sized wide out who displays eye\hand coordination and adjusts in midair to catch the errant throw. Sized well, he takes a pounding yet holds onto the football and effectively blocks downfield.  Wilson has first day potential as a possession wide out in April.  After a solid sophomore campaign the play of Jejuan Rankins fell off last year.  Moving into the starting lineup this season, Rankins is a talented receiver who could make himself a draftable commodity with a good senior campaign.  Tight end James Moses is another solid pass catcher who runs well after the reception.  Playing with solid fundamentals, Moses gives effort blocking yet lacks strength at the point and is not a finisher.  A tad undersized, Moses must run fast 40-times prior to April's draft to squeak into the late rounds.  Lead fullback J.D. Runnels is athletic, hard working and quick in all aspects of the game. Runnels displays blocking vision, strength at the point of attack and creates space for the ball carrier.  Offering solid receiving skills out of the backfield,  Runnels is a good middle round pick next year.  Backup running back Kejuan Jones is an undersized yet speedy ball carrier and solid receiver out of the backfield.  Jones displays good vision and runs north-/south.  Size is a limiting factor but Jones could fall into the late rounds as a third down back at the next level.  The line has three prospects starting with Davin Joseph.  A player we've highly rated since his sophomore campaign, Joseph is a fundamentally sound blocker with outstanding vision and tenacity.  Devastating anywhere on the field, he easily controls opponents at the point of attack or engulfs them off the snap of the ball.  Dominant as a run blocker, Joseph is a bit stiff and best in confined quarters.  A natural guard, Joseph will be used at left tackle for the Sooners this season and good campaign will significantly improve his draft ranking.  At the very least he will be a top 60-selection next April. A hard working lineman, senior Chris Bush has been used at both guard and center.  An excellent position blocker, Bush is a limited athlete who must improve his playing strength.  Finally Kelvin Chaisson is an explosive blocker who effectively uses hand technique to turn defenders off the ball.  Lacking balance, footwork and strength at the point, Chaisson is a free agent and backup at the next level. 

Compared to previous years, the numbers and quality are not the same on the defensive side of the ball.  Senior tackle Dusty Dvoracek returns after sitting out last year with a suspension.  A quick and explosive defensive tackle, Dvoracek is a tenacious player with a mean streak.  He must also overcome a torn biceps muscle in his left arm, though Dvoracek will get looks in the draft's first day with a good campaign.  Junior Larry Birdine looks like a star in the making and potential early round choice in the future.  An explosive athlete, Birdine is tremendous in pursuit, making plays out to the sidelines and shows exceptional range on the field.  Running with speed in any direction, Birdine flashes brilliance and will shoot up draft boards as he physically matures.  Strong side linebacker Clint Ingram is an effective defender in the box.  Aggressive, Ingram likes to mix it up and is forceful off the edge on the blitz or cuts off the flanks from running backs.  Deceptively strong, he is a nasty defender who must improve his instincts yet has solid middle round potential.  Junior linebacker Rufus Alexander is a speedy defender who plays with great intensity.  Possessing tremendous range, Alexander flashes on the scene and is tough in run defense or effective in coverage.  Undersized, he runs around blocks to get to the action.  Alexander is a solid prospect on the weak side and potential first day pick in the future.  Cornerback Chijioke Onyenegecha is a talented prospect who did well out of junior college.  If he takes his game to another level Onyenegecha could jump into the draft's first day.  Defensive back Eric Bassey showed flashes of ability early in his career yet was inconsistent as a junior.  A solid athlete effective when the action is in front of him, Bassey started at cornerback last year when Antonio Perkins went down with a knee injury.  Aggressive in run defense, he displays a quick break to the action as well as a burst of closing speed.  Not very instinctive Bassey is slow to react and lacks top ball skills.  Possessing solid size he presently looks like a dime back at the next level and could jump into the middle rounds if he pulls it together as a senior. 

Oklahoma Prospect List

Name Pos Yr #
Rufus Alexander OLB 4Jr 78
Eric Bassey CB 5Sr 13
Larry Birdine DE 4Jr 60
Chris Bush C 5Sr 52
Kelvin Chaisson G 5Sr 70
Dusty Dvoracek DT 5Sr 94
Clint Ingram OLB 5Sr 44
Kejuan Jones RB 5Sr 20
Davin Joseph G 4Sr 77
James Moses TE 5Sr 89
Chijioke Onyenegecha CB 4Sr 22
Jejuan Rankins WR 4Sr 3
J.D. Runnels FB 4Sr 38
Travis Wilson WR 4Sr 4


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