offensive prospects are solid, not spectacular.
Antwone Savage is a consistent wide out with natural skills.
He shows a good feel for the game with the hands for the position, making
both difficult and important receptions. Savage
took a step up last season but may not have the size/speed numbers to move him
into the early part of the draft. Mark
Clayton, only a red-shirt sophomore, does offer some big time skills at
receiver and how can he miss with a name like that!
Trent Smith is a decent sized tight end with a tremendous head on
his shoulders and makes all the receptions in any area of the field.
He is almost clairvoyant knowing what his quarterback is thinking, no
matter who may be taking the snaps, and is the "go-to" guy.
Problem is he's not very fast, has difficulty re-adjusting for the
difficult grab and the way OU uses the tight end, its' anyone's guess as to
his blocking skills. Right now Smith is a prospect whose post-season
performances are critical. Quentin
Griffen is a small (short to the point) scat-back that perfectly fits the
Sooner system but must display the element of return specialist if he's to get
any serious consideration next April. While
we like the physical skills of quarterback Jason White, he needs to
improve his consistency, accuracy and decision-making.
lost a ton of leadership on defense but with a year of both physical and
maturity, this could be one of the best units Stoops has fielded since landing
in Norman. Andre Woolfolk
will play both wide out and cornerback for OU but in the end we like him on the
defensive side of the ball. For one
with such limited experience at corner he looked seamless last season in his
transition as his cover skills/instincts were top notch.
Woolfolk showed tremendous wherewithal and just excellent overall
awareness. The big question mark on
Woolfolk, whether it be at corner or receiver, is his forty-time, an element
that will dictate several draft slots. Considering
his size (height) and upside potential he is a real nice prospect.
There is no questioning the physical talents or corner skills of junior Derek
Strait. Strait plays with
terrific techniques, speed and skill, displaying the abilities to be a shut down
corner. Not a physical defender, he
is intimidated by bigger opponents at times (Strait was pulled off Roy Williams
last year in the Red River Rivalry after getting burnt early) but should he iron
out the rough edges he is a big-time prospect.
One that does like to fly around the ball and another real good prospect
in the Sooner secondary is safety Brandon Everage.
Though the spotlight may have been on Roy Williams last season Everage
held his own and is very effective defending both the run and pass.
Like Woolfolk and Strait, as well as many other members of this program,
Everage plays a smart brand of football and rarely gets caught out of position
(an attribute Stoops should be given credit for).
He needs to improve some of his techniques but is a first day choice when
he enters the draft. Teddy
Lehman could be a more athletic version of Rocky Calmus and has a bright
future ahead of him while Jimmy Wilkerson could develop into a complete
defensive linemen if he adds some bulk.