From the time he stepped onto the football field as a true freshman NFL scouts have kept close watch on Adrian Peterson. A running back who combines outstanding strength, top instincts and speed, Peterson has a well-rounded game. He projects as a feature runner at the next level and could well be tagged as a "franchise running back". Injuries reared their ugly head last season for Peterson. With four-fifths of the offensive line graduating to the NFL it is something that must be monitored this year. Should he stay healthy and opt for the draft as expected, Peterson is likely a top four pick next April.
The strength of the Sooner team lies on defense where a hand full of draft eligible players reside as potential first day picks. After missing most of last season with a torn left biceps defensive end Larry Birdine returns with the hopes of building upon what was an outstanding sophomore campaign in ‘04. A terrific athlete, Birdine is fluid making plays up-and-down the line of scrimmage and had the ability to be used in space. Undersized, he is likely to be tried as a rush linebacker in 34 system at the next level. Junior defensive tackle Carl Pendleton is an explosive lineman who fires up field through the open gaps or makes plays out to the sidelines. Lacking bulk Pendleton does offer growth potential which must be met in order for him to become an early draft choice in the future. Senior defensive end C.J. Ah You is a tenacious defender who constantly goes hard. Effective with his hands, he plays with good instincts and is tough to move off the point. Possessing a small area burst of speed You has potential as a two-gap lineman in the NFL. Calvin Thibodeaux an explosive college pass rusher constantly making plays out to the flanks. Undersized for the three-point stance, he must show skills at outside linebacker to get late round consideration. After much research Rufus Alexander bypassed the NFL draft earlier this year to stick around for his senior campaign in Norman. A terrific athlete, Alexander plays with great quickness, speed and displays range on the field. Explosive filling gaps in run defense, he is also solid in coverage and plays with good degree of intelligence. Alexander will get top 75 consideration for a team needing a weak side linebacker next April. In our opinion middle linebacker Zach Latimer is one of the more underrated defenders in the nation. Always around the action, Latimer does a terrific job diagnosing plays and remaining disciplined until the whistle blows. Efficient, he takes good angles to the action and likes to mix it up. Possessing marginal playing speed, Latimer is slow to shed but his production on the field cannot be denied. Junior D.J. Wolfe is a versatile defensive back that plays with an aggressive style. Athletic, Wolfe makes a lot of plays on the ball in coverage and at the same time willing defends the run. Offering good upside, Wolfe must be watched the next few years.
Oklahoma Prospect List
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