Thursday, November 19, 2009

Draft Watch: Oklahoma State Cowboys

We have a Big 12 game tonight on Thursday Night College Football, players to watch for the 2010 NFL Draft are the following.

QB Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State - Robinson plays in a spread offense that so much of college football is going to, which makes it hard for NFL personal to really get a true evaluation off what a quarterback can do at the next level. Robinson is a good athlete and can move in the pocket to give himself time to get the ball down field and he does have a strong arm. He hasn’t had the season that many people thought he would, some of which is due to the NCAA suspension of his top receiver Dez Bryant. He is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,922 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Colorado native has also rushed for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Right now looks, the Poke's signal caller looks like a 6th or 7th round pick, someone a team will want to develop for down the road.

RB Keith Toston, Oklahoma State – Toston has really improved his draft stock this season, with the loss of Bryant the Cowboys have become more of a running team and with Kendall Hunter injured for much of the season, Toston he been the focal point of the ground game. The senior has good size at 6' 0" and 214 pouds, with some good numbers as well (958 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns, 5.4 yards per carry). Toston has also caught 22 passes for 211 yards. The biggest question mark is going to be his straight line speed, which is why he will go somewhere around the 5th round.

OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State – As the season winds down, Okung, appears to be a sure fire top 10 pick and could be the first offensive tackle drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. Okung is a durable player having started since he was a true freshman. He is a good athlete, with good lateral mobility which allows him to be a very good pass protector (read: left tackle). He has quick feet and fluid movement, and also possesses a mean streak that scouts look for in offensive linemen. Coming from the spread offense that Oklahoma State runs, Okung will need to improve as a run blocker. He also needs to get stronger in the weight room.

OG Andrew Lewis, Oklahoma State – Lewis has the ability to play both guard and center and has decent size at 6' 4" and 295 pounds. The interior lineman does a good job in pass blocking, but needs to get a little stronger in run blocking and that will come in time. He has good feet and is a good overall athlete. Expect Lewis to get drafted towards the end of the draft.

OLB Patrick Lavine, Oklahoma State – Lavine has been a constant for OSU over the last three seasons, he finished second on the team in tackles as a freshman and sophomore, dropping to fourth last season as a junior. This season, his final in Stillwater, the linebacker has recorded 59 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack and an impressive five interceptions. Lavine was a safety in high school and still has good coverage skills for an outside linebacker. He is a bit undersized 6' 2" and 226 pounds, so he will need to add some weight to play at the next level. Right now, Lavine looks like a late round draft pick or an priority undrafted rookie free-agent.

CB Perrish Cox , Oklahoma State - Cox has good size a 6' 0" and 200 pounds. He is not only a good cover cornerback, but a willing tackler. Cox possesses good speed and shows that off on special teams, as he is one of the top returners in the Big XII. He has the ability to play both man to man and zone coverage as a cornerback. He has 29 total tackles this season with four interceptions and 15 pass break-ups, adding 543 kick return yards on 24 returns (22.6 yards per return) to his resume. Cox also has returned 12 punts for 106 yards. Cox is the top rated defender for Mike Gundy's squad and should go in the 2nd round draft of the 2010 NFL Draft.

S Andre Sexton, Oklahoma State – Sexton has played both linebacker and safety at Oklahoma State. He has good size at 6' 0" and 224 pounds, projecting as a safety at the next level. Sexton is a good overall athlete, but needs to improve his coverage skills. He's a good tackler and this season has wracked up 53 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one interception and four pass break-ups. Right now looks like a late round draft pick or an undrafted rookie free-agent.

S Lucien Antoine, Oklahoma State – Antoine is a physical safety who will come up and hit you. He has good size at 6' 1" and 215 pounds, but needs to improve his coverage skills. This season, the senior safety has 53 total tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception. He will be an "in the box" type safety at the next level. Like Sexton, Antoine projects as a late round draft pick or an undrafted rookie free-agent.

Colorado really doesn’t have any seniors for the 2010 NFL Draft.

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