Scouting the Big 12: Oklahoma State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

This could be the year Oklahoma State rises to the top of the Big 12 and takes the conference title. Talented on both sides of the ball, OSU will scatter players throughout the second and third days of next year’s draft.

Receiver James Washington gave serious consideration to entering last April’s draft but, in the end, returned for his senior season. Given the weakness of the position in 2017 while factoring in Washington’s skills, some questioned his decision.

Washington offers decent size and plays fast football. He makes a lot of acrobatic receptions as well as big plays from the line of scrimmage. He finds ways to separate from defenders or gets into the clearing despite being the focus of attention from opponents.

What he lacks is great concentration, and I saw Washington drop a number of catchable throws on film. He’s stamped as a second-round pick on our board but could move into the first round and if he consistently plays at a high level. Ultimately Washington has the potential to grow into a team’s second wideout at the next level.

I like quarterback Mason Rudolph and grade him slightly higher than most scouts as a fourth-rounder yet firmly believe the productive passer is a long way from being NFL-ready.

Rudolph offers terrific pocket-passer size and more than enough arm strength to play on Sundays. He’s accurate in the short and long field but at the same time can be very streaky.

His accuracy tends to get away from him, and oftentimes Rudolph misses open receivers or makes targets work hard for the reception. There’s also the question of Rudolph’s ability to transition to an NFL system. The talent is available, but it will take proper coaching and some time before he’s ready for the next level.

Senior safety Tre Flowers has starting potential in the right NFL system.

He’s a nice-sized defensive back who plays big, intimidating football and offers decent ball skills between the numbers. What Flowers lacks is lateral speed and a closing burst. He’ll need to line up as a conventional strong safety or in a zone system at the next level, which will reduce his attractiveness on draft weekend.

Several scouts handed linebacker Chad Whitener a low-level free-agent grade, but I disagree.

Whitener plays tough, intelligent football and is constantly around the action making positive plays. He’s limited to the inside of a 3-4 alignment at the next level but plays with a special teams mentality, which provides added value.

Oklahoma State

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.88

2nd

James Washington

WR

28

4Sr

3.59

3-4

Tre Flowers

S

31

5Sr

3.53

4th

Mason Rudolph

QB

2

4Sr

3.35

6th

Marcus Keyes

G

75

3So

3.33

6th

Jalen McCleskey

WR

1

3Jr

3.32

6-7

Chad Whitener

ILB

45

5Sr

3.28

7th

Chris Lacy

WR

15

4Sr

3.20

FA

Jarrell Owens

DE

93

4Jr

3.20

FA

Marcell Ateman

WR

3

5Sr

3.18

FA

Justin Phillips

OLB

19

4Jr

3.05

FA

Larry Williams

G

56

5Sr

2.95

FA

Ramon Richards

S

7

5Sr

2.95

FA

Aaron Cochran

T

75

5Sr

2.90

FA

Zachary Crabtree

T

60

5Sr