Scouting the Sugar Bowl: Auburn vs Oklahoma

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

Auburn (8-4) looks to cap its first nine-win season since its BCS runner-up finish in 2013, while Oklahoma (10-2) looks for its 10th straight win after early losses to Houston and Ohio State. This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl features one likely first-round prospect and a few Day 2 options for NFL teams.

Sugar Bowl Prospects

Rnd

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

1st

3.99

Auburn

Carl Lawson

DE

55

4Jr

3rd

3.63

Oklahoma

Joe Mixon

RB

25

3So

2-3

3.73

Oklahoma

Dede Westbrook

WR

11

4Sr

3rd

3.62

Oklahoma

Samaje Perine

RB

2

3Jr

4th

3.56

Oklahoma

Charles Walker

DT

97

4Jr

4-5

3.49

Auburn

Montravius Adams

DT

1

4Sr

5th

3.47

Auburn

Braden Smith

G

71

3Jr

5th

3.44

Auburn

Johnathan Ford

S

23

4Sr

5th

3.43

Oklahoma

Jordan Thomas

CB

7

3Jr

5th

3.42

Auburn

Tray Matthews

S

28

4Jr

6-7

3.32

Oklahoma

Ahmad Thomas

S

13

4Sr

7th-FA

3.25

Auburn

Alex Kozan

G

63

5Sr

FA

3.18

Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield

QB

6

5Sr

FA

3.18

Oklahoma

Geno Lewis

WR

5

5Sr

FA

3.05

Oklahoma

Jordan Evans

ILB

26

4Sr

FA

3.05

Oklahoma

Steven Parker

S

10

3Jr

FA

3.00

Auburn

Jovon Robinson

RB

29

4Sr

FA

2.99

Auburn

Devaroe Lawrence

DT

94

4Sr

FA

2.81

Oklahoma

Dakota Austin

CB

27

4Sr

FA

2.79

Auburn

Jeremy Johnson

QB

6

4Sr

FA

2.73

Auburn

Tony Stevens

WR

8

4Sr

FA

2.72

Auburn

Marcus Davis

WR

80

4Sr

FA

2.70

Auburn

Robert Leff

T

70

4Sr

Carl Lawson turned in a healthy, productive senior season which should help to alleviate some of the prior concerns about his health. His speed, strength and hand work give him a high upside at 6-2, 253 pounds, but his past knee and hip injuries could give some teams reason for concern – he’s still very likely to land in the first round, though.

Dede Westbrook was one of three Sooners likely to go on Day 2, but that seems to be down to two with Joe Mixon returning to school after the video of him punching a woman was made public and led NFL GMs to say they wouldn’t draft him. Westbrook is a 5-11, 171-pound speedster who averaged nearly 20 yards per catch this season for 16 touchdowns and nearly 1,500 yards, and he improved the finer points of his game to nearly double his 2015 yardage. He should be a top-75 pick and one of the first 8-10 receivers off the board.

Samaje Perine is undecided on entering the 2017 draft, as the 5-10, 235-pound back was held under 1,300 yards for the first time in his college career, not even reaching 1,000 while splitting backfield snaps with Mixon. Perine brought the thunder as the powerful, decisive back and lacks elusiveness and explosiveness, but he should be off the board sometime on the draft’s second day if he declares.