Alamo Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

  • Valero Alamo Bowl/Alamodome/San Antonio, Texas
  • Wednesday/8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Oklahoma State

Best prospect: #24 RB Kendall Hunter, 5-8¼, 200 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Senior – When scouts see a healthy Hunter running the ball, they think of Baltimore Ravens’ RB Ray Rice. Short but powerful, Hunter had a big ’10 season and earned first-team AP All-America honors. He ran for 1,516 yards and led the conference with 126.3 yards per game. Hunter is fourth in rushing all-time for the Cowboys in a group that includes some rather stellar NFL backs like Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders. Over 44 games, he ran for 4,067 yards on 688 carries with 37 TD runs. He also caught 62 passes for 524 yards.

Best underclassmen prospect: #81 WR Justin Blackmon, 6-1, 208 pounds, 4.54 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – If he decides to come out for the 2011 NFL Draft there’s a very good chance that Blackmon will be a top 10, probably top five selection. He was named the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the year, first-team All-America by Associated Press, as well as the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award and the Paul Warfield Award as the best receiver in college football. He did not make much of a dent in his first season, but this year he played 11 games and exceeded 100 receiving yards in all 11. He led the country with 1,665 yards on 102 catches with 18 touchdown catches. He did all this while missing one game because of a school suspension after a DUI arrest and while dealing with an ankle injury over the last month of the season.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #41 ILB Orie Lemon, 6-0 ¼, 243 pounds, 4.84 seconds, Redshirt-senior – A knee injury cost him the ’09 season, but he came back this year and was sensational for the Cowboys, becoming the defensive leader. He had 119 total tackles, with 2.5 sacks and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. He earned conference defensive player of the week honors for the Oklahoma State victory over Texas.

Other potential draft choices: #95 K Dan Bailey, 5-11 ¾, 198 pounds, Redshirt-Senior; #37 FB Bryant Ward, 5-11, 238 pounds, Senior; #91 DE Ugo Chinasa, 6-4 ¾, 256 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.


Best prospect: #42 OLB Brooks Reed, 6-2 ½, 262 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – The Arizona native has made something of his last year in Tucson after battling a high ankle sprain early in the season. Over his 45-game career Reed always seemed to be involved in the action from the edge of the Wildcats defense. He had 111 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. He also contributed five forced fumbles and five passes broken up. He may have to move inside in the NFL.

Best underclassmen prospect: #8 QB Nick Foles, 6-4 ½, 245 pounds, 4.95 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Foles says he’s not interested in heading to the pros in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he might feel differently depending on what the league starts telling him and his family. A transfer who played his freshman season at Michigan State, he sat out the 2008 season on his transfer to Arizona and has been the Wildcats starter for the past two seasons, playing in 22 games and throwing for 5,376 yards, 38 TDs and 16 INTs. Foles emerged last year with his great ability to lead his team down the field in the closing seconds to score points. Against Oregon this year, he threw for 448 yards.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #44 DE Ricky Elmore, 6-4 ½, 260 pounds, 4.83 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Whether or not he can make the move to OLB in the 3-4 is unknown, but Elmore has the type of attributes the Chiefs are looking for in their players. He’s a hard worker, who practices hard and has built his game on fundamentals and technique rather than just athletic ability. In the last two seasons he’s been at the top of the Pac-10 charts with a total of 21.5 sacks, including 11 this season.

Other potential draft choices: #64 C Colin Baxter, 6-2 ¼, 305 pounds, 5.2 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #5 RB Nic Grigsby, 5-10 ½, 195 pounds, 4.54 seconds, Senior.

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