Pro Prospects: Oklahoma @ Mizzou



(1st-Round) #28 OLB Travis Lewis (right), 6-2, 232 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

In two seasons on the field for the Sooners, Lewis has earned All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors both years. He was the conference defensive newcomer of the year and freshman of the year in ’08 when he started 14 games and finished with 144 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and four interceptions. His numbers were down in ’09 with 109 tackles, one sack and one INT. He’s started all 27 games that he’s played and was the Sooners leading tackler in both seasons. So far this year in six games he has 59 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, .5 sacks and 1 interception.

(1st-Round) #7 RB DeMarco Murray, 6-1, 214 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Throughout his career, Murray has been hampered by injuries, missing games every season with injuries that ranked from turf toe to a sprained ankle. That’s why his career numbers don’t necessarily match the talents that he’s shown over the years. NFL teams like his north-south running style and he’s tough between the tackles, while possessing the speed to run the edge. His career numbers are impressive: 42 games and 56 total touchdowns (46 rushing, 10 receiving). He’s touched the ball 728 times for a total of 4,266 yards. So far this season, Murray has 673 rushing yards on 150 carries with 11 TDs. He’s also caught 22 passes for 170 yards and 2 TDs. He has also returned 5 kickoffs for 124 yards, a 24.8-yard average.

(1st-Round) #44 OLB Jeremy Beal, 6-3 ¼, 260 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors and was also mentioned on some All-America lists (AP had him third-team in the nation.) Over the season, he had 70 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes that he knocked down. OU coaches have moved him all over the defense, lining him up at defensive end, dropping him into coverage and even using him at middle linebacker at times last year. While none of his skills are elite, the combination creates an impressive prospect as a player who could play in either the 3-4 or 4-3. In six games this year, he’s been part of 26 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

(2nd-Round) #20 FS Quinton Carter, 6-0 ¾, 195 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Carter is coming off his first season as a full-time starter where he was the Sooners second leading tackler with 88 total tackles and four interceptions, while earning second-team All-Big 12 status. During his time in Norman, Carter has played both strong and free safety and there really isn’t anything he can’t do for a safety at either position. Over his career he’s been one of OU’s best special teams players. This season, Carter has 31 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions in six games this season. He’s smart too, having already earned his degree in sociology.

(2nd-Round) #86 DT Adrian Taylor, 6-4, 303 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

It was a disappointing end to the ’09 season for Taylor when he suffered a dislocated left ankle in the Sun Bowl. After a long off-season of rehab, he must prove he’s back to the same level of explosion that he provided for the last two years playing next to his roommate Gerald McCoy. Smart in the classroom and on the field, Taylor is very strong in the upper body and has good speed for a man that weighs right at 300 pounds. He has nine career sacks, but hasn’t shown much pass rush potential. In the 3-4 defense, it looks like he would fit at defensive end. This season, he’s had four tackles and .5 sacks in six games.


(1st-Round) #11 QB Blaine Gabbert, 6-4½, 240 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Junior.

Gabbert is one of those prospects that on paper looks like he fits the bill as the prototypical quarterback that NFL teams are looking for these days. He’s got good size, yet he has shown some athletic ability and can move. He’s coming off a big game against Texas A&M where he threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 65.9 percent of his passes. So far this season, he’s thrown for 1,591 yards in six games with 10 TDs and 3 INTs, while completing 66.5 percent of his passes. Over his career now in 24 games in Columbia, he has 5,227 passing yards, 34 TD throws and 12 INTs, while completing 61 percent of his passes and averaging 7.6 yards per attempt. A strong finish to this junior season may be enough to convince teams that Gabbert is ready to make the jump to the NFL.

(1st-Round) #85 DE Aldon Smith, 6-4½, 255 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore.

Considering the way this season has gone for Smith, it would be folly for him to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. If he can get healthy and continue to improve his level of play, he could be a top-half of the first round choice in 2012 or even 2013. Smith truly has the look of an impact player off the edge, something NFL teams are always trying to find. A fractured right fibula has kept him off the field for the last three weeks, since the Sept. 18 game against San Diego State. The Raytown product was huge in his redshirt-freshman season in 2009, posting a school record 11.5 sacks and winning various newcomer and rookie of the year honors in the Big 12 Conference.

(2nd-Round) #82 TE Michael Egnew, 6-5½, 226 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Junior.

Egnew is leading the country in receiving by a tight end, catching 49 passes for 437 yards and 3 TDs in the six games that Mizzou has played. He’s averaging over eight catches and nearly 73 yards per game. There isn’t another TE in major college football that has put up the numbers that Egnew has so far this season. A very good athlete out of Plainview, Texas, he was a state long jump champion, leaping 23 feet, 9 inches despite being a shade over 6-5.

(6th-Round) #9 FS Jasper Simmons, 6-0, 200 pounds, 4.62 seconds, Senior.

His senior season has been severely altered by a knee injury and then a team suspension for undisclosed reasons. But he’s back on the field and he has half the season to impress the NFL scouts. Simmons joined the Tigers for the 2009 season, coming out of Hutchinson Community College where he was a two-year starter. Showed last year he was a big hitter, as he started the final 12 games and ranked fourth on the team with 73 total tackles. He also forced two fumbles, recovered another and had an interception. Mizzou also used him as its No. 1 kickoff return man, and he averaged 22.6 yards on 36 returns.

4 Responses to “Pro Prospects: Oklahoma @ Mizzou”

  • October 22, 2010  - vincent says:

    Great Analysis but how about Ryan Broyles-the WR from Oklahoma.

  • October 22, 2010  - Jeff says:

    Never heard of him….Boomer :)

  • October 23, 2010  - Chuck says:

    When I think of a 232 pound outside linebacker in the NFL I think he may be too small to survive in the brutal 16 game schedule.

  • October 23, 2010  - Jeff says:

    Chuck I hope that is sarcasm…Sean witherspoon of Mizzou last year was taken in the first round and he is 6’1″ 239#

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