What happens when a program has three of the initial four picks of the draft as OU did last April? It means you’re going to take a hit on the field and in war rooms across the NFL the following year. That’s true of the Oklahoma Sooners, though the roster still possesses a good amount of next level talent.
Opinions are mixed on DeMarco Murray and we are not all that high on the ball carrier.
Murray is a quick back that displays a burst and follows blocks everywhere on the field. Patient, he displays good vision and finds the lanes. Overall Murray does not have the pure speed to run to daylight, does not possess a quick and explosive change of direction and slows down when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. Unfortunately he also gets dinged up all too often. Murray is a solid receiver out of the backfield or when lined up in the slot, which is good as we project him to be a third down back at the next level.
Cory Brandon is a developing blocker with better-than-average footwork in pass protection. Flashing athleticism, he blocks with good lean and has nice length and size. At times Brandon seems unsure of himself on the field and tends to do a lot of clutching and grabbing. Most think the details of his game will be ironed out as he receives more experience. Brandon does come with an upside.
Ryan Broyles is an explosive, sure handed receiver very effective running after the reception. He’s a bit undersized and loses out in battles yet does show solid downfield speed.
Brandon Caleb has a better build and does a terrific job using his body to shield away opponents to protect the pass. Strong, he wins out in battles and is effective blocking downfield. Celeb lacks the second gear yet has the makings of a fifth receiver on the NFL level.
The Sooners offer a nice amount of talent in the defensive front seven, starting with end Jeremy Beal.
A terrific athlete, Beal moves well on his feet and plays with leverage. Quick if asked to twist or stunt, he’s effective making plays in space besides being a solid pass rusher. Beal lacks bulk and is easily handled at the point. He also does not show great skill in space or in pursuit.
Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor is much like his predecessors from OU; a shade undersized yet athletic, explosive and very quick. Taylor works his hands to protect himself, immediately alters his angle of attack and makes plays in every direction of the field. His body strength is solid and Taylor does not get neutralized at the point. Its’ really tough to grade Taylor considering he is returning from the gruesome leg injury he suffered in the Sun Bowl against Stanford last December. We presently rank him as a fourth round choice but as we saw with a number of highly rated defensive linemen last April, primarily Arthur Jones, injuries could push Taylor way down the list.
Travis Lewis is an athletic weak side prospect who, in our opinion, had a disappointing campaign in 2009. Lewis makes plays up the down the line of scrimmage, displays the ability to stay with opponents in coverage and shows speed sideline to sideline. Hard-hitting against the run, he flies up the field filling gaps and plays with a large amount of explosion. We think he’s got a terrific amount of upside yet would like to seem him be a little more consistent.