Below are notable Oklahoma State Cowboys eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a chance to make noise in the Big 12 once again because of senior stars in quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington. Their hopes to represent the conference in the College Football Playoff rest on these two studs and the offense as a whole.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph – 6050, 230 – Senior
Oklahoma State’s season is dependent on the play of their senior quarterback Mason Rudolph, plain and simple. He has all of the tools to become an elite quarterback prospect. His flashes of arm strength and arm talent to make throws across the field at all three levels is an obvious plus, but he struggles to do it consistently. On too many occasions, he has mental lapses and throws with a bit of an unhinged mentality.
In my notes, I wrote him down as somebody who will throw a 60-yard bomb on one play and then a souvenir in the bleachers with an errant throw on the next. Can he increase the “wow!” throws and decrease the “what?” plays in 2017? His draft stock and the Cowboys’ season depend on it.
Wide Receiver James Washington – 6000, 205 – Senior
James Washington is a fun study because although he is not the biggest or most imposing athlete at wide receiver, he is able to produce huge numbers each game against top competition. He is what I like to call a crafty kind of player. His initial release and overall route running skills need more refinement, but he finds a way to get open and find the soft spot.
He is only 6’0 tall, but he plays like someone who is 6’5 with his ability to go up and pluck a football in traffic. His athletic ability is illustrated with more elusiveness than speed, and cornerbacks have a hard time staying in phase. Is he going to be able to win consistently in the NFL with this weird clash of his natural tools and skill set? He may be labeled a “tweener” by some scouts as a result.
Wide Receiver Marcell Ateman – 6040, 220 – Redshirt Senior
Offensive Tackle Aaron Cochran – 6080, 350 – Graduate Transfer
The senior graduate transfer from the California Golden Bears, Aaron Cochran, is a mammoth of an offensive tackle, similar to USC’s Zach Banner last year in terms of size. His size and sheer power allows him to maul defenders in the run game. The questions tall offensive linemen like Cochran run into are how they can mirror and stay in front of speed rushers in pass protection. Like most, Cochran is not there yet with his mobility, and may never get there, but when he gets his hands on a rusher, he is too strong.
People may not know about him yet despite starting 20 games in the Pac 12, but he can be a sleeper draft prospect for the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a big season.
Offensive Tackle Zachary Crabtree – 6070, 310 – Redshirt Senior
Safety Tre Flowers – 6030, 198 – Redshirt Senior
Flowers returns to the Oklahoma State Cowboys as one of the most productive safeties in the Big 12, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2016. He has experience at both free and strong safety, and unlike former teammate Jordan Sterns, he displays a combination of man coverage skills and range to go along with physicality in run support. He is a strong open-field tackler who can also knock your helmet off if you don’t keep your head on a swivel.
In coverage, he is also under control, but when he trusts his eyes, he flies to the ball. With his range in Zone and sneaky cover skills in Man, I expected better ball skills as well as ball production to be frank. Nonetheless, he is a well-rounded, smart, rangy safety with excellent length who can also provide solid special teams coverage value.
Defensive Back Ramon Richards – 5110, 185 – Senior