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Ledyard | Rudolph does just enough to lead OSU over Texas Tech

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Ledyard | Rudolph does just enough to lead OSU over Texas Tech

#16 Oklahoma State Cowboys v Texas Tech Red Raiders

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET

Jones AT&T Stadium – Lubbock, TX

Oklahoma State (41), Texas Tech (34)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mason Rudolph, QB, Senior

Analysis: Delivered two terrific strikes from clean pockets to receivers on a slant pattern and seam route early in the game. Then, from another clean pocket, Rudolph threw high and outside on an out route that was interpreted and returned for a touchdown. Still struggles to manage the pocket at times when forced to his second progression, gets happy feet and will dance around without a plan. Runs himself into pressure at times. Accuracy seemed a little more consistent than the year before, but things still went south on the few occasions Rudolph was forced to get on the move. Release point still may be a bit high, causing balls to float on him. Made a couple rough decisions when his first read wasn’t open, but floated a duck up for grabs on Oklahoma State’s game-winning drive that receiver Marcell Ateman bailed him out on. Stock: Same

James Washington, WR, Senior

Analysis: Sure-handed to pull in several tight window throws despite defenders on his hip. Made some tough catches in a crowd around the middle of the field. Dropped a nine route right through his hands. I still think Washington is an inconsistent vertical finisher who simply gets a lot of opportunities, but he separated well underneath and clearly overmatched his competition in this contest.  Stock: Same

Marcell Ateman, WR, RS Senior

Analysis:  Good uncontested back shoulder throw for a big gain to kick-start an Oklahoma State drive. I thought Ateman may be lacking high end athletic traits, but he showed good ball skills and a willingness to work in traffic in my first focused exposure to him. Went up and high-pointed a duck throw on a huge third down to keep the Cowboys offense alive. Stock: Same

Ramon Richards, S, Senior

Analysis: Closing burst to the ball as a tackler was a clear strength. Made terrific anticipation plays with elite acceleration to lay the wood as a tackler. I had not heard of Richards before this game, but his physicality, athleticism and fast playing style have me very intrigued. Stock: Up

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Nic Shimonek, QB, RS Senior

Analysis:  Second drive of the game, delivered a curl with good pace and timing that was dropped. Second down overthrew a nine route where the cornerback nearly intercepted after maintaining position over the top. Third down abandoned a workable pocket to float an ill-advised pass down the field into coverage. Shimonek has a decent arm, but he likes to go to his first read and wasn’t comfortable when forced to additional progressions. Made an absolutely disastrous decision to attempt a screen pass that was completely covered, resulting in a game-changing interception by the Cowboys. Stock: Same

Dylan Cantrell, WR, Senior

Analysis: Bad drop on a curl route, let defender climb through him and contest the catch. Good quick out vs. OSU CB A.J. Green to separate near the goal line. I’m not sure I see elite athletic traits in Cantrell. Looked slow and uncreative post-catch. Stock: Down

Keke Coutee, WR, Junior

Analysis: Speed threat. Slot guy who gets some manufactured touches, but has the short-area burst and explosiveness to be a really talented route runner with more refinement and an expanded tree. Bad drop on a body catch down the field after taking a solid hit from the safety. I’m intrigued by the athlete, but size might always be a concern.  Stock: Up

Other Players that Flashed

Justice Hill, RB, Sophomore – Hill’s burst, change-of-direction and ability to improvise quickly were on display as he shredded Texas Tech’s run defense for 164 yards on 30 carries.

Oklahoma State offensive line – This group was impressive all night, keeping Rudolph clean and allowing him plenty of time to work downfield in his progressions. Even when the quarterback panicked, the Cowboys OL did a good job continuing to find work and give Rudolph a few extra seconds to find a receivers. They also dominated on the ground, giving Justice Hill massive rushing lanes at times.

Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard has been writing about the NFL draft for several years now, and is thrilled to be bringing creative content and unique analysis to NDT Scouting. He lives with his wife Brittany and four-month old daughter Caylee in mid-western Pennsylvania. Jon is also the host of the Locked on NFL Draft and Breaking the Plane podcasts, while covering the Steelers for scout.com. The Office, LOST, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, grilling, Duke basketball, and all Pittsburgh pro sports teams are his greatest passions.

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