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Marino | 5 things we learned scouting Oklahoma’s win over Oklahoma State

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Marino | 5 things we learned scouting Oklahoma’s win over Oklahoma State

Oklahoma Sooners vs Oklahoma State Cowboys

11/4/2017

Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK

Score:  Oklahoma (62), Oklahoma State (52)

 

Baker Mayfield clears any doubt

Completing 67 percent of his throws for 598 yards and five touchdowns, Mayfield turned in a historically great performance on the road in a pivotal conference game. Living up to his “gamer” reputation, Mayfield rose to the occasion and made big play after big play.

Showcasing a live arm, Mayfield was accurate with the football to all levels of the field and showed outstanding touch on his throws. His ability to throw on the move with terrific ball placement and velocity was also present throughout the contest. While there was no shortage of space in the Cowboy’s secondary, Mayfield deserves credit for consistently finding open targets and making accurate throws. His ability to make plays among chaos is special.

It wasn’t a perfect performance, however. Mayfield threw two interceptions that were both situations where he stared down his target and didn’t see underneath zone defenders capable of jumping the route. He also fell victim to five sacks, most of which was him holding the ball too long waiting for something to develop. There were times when his trigger needed to be quicker.

Mayfield is a quality NFL quarterback prospect and is arguably the best player in college football right now.

Mason Rudolph is what he is

There’s a lot to like about Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and those traits were again present on Saturday. Against the Sooners, Rudolph tallied 448 passing yards and five touchdowns with most of that coming on downfield throws. Rudolph is known for his deep ball and touch, which was again on display.

Like Mayfield, Rudolph had a poor interception where didn’t account for a squatting zone defender on a pressured throw. And that’s my main concern with Rudolph. When his primary read isn’t open and he is facing pressure, his accuracy and decision-making declines considerably. I was hopeful for my growth in that department this season but it’s been an evident issue for three seasons now.

Rudolph should be a day two value but perhaps not the first round prospect I was hopeful he’d blossom into as a senior.

Don’t over think James Washington

Why aren’t more people raving about Washington? His body of work across three seasons is as impressive as you will find. He wins at every level of the field and dominates at the catch point. His ball skills and hands are tremendous and his ability to stretch the field is lethal.

He’s not a massive target nor is he going to run in the 4.3’s, but he’s a quality play maker that deserves more hype than he is getting.

Don’t sleep on Marcell Ateman

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Ateman is a big-bodied receiver that knows how to dominate at the catch point. His ability to position his frame, elevate for the football and squeeze the ball away from his body makes him redzone threat and chain-mover.

Hauling in six receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma, Ateman was an impossible cover for the Sooners’ secondary. While Ateman isn’t a burner, he runs nuanced routes and wins with physicality.

Playmaking underclassmen shine

It should come as no surprise that in a 62-52 football game, all of the scouting takeaways are centered around offensive playmakers. While the seniors did their part to make Bedlam a shootout, two underclassmen popped among them.

Oklahoma State sophomore running back Justice Hill racked up 228 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns. Eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the second season in a row to start his career, Hill is arguably the best running back in the Big Twelve. His blend of balance, change of direction skills and elusiveness with a surprising amount of power for his frame will make him an appealing NFL prospect to consider when he’s eligible next season.

Oklahoma sophomore wide receiver Marquise Brown has been a boom or bust performer this season but the Cowboy’s had no answer for him on Saturday. Brown hauled in nine passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, showcasing tremendous speed and burst in the open field. Brown is rail thin but the man can flat-out fly. If he can bulk up and maintain his explosiveness, Brown will be a coveted player in 2019.

Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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