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Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:55 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Oklahoma WR Broyles hopes for early April Pro Day

Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles characterized his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL and and slight meniscus tear as "going well" and said that he hopes to have a Pro Day in early April to prove as much to NFL teams. His Sooner teammates may be available to work out as his Pro Day as well, though the school already has one Pro Day scheduled for March 14.

Broyles injured his left knee playing against Texas A&M November 5. He was operated on by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida and has already been running.

The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles left Oklahoma the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship. He entered the year considered a possible top 50 selection by NFLDraftScout.com but due to concerns about his health is currently viewed as a 5th round prospect and the No. 23 rated receiver in the 2012 draft.

When healthy, Broyles has shown very good quickness out of his breaks and a keen understanding of where holes are in the defense. Considering his toughness and soft hands, he's viewed as one of this year's better slot receiver prospects.   
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:42 am
 

Stoops' "gut feeling" changing on Landry Jones?

Oklahoma Sooners head coach verbalized to the media earlier in the week what many in the scouting community have been whispering behind closed doors -- that junior quarterback Landry Jones was likely to bypass the NFL and return for his senior season.

According to Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World, Stoops told him via a telephone interview that his "gut feeling" was that Jones would return in 2012.

"My gut feeling is that he'll stay," Stoops was quoted as saying in a Christmas Eve story. Later, when asked by Sittler if Matt Barkley's decision to return for his senior season might influence Jones' thought process, Stoops reportedly said, "I don't think that will matter. Landry's not sitting there basing his decision off what (other QBs) decide."

Stoops sounded like a man who got a peek at the presents under the tree and thought he'd seen his top choice. A few days later, however, and Stoops doesn't sound nearly as sure.

“What I feel doesn't matter,” Stoops is quoted by Travis Haney of the Daily Oklahoman following practice Monday evening “It's what [Jones] thinks about it, and right now he is far from making that decision.

“So, right now he's absolutely uncertain what he's going to do. He has plenty of time after the game to analyze it more.”

Stoops went so far as to question the source of the earlier Tulsa World report.

"I don't know where that came from," Stoops said when asked about the Sittler's story.

Whether Stoops is now simply exercising caution or has had a conversation with his quarterback that has forced him to take back his words is something that obviously only the head coach knows.

It would be easy to understand why Jones would come out early for the draft. At 6-4, 230 pounds and possessing a rocket for a right arm he certainly has the critical physical skills required to earn a first round pick. Having played in 38 games over the past three seasons, his statistics are impressive. Jones has passed for 12,218 yards and has a career touchdown to interception ratio of 92-40. He's broken virtually every game, season and career passing record at Oklahoma and, of course, potentially has another season to go to further distance himself from the top Sooner quarterbacks of the past.

Jones, however, has been plagued by inconsistent accuracy throughout his career especially when forced to move his feet. Considering that he's rarely pressured due to Oklahoma's reliance on the spread offense and the talent blocking up front for him, Jones' relative lack of composure in a muddied pocket is drawing red flags from scouts. So too is the fact that Jones hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since his star receiver Ryan Broyles went down with a season-ending knee injury November 5. Though he has the upcoming Insight Bowl against Iowa Friday to erase some bad memories, some have suggested that Jones wouldn't want to leave Oklahoma after having a poor showing against rival Oklahoma State in his final regular season game wearing a Sooner uniform. In that contest Jones completed just 27 of his 50 passes for 250 yards for zero scores and two interceptions. He also fumbled twice, one of which was returned for a Cowboys' touchdown. 

Jones is currently graded as a first round value by NFLDraftScout.com behind Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III. He is not among my top 32 prospects for the 2012 draft, however, and I rank Texas A&M senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill ahead of him along with Luck and Griffin. 
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Broyles suffers season-ending ACL tear

Oklahoma senior receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the third quarter of the Sooners' 41-25 victory over Texas A&M, Saturday.

Broyles was helped to the locker room after being initially attended to on the sideline by the school medical staff. Doctors performed ligament tests. Shortly thereafter Broyles was caught by television cameras crying.

On the play Broyles was injured, he jumped high in an attempt to catch a pass from Sooner quarterback Landry Jones and came down very hard and awkwardly on his left leg

The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles is the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship.

Broyles had already caught 266 passes for 3,429 yards and 35 touchdowns heading into this season. With his extensive playing time, scouts knew his game, so the All-American wasn't likely to improve his draft stock much. Broyles has good overall athleticism and is reliable route-runner and generally sure-handed receiver. His ceiling was limited as he lacks elite size and speed.

Broyles is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 rated receiver and 50th prospect, overall.

Including the first three quarters against Texas A&M (two catches for 87 yards), Broyles had caught 81 passes for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He redshirted in 2007 and, considering his 44 career starts, isn't likely to be given a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA for an injury sustained this late in the season.

On the play Broyles was injured, he jumped high in an attempt to catch a pass from Sooner quarterback Landry Jones and came down very hard and awkwardly on his left leg

The injury, unfortunately, could prove disastrous for his draft stock. The normal timetable for surgery to repair an ACL tear is at least six months. The 2012 NFL Draft is just few weeks more away than that.

Even worse for Broyles, assuming a few of the top-rated underclassmen leave school early, wide receiver will be among the strongest position groups for the 2012 draft. As such, an injured star -- even one with Broyles' jaw-dropping production -- could slip into the third day of the draft... or worse.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 11:34 am
 

Steuber: Pitt Jr WR Baldin going pro

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Chris Steuber is reporting that Pittsburgh junior wide receiver Jon Baldwin will be foregoing his senior season and entering the 2011 NFL draft.

Steuber and Baldwin exchanged text messages shortly after Panthers head coach Dave Wannestadt announced his resignation from the position.

When asked if he'd be returning or going pro, Baldwin responded with "...Heck yeah, I'm leaving. It can only get worse. They had me running a lot of deep routes (this year) and yards were hard to come by. I barely ran intermediate routes; it felt like they were purposely trying to disrupt my draft stock."

While pro teams may have a problem with Baldwin's publicly questioning the motives of Wannestadt, offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and perhaps the talent of quarterback Tino Sunseri, they have to acknowledge Baldwin's unique physical ability.

Baldwin, 6-5 and 230 pounds, is a matchup nightmare. While not explosive, he possesses good build-up speed, excellent body control and good hands.

Baldwin led the Panthers with 52 receptions for 810 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. He averaged a career-low 15.6 yards per reception, down from 19.4 in a breakout sophomore season that saw him catch only five more passes but for 301 more yards and another three scores. Baldwin has caught 127 passes for 2,325 yards and 16 touchdowns over his career for Pitt.

Baldwin is NFLDraftScout.com's sixth-rated junior receiver but could be drafted ahead of any senior prospect at the position -- a testament to his own ability and that of his extraordinary 2012 draft class that includes the likes of Georgia's A.J. Green, Alabama's Julio Jones, and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, among others.




Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:22 pm
 

Five prospects I'll be focusing on this weekend

Each Friday I list my "Five prospects" that I'll be focusing on for the upcoming weekend. In reality, I'm focusing on dozens of prospects each week, but the players listed below are playing in high profile games and against the caliber of competition that I believe provides us with an opportunity to truly assess how a collegiate player might fare when asked to make the huge jump to the NFL.

Typically I focus on senior prospects in this space. However, with it becoming more and more obvious as to which underclassmen are considering the jump to the pros, I'll be incorporating a few more juniors and redshirt sophomores in the coming weeks.

Because I'm scouting them in real time these players make an early impression, often leading to consideration as my Prospect of the Week or Diamond in the Rough.

Even more often, however, it leads to the player being featured in Draft Slant , NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com's weekly NFL Draft preview. In each PDF issue of Draft Slant Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I break down six more players in Filmroom Notes, update our Top 32 prospects overall, Top 10 per position, Risers/Fallers for multiple games and offer extensive previews of the next week's action. I boast about our product for a simple reason: Having seen everything else out there - it is the most complete weekly NFL draft guide on the planet. 

Here is the link to this week's issue of Draft Slant. Or for the entire season click this link . Looking for a specific week? Download past issues from the past three years here.

Without any further adieu, here are the five prospects, as well as the cable provider and time you can expect to see them.

TE Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic: It might seem silly to list a second tier prospect like Housler on "Championship Saturday" but Housler and Troy receiver Jerrel Jernigan rate as two of my favorite "sleepers" of the 2011 senior class. I've gushed about Jernigan plenty in the past, but Housler is also one to watch. Though lighter than scouts would prefer, the 6-5, 228 pound Housler certainly possesses the receiving skills teams are looking for in today's hybrid receiving specialists. Housler, in fact, hardly qualifies as a sleeper anymore. NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks him as our No. 4 overall senior tight end. This game begins at 2:00 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN.

DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State:
Though I expect Oregon to ultimately prevail in this latest playing of the "Civil War," I'm very excited to see how the Ducks contain the Beavers' strongman defensive tackle Paea. Paea nearly singlehandedly beat USC a few weeks ago, earning my Prospect of the Week honors, as well as recognition from the Pac-10 -- and that was against Trojan center Kris O'Dowd, one of the better center senior center prospects in the country. If the Beavers were to pull the upset, it will likely be because Paea and his defensive line cohorts are able to control the line of scrimmage. This is the recipe that Cal used in slowing down the Ducks' potent offense. Should the Ducks (and Auburn) win, this game could provide an intriguing look as to how Oregon might scheme against Auburn's superstar defensive tackle, Nick Fairley in the BCS Championship game. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by ABC.

QB Cam Newton, Auburn: Hmmm, why might this be an interesting game to watch? Considering the BCS Championship, Heisman Trophy and a potential first round pick for Newton are all riding on this game, there is plenty of intrigue in this contest. South Carolina is in the SEC Championship game despite a pass defense that ranked 10th in the SEC, so Newton should have plenty of windows to throw through in this game. I'd be surprised, however, if South Carolina doesn't get a little creative with their rush packages, perhaps dropping more defenders into coverage so as to force Newton to stay in the pocket and beat them with his mind and arm and not his legs. Can Newton continue to dazzle with all the eyes of the sporting world watching? This game begins at 4:00 pm EST and will be televised by CBS.

QB Christian Ponder, Florida: While he has certainly struggled at times this season, I remain firm in my belief that Ponder can be a successful NFL quarterback. He'll certainly be tested in this contest, as unlike Newton (who, again, is facing one of the worst statistical pass defenses in the SEC), Ponder is going against a Hokie unit that ranks second in the ACC in pass defense. In fact, defensive coordinator Bud Foster's group has stolen nearly a third more interceptions (20) than they've allowed touchdowns (14) this year. For FSU to win this game, Ponder will have to play well. This game begins at 7:45 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN.

WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: At an estimated 5-11, 185 pounds, Broyles lacks the size of many of the other top receiver prospects in country. With his only moderate size, many scouts will question whether he has the strength and toughness to handle the physicality of the NFL. There isn't a tougher, more physical defense in college football than Nebraska's. I look forward to seeing how Broyles (and running back DeMarco Murray, for that matter) handle this challenge. This game begins at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised by ABC.

The action typically happens too fast on Saturdays for me to blog my thoughts.

For those interested in scouting "alongside" me, however, you can follow me on Twitter @RobRang . I'll be posting comments on these and other games all day long.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Five Prospects I'll be Focusing on This Weekend

Each Friday I list my "Five prospects" that I'll be focusing on for the upcoming weekend. In reality, I'm focusing on dozens of prospects each week, but the players listed below are playing in high profile games and against the caliber of competition that I believe provides us with an opportunity to truly assess how a collegiate player might fare when asked to make the huge jump to the NFL.

Typically I focus on senior prospects in this space. However, with it becoming more and more obvious as to which underclassmen are considering the jump to the pros, I'll be incorporating a few more juniors and redshirt sophomores in the coming weeks.

Because I'm scouting them in real time these players make an early impression, often leading to consideration as my Prospect of the Week or Diamond in the Rough.

Even more often, however, it leads to the player being featured in Draft Slant , NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com's weekly NFL Draft preview. In each PDF issue of Draft Slant Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I break down six more players in Filmroom Notes, update our Top 32 prospects overall, Top 10 per position, Risers/Fallers for multiple games and offer extensive previews of the next week's action. I boast about our product for a simple reason: Having seen everything else out there - it is the most complete weekly NFL draft guide on the planet. 

Here is the link to this week's issue of Draft Slant. Or for the entire season click this link . Looking for a specific week? Download past issues from the past three years here.

Without any further adieu, here are the five prospects, as well as the cable provider and time you can expect to see them.

QB Cam Newton, Auburn : Newton has been dazzling this season and could lock up the Heisman Trophy with a strong performance against Alabama. More importantly to those of us eager to see how well he'll translate his game to the NFL is how well Newton is able to decipher the exotic blitz and coverage schemes Nick Saban and his staff have devised. In terms of Newton's pro stock, this is the most important regular season game of his life. This game begins at 2:30 pm EST Friday and will be televised by CBS.

CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado : The Buffs don't get a lot of national exposure considering their struggles recently, but this important Big 12 showdown against Nebraska will pit Smith, one of the top senior cornerbacks, against a receiver in Nebraska's Niles Paul every bit his match in terms of size and athleticism. The Cornhuskers, of course, rely mostly on their running game and should be able to do so again Friday to beat an overmatched Colorado team. How Smith is able to keep up with the multi-talented Paul, however, should give scouts a good idea as to how the 6-2, 205 pound Smith will be acclimate to the speed of the NFL. I've spoken to scouts who have compared Smith to former Pro Bowler Chris McAlister. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST Friday and will be televised by ABC/ESPN.

DE/OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada: The pre-game hype will focus on the offense, but it could be whatever defense shows up in the Boise State-Nevada showdown that gives their team the victory. Moch enters this game as the country's active career leader with 60.5 tackles for loss. The 6-1, 242 pound Moch lines up as a defensive end for the Wolfpack, but projects best as a standup pass rushing OLB in the NFL. Moch wowed scouts in the spring by clocking in at 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but there are concerns that Moch is overly reliant on his speed. While fast in a straight-line, scouts are more interested to see how well he changes directions. Moch won the WAC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior (61 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks) and is on pace to exceed those totals this season (52 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks). This game begins at 10:15 pm EST Friday and will be televised by ESPN.

QB Jake Locker, Washington: The Huskies have struggled with teams that are more physical on the offensive and defensive lines than they are and that is precisely what awaits them Saturday against Cal. Washington and California are each fighting for their bowl lives and the Golden Bears have revenge on their side after the Huskies trounced them 42-10 last season in Seattle. Locker entered the year rated by most (including me) as the No. 1 prospect in the country based largely on how he played down the stretch last season. His best game was his last one -- againt California -- in which he completed 19 of 23 passes for 248 yards and three TDs (0 INTs) and ran for another 77 yards and two scores. A performance like that would almost surely result in a win for the Huskies and spot back in my first round projection. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST Saturday and will be televised regionally by Fox Sports.

WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State*: With the three top-rated teams in the country playing on Friday, there hasn't yet been a great deal of focus on this year's Bedlam rivalry outside of the state of Oklahoma, but it's coming -- after all, the Big 12 South division title is riding on this game. This game features two of the elite young receiver prospects in the country in Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles and Blackmon -- the favorite to win the Biletnikof Award as the nation's best at the position. Blackmon has been spectacular this season, catching an eye-popping 94 passes for 1,560 yards and 17 touchdowns. It is his consistency that has been perhaps most impressive. Blackmon has caught at least five passes for at least 125 yards and one touchdown in every game he's played this season (he missed the Kansas State game). A redshirt sophomore, Blackmon is eligible to leave OSU early for the NFL. He hasn't faced a secondary as talented as Oklahoma's yet this season, so this game provides scouts an excellent opportunity to see him matched up against quality athletes and a sound defensive scheme.  This game begins at 8:00 pm EST Saturday and will be televised by ABC/ESPN. 


Posted on: November 28, 2009 2:11 pm
 

Sooners recipients of three early blown calls

The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry is known throughout collegiate sports as the Bedlam series. For three critical plays in the first half of this 103rd meeting between the Sooners and Cowboys' football teams, the moniker certainly applied.

Oklahoma State had the early momentum in this contest and seemed ready to capitalize on it with forced fumbles on back to back plays in the first quarter. On each play, Sooner receivers caught the pass, took two steps and had the ball forcibly removed from their hands. Both plays would have given the Cowboys the ball in Sooner territory. The Sooners, however, retained possession after both plays. Then, only moments into the second quarter, Sooner running back DeMarco Murray appeared to soar out of bounds as he leapt towards the endzone.

The first play, which came on second down, was initially ruled a fumble by wide receiver Dejuan Miller, with the Cowboys recovering the ball. The play was shockingly reversed by the booth. Soon after, a pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles was called incomplete immediately, though replay proved that Broyles caught the pass and had the ball forced out. With the whistle having been blown immediately, the Cowboy contigent running down the field was stopped.

Allowed an opportunity to punt, the Sooners took great advantage, as Trent Way booted a career-long 74 yarder, dropping the Cowboys back to their own 7-yard line.

On Murray's touchdown -- which gave the Sooners a 10-0 lead, the referee appeared ready to mark the ball at the one, but changed his mind and ruled the play a touchdown. Though the replay cleary showed Murray was at least a yard out of bounds as he crossed the endzone, the booth ruled the play should stand as called. 

Talk about your home-field advantage...

With a victory over the Sooners, Oklahoma State still has a chance for at an-large berth in a BCS game. The Sooners, on the other hand, at 6-5, are fighting to keep Bob Stoops' string of non-losing seasons intact.

Considering the great ramifications of this game, one would hope better officiating will ensue.

 
 
 
 
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