If the past is any indication, Texas' toughest game on the schedule is obviously an orange-and-black Halloween trip to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State. OSU and Mike Gundy have given up leads of 9, 19 and 21 points to Texas in their last three meetings at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State goes...[details]
The Good: A tall, long-armed tight end with good overall muscle tone and power in his base. Does a good job getting off the snap quickly and into his routes. Is very fluid in and out of his breaks and displays the athleticism to separate in the short and intermediate passing game. Is a physical blocker on the edge and has the strength to handle the defensive end one on one. The Bad: Isn't a real explosive athlete and lacks an ability to get down the seam. Has some character concerns and never had that breakout year. Was held without a touchdown in 2008.
Positives: Looks the part with very long arms and big mitts and a frame to add another 15 pounds. Uses his hands well to control blockers. Shows some nastiness and consistently plays hard. Can bury defenders into the ground. Wants to dominate and does. Nice pop and power. Can eliminate linebackers at the second level. Can power upfield after the catch and plow through tacklers. Character is solid despite one incident. Has a passion for the game and plays hard. Negatives: Lacks great downfield speed and is still raw as a route runner. Appears a bit methodical as a route runner and could improve getting in and out of breaks quickly. Not quick up the field after the catch. Is late to react to the thrown ball. Is a bit na´ve, and could take some time to digest a complex playbook. Summary: Did not have a great workout at the Combine, but is a much better football player than he is an athlete and a team will know exactly what it is getting by drafting him. Could be one of the most dominant in-ine blockers in the league the minute he is drafted and will help make a running game go. Fits the mold of the typical Pittsburgh Steelers-type tight end and does everything well. A solid, all-around complete player in a similar mold to Steelers 1990 21st overall pick Eric Green. Grade: First-round talent.