NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Oklahoma and Texas are (shocking) loaded with draftable football players, including some underclassmen with first round potential on the defensive side of the ball.
If you’d like to take a look at more 2013 NFL Draft Prospects, check out our 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Database.
#80 DE Alex Okafor
-Lined up at DE, variety of 2, 3 and 4-point stances.
-Draws double team, goes nowhere.
-Knifes through blockers and makes big tackle for loss.
-Quick inside move, gets in the quarterbacks face.
-Pressures QB and forces throw away, strong initial punch on TE and closed fast.
-Stacks and sheds block, assists on a tackle. Threw off TE with ease.
-Stoned on bull-rush.
-Runs around cut block, but ball is out quickly.
-Beats OL off the edge and has the flexibility to bend and pressure the QB.
-Timing up the snap very well, consistently first defender moving.
-Powerful bull rush, pushes back TE easily.
-Going hard on every play, asks out for a break.
Overview: Okafor made some impact plays but the Oklahoma offense was able to neutralize him by getting the ball out quickly. Showed some good potential as an edge rusher.
#44 DE Jackson Jeffcoat*
-Standing up at DE, sometimes in the 3-point.
-Drops into coverage from the 2-point DE position, looks comfortable.
-Ridiculously quick first step, nearly gets his hand on swing pass.
-Good hustle to pursue down the field and assist on tackle.
-Beats FB block on the edge makes huge tackle for loss.
-Nice arm over, but can’t get to QB in time.
-Stoned on bull-rush.
-Quick first step again, made himself big and got in the QB’s vision – forced poor throw.
-Sets the edge against LT, forces RB back inside to his help.
-Unblocked, breaks down and makes form tackle on RB in backfield.
Overview: Like Okafor, Jeffcoat made some plays but the Oklahoma QB got rid of the ball too quickly for him to be too much of a factor. Like his teammate, Jeffcoat could easily be a first round pick if he chooses to declare.
#4 DB Kenny Vaccaro
-Lined up in the slot, playing mainly on the line.
-Comes on the blitz, not enough time.
-Poor angle to the ball carrier, taken out of play.
-Came on the blitz again, couldn’t get the edge on the OT.
-Blanketed on slot receiver.
-Coming on the blitz a lot, but Jones is getting ball out quick
-Playing the slot, on him like glue.
-Punishes RB with a good shot after catching and running, shot out of a cannon.
-Picked by teammate on crossing route, visibly upset after play as it resulted in TD (negated by penalty).
-Press man on Broyles, shooting with correct hand and re-routing him – Broyles having a lot of trouble shaking him.
-Fights through block on screen, makes solid tackle.
-Couldn’t make up 5-yard deficit on Whaley, chasing him from behind after coming on blitz.
-Gets a tug in on Broyles and is called for interference.
-Great jam on Broyles at the line, runs route for him and nearly gets the interception.
-Perfect angle to ball-carrier, breaks down in space and tackles shifty RB in space.
-Reads QB’s eyes, jumps route and knocks ball down. Nearly a pick six.
Overview: Versatile defensive back that flies to the ball and likes to hit. Showed good skills in press coverage and ran with some good receivers in Broyles and Reynolds.
#23 CB Carrington Byndom*
-Lined up as boundary corner.
-Taken out by cut block.
-Fills the hole in run support and stops Whaley cold.
-On Stills like glue in red zone, no chance on fade route.
-Still separates on in-route, missed tackle.
-Off man, closes quickly and makes ankle tackle.
-Had help over the top (safety blew coverage) but Stills makes the catch for TD.
-Perfect man coverage on Stills, didn’t buy lame double move, Still called for OPI.
-Beat on fade route, but dislodges football from Stills.
-Playing quarters, drops easy catch on deflection.
-Misses tackle on RB, didn’t come in under control – off balance attempt.
-Fights through a crowd of OL on screen pass and makes TD-saving tackle.
-Blitz attempt, comes inside and makes QB throw ball away – perfect timing.
-Off man on Stills, flips hips smoothly and sticks with him down the field.
Overview: Had a tough assignment against Kenny Stills and company but held his own pretty well. Played some man and zone and wasn’t a liability against the run.
#72 OL Mason Walters*
-Lined up at RG.
-Getting some initial push in the run game, extends him arms through contact.
-Beat badly by DT in pass protection, jolted and froze.
-Nice block on second level, got out on Travis Lewis and took him out of play.
-Misses on second level block, not much of a chip on DT either.
-Stones DT in pass protection, got his arms extended and it was over.
-Good positioning on combo block, moves DT out of hole.
-Perfect position on end-around, took Walker out of play easily.
-Locates guys to hit in pass-protection, really finishes the block well.
-Bending at the knees and showing good lateral movement.
-Showing some power out of his stance, pushes #97 off the ball.
-Good awareness, able to combo pass block with OC while checking to see if OT needs help.
-Pulls and gets stood up by linebacker, stopping play dead.
Overview: Battled against a tough interior Oklahoma line and held his own for the most part. Showed some power at times and looked like he has the smarts necessary to play in the NFL.
#26 RB/WR DJ Monroe
-Not getting a lot of room to run.
-Finally gets a decent gain on end-around.
-Takes KR back for a touchdown, called back on penalty.
-Splits out wide and makes two DB’s miss at the same time on screen.
Overview: Wasn’t in on a lot plays, but showed some explosive athleticism when he touched the ball.
Check out the Oklahoma 2013 NFL Draft prospects on Page Two.