Oklahoma State football: Examining the Cowboys' top five NFL Draft prospects
STILLWATER — The NFL Draft is three-and-a-half months away and teams are working to learn as much about prospects as they can in what stands to be an incredibly unique offseason.
Plans for the scouting combine are still a work in progress as the NFL tries to figure out exactly what will be the best way to manage its pre-draft showcase.
A year after Oklahoma State went through the NFL Draft without having a player selected, the Cowboys are set to send several players to the next level this year.
Here’s a look at where the top five Cowboy prospects stand:
Receiver Tylan Wallace, 6-0, 190
Wallace came back to OSU in 2020 to prove he was healthy, and he did far more, turning in a dominant performance in his senior season. He’s a borderline top-10 receiver in the draft class, but that still puts him in the discussion for the second round, because the receiver class is so deep.
Offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, 6-6, 320
Jenkins’ athletic ability will stand out at the combine and his improved toughness showed up on tape in his senior season. Pro Football Focus graded him as a top-five tackle virtually all season, even with his switch between the left side and the right side. His versatility has value, even though he hasn’t played left tackle nearly as much as he’s played right in his career. Still, his tools give him staying power at a vital position in the NFL. Like Wallace, he’s in the conversation for the second round or soon after.
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Running back Chuba Hubbard, 6-0, 208
No one needs the scouting combine more than Hubbard, who had sub-par production and battled injuries this past season. When he’s healthy, his skills are among the best in college football, and his speed will turn heads to help him climb back up some of the spots he fell during the season. With the running back position having been devalued in the NFL over the past few years, Hubbard is still looking at a third- or fourth-round projection with a good performance at the combine.
Safety Kolby Harvell-Peel, 6-0, 210
Harvell-Peel has been an intriguing name since he hit the NFL market a few days ago, when he announced he was leaving early. Some draft analysts have rated him as high as the late second or early third round. Harvell-Peel’s versatility in the secondary and his ball skills make him an attractive prospect.
Cornerback Rodarius Williams, 6-0, 195
Williams has taken himself from the level of player who wasn’t expected to be drafted to a mid-round prospect with his impressive senior season. He allowed nine receptions for 148 yards on 21 total targets this past season, and showed the ability to be a lockdown cornerback against top-level receivers.
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