For those of you who have not read these notes before, years ago I decided to talk about prospects in the NFL draft that I could watch playing in person. By that I mean that I was present at the stadium and I was able to observe all their behavior during a match, on and off the field. My philosophy is that watching only video is not enough. The video can be manipulated. Every player has very good and very bad moments. It is not complicated to edit a segment and make Saquon Barkley look like an inept, or like the next Jim Brown. In the stadium you can see how they react to good plays and bad plays and understand why the result. This time I saw many interesting prospects. I will try to be brief and concise in order to cover several without extending the note.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Baker grew up in Austin, Texas, the city where I live, from what I've known about him since he was in high school. First of all, he has been a winner in the first levels of football, high school and collegiate. In high school he led his team to the state championship, something of great value in Texas. It was part of a winning tradition. The quarterbacks before, and after him, also won championships. They had a run of five consecutive titles. In Oklahoma he won the Big XII three times and twice his team advanced to the NCAA playoff without advancing to the final game. In his first year at Texas Tech he was not very successful and suffered an injury. With the exception of Texas Tech, he has been fortunate to be surrounded by talent and playing against generally mediocre rivals. On the positive side, he is a great competitor who never gives up and is a great leader. It is extremely elusive. He knows how to move, avoid catches and buy time when he has no receptors open. He has a good arm and can complete any pass, but he does not have the power of Brett Favre as many say and compare. On the negative side, he is undisciplined outside the field. Certain teams with more sophisticated defenses could be confused. I saw him frustrated in the second half against Texas last season. The same happened against Houston, against Clemson in the 2016 playoff, and in the second half against Iowa State and Georgia also in 2017. He played in the same system as Jared Goff. I have many doubts about his chances to shine in the NFL. If he comes to a team that has a coach who can do what Sean McVay did with Goff, he would have a chance to shine. I see it more as a third or fourth round talent.Take a look at some of the best 1x2 predictions of the day.
Mark Andrews, tight end, Oklahoma. It reminds me of Travis Kelce. He has the potential to be as good or better than him. In times of pressure and under pressure was the player who took out Mayfield distress. In spite of his talent he was inconsistent his first two years, but he improved considerably in 2017. He needs to improve as a blocker, but he has the necessary corpulence to become one. They have it classified like the N ° 5 between closed wings. The team that chooses it will have a good element. Orlando Brown, tackle, Oklahoma. Possibly the most overrated player in the draft. I saw him play for three years and in each game he gave up the last quarter. Players smaller than him moved him. His lack of strength was evident in the Combined when he was slow and could lift 225 pounds only 14 times. He could get 16 reps in his pro day, but it's not enough for a top-level NFL tackle. He has the "raw material" to develop, but I doubt his temper. I would not choose it before the fourth round. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. All the attention in this draft is focused on the "big four," as Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield have been told. Little, if nothing, we talk about Mason Rudolph. Some team will select Rudolph at the end of the first or the first half of the second round and get a player representing the prototype NFL quarterback.
His style of play is similar to that of Nick Foles, who in the indicated system became the Most Valuable Player of the past Super Bowl. Throws deep better than any of the "big four", and has excellent accuracy. He assumed the starting position at the end of his first year and opted to return instead of declaring himself eligible for the draft after his junior year. He did not have the year expected, but they demanded a lot with a bad defense that forced them to try to score many points to win. The Texas defense, which improved week after week, could neutralize it, this game being the only time he did not throw a touchdown pass. He played 42 games and won 32. I would not be surprised if New England picked him with the No. 31 or the Giants with No. 34. James Washington, catcher, Oklahoma State. Ranked ninth best receiver in this draft. The main criticism was that in the offensive system did not develop the ability to run varied and precise routes. Few teams tried to cover it individually. Holton Hill of Texas did it successfully. He has great speed, good hands and could become a player similar to his former teammate Tyreek Hill.