Junior who has declared for the 2015 NFL draft. Transferred from Missouri to Oklahoma in July 2014.
Positives: He is a size-speed specimen with great height and bulk for the position – almost tight end size. Runs with adequate speed for the position, but very good for his size. Tracks fairly well and adjusts fairly well to back shoulder passes. Generally above-average hands, and will catch consistently on contested passes and on the sidelines – fights for the ball in the air against defenders. Is more agile than his size suggests, and he is very nimble on sideline catches. Has pretty good open field vision and enough lateral quickness to be dangerous after the catch. When he sets his mind to it, he can be an above-average downfield blocker who maintains his blocks. Also played on the basketball team.
Negatives: He needs to do a better job of attacking the ball in the air and will let too many passes hit him in the body. Below-average upper-body strength. Inconsistent concentration and will drop a lot of easy passes, but also when he knows a hit is coming, and will also turn upfield before securing the pass. Doesn’t give a whole lot of consistent effort as a downfield blocker and will let guys just run past him at times. Huge character red flags. Arrested for drug use in October 2012 and was suspended for one game. Arrested again for drug possession in January 2014, leading to his indefinite suspension from the team in April 2014 – though the case was dropped against him. After his suspension, he was arrested for forcing his way into his girlfriend’s house, pushing down her roommate, but she dropped charges. Then, was dismissed from team and transferred to Oklahoma, but never played.
Projection: Round 2. If he wasn’t such an apparent headcase, he would probably go in round one. As it is, though, he will probably still be gone by the middle of the second round just because of his physical attributes. He strikes me as the kind of prospect who is just so physically dominant at the college level that he had to give it very little effort, and he will have to get over that in the pros. He reminds me of Jonathan Baldwin, the former bust of the Chiefs, 49ers, and Lions.