NFL Draft Prospects to Watch on CFB Week 7: Oklahoma State vs Texas

Top 25 Big-12 Battle is Loaded with Defensive Talent

We are at just under 20 days til the first College Football Playoff Rankings, and NFL Draft hopefuls have a decent amount of tape for NFL Scouts to review. However, for many prospects some of their best games, and hopefully best performances are still just yet to come. One such game on tap this week is the 12th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys vs the 25th ranked Texas Longhorns. 

 

This matchup in Austin might just be the last time the Cowboys regular appear at DKR, as the Longhorns will be jumping ship to the SEC with fellow rival the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma State will most likely be chomping at the bit to give Texas the boot from the Big-12 in the roughest of fashion. Oklahoma State, most likely with the remaining Big-12 schools from the UT/OU fallout, are still feeling pretty burned from what's transpired, and will probably be doing everything they can to make these two soon to be former schools feel the heat. The Cowboys are also having a really good year so far, posting an undefeated 6-0 record, a statement win against the 4-2 Longhorns could guarantee them a spot in the Top 10 and CFB Playoff consideration. For the Longhorns, they'll continue to try and reestablish their former dominance of the Big-12 after a loss to Oklahoma in another thrilling chapter in the Red River Rivalry, a game that the SEC can't wait to get their hands on, competitively, and of course, financially as well.

 

In the entirety of the Packers history, just 8 selections have come from Oklahoma State, with the most recent being in 1977. So far, no former Cowboys have been able to make much of an impact for the Green and Gold, but we are just one more Draft Class away from making that happen.

 

Texas has faired somewhat better than Oklahoma State, with 10 total selections dating from 1943 to 2008. You might remember Packers All-Time Interception leader Bobby Dillon was part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Dillon made 52 interceptions in 8 years with the Packers, a record that has stood for over 60 years, despite the NFL regular season only being 12 games.  More recently Packers fans might remember Tight End Jermichael Finley, who might've been one of the Packers All-Time greats had his career not been derailed to injury. Jermichael still made his mark though, as he helped the Packers win their 4th Lombardi Trophy back in 2010.

 

 

And now, let's examine the next possible future Packers in Saturday's Oklahoma State vs Texas:

 

 

Kolby Harvell-Peel, SS - Oklahoma State

Kolby is a modern day Strong Safety in the NFL. He has the requisite speed and will light up a ball carrier if he comes in his area. He is limited in coverage however, and it wouldn't be adviseable to leave him in single high coverage. If he can get better in coverage, he could be a future Pro Bowler, but for right now, I think he still sees the field sooner than later if put in the right defensive system. Current Projection: Top-100 Pick

 

Tre Sterling, FS - Oklahoma State

Sterling fills in where the aforementioned Harvell-Peel for the Cowboys. Sterling is a man-coverage ace, and is almost completely interchangeable in the secondary, but at the NFL level let's pencil him in at Nickel only. He doesn't have the necessary ball production, so I question if he can get it done when the defense needs a turnover. He isn't as stout against the run as Harvell-Peel, and plays undisciplined in his pursuit of the football. but he offers something different for a defense. In a league that is routinely using 3 safeties, there's need for his skills. Current Projection: Top-100 Pick

 

Josh Sills, OG - Oklahoma State

 

Sills transferred from West Virginia to the Cowboys after getting an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. Sills is built like an Offensive Tackle, but I woulnd't give him swing tackle designation. At 6'6 he has the length to take on interior rushers and plays aggresive to eliminate opposing rush plans. The downside to Sills is he has yet to play in a pro style offense that will force him to sustain his blocks or possibly climb to the next level on run plays. He is adequate in pass protection but there are going to be some serious questions on his strength and ability to be effective in a zone blocking style scheme. Sills definitely does have an NFL future however, it's just going to take the right coaching and mentorship to get him where he needs to be. Current Projection: 4th Round Pick

 

Danny Godlevske, C - Oklahoma State

 

Danny is a 6th year senior who transferred from Miami (OH) due to the MAC's shortened season during the pandemic. Godlevske is a Center only prospect but he is devoted to his craft and should latch on easily to a interested ball club, as he was highly sought after as the #2 Center in the 2021 Recruiting Cycle. I expect a All-Big 12 Selection for his position which should elevate his draft stock with a strong Senior Bowl and Combine. Current Projection: 4th Round Pick

 

Tyler Lacy, DL - Oklahoma State

 

Lacy was on an upward trend before the pandemic derailed his progress last year. Lacy at 6'4/295 can play an either an even or odd front. More run stuffer than pass rusher, he has a knack for getting off his block and into the backfield. Lacy needs to have a big year to move up the draft boards, but standing on his merits so far should still earn him a selection. Since Lacy is only a RS Junior, he could stay another year in hopes of reaching Day 2 Status Current Projection: 5th Round Pick

 

Trace Ford, OLB - Oklahoma State

 

Ford plays DE for the Cowboys but at 6'4/248 he's most likely an OLB only prospect in the NFL. Ford plays with explosion off the line and can get to the QB in a hurry. I'm not sure if he has any coverage acumen but Defensive Coordinators can scheme that away from Ford if necessary.  Ford could be a DPR only guy or a key depth guy early in his career who can develop over time behind a proven starter. Like Lacy, Ford could help his stock by staying another year. Current Projection: 5th Round Pick

 

 

 

 

 

DeMarvion Overshown, LB - Texas

 

Overshown almost enters that "positionless" label that Isaiah Simmons carried a few years ago. The dude just makes plays....every play. He's listed as a LB, but I'd expect him to sack the QB on a bull rush just as much as I'd expect him to make an interception against a 15 yard dig route. He isn't quite as dynamic so I don't see him being a heavy pass coverage guy in the NFL, but he could definitely lock down curl to seam or the middle zone in a defense. If Overshown has a hell of a Combine he might could sneak into the back end of the 1st Round, but for now he is priority Day 2. Current Projection: Top-50 Pick

 

D'Shawn Jamison, CB - Texas

 

Jamison is a premier cover corner for the Longhorns but at 5'10, he might be only considered a Nickel. I'd prefer him to play on the outside still, as great boundary corners are hard to come by. I'm convinced somebody who's got a suspect secondary will "overdraft" Jamison, but whoever selects him will have a baller on defense. He'll be on my Packers watch list for the remainder of the season as Brian Gutekunst is still struggling to find an appropriate Nickel. Current Projection: Top-100 Pick

 

Keondre Coburn, DT - Texas

 

Coburn is a modern day NFL Defensive Tackle who is pretty even keeled in the run and the pass. He does have some questions of strength, so I'm not sure if I'd trust him in a 3-4 as he might get in trouble with double teams. His Senior Bowl will either emphasize or eliminate those concerns. But as a 4-3 DT he should hear his name called regardless. What will take him off some teams boards is he's listed at nearly 350 lbs. If he can shed some weight and gain some explosion and strength, that'd do him some real favors on Draft Day. Current Projection: 4th Round Pick

 

Josh Thompson, DB - Texas

 

Thompson plays CB for Texas but I'm projecting Nickel or Safety in the NFL. He can be pretty sticky on coverage, but can have trouble with twitchier or faster receivers. He'll need a strong 40 for boundary corner consideration, but in a pinch he might suffice. I'd still prefer a move to Free Safety though. Current Projection: 4th Round Pick

 

Derek Kerstetter, IOL - Texas

 

Kerstetter was a Rimington Award Finalist before a horrific injury. As a 5th year Senior, he's looking to show that he's rehabbed and ready to play in the NFL. Kerstetter can play any position on the interior of the offensive line, which should boost his draft stock. His Combine, Medical, and Senior Bowl will be crucial to elevating him out of Day 3 status. Current Projection: 5th Round Pick

 

 

 

Oklahoma State kicks off against Texas Saturday in DKR Texas Memorial at 11am CST on FOX. Check you channel guide or cable provider for local listings.

Joseph has been an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers since 1997, citing an affinity for dairy products during his childhood and his favorite color, green. Born in Jacksonville, FL, Joseph currently is an Active Duty servicemember in the U.S. Armed Forces. Joseph considers himself a lifelong fan of the game of football, competing since his youth well into adulthood. When it comes to the Pack, Joseph is particularly impassioned about the NFL Draft and collegiate scouting process, and will contribute regularly on CHTV.com leading up to that year's upcoming Draft.

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