Donald Stephenson to Team: Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Marc FreshmanContributor IApril 27, 2012

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Offensive lineman Donald Stephenson #59 of the Oklahoma Sooners grabs the facemask of Brandon Jenkins #49 of the Florida State Seminoles at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As far as athletic offensive tackles go, Oklahoma's Donald Stephenson is a steal. 

With a prolific 6'5" frame, Stephenson is 312 pounds of pure athletic aggression.


His towering height gives him unique field vision, while his impressive wingspan and natural quickness makes him an effective blocker and perfectly suits him to play the left side. He's a natural-born athlete with incredible potential.


Biggest downfall? He's an undeveloped prospect, as he didn't play in 2009. The film on Stephenson is primarily from 2010 and 2011, which isn't a huge pool from which to extract a concrete impression that he'd have an immediate impact.

Stephenson's inconsistency has kept him from being an elite prospect. He has a lot to prove. Nolan Nawrocki, senior editor and draft specialist at Pro Football Weekly, says Stephenson has "clear starting caliber athletic traits, but must prove that he's willing to work, commit himself to the game."  

All in all, Stephenson is a lump of raw talent waiting to be molded. He's a long-term project who could pay off in a big way.

He had an impressive showing at the combine, where he clocked 4.94 in the 40, hit 9'6" in the broad jump, 7.52 in the three cone drill and he beat the other offensive linemen with his vertical prowess of 35.5 inches. He was also an honorable mention All-Big 12 during his senior year.

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