Oklahoma State Football: Ranking the Most Draftable Prospects
Oklahoma State, as evidenced by their surge under head coach Mike Gundy in recent years, is one of the up-and-coming college football programs in the country.
That surge was capped off by the best season in school history last year, with an 11-2 record and a share in the Big South title.
The mark of an elite program is its ability to field draftable players for the NFL. The Cowboys are making that jump.
Here are their five most draftable prospects this year.
5. Johnny Thomas, Senior Safety
Thomas has 63 tackles and three interceptions last season.
He is an anchor to a very underrated Oklahoma State secondary.
He came up big in many key games (six tackles versus Oklahoma) and is a key veteran who makes few mistakes.
He's a bit small, but that shouldn't be a concern.
He's also versatile, averaging 15.5 yards on kickoff returns last season.
4. Levy Adcock, Senior Offensive Lineman
Adcock came into last season with very little experience at the D-I level.
But he won the starting job last August and never looked back, starting every game of the season and not allowing a single sack.
Size is not a problem either. Adcock is huge at 6'6" and 322 pounds.
If he continues to be as good as he was last year, Adcock will playing on Sundays next year.
3. Markelle Martin, Senior Safety
Martin is very similar to Thomas, but he is seemingly a bit better.
He shows more big play ability and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Alamo Bowl last year en route to being named the player of the game.
At 6'1" and around 200 pounds, he'll need to get a bit bigger, but that shouldn't be a problem.
He'll continue to be a leader for the Cowboy defense this year and that'll lead to him getting a good shot in the NFL.
2. Brandon Weeden, Senior Quarterback
Weeden came into last season completely unknown. A former minor league pitcher, Weeden was considered to be lazy and unmotivated by his coaches.
Fast forward a year and he is one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 and a candidate for the Davey O'Brien Award.
Weeden has everything NFL scouts want. He throws the ball beautifully, has good pocket presence, and has the physical and mental stature to handle the NFL game.
He is old though, as he will turn 28 this season.
That'll drop his draft stock some, but he will have a solid NFL career.
1. Justin Blackmon, Junior Wide Receiver
Like Weeden, Blackmon was unknown last year. He wasn't recruited much coming out of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and no one could have predicted the leap he'd make as a sophomore.
Over 1,700 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns later, Blackmon is the reigning Biletnikoff winner and is the clear favorite to win the award next year.
He also has the skills for the professional game.
He's big enough at 6'1" and is an incredibly strong receiver, who often bullied opposing corners (including Nebraska's Prince Amukamara).
He also has fantastic hands and is very good at adjusting to the ball in the air.
Hands down, he is the most draftable Cowboy this season.