Orlando Brown (OT, Oklahoma) – 89

Orlando Brown, the son of former NFL starting OT, Orlando ‘Zeus’ Brown (he of Jeff Triplett/yellow flag/eyeball fame), is a chip off the old, extremely large, block. I love offensive linemen who play with fire and aggression and Brown certainly does that. He plays LT for Oklahoma and, in pass protection, he is technically good. He has excellent length and really quick feet for such a big man, enabling him to mirror and finish very effectively. I thought he put on a bit of a clinic in the Ohio State game last year, when he gave Sam Hubbard a pretty torrid time. In the running game, he seems to view his opposite number through a prism of hatred and rage. Blocking is not enough for Brown; he is set upon humiliating his man and reducing him to a whimpering wreck. Again, I think this is utterly commendable in an OT. So, why do I not have a top 10 grade on Orlando Brown Jr? Primarily because I worry about his agility and flexibility. I think a really good speed rusher could give him problems in the NFL and I think he might ultimately be more comfortable at RT. That transition sounds a lot easier than it actually is, however, and, as a result, Brown might have his struggles in the first year or two. By 2020, however, I believe he will be a good starting OT in the league and, as such, I have a first round grade on him.


James Washington (WR, Oklahoma State) – 88

An extremely productive deep-ball threat, Washington had an incredible junior season, catching 71 balls for 1380 yards and 10 TDs, at an eye-watering 19.4 yards per reception.  What stands out for me on tape is his body control – Washington has the ability to contort his body, at full speed, into some almost grotesque shapes, in order to enable him to make the catch.  He is elite in this area – other parts of his game are very good without being outstanding.  His speed is very good but not exceptional – I would expect him to run in the mid 4.4s at the combine – and the same goes for his hands.  He certainly benefited from having Mason Rudolph as his QB but that was probably what they call in Biology 101 a symbiotic relationship; Washington’s ability to snare passes above his head did wonders for Rudolph’s completion percentage as well.  As a blocker he gives pretty good effort.  Not many people will mistake him for Hines Ward in this part of his game but nor is he a liability.  His route tree in the Oklahoma State offense is pretty unsophisticated but he did show some really nice hips when running double moves.  Going into his senior season, I have a borderline 1st/2nd round grade on him – he looks to me like a player with the ability to have a very nice NFL career as a WR2.

Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) – 55

Mayfield runs the Oklahoma offense very effectively but the 70% completion percentage is misleading given that a lot of his throws are either behind or within five yards of the line of scrimmage. He operates pretty much exclusively out of the shotgun and will need to adjust to a pro-style offense. He tends to lock on to his initial target and, if that target is not there, he hops around like a squirrel that’s lost a favourite nut. He has quick feet and is a good, if unexceptional, athlete, who can create things when the pocket breaks down – escapability is better than average. He is mechanically flawed – he throws off his back foot a lot and his arm strength is average at best. The interception he threw against Baylor in 2016 with 1:40 left in the 2nd quarter is clear testimony to his lack of physical tools – and, indeed, judgement, given that he lobbed it gently into double coverage. He runs fakes and play actions pretty convincingly and appears to be in complete control of his offense. He throws to covered receivers far too much and is the beneficiary of generally superior talent at Oklahoma. At this point, he looks to me like a late Day 3 prospect at best – potentially an UDFA on my board.