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I worked with the NFL Network during the combines and doing pre production for the draft. During this time I was in a position to be involved with coaches and scouts. The overall opinion of Stills was tough n the field, great downfield blocker...They all raved about his block vs Texas this year as well as several since his freshman year. His biggest downside was size and dropped the easy balls, sometimes was thinking about YAC's before he made the catch.
BTW: None were sure who told Tony Jefferson to leave early, he definitely needed another year, especially in the weight room -which is where the silly pre combine internet rumors came from -. They love his playmaking ability but needs more strength to make tackles.
David King went where everyone thought he would go. However whoever drafted him would end up with a solid player.
Tom Worst saw the writing in the wall as he probably would not be at MLB next year but would never be an MLB in the NFL.
Also as I have posted several time Landry Jone's biggest issue is that he never went through a true QB competition while at OU. Once he handled 2009 he was simply handed the reigns for the next three years and that is usually not a good thing. Many felt he had the best mechanics but the worst game situation decision making. Some of that is believed to be that neither Kevin Wilson of Josh Heupel put him in a position to make many decisions. HIs late 4th quarter TD at West Virginia was an exception. He commanded only a 1/4 of 2nd half TD drives than he he did 1st half drives over his career. Landry may turn out to be a good NFL QB but he will have to learn to battle it out.
On a future note. I was able to watch most of the Red/White game with 4 NFL assistants and a couple of scouts. All of them said that Blake Bell looks to be heads and shoulders above the rest of the competition at this time. All 3 have huge qualities and that OU's future is bright at that position if Kendal Thompson stays on track and continues to mature but still needs time before he would be a starter. Ironically they all felt that Blake may only be at OU one more year. His stature, decision making and gamesmanship at the QB position is there that the NFL GM's love. They also like the fact that none of the three are being tied down to the pocket. Sam had told several scouts in 2010 that the coaches did not like him running to extend the play and they feel that is a huge burden on an offense like Oklahoma's.
It's been obvious that the staff doesn't allow QB improvisation. Heupel did it (with his runs for first downs) with great timing in 2000, and without them we don't go undefeated. It seems though that with White's two ACLs we began to discourage it.
Everything has to go right to go undefeated. A few more QB first down pickups with the keeper and we might have another championship or two.
Great info! Thank you!
Things are rarely perfect or totally bad.
Reality=closer to the middle.
Never as bad as it seems, never as good as it seems.
Wasn't he playing hurt that game?
sportsproducer1 I really hope you will post more. We could use this kind of info since Canyoneer doesn't appear to be returning to the board.
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