Buccaneers: Oklahoma State Cowboys 2018 prospects to watch

The next trip on our tour of 40 teams in 40 days focuses on the Oklahoma State Cowboys and which ones could be potential Buccaneers targets.

Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are a perennial offensive powerhouse in the college football landscape, and this season was no different. Though they finished just third in the Big 12, they still had a 10-3 record and finished the season ranked 14th in the AP top 25 poll. Led by the explosive combo of quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington, the Cowboys put up loads of points and were one of the most exciting offenses to watch in all of college football.

Considering that the theme of this off-season is “defense”, Oklahoma State’s explosive offense surely means little to most Buccaneers fans. Unfortunately as is usually the case with Big 12 teams, the Cowboys are devoid of much defensive talent entering the draft, but there are a few exceptions. Let’s take a closer look at that, as well as the rest of the Cowboys that will be available in the draft.

Seniors

Safety – Darius Curry

Quarterback – Mason Rudolph

Wide receiver – Marcell Ateman

Safety – Jerel Morrow

Cornerback – Adrian Baker

Safety – Ramon Richards

Linebacker – Gyasi Akem

Linebacker – Kirk Tucker

Wide receiver – Chris Lacy

Cornerback – Malik Kearse

Wide receiver – Cole McKnight

Wide receiver – James Washington

Safety – Tre Flowers

Linebacker – Chad Whitener

Tight end – Dawson Bassett

Offensive line – Larry Williams

Offensive line – Zachary Crabtree

Offensive line – Shane Richards

Defensive tackle – Ben Hughes

Offensive line – Brad Lundblade

Offensive line – Aaron Cochran

Defensive end – Tralund Webber

Defensive tackle – DeQuinton Osborne

Defensive end – Vili Levini

 

ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 28: Safety Tre Flowers

Senior to watch: Safety – Tre Flowers

In last year’s draft general manager Jason Licht managed to find a gem in safety Justin Evans, but they still need to secure a second safety to start opposite of him. The Oklahoma State Cowboys may offer that potential player in Tre Flowers, a big, athletic safety who played four seasons in Stillwater after a red-shirt freshman season. In his four seasons he racked up 284 tackles, four interceptions, twenty-five pass defenses, and four forced fumbles. He scored a touchdown off a blocked kick in which he received a lateral from his teammate and then scurried all the way down the field into the end zone.

Flowers is 6’3, 200 lbs, with 34 inch long arms: in other words, he’s tall, lanky, and an ideal image of a strong safety, which the Buccaneers happen to be looking for. Flowers participated in the East-West shrine game and drew attention to himself through those impressive measurables. For now his stock is in the mid to late rounds, but the combine is always big for guys that are relying partially on height/weight/speed to boost their stock, so keep a close eye on the big safety in Indianapolis next month.

Underclassmen to watch: None

 

 

Bonus senior to watch: Wide receiver – James Washington

Oklahoma State has exactly zero underclassmen entering this year’s draft, so it’s your lucky day: a bonus senior to watch!

Few players in this year’s draft class offer the explosiveness that Oklahoma State’s James Washington does. I remember being blown away by Washington when I first watched him play a few months ago, because he caught and scored on what seemed like every target sent his way. That’s an exaggeration, but you might not know it looking at his statistics – 74 catches, 1549 yards, and thirteen touchdowns. Those were career highs across the board for Washington, which is saying a lot because he put up tremendous numbers as a sophomore and junior as well.

Washington has the body and number of a running back but plays receiver, which makes his fit with the Bucs – who are loaded at receiver – a bit tricky. Still I think he could be a mid to late round project pick for the Bucs who should never quit looking for weapons to provide quarterback Jameis Winston. Though he didn’t do it much in college, I’m intrigued by Washington’s potential as a kick or punt returner, which the Buccaneers have obvious need for.

That’s our look at the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ contributions towards the NFL draft, and their lanky safety that the Buccaneers could potentially look at. Are there any other senior Cowboys that you could see the Bucs chasing? Sound off in the comments, and be sure to check back again tomorrow for a look at the Texas Longhorns.