May 1, 2006

Cowboys in the '07 draft?

Oklahoma State's performance in last weekend's NFL draft actually outperformed projections, despite only having one player selected in the seven-round draft. When offensive tackle Charlie Johnson went to the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round (199th overall), it gave OSU one more selection than most draft pundits had predicted.

Still, the 2006 draft broke a solid streak of early-round Cowboy picks. It started with Kevin Williams going ninth-overall in the 2003 draft. Rashaun Woods gave OSU two first-rounders in two years when he was selected with the 31st pick of the draft by the San Francisco 49er's in 2004. That same year, running back Tatum Bell was an early second round pick of the Denver Broncos.

In 2005, cornerback Darrent Williams joined Bell in Denver as a second-round selection and running back Vernand Morency was taken in the third round by the Houston Texans.

All of the above were part of OSU bowl teams in their final season in Stillwater. It's no secret that there is a correlation between success on the college gridiron and putting players into the NFL. With that in mind, the question becomes "how does the 2007 draft look for OSU?"

The quick answer is "better than 2006, but perhaps not on the level of the previous three years."

That's actually very positive news for OSU, given the very small senior class heading into their final season. With only 12 scholarship seniors in the 2006 season, there is not a big pool of potential draftees to begin with.

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