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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

OT Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma

Donald Stephenson, #59
6'6", 307 lbs., 23 years old
Blue Springs, MO

- Strong, physical offensive tackle. Displays a good punch as a defender squares up.
- Great size for the position.
- While speed can sometime get the best of him, he does show the ability to recover and collapse on a player that separates.
- Can get out in space and run on a screen play.

- Aided a bit by the style of quick-read offense Oklahoma plays.
- Will struggle with speedier rushers in the NFL. Has kind of a herky-jerky backpedal to continue to mirror a faster player.
- Struggles against stunts. Will stutter-step while trying to decipher who to block.
- Plays a bit high, doesn't have a lot of control if a defender gets under his pad level.

Special Notes:
- Turns 24 in September.
- Started at Oklahoma weighing 285 pounds.

Projection: 5th to 6th round
- Stephenson's footwork needs some work, but he does have the ability to be someone that is a reserve offensive lineman in the NFL. Unless he improves, I don't see him as a starter at the next level.

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