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OT Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech: After starting his first two seasons in college at left tackle, Clark could get moved to guard this season. Clark has the strength to be a devastating run-blocking guard, and the NFL loves players who can play multiple positions.
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TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: New York Jets (No. 49)
Ranking: No. 28 TE
What our scouts said then: “Amaro is a productive receiving tight end. He has good size and appears on film to have the frame to be able to add more good bulk with time in a college weight program. He will play and block from an in-line position, but at this point it seems the strength of his game is a receiver. Can be a productive receiver.”
What happened: Well, Amaro added 30 pounds of bulk and became one of the most productive receiving tight ends in college football history.
OLB Will Smith, Texas Tech: Dallas Cowboys (No. 238)
What our scouts said then: “Smith has large frame and shows promise on film. His taller frame and lack of ideal top-end speed and elusiveness may see him get recruited more at outside linebacker; his measurables could eventually be better suited on defense if his body continues to physically develop. Could be a late bloomer on the recruiting trail.”
What happened: Smith went to Riverside (Calif.) Community College, and indeed became a late bloomer. This past season, he finished second in the league behind George with 120 tackles, and was one of Texas Tech’s most consistent defensive performers all year.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach is currently on a tour supporting his new book Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior and made an appearance on ESPN’s Baton Rouge affiliate to promote an upcoming signing in Houston.
The first five minutes or so are related to the book, which is interesting in and of itself, but the six and a half minute mark is where the train takes a sharp turn toward the part of the world inhabited only by Leach’s brain. At 6:40, host Matt Moscana asked Leach about his one trip to Tiger Stadium in 1998 as Kentucky’s offensive coordinator.
“It’s incredible, it’s one of the greatest game day environments that I’ve ever been a part of,” Leach says. “There’s little old ladies with their children and grandchildren doing a variety of hand gestures letting you know just what they think of you exactly.”