Ole Miss comprehensively defeated Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl today 47-34. The game was particularly interesting from a Seahawks perspective with two potential first round picks competing on opposite teams.
Michael Oher, offensive tackle for Ole Miss, put in an impressive display at left tackle. Despite an early false start call, Oher was dominant in pass protection and did enough to suggest his run blocking is not the problem some pundits have claimed. If the big tackle wanted to head into the draft leaving a positive impression on scouts he certainly did that today. He heads into the combine likely ranked as the best tackle on the board. Oher has appeared in a number of recent mocks going to the Seahawks with the fourth overall pick.
Michael Crabtree is another prospect who many are predicting will be on Seattle's radar. The two time winner of the Biletnikoff award has had a fine year and is almost certain to declare for the 2009 draft as a red shirt freshman. However, this wasn't a day to remember for the All American receiver. Texas Tech were not at their best as soon as they conceded the lead late in the first half and Crabtree was visibly not at 100% after picking up an ankle injury recently. He still managed to score a touchdown and snare four catches for 30 yards, but these aren't the monster stats we've come to expect from such a talented play maker. He did show an ability to get amongst the points even when not at full capability, but he hasn't finished on a high in the same way Michael Oher did.