Weekend Round-up | LaColtan Bester, Draft Stock, & Play On The Diamond

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Oklahoma football: Receiver Lacoltan Bester has a shot at being drafted | Jason Kersey | The Oklahoman

The NFL Draft begins Thursday this week, and very few Oklahoma players are locks for selection. Bester - with only 421 receiving yards and two touchdowns over his pair of seasons as a Sooner - would seemingly be an unlikely pick, but with his high ceiling and the way his OU career ended, it's not impossible.

Bester said he's talked to around eight teams, and estimates his chances of being drafted at "70 or 75 percent."

"There's a good chance that I should get drafted, but if not, I'll have to take the free agency route," Bester said. "I know I'll have that option."

Sooners likely to go later in draft | John Shinn | The Norman Transcript

Injuries are part of the reason an OU player isn't expected to be selected until the third round on Friday and possibly the fourth round or later on Saturday.

What NFL draft analysts see is a lot of middle to late round value from the Sooners. It's a matter of positional need. Long ago, NFL general managers put a heavy financial importance on six positions. On offense, quarterback, left tackle and big wide receivers. On defense, linemen who can rush the passer and cornerbacks that can match up with big wide receivers.

Financially, it's a passing league. Those who can either improve it or defend are in high demand.

College softball: OU has third consecutive Big 12 title in sight | Tulsa World

Sophomore Kelsey Stevens struck out a season-high 11 Saturday for the second straight game and three early home runs paced Oklahoma (42-10, 13-2 Big 12) to a 5-1 victory over Texas Tech (35-18, 8-9) before 1,356 at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.

Stevens tied Florida State's Lacey Waldrop for the most wins in the nation with 31 as she recorded 11 strikeouts for the third time this season. Stevens allowed three hits, including a solo home run in the fifth, and walked none.

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