Where are starting a series of posts leading up to the NFL Draft giving our thoughts about the different draft eligible Sooners as well as predictions on where they will be drafted.
Here are Devante Bond's results from the NFL combine
WT: 235 lbs.
40 Yard Dash: 4.70
Devante Bond is still very raw and in many ways still learning the game. His biggest asset is going to be his speed and his explosiveness coming off the line of scrimmage. It’ll allow him to be a very good edge rusher in a 4-3 scheme where he’ll make a living as a blitzing SAM backer. He has active hands, which allows him to shed blocks, good body control, and he responds well to coaching.
Because his collegiate career gave such a limited sample size (JUCO transfer and injury caused him to miss four games his senior season) he’ll most likely initially earn a spot as a special teams player but he undoubtedly has the ability to be an every down player in the NFL.
My best guess is that he goes in the fourth round.
When you look at Devante Bond, an outside linebacker at the University of Oklahoma, the pass rushing capabilities instantly leap of the page. Moving on to the NFL, the former Sooner will find himself being asked to fill the same role of a pass rushing OLB. As a coachable player, Bond showcased the ability to cover in a zone as well as limit cutback lanes on the collegiate level. However, Bond has only played the game for roughly six year at a competitive level. I have him going in the late 6th round of the draft due to a lack of elite athleticism and speed.
Bond only started five games as a senior, but he showed flashes of what he was capable of during that time. Three sacks and seven tackles for loss are really good numbers when you consider he also had to play with two other All Big 12 linebackers in Eric Striker and Dominique Alexander. Bond was overshadowed by Striker for most of his career but he is just as capable of having a good NFL career. He's not particularly fast but he was third among linebackers in the vertical jump and 10th in bench press among linebackers. Only playing in nine games as a senior will hurt his stock but he will still get drafted in the sixth or seventh round.
One thing that teams can almost never have enough of is spot pass rushers that can get to the quarterback seemingly at will. Devante Bond has a ton of potential to be that and maybe more.