On Day 2 of the NFL Combine, two former Oklahoma Sooners — Baker Mayfield and Mark Andrews — participated in the on-field events and drills, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo put his strength to the test on the bench press.
It was a solid outing for Baker Mayfield at the NFL Combine. With the bright spotlight on the Heisman Trophy winner, all eyes were on Mayfield and how he stacked up against the other quarterbacks. Mayfield impressed a lot of people with his arm strength in the throwing drills, and his deep-ball accuracy was among the best out of the QB bunch.
Mayfield didn’t drop back from under center much in college, but at the combine he showed that he was more than capable of dropping back in standard pro-style fashion.
Mayfield also did well for himself in the running drills, performing slightly better overall than some expected him to. He was clocked with an official time of 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which was faster than the likes of Sam Darnold (4.85), Mason Rudolph (4.90), and Josh Rosen (4.92). For those of us who have watched Mayfield play over the years, his speed and quickness is not a surprise. I’d still say Mayfield is quicker than he is fast, but compared to his competitors, Mayfield’s mobility certainly stood out.
"Teams love his competitiveness" @MikeMayock on @bakermayfield at the #NFLCombine— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) March 3, 2018
4.81u in his first 40 for the Heisman Trophy winner.
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The John Mackey Award winner had an outstanding showing at the NFL Combine. After years of being one of Baker Mayfield’s favorite targets, Mark Andrews showed NFL scouts what he’s bringing to the league. His size is ideal for a receiving tight end, and his hands and route running ability are more refined than most tights ends at this stage.
Andrews ran an official 40-time of 4.67 seconds (unofficially timed a 4.59), which ranked second among all tight ends. At his height and weight, Andrews has the prototypical build and ability for a tight end in today’s game. His 40-time also ranks second-best for Sooner tight ends since 2000, which includes a list of some exceptional athletes.
Mark Andrews' 4.59 second-best among #Sooners TEs since 2000 combine.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) March 3, 2018
4.43: James Hanna (12)
4.59: Mark Andrews (18)
4.65: Josh Norman (02)
4.66: Jermaine Gresham (10)
4.72: Brody Eldridge (10)
4.79: Trent Smith (03)
4.80: Blake Bell (15)
Edge rushers perform their on-field drills on Sunday, but the bench press event was held on Saturday. Okoronkwo already looks every part of a physical specimen, so I expected him to do fairly well on the bench. Not every edge rusher participated in the bench press, but out of the ones who did, Ogbo led the way with a staggering 27 reps.
This kind of showing is going to capture some positive attention from the scouts. As it stands now, Ogbo has a chance to become the first Sooner linebacker to be drafted in the top three rounds since Curtis Lofton was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Overall, Mayfield and Andrews did what they needed to do to uphold their draft stocks, if not improve them, and Okoronkwo has gotten off to a great start so far in this NFL Combine. Tomorrow, Okoronkwo will perform in the on-field drills, and cornerback Jordan Thomas will go through defensive back testing on Monday to conclude the 2018 NFL Combine.
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