Happy NFL Draft Eve, friends and fans!
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally down to one last day before putting an end to all these mock drafts and “expert” takes on where each of draftees will go. Unfortunately, that’s still just enough time for people who have no clue what they’re talking about to flap their gums.
Take Bill Simmons, for example. Simmons and his guest, Chuck Klosterman, a sports writer and author, recently talked about the QBs in this draft class on ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’, and when they discussed former Oklahoma Sooners QB Baker Mayfield, Simmons compared him to fellow Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. His comparison was not based on football mechanics or play-style at all, but rather on the perception that fans simply want to see them both succeed. He also used the final two minutes in regulation of the Rose Bowl to judge Mayfield’s entire body of work, saying he could only throw “a couple types of passes.” You’ve got to be kidding me, right? The discussion begins at the 1:18:18 mark.
But wait, it gets
better worse. Klosterman then shared his own completely absurd thoughts on Mayfield, stating that he should be open to a position change because he’s so adept at running. Klosterman suggested that a team could use Mayfield in the backfield lined up next to a QB, or have him in the slot. There was even mention of using Mayfield on special teams. Wait...WHAT?!
It was at this point that I just could not take anything either of these two had to say seriously. You’re telling me the most efficient passer in college football history — whose game in and for itself is loved by most NFL GMs (aka people who actually know what the hell they’re talking about) — should consider switching positions? It’s this level of stupidity that diminishes my trust in analysts. At least a professional hot-taker like Colin Cowherd doesn’t stoop this low! That’s how insane this take is.
After that pile of some of the worst hot takes this year, check out our lovely Hot Links. Archie Bradley evaluates Baker Mayfield and Spencer Rattler, Lincoln Riley wants team leaders to step up, the OU men’s golf team is in contention for a Big 12 Championship today and more!
- Arizona Diamondback pitcher and former OU QB recruit Archie Bradley is a Sooner at heart, and he’s well aware of the recruiting success Lincoln Riley and the coaching staff are having. Check out Bradley talking about Baker Mayfield’s NFL potential and what he sees from 2019 QB commit Spencer Rattler. Awesome stuff!
- Speaking of Rattler, while having him on board with the Sooners has been great, the man who deserves most of the credit for bringing in the haul of talented receivers so far in the 2019 recruiting class is Lincoln Riley, says John Shinn of Diehards. It’s more than just his offense, it’s his effort on the recruiting trail.
- After the departure of Mayfield, Orlando Brown, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Steven Parker, Lincoln Riley is on the look-out for new team leaders to step up. After summer training and fall camps, the expectation is that some players will shine through and become the new captains of the team.
- Check out Part V of Steven Parker’s journey towards his dream: making it on an NFL Roster. In this latest installment, Parker talks about where he plans to watch the draft, and what his mindset is going into this potentially major moment in his life.
- Going into the final round, Oklahoma men’s golf team held a two-stroke lead in the Big 12 Championship. Let’s bring another trophy home!
RECAP | #Sooners, Hirschman lead after 54 holes at the Big 12 Championship in Tulsa.— Oklahoma Golf (@OU_MGolf) April 24, 2018
OU with a two-shot lead over Iowa State as we head into Wednesday's final round with a on the line.
- Oklahoma Baseball took care of business against UT-Arlington, improving its record to 28-15 on the season. Up next is the Bedlam series, and this time it’ll count towards the conference standings.
- 2018 guard Keonte Kennedy has received an offer from Oklahoma. Kennedy originally signed with Xavier, but was given a release just days ago.
Around the Sports World
- Looks like former OKC Thunder player Enes Kanter is back in town for the game tonight. He was certainly a fan favorite. Hopefully this brings some good luck to the Thunder in a must-win game versus the Utah Jazz.
Oh my goodness look who flew into town for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/m6swfsaTkO— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 25, 2018
- Here’s a comprehensive list of the proposed rule changes the Commission on College Basketball has put forward. One of the proposed rules I think would be great is for allowing players who enter the draft but go undrafted to return to the same school if they still have eligibility remaining.
- It looks like the one-and-done rule in the NBA could become a thing of the past starting as early as 2020. Right now, it’s an NBA rule that players must be removed from high school for at least one year before being eligible to declare for the NBA Draft.
The NBA and NBPA conversations on eliminating the one-and-done draft rule -- which would allow high school seniors to enter the NBA -- are centered on the 2020 Draft as the earliest possible date for change, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2018
- The PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic is going to be quite a party with walk-up music before each tee-shot. The official list of songs has now been released, and my personal favorites are Toto’s Africa and Tupac’s California Love.
- The FIU Sunblazer is the latest mascot to be inducted into the Hall of Discontinued Mascots. It resembles Gary Busey, and once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
- The Toronto Blue Jays held a moment of silence and commemorated the lives that were lost in the recent Toronto van attack. A powerful moment.
- Rapper Meek Mill was released from prison, and the first thing he did when he got out was jump in a helicopter and fly over to the Philadelphia 76ers playoff game against the Miami Heat. He also got to ring the bell before the game. Pretty cool stuff.
Meek Mill rings the bell for the 76ers. pic.twitter.com/T0fJrtS5KR— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 25, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- If you’re a Gmail user, there’s a major update in store for you. Gmail has devised a ‘self-destructing’ email system, which allows you to set an expiration date on an email. After the message reaches its expiration date, the item is deleted. Pretty neat, especially if you’re high on confidentiality.
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