Happy Friday, friends and fans!
So.... there’s some smoke starting to billow from Foxboro, and the rumor is that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are interested in using their draft capital to trade up for a QB. If this is the case (I highly doubt it), Baker Mayfield would be the likely candidate. Many draft experts don’t believe this will happen, but could you imagine Mayfield as a Patriot? Honestly, it seems like a decent fit to me, although I’m not sure how well Baker and Bill would get along.
Would the Patriots trade up for Baker Mayfield?— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 6, 2018
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Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Baker Mayfield to New England rumors are picking up steam, no Sooners will be present at the draft, Bookie is already making his teammates better and more!
- The Oklahoma Sooners were obviously something else on the offensive side of the ball in 2017, and one of the reasons why the O was so effective was its use of the guard-tackle counter. With so many ways of executing it, this gave defenses fits when it came time to get stops against the Sooners. And because of how well it worked, it could become the next big thing to sweep across the college football landscape, according to SB Nation’s Ian Boyd. Take notes!
- So there’s been a growing buzz around spring ball regarding the Oklahoma Sooners’ defense, and in particular, the defensive line. Neville Gallimore is one of the veterans within that unit, and he says the D-line is ‘ready to shock the world.’ Of course, any amount of improvement would be welcomed, especially since the last time we saw them was in Pasadena, where it was anything but rosy. I do like that Gallimore and the guys are putting the onus on themselves to step up and become difference makers on the field. Sure, actions speak louder than words, but this is a nice start.
- It’s game day! Oklahoma travels south to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. The Sooners’ pristine conference record will be on the line in what should be a more-than-formidable challenge. For more details on how you can catch all the action, visit the link below.
- Speaking of baseball, here’s what I wrote about Kyler Murray hitting his stride on the diamond.
- Baker Mayfield has done it again. His performance during the 2017 season makes him the owner of the highest grade ever given out by the people over at Pro Football Focus. If only he was 6’11”, right? Sarcasm, folks.
Baker Mayfield, owner of the highest ever grade we've given to a college QB in a single season for his work in 2017. pic.twitter.com/BPTr2B4OlT— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 5, 2018
- If you were hoping to see some Oklahoma Sooners walk across the stage and give Roger Goodell a hug, it’s not happening this year. No Sooners will be in attendance at the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s really not a big deal, but just a heads up so you’re not looking all over the place for them on TV — although I’m sure there’ll be a TV crew at Baker’s watch party.
No Oklahoma players slated to attend the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas. https://t.co/rEUHhLKBj1— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 5, 2018
- ESPN rated the best and worst draft picks for each NFL franchise over the last 10 years, and three Oklahoma Sooners made the list. Trent Williams and Gerald McCoy were listed as the best picks for Washington and Tampa Bay, respectively, while Malcolm Kelly was listed as the worst pick for Washington.
- Congratulations to Oklahoma star pitcher Paige Parker for being named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. She’s definitely worthy of such high praise, so make sure you vote every day so she can bring this thing home where it belongs! Boomer!
- Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles could still be in high school right now, but instead he’s making plays in spring practice, and that’s making the other defensive backs work harder so they aren’t outshined by the talented true freshman.
- Redshirt freshman running back Kennedy Brooks was known for his big plays in high school, and now he’s starting to show that in practice. So what can the Sooners expect from Brooks this season with such a loaded backfield?
- Brady Lindsly has been on a hitting tear as of late for the Oklahoma baseball team, and his teammate Nathan Wiles says he’s probably “the hottest hitter in America right now.”
Around the Sports World
- This was extremely hard to watch. Sergio Garcia, the winner of the 2017 Masters Tournament, hit FIVE straight shots into the water. Talk about the worst luck ever as a pro golfer. And on the biggest stage, too? Good grief.
- Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. The Boston Celtics have just had terrible luck with injuries since Gordon Hayward’s season ended in the very first game of the season.
- Jim McElwain sold his house for a 400K loss, but the reason why was because the family who was looking to buy it has two disabled children, and the home was already outfitted with the necessary accommodations. This is the kind of heart-warming story I love to hear about. Amazing stuff.
- Ronda Rousey is making her official WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34. I probably won’t watch it live, but I’ll definitely make sure I find the highlights. I think her decision to join the WWE family is a great one, for the record.
- Dude, there’s a bald eagle on your back. Before I saw this clip, I knew nothing about Seattle Mariner James Paxton. After seeing this, I know Paxton is either an animal lover, a die-hard patriotic son of a gun, a pretty fly guy, or all the above.
Stick to Sports!
- An earthquake with a 5.3 magnitude shook up the Los Angeles area yesterday, even after discovering the epicenter was approximately 85 miles west of L.A. It was the largest quake recorded in the southern California area in several years. Fortunately, there were no immediate reports of any significant damages.
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