Hello once again, everyone!
The 2019 NFL Draft won’t happen for another nine weeks from today, and there are plenty of events that still need to fall into place before players can hear their names called. Until then, it’s speculation and projection season. Mock draft constructors everywhere are simulating first rounds and calling their shots. So where are the Oklahoma Sooners in this year’s draft class expected to land?
OU Football: Mel Kiper wonders if Raiders coach Jon Gruden is thinking "Hey I can get a little of upgrade possibly with a guy who can exchange points with Patrick Mahomes & take Kyler Murray."— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) February 20, 2019
Plus thoughts on Marquise Brown & Rodney Anderson. #Soonershttps://t.co/Rg83ficrVX
Several reporters were able to pick ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.’s mind about his thoughts on where high profile prospects could wind up. One of those reporters was the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey, who inquired about where Sooners Marquise Brown, Cody Ford and Rodney Anderson stand. Obviously Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner, is also gaining a lot of attention in these discussions, if not the most. Kiper currently has Murray going 13th overall.
247 Sports’ Josh Edwards projects Murray to go seventh, Ford to go 11th and Brown at 19th.
Bleacher Report’s Michelle Bruton has Murray going seventh overall, Ford 16th, and Brown is unlisted in her first round.
Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler has Murray in the 13th spot, Ford in the 23rd and Brown in the 24th.
CBS Sports’ Sean Wagner-McGough sees Murray going 13th, Ford 22nd and Brown 26th.
Now on to today’s Hot Links! Lincoln Riley looks for winners, Trevor Knight is the ultimate team player, Zion Williamson goes down and out of his shoe and more!
- ESPN’s Jake Trotter previewed the 2019 Oklahoma team ahead of spring practice. Jalen Hurts and Alex Grinch are the two obvious newcomers that figure to either make or break the Sooners’ hopes at a fourth College Football Playoff berth in five years.
- Kyler Murray is the highest-rated QB heading to the 2019 NFL Combine according to the analytics folks over a Pro Football Focus.
- So what are the criteria Lincoln Riley looks for in a QB? Like most coaches, the usual things like accuracy and athleticism come into play, but above all else, it’s winning. Once you understand that, you should understand why Jalen Hurts is with the Sooners. 247’s RJ Young has more:
- Brylie Ware made this week’s edition of top NCAA web gems. Check out his sweet bare-handed nab and out against Cal Poly. The Sooners are currently 4-0 on the season and looking quite solid all around.
- Former Sooner QB Trevor Knight has a reputation of being a selfless teammate, and that hasn’t changed now that he’s with the AAF’s Arizona Hotshots. In fact, it was his idea to play on special teams, because even if he hasn’t won the starting job behind center, he wants to help his team succeed any way he can.
“As a competitor, you want to contribute any way that you can, but also as a teammate. You want to do what’s best for the team,” @trevor_knight9 on his idea to play special teams.— Arizona Hotshots (@aafhotshots) February 21, 2019
: https://t.co/uGJipH6f0D pic.twitter.com/C5hwQfSMlQ
- PFF scouts graded former Sooner tight end Mark Andrews as the top TE in the AFC North last season. Looks like the Baltimore Ravens employed many players at that spot in 2018, but the rookie out of Oklahoma topped the chart.
Baltimore dominated the tight end market in the AFC North last year.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 21, 2019
2018's highest-graded TEs from the division pic.twitter.com/Vw7KbrLlVq
- Class of 2020 five-star running back Kendall Milton out of Clovis, Calif. is in Norman today. Oklahoma is also hosting its February Junior Day this weekend and is expecting plenty of 2020 and 2021 prospects to be in attendance.
- Barry Switzer and Willie Nelson in one photo? I don’t know if I could handle the amount of legendary-ness both The King and The Red-Headed Stranger exude all in one place. How awesome.
Around the Sports World
- So UNC-Duke happened last night, and the Tar Heels blew out the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor. However, the big headline from the night revolves around Zion Williamson, who was injured early in the game and did not return. When he goes down in the clip, check out his shoe and how it basically comes apart.
- Life lesson: if you’re a spectator at anything, just spectate, and nothing more. Don’t do what this person did, which was throw a stuffed toy on the court and essentially gifted the road team more free throws in the final second of the game to go ahead and win.
With 0.5 seconds to play in a tie game, a fan tossed a stuffed animal onto the court in Georgia.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
The Bulldogs were assessed a technical foul. Mississippi St made the FT, and won the game. Wow pic.twitter.com/7PNheymQrp
- Per police reports, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim struck a man on the road with his car, killing him. The district attorney for Onondaga County has ruled that there will be no immediate legal ramifications against Boeheim at this time.
- New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale blames ‘Fortnite’, the video game, for his players’ poor performance and his team’s overall lack of success. He says they stay up late to play the game and aren’t rested when it’s time to ball. Perhaps, coach, they’re just not that talented, or they’re immature, or they’re unprofessional, or a little bit of all the above.
Stick to Sports!
- Damn, nature! You scary! Anyway, Australia is basically Earth’s backyard, but like, that far corner of the backyard that has a few things lying around and covered in grass. Those things have been there for years, maybe even a decade, and one can only imagine what’s living underneath. Yeah, that’s what it’s like living in the bush. “Hey honey, there’s another python dangling from the outdoor antenna and eating an adult currawong”. If you’re wondering, yes, I typed that sentence in an Aussie accent.
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