Happy NFL Draft Day, friends and fans!
Tonight, the first round of picks in the 2019 NFL Draft will be announced, and a number of Oklahoma Sooners figure to hear their names called over the next three days. Obviously, Kyler Murray appears to be the favorite to go No. 1 overall, but others like Marquise Brown and Cody Ford are also in play for walking across the stage in Nashville this evening.
For many of these players, this draft is the next step in a journey that began in grade school. With all the different paths that guys like Murray, Brown, and Rodney Anderson took, it’s kind of amazing to see how they all crossed one another when they chose to come to Oklahoma. Below, you can watch and listen why each of these talented athletes decided joining the Sooners was the right one for them.
You heard it directly from the guys who put in the time and the work. Like Anderson says, OU’s family atmosphere separated it from the other schools recruiting him. Also, these players are the type that have never been afraid of competition. If anything, they’ve sought after it. Like the adage says, iron sharpens iron.
I’ll be interested in seeing more episodes like this one showing discussions between the players. It’s pretty cool insight into their perspectives at a time when opening forums for voices of all walks of life is sorely needed.
Now that you’ve seen them work on the field and chop it up off of it, tune in during the NFL Draft to see where their journeys lead them next. The fun begins tonight at 7 p.m. CT and airs on the NFL Network, ESPN and ABC. These next three days are going to be huge, both for these draftee hopefuls as well as the program that brought them all together.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Nike released a new ad featuring Kyler Murray, Sooner Softball sets a new program record, Rami Malek is slated to star in the new 007 movie and more!
- In case you haven’t yet, make sure you check out our profiles on all the eligible Sooners as the NFL Draft draws near. Kyler Murray, Ben Powers, Austin Seibert and more are on the board, and we here at Crimson & Cream Machine took a look at the need-to-know details on all of Oklahoma’s prospects.
- Oh look, it’s the Stoops’, the Murrays and the Rileys (and Mike Houck) on their way to all the draft festivities. This could be the cast of a new sitcom and you better believe I’d binge watch it.
- Gil Brandt says Kyler Murray is the ‘man of the hour’. Does he know something we don't? I mean yes, he probably knows a million things most of us don’t, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he has that kind of inside info.
- Joel Klatt ranked his top five NFL prospects from Big 12 schools, and wouldn’t you know it, a trio of Oklahoma players occupy the top three spots. Boomer!
Top 5 Big 12 prospects in the NFL Draft, according to @joelklatt:— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) April 24, 2019
1. Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
2. Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
3. Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
4. Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
5. David Montgomery (Iowa State) pic.twitter.com/KmcdCgG7Zr
- Check out this new Nike ad with Kyler Murray talking about how he grew up playing many sports, but now he’s dedicated to the one he’s been truly passionate about. No going to lie, this one gave me chills, man.
- I could say Bill Bedenbaugh needs a raise every offseason and it would probably be warranted. His track record is ridiculously good right now, and ESPN’s Todd McShay recognizes that Oklahoma is the place to be for quality offensive linemen.
- Check out Kyler Murray and Cody Ford getting some fresh cuts ahead of the NFL Draft in Nashville. I wonder how much that barber charges, because I’m starting to look a little grizzly, myself.
- There doesn’t appear to be a receiver in this draft class that’s far and away better than the rest, but according to NFL Network’s Peter Schrager, Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown is the only wideout getting consistent first round buzz.
7. Only receiver I’m hearing consistently — across the board — getting first round “lock” buzz is Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 25, 2019
- Speaking of “Hollywood”, check out the ice he’ll be flexing tonight. It’s a miniature version of himself in his OU uniform, complete with the grill and all. Talk about drip, oh my word.
- Oklahoma softball run-ruled Wichita State 8-0 on Wednesday, improving to 42-2 on the season and setting a new program record for consecutive wins at 32. These Sooners are something else, and their games are must-see television. I can hardly wait for this postseason run they’re about to make.
- Bark in the Park is back! You can bring your pups to L. Dale Mitchell Park on May 4th when the Sooners host Texas Tech. For more information, follow the link in the tweet.
- According to a report from The Oklahoman, Lon Kruger has hired Jim Molinari as the staff’s third assistant coach. Molinari, who replaces Kevin Kruger on the staff, is a former Kansas State teammate of Kruger’s and has previously been the head coach at Northern Illinois, Bradley and Western Illinois. He most recently served as an assistant for former Nebraska coach Tim Miles.
Around the Sports World
- Which three teams could trade with the Arizona Cardinals for the first overall pick tonight? SB Nation’s Christian D’Andrea fills you in on the possibilities.
- Of all the many draft pick announcers in Nashville, who will receive the loudest boos? If I were putting money on it, I’d probably go with Terrell Owens. I feel like people just like to dislike that guy at this point. He’s kind of brought it on himself to a degree, though.
- I think fans (and trolls) should be called out like this for their trash tweets more often. This guy said he could run a 4.4 40-yard dash, so Katie Nolan put him to the test. The result? Yeah, you can probably guess what happened, or in this case, what didn’t happen.
- There have only been five FBS-level college football games go into five or more overtimes in the last 12 years, so it’s obviously a pretty rare occurrence. This is to say that the proposed rule changes to games that reach such a point shouldn’t cause you too much distress.
- San Diego State went 7-6 in 2018 after a “mini collapse”, but Bill Connelly believes the Aztecs can bounce back from the lackluster year this fall.
Stick to Sports!
- The 25th James Bond movie is still without a title and a release date, but the cast has been announced. For the fifth time, Daniel Craig is reprising his role as the iconic 007, while Rami Malek, who just won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Bohemian Rhapsody, is reportedly going to play the chief villain of the film. I’ve never been a huge Bond follower, but this news definitely makes me want to see this particular installment.
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