Happy Monday, friends and fans!
The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, but it’s not too early to start prognosticating on how the 2020 version will shake out. The Oklahoma Sooners saw eight former players picked within the first six rounds, and could see similar success this time next year. Check out some these first round mock drafts featuring a couple guys you’re well aware of.
- The Draft Network’s 2020 mock draft has WR CeeDee Lamb going sixth overall and TE Grant Calcaterra going 10th.
- 247Sports slots Lamb at No. 13 and Calcaterra at No. 16.
- SB Nation’s Dan Kadar projects Lamb to go 23rd overall in his early mock of the 2020 draft.
- Sporting News has Lamb going 30th in their mock of next year’s first round.
- Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has Lamb going at No. 14, but he also has Kenneth Murray going 29th. Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon has Lamb going 26th.
- Yahoo! Sports has Lamb and Calcaterra as “other to watch”, as their mock only goes to the 10th pick.
Of course, it should be noted that both Lamb and Calcaterra are going into their true junior seasons at Oklahoma this fall, meaning they will have one year of eligibility remaining after the conclusion of the 2019 season. And while he wasn’t listed in any of the aforementioned mock drafts linked above, C Creed Humphrey could also declare for the 2020 draft if he so chooses. Still, the general consensus for Lamb, in particular, is that this will be his final year of college football. He has the physical tools, the football acumen, and the tape for scouts to evaluate.
Now for today’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Several former Sooners find homes as UDFAs, Oklahoma Baseball and Softball log Big 12 series wins over the weekend, Ryan Braun is showered with beer and more!
- The odds for Kyler Murray’s passing yards and touchdowns are out. If you’re not looking to lose money, you might want to bet the over while you still can, because Kliff Kingsbury will surely try to light the league up.
- Following the end of the 2019 NFL Draft, there were a number of former Sooners who did not hear their name called. Fortunately for them, the NFL dream can still be a reality for them as undrafted free agents. DE Amani Bledsoe signed with the Buffalo Bills, LB Curtis Bolton with the Green Bay Packers, FB Carson Meier with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and RB Marcelias Sutton with the Seattle Seahawks. Good luck, everyone!
- On Sunday, Oklahoma baseball was at Kansas State and needed a win to claim the series. The game went to extra innings, and the Sooners prevailed in bonus baseball for the first time this season. Check out the highlights from an exciting ballgame!
HIGHLIGHTS | It’s all here: Defensive gems, big pinch-hit at bats, ✌️ three-run rallies, and one very big home run.— Oklahoma Baseball (@OU_Baseball) April 29, 2019
The #Sooners fight back to win 6-3 in 10 innings and take the series at Kansas State.
Recap ➡️ https://t.co/TCwK5sRyDQ pic.twitter.com/KGszY0WmwZ
- No. 1 Oklahoma softball swept Iowa State in Ames this weekend, capping it with a 14-0 run-rule victory on Sunday. This team is playing at the highest level right now.
- Also, in the final game between the Sooners and the Cyclones, junior Giselle Juarez threw just the second perfect game of her career, and she’s now 20-0 as a starter. Congratulations, G!
- Check out the latest episode of ‘Why Oklahoma’ with some of the Sooners selected in this year’s NFL Draft. This time, the group talked about coming back to Norman and passing on advice to younger players following in their footsteps.
Around the Sports World
- James Harden, a man who has been known to take advantage of the rules when it comes to his unique style of play (if you want to call it that), was frustrated with how the refs officiated Game 1 between the Rockets and the Warriors. I’d like Houston to make this a series, but I’m not going to feel sorry for them at any point.
"I just want a fair chance, man. Just call the game the way it’s supposed to be called and we’ll live with the results.”— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 28, 2019
James Harden voiced his opinion about the officiating after Game 1. pic.twitter.com/9GmtB2EjPp
- Currently, Vegas doesn’t project the Cleveland Browns to make the postseason next year. It’s certainly a team on the rise, but there are folks who still need more convincing.
- The legendary Sebastian Janikowski announced that he will retire after 19 seasons in the NFL. In that time, he made more money than any other placekicker in league history.
Sebastian Janikowski told ESPN that, after 19 seasons, he is retiring from NFL at the age of 41: “It was a good run. I still think of the Super Bowl - it still hurts.” He plans to turn into a cab driver, taking his 3 girls to school. Seabass made more $ than any K in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2019
- Josh Rosen was traded from Arizona to Miami over the weekend, but there’s a real possibility that the Dolphins draft a QB like Tua Tagovailoa next year. That would not be very amusing to the former UCLA signal caller.
- Am I the only one that thinks it’s ironic that Ryan Braun plays for the Milwaukee Brewers and he had beer spilled on his head during the game? I wonder what kind of brew it was.
Stick to Sports!
- This story breaks my heart. A wildfire burned down a portion of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, which originally inspired the setting for author A. A. Milne’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’. As a child, I wanted to visit the fictional Hundred Acre Wood. Firefighters are still unsure of the cause, but do not believe it to be deliberate at this time.
Follow Crimson & Cream Machine on Twitter!