In recent years, the Oklahoma Sooners have sent a number of offensive linemen to the league, and this time around, a couple more of Bill Bedenbaugh’s men are on the board awaiting their fates. In January, tackle Adrian Ealy made the somewhat surprising decision to forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Here’s what led up to that major announcement.
Adrian Ealy’s story
Coming out of East Ascension High School in Gonzales, Louisiana, Adrian Ealy signed with Oklahoma as a four-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting class. After redshirting his first collegiate season, gradually got his feet wet against D-I competition as he made five appearances in 2018.
The following year, Ealy went from a reserve role to a full-time starter at right tackle. He played in all but two games for the Sooners in 2019, and by the end of his breakout season, he had established himself as one of OU’s anchors up front.
As a redshirt junior in 2020, Ealy picked up where he left off from the prior season. To open the new campaign, the coaches experimented with him at left tackle, but for the next 10 games he was switched back to his original right tackle spot where he protected QB Spencer Rattler and paved the way for Oklahoma’s rushing attack. Through 23 starts, he was named a two-time Second Team All-Big 12 selection for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
His best football is still in front of him. Which team's going to land @adrian_ealy in the #NFLDraft?#OUDNA pic.twitter.com/8RJwoxyxGk— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 29, 2021
Following the Ealy’s declaration for the NFL Draft, he was invited to play in the Senior Bowl alongside a handful of his OU teammates. After that, he worked out in front of several scouts during his Pro Day testing.
Pro Day Results
Height/Weight — 6’6 1/2”, 324 pounds
Broad jump — 8’8”
Vertical — 24.5”
40-yard dash — 5.38 seconds
20-yard shuttle — 4.93 seconds
3-cone — 8.80 seconds
Bench press — 18 reps
Since he declared, Ealy’s draft projections have been a bit wide ranging from source to source. Last Word on Sports’ Matthew Wilson projected him as a third or fourth round pick, while according to NFL analyst Lance Zierlein, the offensive lineman could be looking at entering the league as a undrafted free agent.
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