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Diehards analyst John Shinn tabbed Oklahoma freshman WR Jaquayln Crawford as the likeliest newcomer on the team to break out this coming season.

"Crawford can do anything as a receiver. He’ll be a deep threat, catch balls over the middle, make defenders miss on screens and will be a threat on reverses," Shinn writes. The 5-foot-10, 163-pound freshman has been compared to TCU WR KaVontae Turpin due to a similarity in quickness and size. ESPN's Tom Luginbill envisions Crawford taking a career path similar to Turpin, too, potentially opening on special teams before making a larger push for an active role in the receiving corp.
Source: Diehards
May 19 - 12:27 PM

Jets signed Oklahoma RB Dimitri Flowers.

Flowers (6’2/248) was the Sooners’ fullback all four years, blocking for Joe MIxon and Samaje Perine among others, and earning first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. He showed outstanding versatility with a 54/886/13 career receiving line, averaging an absurd 16.4 yards per catch. Flowers tested out as a substandard athlete, however, running 4.83 with an ugly 7.45 three-cone time at the Combine. Flowers projects as an NFL special teamer with situational value as a lead blocker and checkdown-pass option.
May 3 - 5:24 PM

Eagles signed Oklahoma CB Jordan Thomas.

Thomas (6’0/187) made 37 starts in the Sooners’ secondary, logging 36 career pass breakups with eight interceptions. Thomas was a first-team All-Big 12 pick as a junior, then lost playing time in a down senior year. Thomas is a good all-around athlete with a 38-inch vertical and lightning-quick 6.28 three-cone time, but he couldn’t break 4.64 in the forty at the Combine or his Pro Day. Thomas’ lack of long speed showed up in his allowance of 21.6 yards per completion in 2017. Thomas’ best pro position may be safety based on his ball skills. He’ll be vulnerable to speed at corner.
May 3 - 12:21 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren lists Oklahoma freshman Brendan Radley-Hiles as a potential contributor to the Oklahoma defense as an early enroll.

Radley-Hiles was ranked 101st on ESPN's top 300 as VanHaaren notes, and this is not the first time we've heard that the defensive back has turned heads during the spring practices. "[Radley-Hiles] ability to play corner and safety should help keep him on the field and help as safeties Steven Parker and William Johnson are gone from last season," VanHaaren writes. Considering how much Oklahoma struggled to defend that pass at times in 2017, seeing this kind of versatility could really help the Sooners in 2018.
Source: ESPN
May 1 - 5:16 PM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Cleveland Browns a "B-" for their work in the draft.

Benoit seems to be iffy on the selection of QB Baker Mayfield saying his "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." By this, he means that Mayfield could either be very good or bad depending on how the Browns are able to develop him. Benoit says it's "a roll of the dice" due to his height and some of his "sandlot" plays at Oklahoma. He also questions the selection of Nick Chubb with pick No. 35 overall due to the Browns already having a "terrific base runner like Carlos Hyde" and "a versatile scatback like Duke Johnson." An overall grade of "B-" might have been generous to the Browns given the immense amount of draft capital they had.
Apr 29 - 3:09 PM

Rams traded up to select Oklahoma pass rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo with the No. 160 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Rams sent two sixth-round picks, No. 183 and No. 217, to the Broncos. Okoronkwo (6’2/253) made 26 starts at end-linebacker for the Sooners, tallying 34.5 career tackles for loss, 21 sacks, and five forced fumbles en route to 2017 Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, sharing it with Texas LB Malik Jefferson. Okoronkwo’s 46 QB pressures ranked third among Big 12 edge defenders. An 86th-percentile SPARQ athlete, Okoronkwo’s combination of explosiveness and college production increase his probability of hitting. In the NFL, Okoronkwo best projects as a sub-package outside rusher. This fit with Wade Phillips is an easy one.
Apr 28 - 3:02 PM

Ravens selected Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Andrews (6’5/256) made 26 starts in three seasons as a Sooner, breaking Oklahoma’s all-time record for yards by a tight end (1,765) and averaging a wideout-like 15.8 yards per catch with 22 TDs. In 2017, PFF College charted Andrews with the second-most yards per route run (2.63) among draft-eligible tight ends, and the most yards among all D-I tight ends on both 20-plus-yard targets (318) and slot routes (874). Andrews ran well at the Combine (4.67) but underwhelmed with his broad jump (9’5") and three-cone time (7.34). Similar to old Broncos TE Tony Scheffler, Andrews lacks blocking skills and would be best employed as a catch-first slot tight end. The Ravens also added TE Hayden Hurst, a willing blocker with plus pass-catching skills, in the first round.
Apr 27 - 10:17 PM

Ravens selected Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown with the No. 83 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Brown (6’8/345) protected Baker Mayfield’s blind side for three years as a Sooner, logging 40 starts and earning Big 12 OL of the Year in each of his final two seasons. The son of longtime Browns-Ravens OT "Zeus" Brown, Orlando combines a massive frame and vine-like arms (35") with a nasty streak, but has glaring athletic limitations that hurt his pass-protection consistency. Brown bombed the Combine with a couch potato-like 5.85 forty time and only 14 reps on the bench. Despite his all-left tackle background, Brown projects as a right tackle only in the Morgan Moses mold.
Apr 27 - 10:09 PM

An anonymous scout compared Oklahoma T Orlando Brown to Carolina Panthers T Zach Banner.

Usually, a comparison is made in a flattering way. This is not one. ""He’s Zach Banner all over again," the scout said. "He just can’t move. I saw this first-round stuff early and I didn’t know what people were doing. The 40 and all that didn’t surprise me at all because he doesn’t move well on tape. He grabs and holds guys and throws them down. That’s where he gets all those highlights." Yikes. Brown's stock has plummeted since the combine, but at 6-foot-7, 345-pound tackle is not without his supporters. There's a real chance he goes tonight for a team looking for a mauler at the right tackle position.
Apr 27 - 5:48 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Mayfield (6’1/215) went 33-6 in 39 starts for the Sooners, finishing second in D-I history in passer efficiency rating (175.4) with a Big 12 all-time record in yards per attempt (9.8), a 131:30 TD-to-INT ratio, and 21 rushing scores. Per PFF College, Mayfield led the nation in QB rating under pressure in 2015 (117.4), 2016 (119.2), and 2017 (111.6). Mayfield has a play-fake-heavy, spread-offense background and lacks ideal height, but his playmaking ability is tangible on tape with plus arm talent and mobility. Only Josh Allen threw with more ball velocity at the Combine in this year’s QB class. Long term, Mayfield should fall on the Jeff Garcia-Russell Wilson spectrum. (Garcia had an underrated prime.) Mayfield will open his career behind Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland.
Apr 26 - 8:20 PM

NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns believe Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is not similar on or off the field to Johnny Manziel.

Rapoport notes that the two players came from different offenses -- with Manziel's offense much more spread-based -- and also that Mayfield is a "much better thrower than Manziel ever was." Rapoport also mentions that the off-field arrest of Mayfield was a much different circumstance than the issues Manziel has had off the field. It's looking more and more likely that Mayfield is going to be the first player taken Thursday night.
Apr 26 - 3:19 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said that the Cleveland Browns selecting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the first pick "wouldn't surprise me at all."

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein tweeted earlier on Thursday that Mayfield-to-Cleveland "is happening" later tonight, a sentiment that was echoed in the updated mock drafts of ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and fellow NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah. Now, La Canfora does say that he does not believe that Mayfield will ultimately be the pick for Cleveland. At this juncture, though, there's heavy indication that he'll be the young man to attempt to turn around the moribund franchise.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 12:43 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein says Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield being the No. 1 overall pick to the Browns "is happening."

Mel Kiper has moved Mayfield to being the first overall pick, as has Daniel Jeremiah. If that is the case, the No. 2 pick with the Giants is now a fascinating selection with Sam Darnold and the trickle down from there.
Apr 26 - 11:28 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter states there is "a mounting belief" among NFL GMs and coaches that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will be the Browns' selection at No. 1.

It should be noted that John Dorsey is still keeping this a secret. There are plenty of voices in the Browns' draft room, and Dorsey must narrow down his decision to what he believes. However, bringing in a respected evaluator like Scot McCloughan, who previously stated Mayfield was his top quarterback, might help Baker's case for No. 1.
Apr 26 - 8:40 AM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G EJ Ndoma-Ogar.

The hot run continues for the Sooners, who have loaded up on four and five-star players over the past few weeks. Ndoma-Ogar is considered one of the best interior lineman in the country, and ranks as the the 10th best guard in the class. He picks the Sooners over schools like Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Baylor; just to name a select few.
Apr 25 - 2:29 PM


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