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Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN reports that redshirt junior Bobby Evans is likely to replace Orlando Brown at left tackle last year.

Evans started all 14 games at right tackle last year, and has 26 starts under his belt in his time at Oklahoma. Brown was one of the best offensive lineman in the country last year, and is very likely to be a first-round pick this April, so it won't be easy to replace his production. Evans has shown flashes of brilliance as a Sooner, however, so it may not be as big of drop off as other schools would experience when losing an Outland Trophy finalist.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 4:04 PM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, UCLA QB Josh Rosen and Wyoming QB Josh Allen will all throw at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Get your popcorn ready. The three quarterbacks join Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph as top signal-callers who have announced that they will throw at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 3, and USC's Sam Darnold and Louisville's Lamar Jackson are also expected to take part. This doesn't come as a major surprise, as it's been an Olympic cycle since we've seen a top-ranked quarterback not throw at the event when Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel elected to pass, or not pass, to be more accurate, in 2014. Mayfield, Rosen are all very likely to go in the first round, but a strong showing in Indianapolis next week will help cement their status.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 5:10 PM

In a poll of five NFL executives by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah regarding Combine interviews, only one answered that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield had the most at stake.

"It's a big opportunity for Mayfield. Let's see if he owns up to his past incidents and how he conducts himself," the exec said. Another believes that the Heisman winner will "have the confidence and charisma to carry a room in a quick interview setting." That's our general read, too. Beyond that, it's difficult for us to truly view Mayfield as a problem child. He had several incidents at Oklahoma, but none that approach a serious level. And we know that Mayfield can take hold of a locker room. He did that at Oklahoma, he did that at the Senior Bowl. That's just his personality. For reference's sake, the other four executives in Jeremiah's informal poll were evenly split between answering Josh Rosen and Arden Key as the players with the most to gain or lose in Indianapolis interviews.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 1:59 PM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will not attend the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas.

Instead, Mayfield will be with his friends and family. The former Oklahoma quarterback will go from being undrafted to likely a first-round pick, and we'll be watching his process along the way.
Source: NBC DFW
Feb 20 - 10:49 AM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from previously uncommitted three-star 2019 DE Kori Roberson.

Roberson picks the Sooners over offers from schools like Arizona, Florida Atlantic, SMU and UTSA. He currently ranks as the 37th best defensive end in the country on 247 Sports rankings, and 537th overall. Reports indicate he's a strong defender who can cause disruption, and could be effective against the run while providing some ability as a pass rusher, as well.
Feb 19 - 2:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Oklahoma edge-rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo would be a "bargain" after round two.

Pauline calls Baker Mayfield a player that is likely to be overdrafted, but his teammate Okoronkwo (6'1/243) could be a steal. "While he’s a little short, he plays big football," he writes. "Okoronkwo is strong for his size, holds his ground against blocks and is almost never off his feet. He showed great edge speed during Senior Bowl practices, and on film he showed tremendous lateral quickness and the ability to make plays in space." Pauline expects Okoronkwo to go in the third-to-fourth round at this point, and anything after round two makes the former Sooner a "bargain."
Feb 19 - 1:38 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will be "significantly overdrafted."

Pauline offers the preface that he loves to watch Mayfield play; citing his improvisational skills, and he disagrees with those who cite off-the-field concerns and his cocky attitude. But despite this, he does believe he'll be overdraft. "When I watched him on film, I saw many of the same red flags I witnessed during Senior Bowl practice -- he’s a tough, heady signal caller but has mediocre arm talent," Pauline writes. "Time and time again, receivers who were open in the deep field purposely slowed down their routes awaiting for the ball to arrive. When Mayfield tried to put zip on passes, he was often high of the mark." While these may seem like strong criticisms, there's at least some validity to them, because otherwise he'd be the obvious first-overall selection. It just takes one team to fall in love with his skills, but there's at least a chance that Mayfield could fall down draft boards.
Feb 19 - 12:57 PM

NFL analyst Bucky Brooks compared Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to Case Keenum.

A year ago, this would not have been a positive comparison. Fast forward to 2018, and it may not be the most ringing endorsement, but it has some validity. " I know that comparison will draw some raised eyebrows from Mayfield supporters, but I believe their physical dimensions (Mayfield measured 6-0 3/8, 216 pounds last month at the Senior Bowl; Keenum measured 6-0 1/2, 208 pounds at Houston's Pro Day when he was a prospect in 2012), collegiate production (Mayfield finished with 12,292 passing yards and a 119:21 TD-INT ratio at Oklahoma; Keenum amassed 19,217 passing yards and posted a 155:46 TD-INT ratio as a Cougar) and playing style are very similar," Brooks writes. He expects the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner to go in the first round, but doesn't see him as an elite quarterback prospect. Brooks mentions the Giants, Jets and Saints as potential fits.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 8:25 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom writes that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield's bulked-up supporting cast with the Sooners shouldn't be discounted when it comes to his draft stock.

We've heard the "poor supporting cast" argument for Wyoming QB Josh Allen time and time again. Mayfield is on the complete other end of that spectrum. Notes Nystrom, "Over the past few years, Mayfield enjoyed one of the nation’s best offensive lines, one of the nation’s best sets of skill talent, and one of the nation’s best offensive coaches." He additionally points out that the Heisman winner played in a defensively loose Big 12, which routinely allowed him opportunity to put his best foot forward. While Mayfield has gradually come on as a candidate to be drafted within the first 10 picks, Nystrom believes there's far more uncertainty with him as a prospect than the general consensus would have you believe. The analyst goes so far as to write that he would not use a first-round pick on the Sooners standout.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 16 - 3:24 PM

In his first mock draft of the evaluating season, NFL Media's Charley Casserly projected the New York Jets to select Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 6 pick.

Casserly is in lockstep with NFL Media colleague Bucky Brooks, who likewise pegged Mayfield to the Jets with the sixth pick in his most recent mock draft. This is far, far too rich for our blood, though we do view Mayfield as close to a lock for the first round given the buzz surrounding the Heisman winner early in the evaluating season. All told, Casserly has three quarterbacks flying off the board within the first six picks, as he also mocks Sam Darnold to the Browns at No. 1 and Josh Rosen to the Giants at No. 2. Mock drafts released at this stage only shine so much light given that we have yet to even hit the NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 4:43 PM

In a poll of 20 NFL hopefuls at the Senior Bowl last month, Bill Belichick was tabbed as the coach players most wanted to play for.

Belichick received four votes in the poll, followed by Raiders HC Jon Gruden, Saints HC Sean Payton and Steelers HC Mike Tomlin with three votes a-piece. None of this is particularly surprising, as those four coaches are among the most high-profile in the NFL (even despite the fact that Gruden has not coached in a decade). We do raise an eyebrow at the fact that Rams HC Sean McVay -- whose system is incredibly friendly for offensive prospects -- received just one vote, though some of that can probably be attributed to the fact that he's just one year into his career as a head coach.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 3:52 PM

PFF's Sam Monson believes Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is the clear top QB "and it isn’t particularly close to the second guy."

"There is no quarterback that can come close to the level of dominance we have seen from Mayfield over his college career," Monson writes. Mayfield certainly created plenty of momentum at the start of the season and carried it throughout 2017, culminating in a great Senior Bowl week. No. 1 is absolutely in play, as is a selection outside of the top 10. Hopefully, the quarterback rankings become a bit more clear after the NFL Combine.
Feb 13 - 11:36 AM

One AFC scout handed a Day 3 grade to Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews, calling the Sooner "a big slot receiver."

"He won't block at all so what do you have other than a big slot who is an average athlete?," the scout adds. This might be a bit harsh. We don't exactly know Andrews' ability inline since he rarely played there, and he did constantly win mismatches in the slot and outside, even creating yards after the catch with choppy footwork. The scout could absolutely be correct, but we think destroying a prospect for something he wasn't asked to do is a bit harsh.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 9:54 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes Oklahoma edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo's height on the outside "is the big concern."

We agree. At 6-foot-1 and 243 pounds, Okoronkwo doesn't offer the ideal size teams look for when acquiring an edge rusher. He does have over 34-inch arms, which are long for his size and might compensate. Okoronkwo had a strong week of Senior Bowl one on one reps, showing bend and flexibility to turn the corner against offensive tackles. We think the Oklahoma pass rusher winds up as a second-day selection.
Feb 12 - 11:45 AM

Three days after the Super Bowl the Browns requested to schedule a private visit with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, according to the MMQB's Robert Klemko.

Depending on who you ask, the Browns either declined or were not given the opportunity to coach Mayfield at the Senior Bowl. Mayfield's name has been up traction with the team, however, with the link of Scot McCloughan, who the Browns are using as a consultant. We still firmly believe the Browns use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback rather than No. 4, but either way Mayfield is in play.
Source: SI.com
Feb 12 - 9:24 AM


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