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Oklahoma freshman OLB Kenneth Murray "instantly turned heads" in the spring, writes ESPN's Jake Trotter.

"Murray has put himself in position to win a starting role on the inside of the linebacking corps this fall," Trotter wrote. A three-star recruit, Murray may have been overlooked. "Murray is a DE/OLB prospect with a lot of tools and athleticism," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "Needs added explosiveness and skill-set polish, once he settles in on one position, but is certainly a prospect with a great blend of size and range."
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 1:18 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops called freshman C Creed Humphrey the most talented freshman center he's ever coached.

"Humphrey is already on the Sooners' two-deep and could work his way into playing time for arguably the best offensive line in the country," wrote ESPN's Jake Trotter. A three-star prospect, Humphrey is a "big, strong, tough lineman that can be an effective, lunch pail type interior player," ESPN noted in a scouting report.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 3:01 PM

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley calls redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Anderson a "freak."

"On [strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s] testing," Riley said, "he’s at the top or near the top in everything. He’s strong, he’s fast, he’s smart." Anderson has assumed No. 1 RB duties following the departures of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. He drew rave reviews in the spring, with QB Baker Mayfield calling Anderson a "specimen." The 6-foot-2, 223-pound Anderson suffered a season-ending broken fibula in his left leg early in his freshman season (2015), and then suffered a season-ending fracture in his C5 vertebrae prior to last season. Running behind one of the nation's best offensive lines, Anderson is line to break out in a huge way in 2017 -- assuming he stays healthy. "I’m going to take the opportunity and do the most I can with it," Anderson said. "I’m always going to give 100 percent in everything I do and just try to make the most of it." Anderson was the No. 2 running back in the country by 247Sport coming out of high school.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 3:22 PM

Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley received a contract extension set to last through January 31, 2020.

Riley also receives a $400,000 raise. He is now set to make $1.3 million annually. Since joining Oklahoma prior to the 2015 season, Riley has helped guide one of the most prolific offenses in the country. He has been a popular name in head-coaching rumors, so whether or not the Sooners are actually able to hang on to him through the 2019 season is not a settled question.
May 11 - 7:55 PM

Eagles signed Oklahoma DT Charles Walker.

Walker (6’2/310) made only four starts in three years at OU before turning pro, quitting the team four games into last season after suffering his third known concussion. Walker finished his career with 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Walker was a plus run defender and pass rusher at five and three technique on the Sooners’ defensive line, but he offers minimal production and a questionable passion for football after his enigmatic exit. He only tested as a 22nd-percentile athlete in Indy. A true wildcard prospect, Walker is worth a flier for an Eagles team short on depth on the interior defensive line.
May 9 - 1:45 PM

Bengals selected Oklahoma ILB Jordan Evans with the No. 193 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Evans (6’3/232) made 36 starts in the OU linebacker corps, compiling 22 career tackles for loss with five interceptions and four forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Still snubbed for a Combine invite, Evans blew up the Sooners’ Pro Day with a 4.51 forty, 38 ½-inch vertical, and 7.01 three-cone time, good for top-five SPARQ results in this year’s off-ball linebacker class. A Malcolm Smith-style of player, Evans lacks a physical, thumping element to his game but offers sideline-to-sideline range and was one of college football’s premier pass-coverage linebackers.
Apr 29 - 4:22 PM

Redskins selected Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine with the No. 114 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Perine (5’11/233) made 30 starts in three years at OU, operating as the Thunder to Joe Mixon’s Lightning and leaving college with a career 685/4,122/49 (6.0 YPC) rushing line and 40/321/2 (8.0) receiving. Perine broke Billy Sims’ all-time rushing record at Oklahoma. A powerful tackle breaker, Perine’s athleticism was unsurprisingly sub-par at the Combine with 4.65 speed and 25th-percentile SPARQ results. Perine looks like a plodder at times on tape, but his skill set translates well to a short-yardage and clock-killing role, and his receiving ability is better than advertised.
Apr 29 - 12:36 PM

Jaguars selected Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook with the No. 110 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Westbrook (6’0/178) spent two years at OU after transferring from JUCO, stacking a 126/2,267/21 (18.0 YPR) career receiving line and finishing as a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2016. He dabbled on kickoff and punt returns as a senior, bringing back a punt 71 yards to the house. Westbrook blazed 4.39 at his Pro Day, but the rest of his workout underwhelmed. NFL scouts expressed concern about Westbrook’s interviews, commitment, and pre-draft preparation at the Combine. Westbrook’s tape reveals a dynamic weapon with terrific hands, dropping just 4-of-84 catchable targets in 2016. Whether Westbrook realizes his immense promise is entirely up to him.
Apr 29 - 12:23 PM

Bengals selected Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Mixon (6’1/228) was the Lightning to Samaje Perine’s Thunder as a Sooner, compiling a career 300/2,027/17 (6.8 YPC) rushing line with 65/894/9 (13.8 YPR) receiving. Also a standout pass-protection back, PFF College charged Mixon with just one QB hurry allowed on 48 blocking snaps. Mixon’s career 8.00 yards-per-touch average dwarfs Leonard Fournette (6.63), Christian McCaffrey (7.02), and Dalvin Cook (7.05), and Mixon’s workout metrics are eerily similar to Ezekiel Elliott’s with 4.43-4.50 speed, a 35-inch vertical, and 21 reps on the bench. Mixon’s off-field woes have been well documented, but his on-field talent isn’t in any doubt. Long term, he has Ricky Watters-level upside as a combination runner-receiver. Mixon's addition could make Jeremy Hill available for trade in Cincy. Hill has shown nothing since his rookie year, and Mixon should have no trouble passing him on the depth chart.
Apr 28 - 8:37 PM

Yahoo Sports' Benjamin Allbright believes that the Broncos would be willing to trade up to select Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon.

The Broncos won't be on the clock in the second round until pick No. 51. There is a solid chance that Mixon will not be available at that slot. The Packers (No. 33), Bengals (No. 41), Eagles (No. 43) and Vikings (No. 48) are among the teams selecting ahead of Denver that have been linked to Mixon during the process, with Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reporting earlier this week that the Packers -- who traded out of the first round on Thursday -- are extremely interested in the controversial Oklahoma back.
Apr 28 - 1:40 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports that Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon as "garnered the most interest" from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Green Bay and Jacksonville.

"I won’t be surprised to see the Bengals take Mixon with the 41st overall pick," King added. "Owner Mike Brown has taken chances in the past on players with off-field issues, leaving it to the coaching staff to keep those players in line." Each of these teams has hosted Mixon for a visit. If Mixon is to sneak into Rd. 1, Green Bay, picking near the end of Thursday night's festivities, looks to be his best shot.
Source: MMQB
Apr 27 - 2:13 PM

WalterFootball's Charlie Campbell reports that the Packers are extremely interested in Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon and might even take him in Round 1.

The Packers were one of the teams that hosted Mixon for a pre-Draft visit, along with the Bengals, Broncos, Jaguars, Saints, Raiders, and Buccaneers. We're still thinking that Mixon will drop into Round 2, but at this point, late-Round 1 is very much in play.
Apr 26 - 2:48 PM

Oklahoma DL Charles Walker has been taking Prozac to treat a depression diagnosis.

"I am excited and anxious to get back on the football field because now that my Depression is under control with the medication that I am taking," Walker wrote in a letter to NFL teams. He also struggled with concussion concerns during his time at Oklahoma before leaving the team this past October to begin his draft prep. At least on that front, he has been medically cleared. Walker's doctor, Ashley Benjamin, also contributed to the aforementioned letter, writing that "based on my military, coaching, and sport psychiatry backgrounds, I believe that Mr. Walker's depression is currently in full remission and is not a limitation for NFL-level competition." Walker is a probable late Day 2/Day 3 selection for this weekend's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 3:54 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnon offered a strong hint that the team will not be targeting Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon due to his past assault case.

"We vet this stuff as thoroughly as we can," Maccagnon said, later adding that "I'd rather make sure we focus on players that are good players and ideally good people and good members of our society." Presumably, Mixon is now off the Jets' board, though it should probably be noted that Maccagnon never explicitly stated that Mixon was off the table. If he is, the Jets are not alone on that front. Six of 11 NFL personnel executives polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that they had scrubbed Mixon completely. Even with his very highly-publicized case scaring multiple teams off, it would be a surprise if he is not drafted by the end of Day 2.
Apr 24 - 6:49 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Bengals "would be more apt to select [Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon] in the second round" now that he has settled his civil suit.

Mixon's draft process has been dogged by his punching a woman in the summer of 2014. He settled the civil suit last week, though, which clears the air at least a tiny smidge for the controversial back. At pick No. 41 in the second round, the Bengals are a team that has been broached as a potential Mixon draft home for some time. The Eagles, Vikings and Raiders have also been linked to him in heavy dose.
Apr 24 - 2:38 PM


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