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Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham was "a big target who kind of just jumped up and caught the ball" at Missouri and "he really didn't have any route-running concepts," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

The respected veteran analyst believes DGB made a mistake in opting into the draft. "For someone who hasn't played a lot but has tremendous potential, he'd have been much better off staying and getting experience at Oklahoma, where he transferred to, than coming out early and probably just sitting on the bench in the NFL," Brandt wrote. "Green-Beckham has dealt with off-the-field issues, as well, and with immature players it often helps if they're allowed to be around and mature with people they grow with. The draft is very subjective, but I would not take him in the first round. My feeling is that Green-Beckham should have used his remaining two years of eligiblity -- or at least one -- to learn how to be a better route runner and more mature person." The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder "has the ability to be a similar pro prospect as A.J. Green and earn top-10 grades" based purely on skill, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 9:36 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell drew comparisons Lions tight end Joseph Fauria at the Shrine Bowl, reported the Sporting News' Chris Kouffman.

"Partly due to his newness at the position, and partly due to the tight end position no longer being en vogue in today’s college passing games, Bell caught just 16 passes as a college tight end," Kouffman wrote. "Former Shrine Game participant and current Browns tight end Jordan Cameron suffered a similar fate at Southern California. Bell and Cameron provide an excellent example of how even players from larger programs need the week of Shrine practices to help scouts calibrate their talent relative to other players." Bell measured in at 6-foot-6 3/8 and 263 pounds with a 33-inch arm length and hands just under 10 inches, all prototypical dimensions. "Bell was surprisingly smooth and natural at running routes and catching the ball," Kouffman wrote. "He also showed athletic body control and consistently caught the football outside his frame with his hands. Bell showed good agility and some explosive ability. He jumps well."
Jan 20 - 12:22 AM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore DT Jordan Phillips made his debut at No. 11 on Todd McShay's Big Board.

Phillips wasn't talked about as much as other elite prospects this season because, as a redshirt sophomore coming off an injury-plagued campaign, analysts didn't enter the year believing he'd leap to the NFL. A big 2014 changed that and Phillips declared for the draft just prior to the New Year. "There just aren't that many humans as big as Phillips who can move the way he does," McShay wrote. "His physical and athletic traits are reminiscent of Vince Wilfork. He was inconsistent this season and doesn't have a ton of experience (he's just a redshirt sophomore), but the raw tools to be an impact defender are all there." The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently.
Jan 18 - 9:27 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell "is a fighter" who is "working extremely hard to improve as a blocker."

"He played quarterback for the Sooners before transitioning to tight end after the 2013 season, and he runs routes with the eyes of a quarterback -- he knows what a QB is looking for downfield having played the position," Davis wrote. "Bell has a good frame at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, and it looks like he could add more weight if he wanted to. Of course, his bloodline also works in his favor. Bell's father and uncle both played tight end in the NFL." Bell looks great in shorts, and his intangibles, measurables, and story all give scouts something to dream on. He posted only 16 catches for 214 yards and four scores in 2014, however, and remains extremely raw.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:05 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell will be able to quickly understand an offense and that "he runs a route with a quarterback's eyes."

Receiving is the last bit of the tight end learning curve that Bell must learn. He has turned into a quality blocker if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds. Bell posted 16 catches, 214 yards and four scores in 2014. "For a guy who has played tight end less than a season, Bell looks at ease when running routes and has good hands," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He also has good bloodlines: His dad and uncle both played defensive end in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 5:29 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that NFL scouts are excited to get a look at Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell at the East-West Shrine game.

"Scouts will be able to take the temperature of his development at the new position during Shrine practices," Brugler wrote. Bell shifted to tight end this season after struggling as a quarterback in Norman. He posted 16 catches and four scores in 2014. Bell has turned into a quality blocking tight end if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 5:39 PM

Based on talent alone, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham "has the ability to be a similar pro prospect as A.J. Green and earn top-10 grades."

"Based on talent alone, Green-Beckham has the ability to be a similar pro prospect as A.J. Green and earn top-10 grades. But factoring in the character concerns, it would be unfair to stamp him with a round projection this early in the process," Brugler wrote. Our own Josh Norris ranks Green-Beckham as the top wideout in this class, but Norris does not factor in off-field issues. Brugler adds that, if Green-Beckham "stays clean off the field, tests off-the-charts as expected at the NFL Combine and most importantly presents himself well during the interview process, it's not crazy to think he still has a chance at being a first round pick next spring."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 2:54 PM

SI.com's Thayer Evans reports that Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham is in discussions with the NFL "about how the league’s new personal conduct policy could impact him and has yet to officially declare for the NFL draft."

Sooners coach Bob Stoops told reporters on Tuesday that DGB told him last week that he would enter the NFL draft. Evans' source thinks Stoops might not be aware that Green-Beckham is speaking with the NFL. "The source said Green-Beckham told Stoops he wants to enter the NFL draft and still expects Green-Beckham will do so by the Jan. 15 deadline," Evans wrote. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder was involved in two marijuana-related incidents at Mizzou. He was ultimately dismissed from that program after unlawfully forcing his way into an apartment seeking his girlfriend, and then pushing a different woman down stairs.
Source: SI.com
Jan 6 - 2:10 PM

Oklahoma and Ex-Missouri redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

We had no inside information, but this is the outcome we expected all along. Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma last offseason after his time ended early at Missouri. He never played a down for the Sooners but did practice with them all season long. Head coach Bob Stoops said DGB informed him of the decision last week. Josh Norris ranks Green-Beckham as the top receiver in this class, but Norris does not factor in off-field issues. Green-Beckham was charged in a domestic violence dispute and faced other character controversies while at Missouri. Because of this, his draft projection is impossible to predict at this time.
Jan 6 - 12:12 PM

Oklahoma has fired Co-Offensive Coordinator and WR coach Jay Norvell, according to Bruce Feldman.

Norvell has been the one coaching Missouri transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, so this firing could have a major impact on DGB's decision to stay in school or move on to the NFL. Norvell had coached at Oklahoma since 2008.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 5 - 10:48 AM

Oklahoma junior EDGE Charles Tapper will return to school for the 2015 season.

NFL.com's Charles Davis recently commented Tapper should return to school. He joins teammate Eric Striker in this decision. Oklahoma has a lot of talent up front and almost all of it could return for on final run.
Jan 2 - 11:47 AM

Oklahoma junior OLB Eric Striker announced that he is returning for his senior season.

"I don't want to go out like this. I'll be back at OU because I'm a winner," Striker said during post game. The junior LB was not too pleased about the 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Sooners' prospect finished with a game-high 12 tackles, with three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup. The 6-foot, 218-pound Striker was projected to be an early-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but now he'll have another year to improve on his draft stock.
Source: NewsOk.com
Jan 1 - 3:59 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore DT Jordan Phillips has declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.

From a production standpoint, Phillips recorded two sacks and seven tackles for loss this season. Phillips is listed at a monstrous 6'6/334 lbs and will most likely play a two gapping role up front for odd man fronts. He did undergo back surgery in 2013.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Oklahoma freshman RB Samaje Perine rushed for 134 yards on 23 carries in a 40-6 loss to Clemson on Monday in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

He also caught three balls for 22 yards. The Sooners no-showed on Monday, but the precocious Perine gave one last inspiring performance heading into what promises to be a long offseason in Norman. Perine's amazing true freshman season included breaking the FBS record for rushing yards in a game when he rumbled for 427 against Kansas. On the whole, he collected 1,713 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. Perine figures to be in the thick of early Heisman conversations next summer.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:16:00 PM

Oklahoma junior WR Sterling Shepard was held to one reception and 13 yards in Monday's 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

It was an ugly game for Oklahoma as a whole, but specifically its passing offense. Trevor Knight averaged 2.8 yards per attempt and threw three interceptions, and he didn't get much help from his receivers even when he hit them on the hands. Shepard, for instance, bobbled a ball into Ben Boulware's hands in the first quarter and watched the Clemson defender trot 47 yards to a touchdown. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard recently announced he'll return to Norman for another season.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:03:00 PM


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