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Giants selected Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Giants had to add a pass-catching complement for Odell Beckham, and Shepard was one of the best receiver prospects available. Shepard (5'10/194) made 41 starts for the Sooners, parlaying 233 career catches into 3,482 yards (14.9 YPR) and 26 touchdowns. He was voted first-team All-Big 12 by the conference's coaches as a senior. Shepard confirmed his explosive athleticism in Indy, running 4.48 with a 41-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Identified as the draft's best route runner by noted WR guru Matt Harmon, Shepard has been compared to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker. He has all the traits of a high-volume inside-the-numbers pass catcher.
Apr 29 - 7:57 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes that Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard has the ability to perform either as a slot receiver or an outside thread.

"I loved him when I watched him play on television for the Sooners," Prisco wrote. "But I loved his tape even more. This is a kid who will excel in the slot for any team, but I also think he can go outside and get the job done." Slot receiver remains his most probable NFL destiny. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound Sterling has drawn comparisons to Randall Cobb and Wes Welker.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 9:03 PM

An anonymous NFL scout disagreed with those comparing Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard to Randall Cobb, saying that Cobb "has more grit, versatility, big-play stuff."

""He's a slot," the scout said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's quick, he's shifty, knows how to play. Not the biggest and toughest. He doesn't play as fast as he times but he should do well in there." The toughness comment is subjective, but it should be noted that Shepard tied Aaron Burbridge for most bench reps (20) among WRs at the Combine. "He is (just a slot), but most teams run 60, 65% of their offense in a three-wide receiver package," a second scout said. "So he's going to be on the field a lot. He's very steady. Really good hands. Very good route runner." Shepard, whose father Derrick played receiver in the NFL from 1987-'91, had a 233-3,482-26 line over his collegiate career. "He's not a real fast guy and not a real (big) guy, but he just has that knack and he's a pretty good punt returner," a third scout said.
Apr 22 - 12:34 PM

Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard held a private workout with the Texans and has visited or worked out with the Panthers, Steelers and Cowboys.

This per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. Shepard is viewed -- generally -- as being in a tier below Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell, Baylor WR Corey Coleman and TCU WR Josh Doctson. He has drawn comps to both Julian Edelman (Pro Football Focus writer Gordon McGuiness) and Wes Welker (NFL Media's Gil Brandt). Meanwhile, ESPN's David Bowen has offered a different comparison for the 5-foot-10, 194-pounder. He believes that in the NFL, he could be used as the Seahawks use Tyler Lockett.
Apr 16 - 12:21 PM

Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez visited the Panthers on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Sanchez started three years for the Sooners and tested like a below average athlete while standing at 5-foot-11 and 187-pounds. The Panthers have their three starting corners locked in, but injuries destroyed the position last year, and the team could be planning ahead for the loss of Josh Norman after his franchise tag runs out. Sanchez is likely a day three selection.
Apr 12 - 8:42 AM

The Bengals are expected to draft a couple linebackers in the Rds. 3-6 range, according to the Dayton Daily News' Jay Morrison.

The Bengals lost Emmanuel Lamur as a free agent to Minnesota and Vontaze Burfict must sit out the first three games due to suspension. In addition, Marquis Flowers and Jayson DiManche are coming off injury and Paul Dawson didn't acclimate as quickly as we thought he would last year. Since the Bengals have more pressing needs elsewhere, depth will be sought later on. Morrison specifically brought up Oklahoma's Eric Striker as a possibility. "If he is still on the board Saturday, the Bengals could be willing to take a chance," he wrote. Striker probably will be, because while he was tremendously productive in college, he's small and his Combine numbers were poor.
Apr 11 - 7:22 PM

According to ESPN's updated FPI (Football Power Index) metric, Oklahoma is a 65% favorite to win the Big 12 in 2016.

Numbers, numbers, all of the numbers. FPI not only gives the Sooners a 65% probability of winning the conference, it applies a 47% chance to the possibility of OU finishing out the season with just one loss. FPI is keen on Oklahoma's chances next year due, in part, to the fact that their three most difficult contests in 2016 will be played in their comfy home confines. Those three games will come against Baylor, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys, by the by, have a 13% shot at the Big 12 title according to FPI.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 2:05 PM

ESPN's David Bowen says Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard is a moveable offensive chess piece who could have an immediate NFL impact like Seattle's Tyler Lockett.

"The Oklahoma product put on a clinic at the Senior Bowl with his ability to create separation at the top of the route," Bowen wrote. "Chop the feet, swing the hips and burst out the cut. All day." Shepard went on to answer questions about his long speed and athleticism at the Combine, running a 4.48 40 and leaping to a 41-inch vertical. NFL Media draft analyst Gil Brandt compares Shepard to Wes Welker.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 1:48 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney noted that despite Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez's smaller stature "there was nothing pedestrian about his three years as a starter [with the Sooners]."

Sanchez's production at Oklahoma was unimpeachable. He intercepted at least two passes in each of his three seasons, with a silly seven coming this season as he finished out his career with 15 picks. There's no knocking his nose for the ball, but his size will almost certainly be a concern for some NFL clubs. Sanchez measures out at just 5-foot-11, 185 pounds. "He is too small for the outside, and some question whether his spindly frame will hold up to the physicality needed as a nickel back," Cooney wrote. For NFL Media's Chad Reuter, those concerns might just be too hot to handle. In his five-round mock draft posted on Monday, the analyst waits until pick No. 140 (first pick of the fifth round) to assign Sanchez a team. He plugs him to the Titans.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 29 - 4:14 PM

Oklahoma soon-to-be redshirt freshman QB Kyler Murray plans to join the Sooners baseball team in the spring of 2017.

In his first media session since joining Oklahoma from Texas A&M, Murray told reporters he missed playing baseball. Many believe his pro projection is much better as a baseball player and Murray could have been a first-round pick in the MLB Draft if he elected to go that route. Murray will be eligible to practice with the football team this season but not play until 2017, when he will compete for the starting gig.
Source: News OK
Mar 28 - 8:59 AM

Three-star WR Jalen Reagor committed to Oklahoma.

Nice day for Oklahoma recruiting. Reagor and fellow wideout Charleston Rambo both committed to the Sooners within eight minutes of each other according to their respective Twitter time stamps. The 6-foot, 189-pound Reagor hails from Waxahatchie, Texas, and ranks as Rivals No. 55 receiver for the 2017 class. He had been committed to Texas Tech as of March 10, but a de-commission followed. Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida State (among others) were also in the mix for Reagor's services. Time shall tell if this latest commitment actually sticks.
Source: Tulsa World
Mar 27 - 7:04 PM

Four-star WR Charleston Rambo committed to Oklahoma.

We are all better for the fact that the beautifully-named Charleston Rambo is entering our college football lives. Michigan State, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Mississippi State were among those also pining for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound wideout from Cedar Hill, Texas. Rivals ranks Rambo as the No. 151 overall prospect for the 2017 class (No. 21 wide receiver). He is Oklahoma's 11th commitment for this cycle.
Source: Tulsa World
Mar 27 - 5:35 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Gil Brandt compared Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard to Wes Welker.

Shepard's now received two comps to current or former Patriot wideouts, as Gordon McGuiness of Pro Football Focus earlier compared him to Julian Edelman. And now a Welker comparison. Brandt included the 5-foot-10, 194-pounder on his list of the 10 most underrated players in this draft pool, writing that he has "great hands and quickness for the position." The analyst also believes he could carve out a role as one of the better punt return men in the NFL once he settles in with a team. "He's a great character guy who will be a Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) bargain for some team," Brandt concluded. The analyst also voiced the belief earlier in March that Sterling could eventually be a 100-catch receiver at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 2:26 PM

2018 Oklahoma commitment T Brey Walker "barely broke a sweat" at The Opening Regional in Dallas, according to 247Sports writer Barton Simmons.

"This was the best offensive line camp of the year so far and Walker was the best of the bunch as an underclassman," Simmons noted. He was particularly keen on the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder's ability to effectively and efficiently use his considerable length. The Moore, Oklahoma, native also drew offers from Arizona State, Arkansas and Michigan, but for the time being, is part of the OU bandwagon.
Mar 15 - 4:23 PM

Oklahoma four-star commitment Justin Broiles "seems to be at a different speed than most of the camp participants [at The Open in Dallas]," according to 247Sports' Barton Simmons.

Broiles "plays the game with so much energy," Simmons wrote of the 6-foot, 175-pounder. The Oklahoma commit is one of a quartet of four-star corners currently in HC Bob Stoops' stable, ranking as Rivals No. 176 over recruit for the 2017 cycle. "It's easy to get excited about Broiles," Simmons noted, due to his "contagious" energy.
Mar 14 - 8:06 PM


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