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ESPN's Mel Kiper sees Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin as a good "redshirt" candidate, calling him a first-round talent who will be available in the third round.

Kiper expressed great enthusiasm for the CB class as a whole on the "First Draft" podcast, using this prospect as an example of the value to be had later on. Colvin is a heady corner capable of blanketing receivers. He struggled at the outset of the 2013 season but his play improved as the campaign progressed. The Sooners' star unfortunately suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl practices, which is why he can be had late in Day 2.
Apr 17 - 9:45 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell suffered a knee sprain last week and will miss the remainder of spring practices.

Surgery is not expected, so Bell will rejoin the Sooners for summer camp in August. The former quarterback is attempting to transition to tight end for his last year of eligibility. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bell has apparently impressed in practice at his new position. "Blake Bell has looked good," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told reporters last week. "He scored a touchdown in one of our team deals. He's got great hands."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 7 - 12:03 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders could provide good mid-round value.

Saunders (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) is an undersized "but savvy and quick receiver" with a history of productivity, Kiper opined. The slot receiver "has a good sense of space and how to find cracks in coverage. ... but he needs to gain a little strength," Kiper wrote. The draft maven also tossed out Pittsburg State's John Brown (4.34 40-yard dash) as a deep WR sleeper.
Mar 31 - 8:15 PM

Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay rank Oklahoma's Trey Millard as the best FB in the draft.

NFL.com's Gil Brandt liked Millard's speed (4.65) and versatility so much that he suggested last summer that the OU FB could be a tailback in the NFL. That won't happen, but Millard is a thick and competitive player who occupies defenders as opposed to bowling them over. He can line up at TE and won't embarrass himself if they call his name on a running play, either. Millard tore his ACL against Texas Tech in late October 2013 and didn't participate in the combine.
Mar 25 - 9:47 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes Oklahoma's Damien Williams has the most upside at the RB position.

"He goes to the Combine and has an explosive workout... the guy can move laterally, can explode with his lower body, can catch the football," McShay said. "I think it is terrific value if you can get him in that fifth- or sixth-round range." Williams was dismissed from the Oklahoma football team in November, but McShay gave him a third-round grade heading into the season.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 10:30 AM

Oklahoma RB Roy Finch ran a 4.44 forty at the school's pro day.

This was the best time among the Sooners' pro day participants. Finch also posted the top 3-cone time. "Frustrated, confused OU fans might like a little more concrete evidence that the 5-foot-6 dynamo is a real person, too, after spending four years witnessing occasional jaw-dropping, flashy plays, then watching Finch slip back onto the sideline and into obscurity," beat writer Jason Kersey wrote, and we could not have said it better. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has always been a fan of Finch's ability in the open field, but he no more than an undrafted free agent.
Source: News OK
Mar 14 - 10:06 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes teams could have an issue with Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders' "shockingly slow" shuttle times.

Rang writes it raises "questions about how much Oklahoma's spread attack exaggerated his overall athleticism." Saunders' pro day short shuttle was 4.42 seconds, which would have been good for 37th of 39 receivers at the Combine. "Similarly slow times came in the long shuttle (11.56) and 3-cone (7.29), results which also would have ranked among the slowest at the Combine among wide receivers." Saunders is an absolutely joystick with the ball in his hands, so the times are a bit puzzling.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 13 - 11:52 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin's eye discipline improved in coverage this year.

"Tough break for Aaron Colvin with the ACL. His tape this year is much more consistent than in 2012. Really improved eye discipline in coverage," Weidl tweeted. Colvin didn't help his draft stock by tearing his ACL during Senior Bowl week and he'll have a long road to recovery to show teams he is fully recovered. However, If all goes well with his rehab process, Colvin should be active during training camp and ready for preseason. Colvin should be a third day draft selection.
Mar 11 - 2:14 PM

With or without injury, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler does not view Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin as a top 100 selection.

"Someone is going to have to sell me on" Colvin, Brugler tweeted. "Injury or not, I see a day 3 prospect." Many mentioned Colvin as a top-40 possibility prior and during the Senior Bowl, but a torn ACL at the event slowed his momentum. Oklahoma corners do not have a strong history in the NFL.
Mar 10 - 1:19 PM

Oklahoma will shift Blake Bell from quarterback to tight end.

It's the right move for player and team. Bell started eight games last year and threw for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions. The Belldozer was slated for backup duties in the coming season, as Trevor Knight was named MVP of the Sooners' upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. "Even though he could graduate and go somewhere, he wants to finish out and try tight end," coach Bob Stoops said. "I think it's a great fit. Blake has the size, the athleticism, the speed to do that, and he's exhibited his toughness through the years." The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Bell has the size, athleticism and toughness to play TE in the NFL if he takes to the position. Of course, he better get practicing. The NFL doesn't typically hand out jobs based on measurables.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 6:55 PM

Four-star athlete Michiah Quick signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Quick drew a De'Anthony Thomas comparison from ESPN: "Quick is an explosive weapon who can create, produce and be a potential difference-maker at more than one position and in different roles. He has some of Thomas' traits, only Quick's frame is not as thin." The 6-foot, 170-pound Quick could handle any skill position with ease. "While he could successfully play cornerback, look for Quick to see time at receiver for Oklahoma, further enhancing an already solid receiver group," wrote ESPN's Damon Sayles. "His quickness off the ball, coupled with his great footwork, makes him a dangerous special teams option as well."
Feb 5 - 9:17 PM

Former Texas Tech freshman QB Baker Mayfield will walk on at Oklahoma.

Mayfield's long journey has finally reached its destination. The freshman signal-caller decided to bolt Lubbock after he was informed that sophomore Michael Brewer would start in the bowl game. He decided to transfer to OU, but Texas Tech rejected Mayfield's appeal to not lose a year of eligibility in the process. Mayfield will have to sit out a season, but he likely would have sat behind Trevor Knight and Blake Bell in 2014 anyway.
Feb 5 - 4:57 PM

Courtney Garnett, ranked as the No. 39 defensive tackle in the country, verbally committed to Oklahoma on Thursday.

Garnett flipped from Texas, where he committed in June. "They've been riding with me and my recruiting process the whole time, even with Texas," Garnett said of OU following his Texas decommitment. "They say I'm a serious need. I trust Coach Montgomery, and they're moving in a good direction."
Feb 3 - 9:57 PM

Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer.

Brandon Boykin suffered a broken leg during his time in Mobile a few years ago and dropped to the fourth round because of it. Colvin was having a good week after a few subpar seasons, but teams were likely intrigued by his catch up seed. Colvin will likely still be drafted during the third day in May.
Jan 21 - 6:01 PM

Former Texas Tech freshman QB Baker Mayfield lost his appeal seeking to avoid giving up a year of eligibility while transferring to Oklahoma.

School policy states that a player must sit out the next year and lose a year of eligibility if he transfers within the Big 12, which Mayfield intended to do with the Sooners. A panel of Texas Tech's athletics council rejected Mayfield's argument that he shouldn't lose a season of eligibility because he walked on at TTU and was never on scholarship. Mayfield told ESPN last month that he would likely transfer to a different school if he lost his appeal. He mentioned that East Carolina, Houston, and other schools have already called.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 9:33 PM


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