The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to go back-to-back when the 2019 NFL Draft begins tonight. Kyler Murray is the favorite to go No. 1 overall.
That follows last year’s Baker Mayfield selection by the Cleveland Browns at the top of the 2018 Draft. He looks like he is, at long last, the quarterback that the Browns have been looking for.
Murray followed Mayfield as a Heisman winner, and he could do it as a top draft pick as well. The Arizona Cardinals took Josh Rosen early in the first round last year, but with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury taking over as head coach, the potential to coach a Big 12 great like Murray may be too much.
Of course, Kyler isn’t the only Sooner great looking for good news tonight. OU has the potential to land a few first rounders tonight.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with seven Oklahoma players being drafted.
Three are heading in the first round, which airs tonight, per Miller’s predictions.
Round 1, Pick 1 – QB Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019
Miller, on Murray:
Murray is the perfect quarterback for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense with his middle-of-the-field accuracy, his touch, his mobility and his arm strength down the field. He doesn’t fit the standard NFL size threshold at 5’10” and 207 pounds, but he has rare traits as a passer and runner that the league hasn’t seen since Michael Vick.
Round 1, Pick 25 – WR Marquise Brown – Philadelphia Eagles
Dreams Do Come True ⭐️ Never Let Nobody Tell You What You Can’t Do! It’s Gonna Be A Blessing Catching From A NFL Quarterback 🙏🏿 But Who Will It Be???
— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) April 10, 2019
In this business, sometimes you’re told a team wants a player, and you have a hard time rationalizing the pick. This is one of those times.
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to move on from Nelson Agholor, which would seemingly make Marquise Brown a fit and a need, but they also signed DeSean Jackson and are still intrigued by Mack Hollins at receiver.
Round 1, Pick 30 – OL Cody Ford – Green Bay Packers
Started this journey a LONG time ago and FAR from being done. Draft day is a day away and I can’t wait to get this next chapter going. Thank you to all those who supported me along the way 🙏🏾 #RIPPAPA pic.twitter.com/DAklf6kj9f
— Cody Ford (@Cody_Ford74) April 24, 2019
Ford is a powerful right tackle prospect who could also play either guard spot as needed. With Bryan Bulaga unable to stay fully healthy, Ford is a plug-and-play answer on the right side. Since Aaron Rodgers has taken far too many shots to the facemask in recent years, addressing the deterioration of the right side with an extra first-rounder is the way to go.
Round 4, Pick 119 – OT Bobby Evans – Cleveland Browns
Round 5, Pick 140 – OG Dru Samia – Oakland Raiders
Round 5, Pick 161 – RB Rodney Anderson – Houston Texans
Round 6, Pick 194 – OG Ben Powers – Green Bay Packers
Murray is the headliner, but Oklahoma’s offensive line may be the most impressive thing here. The Sooners have long been a huge producer of top linemen, and that is not changing in 2018.
Anderson in the fifth round is also very intriguing. The Texans could use another option in the backfield, and if not for a season-ending injury in 2018, Anderson may be projected to go much higher. He looked like one of the best rushers in the country before the injury.