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2018 Oklahoma Sooners prospect primer

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Scouting Notes

2018 Oklahoma Sooners prospect primer

The following list is compiled of Oklahoma Sooners players eligible for the upcoming 2018 NFL draft. There are high expectations for the Sooners this season, possibly even some college football playoff hopes, but they are going to have to overcome the loss of head coach Bob Stoops, as well as three all-conference skill players in Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and Dede Westbrook. Nonetheless, hopes are high for Lincoln Riley and company because this team still has plenty of NFL talent ready to compete on the big stage.

Offense

Quarterback Baker Mayfield – 6000, 220 – Redshirt Senior

As the third-place finisher in the 2017 Heisman race, Baker Mayfield is going to be the heart and soul for Oklahoma’s postseason ambitions. His mobility and playmaking ability in the midst of disruption is uncanny, but as an established pocket passer, he has plenty of work to do with his mechanics and ball placement. In addition, his lack of height is a potential hindrance to his draft stock.

Tight End Mark Andrews – 6050, 254 – Redshirt Junior

The first-team All-Big 12 tight end has proven to be a reliable threat in the Sooners passing attack, but his potential as an in-line blocker also makes him stand out. Andrews has technical flaws with timing and routes, but his flashes of talent are obvious. Entering his second year as a starter, look for Andrews to be even more dynamic this season.

Offensive Tackle Orlando Brown Jr. – 6080, 345 – Redshirt Junior

A behemoth of an offensive lineman, Orlando Brown possesses elite play strength and stopping power with his hands in both pass protection and the run game. His size does not do him any favors in terms of being able mirror top pass rushers, but he does have surprising mobility and foot quickness. In addition, he has made leaps and bounds with his technique and timing over the past two seasons. Brown checks all of the boxes to be an all-American once again for the Sooners.

Center Erick Wren – 6010, 306 – Redshirt Senior

Wide Receiver Jeffery Mead – 6040, 200 – Senior

Defense

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Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) wraps up Houston Cougars quarterback Greg Ward Jr. (1) for a sack. Photo by: Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire

Outside Linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – 6010, 242 – Redshirt Senior

Okoronkwo is a productive edge rusher with a team-leading nine sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. This is in large part because he has a burst that can serve as a nightmare for offensive tackles in pass protection. While Okoronkwo is not the biggest edge defender out there, the redshirt senior is able to hold his own in run support with an aggressive mindset and dose of competitive toughness. If he can develop a plan with his pass rush other than just with speed or power, the ceiling is the roof, as Michael Jordan would say.

Cornerback Jordan Thomas – 6000, 185 – Senior

Thomas has the numbers and highlight plays that make him a flashy prospect on the surface, as national hype has proven, but he has plenty to work on. Whether it is playing off-man or press-man, his anxiousness on an island in man coverage is alarming, as I explained more in-depth here. His ball skills and opportunistic play style in Zone will most likely lead to another All-Big 12 season, but his overall technique in man coverage is highly flawed for a third-year starter.

Safety Steven Parker – 6010, 204 – Senior

Parker has shown the ability to play either the free or strong safety spot, and even nickel, in the Oklahoma defense for two years as a starter. He is at his best keeping everything in front of him and reacting downhill. Once he turns his back in man coverage, he runs into issues with finding the ball and staying on the hip pocket. He needs to shore up his overall consistency in both run support and coverage to solidify his draft status.

Defensive Tackle Matthew Romar – 6000, 305 – Redshirt Senior

Jonah Tuls

Tuls is one of the lead NFL Draft analysts for Draftbreakdown.com and has been a key contributor to several other NFL Draft sites in recent years. At Draftbreakdown, Tuls provides macro-oriented NFL Draft coverage, including comprehensive player rankings, mock drafts and big boards for the site. Tuls has worked with some of the NDT Scouting staff previously before; he worked with National Scout Jon Ledyard to form the core of USA Today’s Draft Wire site for the 2016 NFL Draft season. His work there was centered around draft reports, with additional analysis and breaking news efforts as well.

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