The NFL Combine sits just around the corner as executives await the opportunity to evaluate prospects of various positions. Placing a premium on measurables, a vast majority of draft boards remain in a state of flux. However, possible trades continue to complicate the situation. Until things are set in stone on April 25th, three Oklahoma Sooners are projected as first round picks.
Kyler Murray | Quarterback
Despite a display of elite athleticism as well as a strong arm, many concerns revolve around the height of Kyler Murray at the quarterback position. Assuming the NFL hopeful takes over as a starting quarterback on the professional level, Murray would easily be the shortest of the group consisting of 31 others. Regardless, the talent of the former Heisman winner places the signal caller in the first round of the draft. Of course, the most popular destination for Murray is No. 13, a pick that belongs to the Miami Dolphins.
Still, an argument can be made for the Arizona Cardinals to select Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. The only hurdle that remains intact is Josh Rosen. Last year, the Cardinals selected the quarterback from UCLA in the first round. Closing an underwhelming rookie campaign with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, is it time to part ways already? Newly installed Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has stated on numerous occasions that Rosen is ‘their guy’ moving forward.
We’ll wait to see what happens, but for now Murray appears headed for South Beach.
Cody Ford | Offensive Lineman
In a sea of defensive talent, Cody Ford set himself apart on the other side of the ball with a nasty streak in the trenches. Setting the tone for the Oklahoma Sooners — the best offensive line in the country in 2018 — Ford remains a staple of the first round projections by CBS.
Previously, Greg Roman mentioned the idea of focusing on bolstering offensive line in Baltimore before going after skill position players. Ford certainly fits the mold for what an offensive coordinator would like to find in a guard. The added bonus here is that this lineman possesses a bond with Orlando Brown Jr. already making the ‘gelling’ and transitional process on the NFL level much smoother.
Assuming the projection holds, Ford will be headed to the Ravens with the No. 22 overall pick.
Marquise Brown | Wide Receiver
As the best wide receiver in the draft, Marquise Brown appeared to be a lock for the first round. Suffering an injury that required surgery, the Oklahoma Sooners dropped out of the combine in order to be ready for training camp. Despite the concerns surrounding injury and subsequent surgery, Brown displayed crisp route running as well as a burst speed to get behind the defense during a final year in Norman. It’s the speed that intrigues NFL Franchises the most.
The last of the Sooners selected in the first round, Brown looks to be headed toward the Colts who own the No. 26 pick.