The 2019 Edition of the NFL Draft begins one week from today and the Arizona Cardinals possess the first pick. GM Steve Keim stated, “there are a number of players that warrant being the first overall selection,” which may very well be true. But, it seems as though quarterback Kyler Murray remains the ideal prospect.
Assuming Arizona selects the former Oklahoma Sooner signal caller with the top selection in the upcoming draft, the program would join elite company.
Throughout the history of the school, the Sooners have placed four former players in the NFL by virtue of the No. 1 overall draft pick. The first was Lee Roy Selmon in 1976 followed by Billy Sims in 1980. After a thirty year drought, Sam Bradford entered the fold in 2010 before Baker Mayfield followed suit in 2018. Now on the verge of adding a fifth member, Oklahoma may easily become one-of-three programs with five players being selected first overall in the NFL Draft.
Previously, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish set the mark after Walt Patulski heard his name called at the onset of the draft in 1972. However, that was nearly half a century ago. Most recently, the USC Trojans joined the club after Carson Palmer inked his name to a contract at the professional level in 2005.
Will the Sooners become the third program to produce a fifth No. 1 pick when the Draft kicks off on April 25th?