The Oklahoma Sooners ended the season with a loss in the College Football Playoff shifting the focus to the upcoming NFL Draft for several players. Immediately making a decision, CeeDee Lamb opted out of a senior year as one of the nation’s top receivers. With several others undecided at the moment, the last day — January 20th — to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Until then, the potential prospects have been ranked by the CBS.
No. 7 | CeeDee Lamb, WR
The most dangerous receiver in all of college football, Lamb displayed a will to score on each and every possession. Possessing the knowledge and ability to survey coverages, the junior often worked toward the soft spot of a zone. However, in man coverage, Lamb used his long frame and athleticism to elevate above defensive backs before coming down with the ball. Racking up 21.4 yards per catch, the receiver ranked third in the country in the statistical category proving just how dangerous Lamb can be when given the opportunity.
No. 17 | Kenneth Murray, LB
As the heartbeat of the defense, Murray declared for the 2020 NFL Draft after a bit of consideration. Utilizing elite size and closing speed, the linebacker climbed draft boards as a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma. Continuing the climb, Murray remains gifted as an athlete. However, some question his understanding of the inside linebacker position but fail to mention that Murray never played inside until reaching the college level. Regardless, the LB possesses the skills that can’t be taught. It’s why plenty of interest surrounds Murray.
No. 37 | Neville Gallimore, DT
Quickly glancing at the stats, Gallimore’s four years with the Sooners isn’t exactly eye-popping. But, an analysis of the skill set reveals impressive speed and power in the middle of the defensive line. That’s something franchises remain willing to pay for in the grand scheme of things. With a higher ceiling than most others at the position, Gallimore shines in 1v1 situations. In the coming months, expect the senior to capitalize on his attributes in preparation for the Senior Bowl as well as the NFL Combine.
No. 66 | Creed Humphrey, OL
Bringing a certain level of tenacity to the offensive line, Humphrey remains the center piece of the unit for Oklahoma. Consistent and quick in snapping the ball, the redshirt sophomore may easily be the best center in college football. However, playing a position that often isn’t rewarded with high draft picks, Humphrey’s pending decision relies on more than just physical tools. Despite an ability to win the first punch and move into the next level of blocking, will the center prove worthy of first round consideration? That’s the biggest question left unanswered.
No. 92 | Jalen Hurts, QB
A natural born leader, Hurts showcased the skills necessary to win over two locker rooms and the subsequent fan bases. Yet it’s the skill set NFL teams must evaluate moving forward. As a strong and capable runner, Hurts plays into the current trend playing out at the professional level — mobile quarterbacks. Improving as a thrower, the one knock remains the ability to throw under pressure as well as the number of avoidable turnovers. Needing to show improvement in several areas, Hurts athleticism continues to carry the signal caller into the upcoming draft.