Six former Oklahoma Sooners will show off their stuff this week as the NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin February 20th and runs through the 26th. This time around, the Sooners lead the Big 12 with players who were invited to participate.
With the draft just a little over two months away, the players have been working on improving since it was announced they were headed to try their hand at the pros.
From the defense, the Sooners will be represented by Tony Jefferson, Tom Wort and Stacy McGee. And Landry Jones, Kenny Stills and Lane Johnson from the offense. Johnson has been getting nothing but high praise from scouts and on draft boards. He is projected to go in the first round right now, according to most mock drafts.
With Jones, depending on how he shows at the combine, he is projected to go in the third or fourth round. His footwork and then being able to get off a pass outside of the pocket is where Jones has struggled most. His arm strength has never been in question, but at times, accuracy has been.
Stills, who I wasn’t sure was ready to come out or not, is being projected to go somewhere in the fourth or fifth round. Stills’ speed and natural ability will do nothing but help him in the next level. I think Stills will do just fine in the NFL and be a great addition to a team looking for a solid slot receiver.
Jefferson is projected to be taken off the board in the third round. He didn’t have the most stellar last half of the season in 2012, but still would be a solid pick up by a team looking for a solid player who is open to working anywhere on the field. Technique needs to be cleaned up a bit, but still one of the better defensive players coming out.
Wort, which was relatively quiet for the Sooners in 2012, should go somewhere mid-draft (my assessment). A team looking for a great linebacker who is quick on run defense should take a look Wort’s way.
McGee, who some may say wasn’t the most productive last season, is being projected to go undrafted. As most of you know, that doesn’t mean his NFL dreams could be over. Off the field incidents and suspensions plagued his final season but his athletic ability and footwork may help his situation.
The Sooners have had 357 players drafted by the NFL, which puts them at fourth when it comes to schools sending players off to the next level.