Sooners in NFL Draft (day 2)
As expected, no Oklahoma player was selected in the first round Thursday night, but as many as four or five could be selected Friday night in rounds 2 and 3, although it could be as few as one.
The only lock to go between picks 33 and 96 is outside linebacker/defensie end Ronnell Lewis, who should go in rounds two or three.
NCAA all-time leading receiver Ryan Broyles probably is a lock to be selected Friday night. Some say he could slide to Round 4 Saturday, but Broyles ran a solid 40 time less than five months removed from knee surgery.
Broyles’ work ethic, production his four years at OU and football IQ are simply too good for a team to pass up. He’s a savvy receiver who finds seams, the ideal slot receiver. And he can return punts. Broyles could go late second round, should go no later than the third round. Dallas reportedly was high on Broyles but the Cowboys gave up their second round pick to trade up to No. 6 overall.
Opinions vary greatly on cornerback Jamell Fleming. Some say he could go Friday night but my hunch is fourth round on Saturday morning.
Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson had an unbelievable NFL combine in February which gives him a legitimate shot at going Friday night. But Stephenson’s lack of consistency and occasional mental blunders could push him to Saturday.
It would be surprising if linebacker Travis Lewis or defensive end Frank Alexander went Friday night. But Alexander and Travis Lewis will be selected on Saturday. Both could be pleasant surprises where they’ll be drafted. But both have question marks and make a statement in training camp to make an NFL roster.
Tight end James Hanna has speed but isn’t assured of being drafted, although he might go in the sixth or seventh round.
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