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Oklahoma caravan: Bob Stoops disappointed for Tony Jefferson

Stoops said “it will be difficult” for Jefferson to make the Arizona Cardinals' roster as an undrafted free agent
by Jason Kersey Modified: May 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm •  Published: May 6, 2013


Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops expressed disappointment for former Sooner safety Tony Jefferson, who wasn't selected in last month's NFL Draft.

But Stoops also said he wasn't surprised.

“Nothing surprises me in the draft,” Stoops said Monday, when he appeared for an OU Caravan event at Tulsa's Shusterman Center.

“I was disappointed, of course, I want all my guys to be drafted as high as they can be. But in the end, there's always a lot of reasons why NFL teams do or don't draft guys. Some of them are whether they play, how they test when they measure a guy.”

Jefferson chose to skip his senior season to enter this year's NFL Draft, and most experts projected him for selection in the top three rounds. But his draft stock gradually slipped from January to April, and ultimately, every NFL team passed on the second-team All-American.

Jefferson signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals shortly after the draft ended.

Asked if he thought in January that Jefferson might go undrafted, Stoops said, “To a degree. I thought he would be. I didn't feel it would be in the first day because of information I have. I feel bad for him. I wish he was.”

Stoops added that “it will be difficult” for Jefferson to make the Cardinals' roster as an undrafted free agent.

Jefferson led the Sooners with 119 tackles last season, playing most of the year on a high-ankle sprain.


Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger said he expects incoming freshman point guard Jordan Woodard to make an immediate impact.

In three seasons as Edmond Memorial's starting point guard, Woodard helped lead the Bulldogs to two Class 6A state championships, including the 2013 title. He needed arthroscopic knee surgery after his senior season, and played the state championship game on a badly injured hamstring.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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