Berry Tramel: Expect Landry Jones to go in the first round of the NFL draft

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat covering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, the NFL, Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA, Darrell Royal's passing, and more. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
Oklahoman Modified: November 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat covering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, the NFL, Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA, Darrell Royal's passing, and more. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.

ON THE OKLAHOMA SOONERS:

Do you have any feel as to where Landry might go in the NFL draft?

Yes. First round. What has happened in the last two drafts that makes anyone think Landry will slide out of the first round? Teams crave quarterbacks and will take guys in the first round much more frequently than in the past.

Do you think OU will win out and get a BCS bowl?

I sort of do. I like OU big against Baylor. The next three will be dicier, but I'm not sold on West Virginia. I think the Sooners win in Morgantown, beat OSU, then survive TCU.

Do you think revenge will play a role in the OU-Baylor game? I live in Waco, and for some reason, the one win that Baylor has all-time in this series seems to be giving this Bears team a LOT of confidence going to Norman.

No. I don't think revenge plays a part. Pass defense plays a bigger part. I wouldn't get too confident if I was Baylor. Robert Griffin won't be in the house, but Mike Stoops will be. Two big differences.

Since OU will lose most of its d-line after this season, who will be some of the new players at those positions for 2013?

At defensive, Chuke will be the leader, with the freshman, Mike Onuoha and Charles Tapper will have to play. At tackle, after Jordan Phillips, man, I don't know. Looks bleak.

Do you see any of the OU players leaving early for the 2013 NFL draft?

I think Jefferson and Stills are possibilities. I can't think of anyone else, unless it's Damien Williams. but the Cali Trio could be broken up.

What are OU's biggest needs in their 2013 recruiting?

I would assume linemen on both sides, but I haven't really studied it.

Does OU need to go the juco route on the D-line?

I think most definitely. Go find two juco guys. I think it's borderline alarming, OU's lack of available players next season at defensive tackle. You can generally find D-ends. but tackles, not so easy.

Where would you rank Landry as QB in the Stoops era?

OK. Let's just rank them. 1. Jason White. 2. Josh Heupel. 3. Sam Bradford. 4. Landry Jones. 5. Nate Hybl. 6. Paul Thompson. 7. Rhett Bomar. So, right in the middle.

If you had to pick the best player under Stoops, who would it be?

Roy Williams. I think Roy Williams is in the top five of all-time Sooners. Lee Roy Selmon, Billy Sims, Roy Williams. Maybe Jerry Tubbs next. Something like that.

Who is OU's overall best receiver to date for this season?

Kenny Stills. clearly. He's been great. Justin Brown has been good, and Jalen Saunders is coming on, and Sterling Shepard has lots of potential. But Stills has been excellent from Week 1.

Do you think Ikard can make it in the pros?

He's got a shot. Gabe's problem is that he's not huge. You've got to be a big guy to excel on an NFL offensive line. Perhaps Ikard could still put on some weight.

After a very slow start, it looks like OU's offense is ready to take off. I think Iowa State might be the best defense in the Big Twelve (certainly top three) and OU really had their way with them. They appear to be getting better every week and Landry seems to be starting to really click with his receivers. What do you think about the offense's prospects for the rest of the year?

I like it. I don't think OU is a juggernaut offensively, but the Sooners are good. TCU plays decent defense. OSU, Baylor and West Virginia play porous defense. The Sooners should rack up big numbers.

I know you don't follow recruiting much, and I don't either, but it seems like OU is slow-playing this recruiting class more than in the past. Do you think this might be Stoops vetting these players more than usual to try to avoid some of the character issues that have recently plagued this team?

I don't know. Could be. Who knows? I don't follow recruiting at all.

Do you think M. Stoops will ever be a head coach again?

Yes. In fact, there are some people who say Mike Stoops would be a candidate at Iowa when Kirk Ferentz is gone, which will probably be later rather than sooner.

Your OU/Baylor score prediction?

I said 56-24. But I'd like to take it back. I'd like to say 70-24.

I had a blast at OU's Field House hoops game last night. Wanted to get your thoughts on the event.

I loved it. I went and really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great, saw a lot of old-time fans, plus lots of student involvement. You can't play a ton of games there, but Kruger's plan to play a couple of games a year there is fantastic.

Early thoughts on Lon Kruger's Sooners?

I don't know. I guess it's a good sign that Kruger has recruited guys that are greater in talent than what he had, but I still didn't see a team that looks upper-division Big 12 to me. I hope I'm wrong. Looked a little ragtag to me.

 

ON DARRELL ROYAL:

Your thoughts on Darrell Royal's passing.

Well, in some ways, it was a blessing, because of the dementia. Tough way to live out a glorious life. And what a life it was. An icon in two states, despite the bad blood from the OU-Texas rivalry. I hope DKR eventually is remembered by all OU fans as a great Sooner.

Did you ever get to meet Darrell Royal?

Yes. We chatted a few times, but my best meeting was down in Hollis, in 2003, when his alma mater renamed its football field for Royal. We had a great chat at J.C.'s Grille in Hollis, then went over to the game. A great, great night. The story I wrote that night is one of my best ever.

Sad to know that Darell Royal's dementia was as bad as it was. Even asking his wife if he had anything to do with football. Really hurt my heart for him. Whats your favorite memory of him that you haven't mentioned yet?

Well, just from a funny standpoint, I love the 1976 story, from OU-Texas, when President Ford did the coin toss. Walked out onto the field with Switzer and Royal, and some drunk guy yells "Who's the two a------- with Switzer?" But in truth, I just love hearing all the OU old-timers talk about Darrell. I've already received two calls this morning from former Sooners, telling me what a great man DKR was.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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