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Oklahoma football: Sooners finish strong with four players picked on NFL Draft's final day

by Jason Kersey Published: May 10, 2014

Nelson was a surprise pick by the Broncos, who used the 27th pick of the seventh round (242nd overall) on the linebacker from Dallas.

Nelson was having the best season of his collegiate career before a torn pectoral muscle Oct. 5 against TCU. He had recorded 27 tackles and a sack, and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Sooners’ historic victory at Notre Dame.

“I think he’s a guy that can come in here and compete for a job,” said Broncos general manager John Elway. “He’s got great speed and a nose for the football so he’ll provide some competition and has a chance to make our team.”

The 49ers grabbed Millard only three picks later. The Columbia, Mo., native was one of the most versatile, valuable players on Oklahoma’s team throughout his four-year college career.

He was a bruising blocker for the Sooners, but also displayed impressive ability with the ball in his hands. He finished his OU career with 98 rushes for 538 yards and six touchdowns, and 70 catches for 677 yards and seven scores.

He tore an ACL while on kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma’s late October home win over Texas Tech.

One notable Sooner who went undrafted was center Gabe Ikard, a first-team All-American last season who started 50 career games.

The Bishop McGuinness product signed a free-agent contract with the Tennessee Titans after the draft.

Other former Sooners who inked free-agent deals were receiver Lacoltan Bester (Texans), running back Brennan Clay (Broncos), running back Roy Finch (Patriots), offensive lineman Bronson Irwin (Seahawks), safety Gabe Lynn (Lions), receiver Jaz Reynolds (Titans) and running back Damien Williams (Dolphins).

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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