NORMAN — This past weekend, Oklahoma endured its most mediocre NFL Draft in nearly a decade, as only offensive tackle Phil Loadholt was taken in the first two rounds.
But in 2010, if quarterback Sam Bradford and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy join tight end Jermaine Gresham and offensive tackle Trent Williams in the draft, the Sooners could have a school-record four players go in the first round. "Overall, I think next year is going to be Oklahoma’s year in the draft,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. told The Oklahoman during a teleconference. "It’s going to be an incredible class for 2010. "They are going to dominate the early portion of the draft.” In 1970, Sooner tight end Steve Zabel (No. 6, Eagles), linebacker Jim Files (No. 13, Giants) and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Steve Owens (No. 19, Lions) all went in the first round. Then in 1976, OU enjoyed its best draft of all time as defensive end Lee Roy Selmon became the first Sooner to go No. 1 overall, to the Buccaneers. Selmon was followed in the first round by OU tailback Joe Washington (No. 4, Chargers) and wide receiver Billy Brooks (No. 11, Bengals). But next year’s draft class may well top that one. Bradford could join Selmon and Billy Sims as the third Sooner to go No. 1 in the draft, if 2010 mock draft projections hold true, and the team with the first pick possesses a need at quarterback. Gresham — who like Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew was this past draft — is sure to be the top tight end on the board next year.