Last year, the Thursday of the first round of the NFL Draft was quite busy around these parts.
Around noon, Oklahoma State sent out a press release announcing Wes Lunt had been named the Cowboys’ starting quarterback. Turns out, that was the opening act of a wild quarterback carousel in 2013.
Then that night, Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden were both selected in the first round of the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns, respectively.
It should be much quieter tonight, with no Cowboys, realistically, expected to be drafted until Saturday. Running back Joseph Randle is generally regarded as a fourth-sixth-round selection, while kicker/punter Quinn Sharp could get taken late.
(And we certainly shouldn’t have any starting quarterback news from Mike Gundy.)
Here’s a roundup of where the major outlets project Randle and Sharp to go:
*The general rankings (not sure who does those) have Randle as the 13th-best running back available and the No. 182 prospect overall. That makes him a fifth- or sixth-round selection.
*Mel Kiper does not have Randle in his top 5 running backs available.
*Scouts Inc.’s Steve Muench and Kevin Wiedl have Randle going in the sixth round to the Detroit Lions (171 overall) in their full mock draft. The Lions have had success with former OSU running backs…
*Mike Mayock does not list Randle in his top 100 overall prospects or in his top 5 running backs available.
*Josh Norris’ full mock draft projects has Randle going in the fifth round to the Cleveland Browns (164 overall). Thumbs up: Reuniting with Brandon Weeden. Thumbs down: Some guy named Trent Richardson already occupies that backfield.
*Lists Randle as the No. 9 running back available and the No. 127 prospect overall. That makes him a fourth-round selection.
*Peter Schrager’s full mock draft has Randle going in the fourth round to the Indianapolis Colts (121 overall). A chance to play with Andrew Luck? Not bad.
*The outlet that is, by far, the highest on Randle. He’s projected as a second-round pick, possibly a late first-rounder. Might want to take that ranking with a grain of salt, however. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is rated as the best available player overall.
*Perhaps those ratings are just severely outdated. Peter King does not list Randle in his top 5 running backs, and Chris Burke does not have him in his two-round mock draft.
*Rated the No. 2 punter and No. 213 player overall, making him a late-round pick or a top free agent.
*Josh Norris’ full mock draft has Sharp going in the sixth round to the Cincinnati Bengals (197 overall).
*Ranks Sharp as the No. 2 punter and No. 211 prospect overall. Projects him as a sixth- or seventh-round pick.
*Rates Sharp as a seventh-round pick.