With the end of the 2017 season in sight, the focus will soon shift towards which players will depart for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Among the many teams on par to lost plenty of talent to the professional ranks is the Oklahoma Sooners. To that end, CBS Sports released its latest 2018 NFL Mock Draft and three Sooners are currently projected to hear their name called throughout the first round.
Orlando Brown, OT, No. 4 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“Donovan Smith, the Buccaneers’ 2015 second-round pick, has disappointed on the left side protecting Jameis Winston. While I don’t expect Tampa Bay to be done with Smith after two seasons, it wouldn’t hurt to draft more offensive line help. Brown is tremendous in all areas. After Winston’s shoulder injury, the Bucs will be fine grabbing a top left tackle in this class.”
Orlando Brown entered his junior campaign as one of the nation’s top offensive line prospects and not much has changed throughout the first 10 weeks of the season.
The 6-8, 345-pounder has helped pave the way for Baker Mayfield’s Heisman campaign and a resurgent running game as of late. If Brown does elect to bypass his senior season in favor of the NFL, he won’t have to wait long to hear his name called next spring.
Mark Andrews, TE, No. 10 to the Chicago Bears
“Receiver will be a trendy mock selection for the Bears. How about a pass-catching tight end? Andrews has an occasional problem with drops. Chicago can live with those, particularly given his speed and craftiness as a route runner. This Sooners star is the premier receiving tight end in the class.”
Mark Andrews has been a key cog in the well-oiled machine that is the Oklahoma offense this season.
Andrews 39 receptions is currently the most among any Sooner this season and his 701 yards. When it comes time for an NFL franchise to add a pass-catching tight end, Andrews will be as intriguing of an option as any, should he ultimately depart after the 2017 season.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, No. 21 to the Tennessee Titans
“I want to see Okoronkwo as a movable chess piece for Dick Lebeau, and I hope the latter never retires. Okoronkwo has the most dynamic speed and bend combination among outside pass-rushers in the 2018 class and is totally comfortable in coverage and defending against wide receiver screens near the sideline.”
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has been an absolute force defensively this season.
Along with ranking No. 2 on the team in total tackles with 53, Okoronkwo has amassed a staggering 14.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks through nine games, along with 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Entering the final stretch of his collegiate career, Okoronkwo is proving to be among the very bet edge rushers available for the upcoming NFL Draft.
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