Yes, the NFL Draft is still taking place this week and at least for a few hours, it will have a sense of normalcy to it. And for those of us who are Big 12 fans, we can’t wait to see where our favorite players end up.
In this latest NFL Mock Draft from Peter King, he had three Big 12 players going in the first round. We’d of course want to see more, but there is no Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray at the top of this year’s draft out of the conference.
The first Big 12 player off the board would be CeeDee Lamb, the Oklahoma wide receiver, who King has going to the Las Vegas (yes it’s still weird to me to say that) Raiders.
King writes: Maybe the toughest call I had to make Sunday evening, having the Raiders bypass Tua Tagovailoa for Lamb. I did it because I keep hearing both Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are intrigued with new backup Marcus Mariota; adding Tagovailoa might be the best thing for 2023, but it’s not so great for 2020. But they could do it. As for Lamb: Mayock loves him, thinks he’s the most complete receiver in the draft, and even though I think Gruden likely would prefer the take-the-top-off speed of Henry Ruggs, he’s happy to have a true number one receiver who can win consistently against NFL-caliber corners.
Next up, was another Sooner player down at No. 28, linebacker Kenneth Murray to the Baltimore Ravens, with King writing, “My bet is the Ravens might try to move up a few slots to steal Murray; he’s the best pure linebacker in the draft, a sideline to sideline menace, and would be a godsend for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale to use as a chess piece. He’s also a future NFL Man of the Year, a totally too-good-to-be-true guy who helps his parents raise three siblings with special needs. Murray to the Ravens is a football match made in heaven. I’d love to see it happen.”
Now last, but not least, going No. 32 to the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs is TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney.
On the Chiefs’ potential pick, King writes: “Craziest rumor of the first round: Chiefs want to trade up for Henry Ruggs if he falls into the twenties. Insane. Do they want every sub 4.35 guy in the National Football League? A couple of theories: There are only two very good cover corners in this draft, Okudah and Henderson, and they’d be long gone by the time the Chiefs could make a reasonable offer. Sammy Watkins is a short-termer, probably only one more year in KC, so another quick-twitch guy would fit either this year or next. Finally, fast guys with slight builds who collide with defenders tend to get hurt, so Ruggs would be good insurance for that in 2020 and a stalwart beyond that. Anyhoo, the Chiefs’ biggest position of need right now is corner, and Gladney is a competitive and tough player who would fit in Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.”
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