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Nik Bonitto Declares for 2022 NFL Draft

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Iowa State

Oklahoma’s best defensive player has announced that he will forego the Alamo Bowl and declare for the NFL Draft. Junior outside linebacker Nik Bonitto is headed to the next level and doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone around the program. Today on Twitter, Bonitto addressed “Sooner Nation” in a heartfelt message:

“The last 4 years in Norman have been some of the best in my life. I have made unforgettable memories and made some long-time friends. I would like to thank God, my family, my coaches, teammates, and most importantly you Sooner Nation. Although this place has always been home, I’m excited for this next chapter of my life. With that being said I have decided to opt-out of the bowl game and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Although my time is done I will always have that OU DNA.”


Bonitto has been one of the top pass-rushers in the country in the last two seasons and his talent should translate to the NFL. In 3 seasons with the Sooners, Bonitto recorded 19 sacks and 32 tackles for loss. He is extremely quick off the line and has presented issues for some of the best tackles in the Big 12 since the beginning of the 2020 season. He is one of PFF’s top 100 NFL recruits and was PFF’s Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12.

With Bonitto now gone, the Sooners will likely look to junior Marcus Stripling as the starter at the EDGE position.

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