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Anton Harrison Selected No. 27 by Jacksonville Jaguars in NFL Draft

Add Oklahoma’s Anton Harrison to the list of Big 12 players taken in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars grabbed the former Sooner offensive tackle with the No. 27 pick Thursday evening in Kansas City.

He makes for the fifth Big 12 player to hear his name called, joining Texas Tech Red Raiders EDGE rusher Tyree Wilson (Las Vegas Raiders, No. 7), Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (Atlanta Falcons, No. 8), Iowa State Cyclones EDGE rusher Will McDonald (New York Jets, No. 15) and TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston (Los Angeles Chargers, No. 21).

 

Harrison, who opted out of the Cheez-It Bowl in preparation of this draft, started every other game and 24 over the past two seasons at tackle for Oklahoma. All but one of those starts came on the left side of the line, as he played in 34 games over the course of his three-year career.

This past fall, he earned All-Big 12 First Team honors. He permitted only one sack on 173 pass-blocking plays in his initial season back in 2020.

It’s a lot of that that had former star Kansas State defensive lineman and prospective NFL Draft entrant Felix Anudike-Uzomah labeling Harrison as the best offensive tackle he went up against collegiately. Anudike-Uzomah said that in the lead-up to the draft when asked about the matchup with Alabama’s Tyler Steen in the AllState Sugar Bowl.

“It was pretty good, it was not the best tackle I went against my whole season,” Anudike-Uzomah said of that one-on-one. “I feel like Anton Harrison was the best one I went against my whole season…He just has quick feet. He has aggressive hands. And honestly, like I feel like he’s probably the best tackle here in this draft class, in my opinion.”

 

Anudike-Uzomah and Harrison duked it out multiple times throughout their collegiate careers, of course. One of those was in a 41-34 Wildcats victory in Norman this past fall.

And one can see Anudike-Uzomah’s point when looking at the following play. Harrison easily gets the better of his praising counterpart here.

And that’s why NFL Draft projections were mocking him in the first round. Now that’s come to fruition.

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