A look at the Sooners' 2013 NFL draft class
April, 30, 2012
By Jake Trotter | ESPN Insider
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Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones could be a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
QB Landry Jones: Jones says he has already received a first-round grade from the NFL draft advisory committee, and with a solid senior season there’s no reason to believe he won’t be a first rounder. In each of the last two years, four quarterbacks have gone in the first round. Barring a total meltdown, Jones, who has prototypical size and the arm scouts covet, figures to be one of the top four QBs on the board next spring.
FS Tony Jefferson: Jefferson has indicated that he’ll jump to the NFL if he projects as a relatively high pick. Given how the NFL views safeties, Jefferson might not be a first rounder. But with a huge junior season in his new position at free safety, he could easily become a second- or third-round selection, thanks to his high football IQ and nose for the ball.
WR Kenny Stills: Despite a so-so sophomore season, Stills too could wind up testing the waters. Stills has tested out as one of the fastest players of the Stoops era, and would compare favorably at the combine with his measurables. A monster junior campaign would make people forget about his sophomore season -- and with the emergence of Trey Metoyer and return of Landry Jones, that’s attainable.
Brett Deering/Getty ImagesIf Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills has a big junior season, he could turn pro and enter the 2013 NFL draft.
RB Dominique Whaley: Despite a breakout junior season, Whaley remains off the radar. But he’s a workout warrior, who can pound the ball up the middle or break off the big gain. Durability and the recovering ankle will be concerns, but Whaley could really fly up the big boards with a big season.
CB Demontre Hurst: Hurst, who has quietly had a tremendous college career, will have plenty of tape to show off to scouts as a three-year starter. Hurst doesn’t possess eye-popping speed or Jamell Fleming size, but he could become a very solid player in the right situation.
OT Lane Johnson: Donald Stephenson was hardly a star in college, but was a third-round pick over the weekend thanks to his athleticism, feet and size. Johnson is even more athletic than Stephenson. Then again, he might not even start this season if Tyrus Thompson continues to outplay him.
C/OG Ben Habern: Centers typically don’t go high to begin with, and now Habern’s health has to be a major red flag for the pros, considering he has suffered a broken forearm and undergone neck surgery just in the last year. Habern’s back has also been an issue for him, too.
SS Javon Harris: Mike Stoops is giving Harris another shot to start, despite Harris’ inconsistent performance last season. The talent, however, is there. If Harris can eliminate the mental breakdowns he could be a very solid player for the Sooners, and in turn, a decent pro prospect.
DE R.J. Washington: If Washington were to have an all-conference caliber senior season, he could warrant draft consideration in the later rounds. The NFL loves speed.
OTHERS TO WATCH
OG Tyler Evans: Evans is a solid college player, and maybe worth a draft pick. Just not a high one.
CB Lamar Harris: If Harris ends up winning a starting job, he'll have ample opportunity to show what he can do.