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Triple Option: Don't overlook Alexander

5/4/2012

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. Frank Alexander's selection by the Carolina Panthers was overshadowed by the Detroit Lions selecting a trio of Sooners last weekend. But Alexander might be in the best position of all the OU players drafted in 2012. The Big 12 defensive player of the year was selected in the fourth round (No. 103 overall) by the Panthers, who traded away their third round pick in the 2013 draft to move up to take him. Carolina’s urgency to move up and willingness to sacrifice a higher value pick next year speaks to the type of player they believe Alexander could become. And if that’s not enough, the words of two key decision makers in Carolina speak volumes about Alexander’s situation.

“Frank Alexander is a guy we think can come in and play in our defensive rotation. He just makes plays, he fits into the same mold of the guys we’ve taken.” -- Panthers general manager Marty Hurney

“We were watching another player and he just kept popping up, the more you watch tape the more you realize, ‘There’s something to this guy.’” -- Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

2. The death of Junior Seau on Wednesday was shocking. It’s not OU related but all football fans feel the loss. His joy and passion for the game is something every football player could learn from. RIP No. 55.

3. Todd McShay’s 2013 mock draft debuted on Wednesday with Landry Jones projected to be selected No. 19 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones is the No. 3 quarterback behind USC’s Matt Barkley and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas. Supplanting Barkley will be tough, but If Jones can impress NFL scouts, there’s no reason to think he won’t be a top-10 selection, particularly at a premier position. Jones was the lone Sooner listed in the first-round mock draft.

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