Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Oklahoma Sooners sleepers
By Brandon Chatmon
The Oklahoma Sooners have a clear history of quality evaluation of high school recruits and turning them into elite college performers and NFL draft picks. Quarterback Sam Bradford sets the standard but he isn’t the lone overlooked prospect on national signing day to become a star in crimson and cream. Here’s a look at several sleepers who became Sooners standouts in recent years.
Left tackle Trent Williams was drafted No. 4 overall in the 2010 NFL draft.
Broyles was the No. 58 receiver in the nation with a 77 rating from ESPN scouts out of Norman (Okla.) High School. After a redshirt season in 2007, he started 43 of 48 career games while becoming the NCAA career leader in receptions with 349. Broyles had 4,586 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns during his four-year career. He was a two-time All-American and two-time Biletnikoff Award finalist before being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Franks was the No. 53 cornerback in the nation with a 74 rating from ESPN scouts out of Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School. After a redshirt season in 2009, Franks started 28 of 40 career games before leaving early for the NFL. He started every game in his sophomore and junior seasons earning All-Big 12 honors and finished his career with 96 tackles, 15 pass breakups and six interceptions. He is currently a member of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Williams was the No. 22 offensive guard in the nation with a 76 rating from ESPN scouts out of Longview (Texas) High School. He started six games as a true freshman in 2006 and six games as a sophomore in 2007 before earning All-Big 12 honors as a junior and All-American honors as a senior. He recorded 38 career starts before becoming the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He was named to the Pro Bowl after a stellar 2012 campaign for the Redskins.
Carter was the No. 39 safety in the nation with a 77 rating from ESPN scouts out of North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne High School. He started 29 of 44 career games and earned All-American honors as a senior in 2010. He finished his career with 221 tackles, 13 pass breakups and eight interceptions. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft and started 10 games as a rookie. He missed the majority of the 2012 season due to injury.
Bradford was the No. 16 quarterback in the nation with a 79 rating from ESPN scouts out of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City North High School. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner started every game during his 31-game career in Norman. His 2008 season obliterated the record books as he passed for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He finished his career with 8,403 passing yards and 88 touchdowns before being selected No. 1 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2010 NFL draft.