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Monday, April 29, 2013
Looking ahead: Sooners in 2014 draft

By Jake Trotter

NORMAN, Okla. -- On Thursday, offensive tackle Lane Johnson became the 13th Sooner under Bob Stoops to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. In 2014, Stoops could have another first-rounder in cornerback Aaron Colvin.

SoonerNation breaks down Colvin’s prospects as well as what the rest of the 2014 OU draft class could look like:

Aaron Colvin
Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin almost left early for the 2013 NFL draft. But the senior will likely be one of the top defenders in next year's draft.
First-round probable

CB Aaron Colvin: Colvin came back to school with hopes of improving his draft stock, which already was pretty high. Four cornerbacks went in the first round Thursday, and, barring something unforeseen, Colvin figures to be no worse than the second- or third-rated corner in next year's draft.

Second-day potential

WR Jalen Saunders: The NFL is always looking for playmakers, and Saunders is a playmaker. Saunders' size will raise concerns. But with a full season on the field, as OU's new go-to receiver, Saunders could have a big senior year, and that level of production could warrant him consideration in the third round.

FB Trey Millard: The last time a fullback went in the first three rounds of the draft occurred in 2008 when the San Diego Charges selected LSU's Jacob Hester. Hester carried the ball in college more than Millard has. But NFL scouts should recognize that when given the ball, Millard has been ultra-productive. That gives him a chance to sneak into the third round.

Middle-round possibility

RB Damien Williams: The 2014 draft doesn't appear to be particularly strong at the running back position, which might make Williams a plausible late third- or early fourth-round option for a team with a running back need. Williams' home-run ability figures to make him attractive, but he'll need to show more durability his senior season.

C Gabe Ikard: Ikard will have a ton of film on record, which is a huge asset for a center. Physically, Ikard won't blow anyone away, but he's incredibly intelligent, which is another huge asset for a center.

LB Corey Nelson: It wasn’t that long ago that Bob Stoops called Nelson the best player on the OU defense. Nelson has the tools. Finally he'll have the playing time. Maybe he can parlay that into becoming a middle round draft selection.

Late-round hopeful

RB Roy Finch: Finch is basically Tavon Austin-light. But he's going to need more than two touches a game next season to be draftable.

OG Bronson Irwin: The "War Daddy" has proven he can play through pain, and if he can build off what was a solid junior season despite a bum ankle, he could get a look.