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College Sports: Oklahoma NFL draft status update: Will Kyler Murray be a first-round pick? Projections for him, other Sooners

Oklahoma is losing several key pieces to the NFL or graduation this offseason, including Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. 

Most of the damage is on the offensive side of the ball, as the Sooners return 10 starters on defense — linebacker Curtis Bolton was the only senior. 

Aside from replacing Murray, the most difficult part of Oklahoma’s reload is likely to be its offensive line. The Sooners will have to find four new contributors as center Creed Humphrey will be the only returning starter next season. 

Here’s where Oklahoma’s potential draftees are shaping up after the underclassmen declaration deadline:

Kyler Murray, junior quarterback

For the second year in a row, a Heisman Trophy winning Oklahoma quarterback will be the top story in the lead up to the NFL draft. Murray’s size will be talked about throughout, as will his commitment to baseball. His draft stock will soar or tumble based on whether or not he attends the NFL Scouting Combine from Feb. 26-March 4 (which falls in the middle of spring training). If Murray does work out at the combine, he could wow scouts into becoming a top-10 pick. Expected range: Round 1

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Rodney Anderson, junior running back

For eight games in 2017, Anderson was arguably the best running back in the country. But that success was bookended by season-ending injuries in 2015, 2016 and 2018, which could limit his NFL upside. Still, Anderson is the kind of versatile back that teams are looking for. He can run between the tackles, catch passes and pass block. Anderson’s testing numbers should help his draft stock, but will there be enough tape for teams to trust taking him before Day 3? Expected range: Rounds 4-7

Marquise Brown, junior receiver

Brown had a rough end to his collegiate career, but he’s still a potential force at the NFL level. His speed is next-level, and if he proves that at the combine, Brown could get into the first-round conversation. It’s a relatively weak class at receiver, and Brown has the most desirable trait right now: speed. Expected range: Rounds 1-2

Cody Ford, junior offensive tackle

Ford’s move to right tackle in 2018 was a smashing success. He was good enough on the edge that he has shot up the big boards all the way to a Round 1 projection. Ford has put out great reps at both guard and tackle, which will be attractive to NFL teams looking for versatility. All that combined with a relatively weak offensive tackle class puts Ford firmly in the first round. Expected range: Round 1

Bobby Evans, junior offensive tackle

Like Ford, Evans has excelled at playing right tackle for the Sooners. He was perhaps Oklahoma’s best offensive lineman in 2017 at that spot, but moved over to left tackle in 2018 and struggled. Evans declared anyways, but he’s no longer projected to be a first-round pick like he was at the beginning of the season. Expected range: Rounds 4-7

Ben Powers, senior offensive guard

Powers was another diamond-in-the-rough find by Bill Bedenbaugh, and now he’s heading to the NFL. Powers excelled at left guard this season and is a great fit for any team searching for an interior lineman. Expected range: Rounds 4-7

Dru Samia, senior offensive guard

Samia has been inconsistent at times for Oklahoma, but played well at right guard this season. He’s not an overwhelming draft prospect, but he could be a late-round pick. Expected range: Rounds 6-7

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