Triple Option: NFL draft begins tonight

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

1. The NFL draft begins tonight at 7 p.m, and though it’s unlikely any Sooners will hear their names called during the first round, there will be plenty of familiar names coming off the board. Oklahoma’s defense was much maligned late last season but Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who torched the Sooners' secondary, is set to get selected No. 2 overall by Washington and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, who had 18 receptions for 200 yards and one touchdown in two games against OU, likely will be drafted in the top 10. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper also has OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden going late in the first round. Clearly the Sooners weren’t the only team who struggled to stop Griffin or Weeden and Blackmon.

2. You have to wonder what it is like to be Landry Jones tonight. He could be walking across the stage to meet Roger Goodell, but instead he’s in class? There are several NFL teams looking for a quarterback in the draft and it’s easy to believe Jones would have been a top 10 pick if he had elected to declare early. Regardless, Sooners fans should be happy, they’ll have an NFL quarterback at the helm this fall, someone multiple NFL teams would love to have in their locker room.

3. ESPN’s Todd McShay and the Scouts, Inc. crew did a full seven-round mock draft which included six former Sooners. Defensive end Ronnell Lewis is projected No. 73 overall (third round) by Miami. Cornerback Jamell Fleming is projected six picks later at No. 79 to Chicago. Receiver Ryan Broyles is slated at No. 112 overall (fourth round) to Arizona and tight end James Hanna joined Broyles in the fourth round at No. 135 overall to Dallas. Defensive end Frank Alexander was projected No. 156 (fifth round) to Cincinnati and was joined in Cincy by linebacker Travis Lewis at No. 166 overall.

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