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University of Oklahoma
APRIL 25, 2017

OU Draft Central

The Sooners

View capsules, highlights, quotes and more on the four Sooners selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Player Team Round Pick Overall
Joe Mixon Bengals 2 16 48
Dede Westbrook Jaguars 4 3 110
Samaje Perine Redskins 4 7 114
Jordan Evans Bengals 6 9 193

Free Agents

In addition to the four Sooners drafted, the following players have also signed free agent contracts with NFL teams:

Player Team Pos Ht Wt
Geno Lewis Bengals WR 6-1 205
Ahmad Thomas Raiders DB 6-0 217
Jordan Wade Raiders DT 6-3 305
Charles Walker Eagles DT 6-2 297

OU Draft History

Oklahoma has been a consistent pipeline to the NFL. Since the first NFL Draft in 1936, at least one Sooner has been taken 80 out of 82 years.

In the 18-year Bob Stoops era, a total of 83 Sooners have been selected. That's 21 more than the next closest Big 12 program during the time period (Texas, 62) and 40 more than the second-closest (Kansas State, 43).

Oklahoma and LSU are the only two programs in the country that have had at least four players picked in the NFL Draft each of the last 10 years.

OU Draft History | Stoops Era | Notes | Sooners in the NFL

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Joe Mixon / RB / 6-1 / 226

Draft Day: Joe Mixon became the 80th Sooner in the Bob Stoops era to be selected in the NFL Draft when he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 16th pick in the second round (48th overall) Friday night.

"First I want to thank President (David) Boren, (Athletics Director) Joe Castiglione, Coach Stoops and the OU staff for sticking by me and believing in me as a person and not just as a player on the field," Mixon said. Read More

At Oklahoma: An extremely potent and versatile offensive weapon the last two years, Mixon set the single-season OU record for all-purpose yards (2,331) and all-purpose yards per game (194.3) as a sophomore in 2016, the same season he scored 16 total touchdowns (10 rushing, five receiving and one kickoff return). One of four players in OU history with at least five touchdowns from scrimmage of 40-plus yards in a season (he had six), Mixon registered 377 all-purpose yards (second most in school history) and scored five TDs in a win at Texas Tech last October. In that game, he became the first player in OU history to record 200 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game. He finished his two-year career with 2,027 rushing yards (17 TDs) and 894 receiving yards (nine TDs). He also threw a 26-yard TD pass. Full Bio & Stats

What Bob Stoops Says: "I'm not sure that anyone in the country has had as much talent at running back as we've had the last couple of years, and Joe was a big part of that. He has the size and speed you love, but he also has great footwork. He picks the right gaps and then he has the acceleration to make the big play. He's great catching the ball out of the backfield and it's pretty rare the first guy brings him down. When you add in his abilities on special teams, Joe is something very rare. I'm proud of his development on and off the field."

What Others Are Saying: "Mixon has the talent to be an every-down, all-day running back with the potential to take over a game on the ground or through the air. Life against weaker Big 12 defenses has created a more relaxed rushing approach for Mixon, who will have to play at a faster pace as an NFL back. Mixon's vision is just average and he could struggle to create for himself in front of a subpar offensive line. However, he can play in any rushing scheme and can be moved all over the field as a matchup option." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com


Dede Westbrook / WR / 6-0 / 180

Draft Day: Westbrook is the 13th OU wide receiver in the Stoops era to be selected in the NFL Draft and the sixth in the last six years. Read More

At Oklahoma: Looking for one of the most productive seasons at any position in OU history? Look to Westbrook's 2016 campaign at wide receiver. The Sooners' first winner of the Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook was all-world despite a slow start due to a hamstring injury. The senior, who finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting, set the OU single-season record with 17 receiving TDs, led all Power 5 players with 1,524 receiving yards and 1.31 receiving TDs per game, and had more receiving TDs (17) over the season's final 10 outings than 43 teams had on the entire season. Westbrook's TDs covered an average of 46.3 yards, the highest average in the last seven years among FBS players with at least 12 TDs in a season, and his 12 offensive TDs of at least 40 yards were the most in a season by an FBS player since at least 1996. Full Bio & Stats

What Bob Stoops Says: "Dede had one of the all-time great seasons last year and is about as explosive a playmaker as they come. You can say the same thing about how sure-handed he is. He's almost always the fastest guy on the field, and his route running gets him open all over the place. He's got the ability to take the short routes all the way to the end zone once he makes the catch. And with his speed and ability to create in the open field, he's also a great asset in the return game."

What Others Are Saying: "Above average straight-line speed to be a big-play vertical threat. Sudden start/stop movements to catch defenders off-balance, cut and accelerate away from them. Rarely misjudges deep balls. Quick feet and body shake to beat press coverage. Excellent burst off his plant foot to create immediate separation on slants and out routes. Improved timing in his patterns to bait and sell corners, especially on double moves. Perceptive awareness to break off his route to help out his scrambling quarterback. Controls his gears well to follow blocks and weave through defenses. Creates explosive plays after the catch with elusiveness and finishing speed. Tougher than he looks and not shy about using a stiff arm to fight for extra yardage. Lacks ideal body strength, but can highpoint and secure contested throws." — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com


Samaje Perine / RB / 5-10 / 233

Draft Day: One of the most accomplished running backs in Oklahoma history, Perine became the sixth OU running back under head coach Bob Stoops and second in two days to be drafted into the NFL. Read More

At Oklahoma: Perine will go down as one of the most beloved OU running backs to step foot on Owen Field. After all, the quiet and unassuming bruiser does hold a pair of extremely significant records. No FBS player has ever run for more yards in a game than Perine's 427 against Kansas as a freshman in 2014 (he exited the game with 12:16 remaining), and no Sooner has rushed for more career yards than his 4,122, which he accomplished in just three years. Perine also ranks fourth in OU history with 49 rushing TDs and sixth with 4,443 all-purpose yards. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, Perine finished his career with a 6.0 yards-per-rush average. He ran for 1,713 yards as a freshman, 1,349 as a sophomore and 1,060 as a junior when he missed nearly four full games due to injury. Full Bio & Stats

What Bob Stoops Says: "What can you say about a guy who is your all-time leading rusher in only three years? And to do it at a place like Oklahoma with the history and tradition we have at that position is really special. With his strength and power, no one is taking Samaje down with arm tackles, and plenty have failed even with form tackles. He's very good at finding the right crease and he really punishes defenders. He's very powerful in his lower body and he has enough speed to break off big runs like he did for us for three years. He's as tough a guy as you can have."

What Others Are Saying: "(Perine) is a pounder up the gut at 5-10 1/2, 233 pounds and with incredible upper body strength. A really good athlete, this guy takes on and he drives you forward. Short yardage, goal line, Samaje Perine will be unstoppable. The fact he's such a difference maker in those situations where you've got to keep those chains moving, it's going to take two or three tacklers, sometimes four or five, to get him to the ground. Nobody battles, nobody works harder in terms of in-traffic running and pounding the defender into submission than Samaje Perine does." — Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN

 


Jordan Evans / LB / 6-2 / 233

Draft Day: "Coach Lewis called and asked me if I was ready to be a Bengal," Evans explained. "I said, 'Yes sir, thank you!' I can't really explain the feeling. It's surreal. It's crazy. I'm filled with so much excitement and joy. I'm just ready to see what's next for me." Read More

At Oklahoma: The son of former Sooner and All-Big Eight defensive tackle Scott Evans, Jordan Evans etched his own name in school lore as a dependable three-year starter at inside linebacker who earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior when he served as a team captain. A starter in 36 of his 37 games the last three seasons, Evans led OU in tackles as a senior and ranked second on the squad as a sophomore and junior. He finished with 22.0 tackles for loss in his career and picked off five passes, including four in 2016 alone that he returned 145 yards, two of them for scores. He is also tied for second in school history among linebackers with 16 career pass breakups. Full Bio & Stats

What Bob Stoops Says: "Jordan was excellent for us and probably hasn't gotten the attention he deserves. He was very productive for us the last four years and has the ability to make big-time plays, even in the passing game. You look at his athleticism and his productivity — I'm not sure there's much else you could want from a linebacker. Wherever he ends up, he'll be a great asset to his team."

What Others Are Saying: "Productive, three-year starter who will garner attention as a height, weight, speed prospect especially after his strong pro day workout. Evans may lack the physical nature to hold up inside so he may have to find his way as a backup outside linebacker. Evans has enough traits and talent to become an eventual starter if he can play with better toughness and consistency." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com


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