NORMAN — For the 11th straight year, Oklahoma had at least four players selected in the NFL Draft. OU is one of only two programs nationally (LSU the other) that can make that claim. With 87 Sooners selected since 2000, OU continues to provide a consistent pipeline to the NFL.
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 81 out of 83 years.
Since 2000, a total of 87 Sooners have been selected. That's 21 more than the next closest Big 12 program during the time period (Texas, 66) and 42 more than the second-closest (TCU, 45).
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 11 years.
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Baker Mayfield / QB / 6-1 / 215
Draft Day: From walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner to No. 1 overall pick. Baker Mayfield's fairy-tale football story continued Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns made him the top selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. Read More
At Oklahoma: There's not enough room in this preview to spell out all that Mayfield accomplished at OU and meant to the Sooners program. But here's a shortened list: 2017 unanimous first-team All-American and the program's sixth Heisman Trophy winner; two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year; two-time first-team All-American; Big 12 career record-holder for yards per pass attempt (9.7), touchdowns responsible for (153) and consecutive games with at least one TD pass (40); OU career record-holder for completion percentage (.698), passing efficiency rating (189.4), TDs responsible for (138) and pass attempt streak with no interceptions (200); ranks second in FBS history in passing efficiency rating (175.4), third in yards per attempt, fourth in TD passes (131) and fifth in total offense (15,690 yards). Mayfield also led OU to 34-6 overall and 25-2 Big 12 records the last three years while guiding the Sooners to the Orange Bowl (CFP), Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl (CFP). All that after joining the program as a walk-on. Full Bio & Stats
What Lincoln Riley Says: "Baker's a special player. Physically, the guy has a huge arm and can make every throw. He can throw with power, he can throw with touch, he can change arm angles, can throw with people in his face, throws well on the run. He's so creative with the way he can deliver the ball, and I love that about him. He's got great feet and he's very strong, especially in his lower body. He's also able to avoid a lot of sacks and get through a lot things that most quarterbacks don't, because of that strength. Mentally he's off the charts. His recall, game plans, schemes, new schemes you maybe put in that week are all excellent. He's great in the meeting room and great at processing information, and he's not a rep guy. You can put in a new concept and with a couple days of practice he's ready to go. And probably his best trait is his mentality; the competitiveness, the toughness. He's one of those guys that when it's all on the line and you're in a big-time game and atmosphere, you want him on your sideline. No question about it."
What Others Are Saying: "Having complete command of the Oklahoma offense isn't an automatic precursor for NFL success, but Mayfield's ability to process, extend plays and throw with accuracy give him a good shot. He'll be somewhat scheme-dependent so whoever takes him will need to be willing to build their offense around his strengths." – NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein
Orlando Brown / OL / 6-8 / 345
Draft Day: "Getting to play for the same franchise that my dad did, it means so much to me. Just to be able to wear the same number he wore — they told me that 78 is open. Just to be playing tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, in the city I grew up in — it's crazy. Playing for the Ravens is something my dad predicted from when I was young, and now it's here." Read More
At Oklahoma: He only played three years at OU, but Brown was one of the most effective — and decorated — offensive linemen in school history. A starter at left tackle in all 40 of the Sooners' games the last three seasons, Brown was the 2016 and '17 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was a Sporting News freshman All-American in 2015, an AP and FWAA second-team All-American in 2016, and a unanimous All-American and Outland Trophy finalist in 2017. Full Bio & Stats
What Lincoln Riley Says: "In the passing game, Orlando has the power to win and to shut down bull-rushes. And in the run game, he's just a mauler. He's incredibly physical there; just creates a ton of movement at the line of scrimmage. I have no question marks about his strength, and that's after seeing him play against the Ohio States, Georgias, Clemsons and Auburns of the world, teams with great defensive linemen. Are there more athletic tackles out there than him? Yes. But I can tell you this: you want him on your team and not the other. He's an absolute competitor; one of the most competitive football players I've ever been around. He is a physical, nasty, tough player who is going to show up every day to work, he loves football and is a student of the game. He started every game here the last three years and was as steady as could be at left tackle against some pretty darn good players."
What Others Are Saying: "He typically gets guys blocked and he clearly understands how to use his size and length to his advantage. Brown's physical traits and nasty demeanor give him a chance to become a decent starting right tackle if he can be coached to lessen his physical deficiencies and can keep his weight in check." – NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein
Mark Andrews / TE / 6-5 / 256
Draft Day: The Ravens made Mark Andrews their second Sooner selected within four picks when they took the tight end with the 22nd pick in the third round (86th overall). The two rookies will join fellow OU alum and veteran defensive back Tony Jefferson in Baltimore. Read More
At Oklahoma: The Sooners have produced a slew of stellar tight ends in their history, and Andrews ranks near the top despite playing just three seasons. Andrews is OU's all-time leader in receiving yards among tight ends (1,765) and ranks sixth among all players in touchdown catches (22). One-fifth of his career receptions (22 of 112) resulted in TDs. The three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree capped his career in 2017 with personal bests of 62 catches, 958 yards and eight TDs to capture unanimous All-America honors and OU's first Mackey Award (nation's top tight end). Full Bio & Stats
What Lincoln Riley Says: "Mark was a really versatile player for us. At 6-5 and 250 or 255 pounds, he can really run. He's got a traditional tight end body, but his skill set and his strengths are really as a receiver, and we used him flexed out in the receiving game. He catches the ball very well, he's a good route runner with good athleticism, and the thing that stood out to me the most with him, at that position, is that he's really, really good after the catch. He's a guy who can make people miss and can run through tackles, and he had a lot of big plays in his three years with us. That position has become such a premium in the NFL and I think he's going to make some team very happy."
What Others Are Saying: "Andrews is a former wideout who plays with a receiver's mentality in a tight end's body. He is a pass-catcher with a deft feel for route adjustments and operating in space against zone coverage. Andrews is a big, reliable target who doesn't need a spacious catch window to haul it in." – NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo / Edge / 6-2 / 253
Draft Day:Oklahoma outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the 23rd pick of the NFL Draft's fifth round (160th overall) Saturday, giving the Sooners four 2018 draftees. The Rams traded up with Denver to land the pick, sending their two sixth-round selections (No. 183 and No. 217) to the Broncos. Read More
At Oklahoma: Okoronkwo was one of the nation's most effective pass-rushers the last two seasons, racking up 17.0 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss to help the Sooners to a 23-4 record during that time. He finished his career with 21.0 sacks to rank second in school history among linebackers, and in 2017 racked up 8.0 sacks and 17.5 TFLs to earn first-team All-America honors by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and be named Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Full Bio & Stats
What Lincoln Riley Says: "He's a really special pass-rusher. We've been fortunate to have one of the best offensive lines in the country here the last couple years and we had fits blocking him in practice just like everyone else did. He's really come into his own as a player. Ogbo was extremely raw when he first got to OU, but he really bought in and developed, and his knowledge base grew. He's got that twitchy explosiveness you look for in a pass-rusher, but he's got a lot of strength as well. He's got a great motor with the speed to beat you around the edge, but also the power to bull-rush people and win physically inside. He's got to find a home and a team that's going to use him on the edge. He is a nightmare if you can get him in one-on-one pass-rush situations."
What Others Are Saying: "He's solidly built and plays with good aggression and motor. He lacks the physical and athletic traits that would make him a more dangerous NFL rusher, but he flashes some explosiveness and has enough room for improvement that he should develop into a solid NFL backup with eventual starter potential." – NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein