National analysts criticize Baker Mayfield; slumping Sooners to host Kansas State

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Welcome to the Friday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Baker Mayfield criticism

In the months before the NFL draft, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is starting to gain major criticism from media sources. ESPN’s Booger McFarland says Mayfield lacks the “character” needed to be a franchise quarterback. Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd believes Mayfield is “undraftable” because of his video of running from police.

Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy and threw for nearly 15,000 yards and 131 touchdowns in his Oklahoma career. Maybe these analysts don’t think he can be a franchise quarterback, but Mayfield has already been that and more for Oklahoma.

Mock draft love

CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson projects the Buffalo Bills will trade up and select Mayfield. Wilson assumes the Bills will trade up to the No. 5 overall pick to select Mayfield as their new franchise quarterback.

Mayfield would learn behind quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who led the Bills to the NFL playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. That would give him some time to learn the system and take over when he’s ready.

Other headlines:

  • Dallas Morning News writer Ben Baby is not high on Oklahoma next season. Baby predicted the Sooners will go 10-2 in 2018 – but will lose to Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic in the opener.
  • Former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford doesn’t need to play another NFL game. However, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that Bradford “absolutely” wants to play in the NFL again.

Bounce back spot

Oklahoma men’s basketball has a major opportunity to play itself back into the NCAA Tournament picture on Saturday. The Sooners face off against Kansas State at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Norman, Okla. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Oklahoma is in the midst of a terrible losing streak. After being a top-three team in the Big 12 for much of the season, the Sooners have lost six consecutive games. The lowlight was a 30-point road loss to Kansas on Monday. Oklahoma needs to pick up a win to keep the tourney chances alive.

Other headlines:

  • Oklahoma men’s basketball fell to a 10-seed in ESPN’s latest version of Bracketology. The Sooners are projected to face off against 7-seed Houston in Detroit in the West Region.
  • DieHards analyst Matt Ellentuck compared Alabama point guard Collin Sexton and Oklahoma point guard Trae Young in a film study.
  • Oklahoma women’s basketball has a big game against Texas Tech at noon on Saturday in Norman. The Sooners hope to win for the sixth time in their last seven games.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Oklahoma offensive assistant Shane Beamer

Coach Lincoln Riley

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