Sooners moving up NFL draft boards; men’s basketball earns 4-seed in tourney projection

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

Moving up

The Sporting News’ Eric Galko believes that Oklahoma players will hear their names called sooner than expected at the NFL draft in April. Galko projects tackle Orlando Brown to the Denver Broncos with the No. 5 pick and quarterback Baker Mayfield to the New York Jets at No. 6.

Both Brown and Mayfield would have an excellent chance to start if the projections hold true. The Jets are in desperate need of quarterback help, and seem to have given up on Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.

Other headlines:

  • Oklahoma quarterback commit Tanner Morcedai of Waco Midway earned TSWA 2017 Class 6A Offensive MVP in the state of Texas. That means Mordecai, who led the Panthers to the state title game, was MVP of the largest classification of Texas high school football.
  • Oklahoma defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux was named one of the top recruiters in the 2018 recruiting class by Thibodeaux was the lead recruiter for Jordan Kelley, Jalen Redmond, Michael Thompson, Ron Tatum and Ronnie Perkins.
  • Oklahoma beat writer John Shinn broke down the 2018 Oklahoma Sooners depth chart. Here are his projections on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

National ranking

The NCAA Tournament committee released what the tournament would look like if the rankings were released now. Despite a midyear slide, the Sooners sit with a No. 4-seed in the tourney as the No. 16 overall seed.

Oklahoma is 16-8 and 6-6 in Big 12 play. However , many were confused by the Sooners’ selection as one of the top four seeds. Oklahoma does have high-level wins over Wichita State, TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas, so there is reason. However, the Sooners will have to do better down the stretch to maintain this ranking.

Road woes

Oklahoma men’s basketball lost another heartbreaking road game, this time an 88-80 loss to Iowa State on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones currently sit at the bottom of the Big 12 conference standings.

The loss makes it five straight on the road. The last road victory was a 90-89 win over TCU to close out 2017. The Sooners have three road games left in Big 12 play.

Other headlines:

  • Women’s basketball obliterated Kansas 72-52 over the weekend. Gabbi Ortiz posted 16 points and 5 assists as five players posted double-figures in the win.
  • Oklahoma softball dominated its five-game Grand Canyon University Kickoff Tournament. The Sooners won the five games by a combined 35-4 score.
  • No. 1 women’s gymnastics dominated North Carolina 198.150-195.750 in Norman on Sunday.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Cornerback Tre Brown

Linebacker Caleb Kelly

Defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

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