Creed Humphrey, CeeDee Lamb among Pro Football Focus’ top 25 players under 25

Creed Humphrey and CeeDee Lamb were included in Pro Football Focus’ top 25 players under 25.

Though the Oklahoma Sooners didn’t produce a first-round draft pick in each of the last two seasons, however, the Sooners aren’t lacking for star power across the league. The quarterbacks might grab the headlines, but it’s a couple of former Sooners that don’t play quarterback that are among some of the NFL’s best players under 25.

Pro Football Focus’ Trevor Sikkema ranked the top-25 players under 25 years of age in the NFL and Creed Humphrey and CeeDee Lamb were featured. Coming in at No. 1 was San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa. Let’s see what Sikkema had to say about the pair of former Sooners listed.

16. Creed Humphrey, C, Kansas City Chiefs

Humphrey’s rookie campaign was sensational. He played the most snaps of any rookie offensive lineman (1,184) and notched the best grade, too (91.4). In fact, his elite overall grade was fourth-highest for all offensive linemen and first among all centers. He and fellow rookie Trey Smith were a big reason the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line was as improved as it was in 2021. It was an incredible start to Humphrey’s career, especially considering he opted out of the 2020 college football season. – Sikkema, PFF

Creed Humphrey was arguably the best center in the NFL in 2021. He finished third in the offensive rookie of the year voting behind Ja’Marr Chase and Mac Jones. Pretty incredible considering the two players to finish in front of him play higher-profile positions. The fact that voters took notice of Humphrey’s rookie season is a testament to his transition to the league and his importance in the Kansas City Chiefs offense.

Only two offensive linemen under 25 came in ahead of Humphrey; Tampa Bay’s Tristan Wirfs and Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, who Humphrey finished in front of in the rookie of the year voting.

17. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

After two solid seasons for Lamb in 2020 and 2021, he has the chance to really break out as a superstar this upcoming year. Lamb recorded 935 and 1,105 receiving yards in each of his past two seasons, which shouldn’t be viewed as a disappointment in any way. But now, with Amari Cooper gone, Lamb will be viewed as the unquestioned WR1 in a potent Dallas passing offense. He is one of the most talented young receivers in the game, and we’re expecting a career year in 2022. – Sikkema, PFF

Lamb was the fourth wide receiver to be named to the top 25 list behind Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings, Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals, and D.K. Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks.

The former Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver is off to a great start to his career. His performance has been so encouraging that the Cowboys felt they could move on from Amari Cooper, who they traded a first-round draft pick for and signed to a big-money deal. Lamb now looks to be the WR1 for the high-volume Dallas Cowboys passing attack and has a great chance to build off of his 1,100-yard season in 2021.

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Sooners OL Tyrese Robinson the best UDFA fit for the Washington Commanders

Though he wasn’t drafted Sooners OL Tyrese Robinson is considered the best undrafted free agent fit for the Washington Commanders.

Getting drafted in the later rounds sometimes isn’t as great of an option as being able to pick where you want to play your professional football. Being a priority undrafted free agent isn’t all bad. And that’s the world that [autotag]Tyrese Robinson[/autotag] is living after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL draft.

Robinson signed a deal with the Washington Commanders and has a great shot to make the opening week roster out of training camp. With experience at guard and tackle and limited roster space in the NFL, Tyrese Robinson was chosen as the best undrafted free agent fit for the Washington Commanders by The Athletic’s Nick Baumgardner (Subscription required).

A three-year starter at Oklahoma with guard and tackle experience, Robinson is undersized (6-2, 317) and likely limited with where he can go in the NFL, but he plays with a lot of power and physicality. There are size and athletic limitations but he’s tough to move off his square. —  Nick Baumgardner, The Athletic

The former Sooners offensive lineman started for three seasons and played more than 2,400 snaps. After playing guard in 2019 and 2020, the Sooners took his experience and moved him out to right tackle in 2021.

His experience helped steady an offensive line that was working in two new starters after losing [autotag]Creed Humphrey[/autotag] and [autotag]Adrian Ealy[/autotag] to the NFL.

Positional flexibility is a great ability to have at the NFL level and it’ll be what helps Tyrese Robinson have a nice career even if he doesn’t become a full-time starter in the league.

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Oklahoma Sooners Kicker Gabe Brkic signs with Minnesota Vikings as UDFA

Another Sooner has made it to the NFL. Oklahoma Sooners All-American Kicker Gabe Brkic has signed a three-year deal with the Vikings.

Another Sooner has made it to the NFL. Oklahoma Sooners All-American kicker [autotag]Gabe Brkic[/autotag] has signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings. He’s the most accurate kicker in Oklahoma history and one of the first kickers to have a NIL deal.

Brkic had a very successful career with the Sooners, hitting 57 of 69 field-goal attempts with only a single missed PAT in three seasons. Minnesota does have an incumbent starter in Greg Joseph, who was solid last season but seem to want to bring in some competition at the kicking position.

Brkic was a very reliable weapon for Oklahoma’s special teams, able to hit field goals from anywhere. Brkic is tied for the most 50-yard field goals hit in a single game with three.

While he can be hot and cold, when he’s hot he is unstoppable. Being able to play indoors for more than half of the season is a very attractive thing for kickers: At least eight games indoors in Minneapolis, and then at least one more at Ford Field in Detroit. The Vikings have 11 games indoors in 2022.

The Brkic was a crowd favorite during his time with the Sooners and seems like a perfect fit with the Vikings.

It’s a good thing Mexican food isn’t very popular in Minnesota. Keep him away from burritos and the Vikings might have their franchise kicker.

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Marvin Mims lands in the first round in FOX’s early 2023 Mock draft

Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims is sent to the Buffalo Bills in this 2023 NFL mock draft from Fox Sports.

The Oklahoma Sooners may find themselves back in the first round of the NFL Draft next year. After not having a first-round pick in each of the last two NFL Drafts, NFL media believes that could change in 2023 as a particular Sooner continues to show up in their early first-round mock drafts.

[autotag]Marvin Mims[/autotag] is clearly on the radar of the NFL media and for good reason. He’s an uber-talented playmaker and will look to take the next step forward as a player and a leader in what will likely be his third and final year in college during this upcoming 2022 season.

The NFL will be calling Mims’ name and if this mock draft from Jason McIntyre of Fox is any indication, there would be no reason for him to consider coming back. Previously, Mims was mocked to the Dallas Cowboys in the CBS Sports’ early mock.

McIntyre sent Mims to the Buffalo Bills, which would pair him with one of the game’s best and brightest quarterbacks in Josh Allen. Allen sports an absolute cannon for an arm. In Buffalo, Mims would become a secondary weapon opposite Pro Bowl receiver Stefon Diggs and offer an inside/outside threat capable of posing mismatches. Coming in as a rookie would give him four years (and as a first-round pick up to five years) with Allen who is settling in with Buffalo for the long haul. Allen’s six-year $250 million contract extension is about to start.

With Mims would the Bills add another matchup problem on an offense that is predicated on their QB’s ability to be the biggest mismatch on the field with his ability to run and his rocket launcher of an arm.

With a year away, we have no idea how things will turn out but it’s safe to say that Mims is an offensive player NFL media is certainly tuned in to.

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Sooners OL Tyrese Robinson among Athlon Sports’ best undrafted players

The newly signed Washington Commander is among Athlon Sports’ best 2022 UDFAs

The University of Oklahoma sent several of its players to the NFL through the draft and free agency. Offensive lineman Tyrese Robinson was a priority undrafted free agent signing by the Washington Commanders very soon after the NFL draft concluded.

While Robinson isn’t the best OL prospect out there, he is getting a bit of buzz compared to fellow UDFAs.

Athlon Sports has Robinson on their first-team offense of 2022 UDFAs. Some other notable names on this list are Clemson’s Justyn Ross and Nevada’s Carson Strong.

Kennedy Brooks and Gabe Brkic can be found among the second-team offense and specialists.

Tyrese Robinson is a difficult prospect to get a beat on because he won’t be playing the same position in Washington. He played at right tackle in 2021 for OU and the Commanders will have him at guard, should he make the roster. His versatility to play multiple positions will give him a great shot to land on a 53-man roster come cut-down day.

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CBS Sports 2023 mock draft has Marvin Mims joining CeeDee Lamb in Dallas

In a way too early 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys land yet another Sooners’ WR as Marvin Mims is mocked to the Cowboys.

While the dust has settled on the 2022 NFL Draft for this year’s crop of Sooners, the work has already begun looking at next year. After all, player acquisition is a 365-day venture. It’s never-ending. With that said, CBS Sports released a way-too-early 2023 NFL first-round mock draft, and it features the Sooners leading wide receiver from the last two seasons. Marvin Mims.

In the first round, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports sent Marvin Mims to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 24. Mims would join a Cowboys offense with CeeDee Lamb as its lead receiver in their high-powered offense.

The Cowboys keep adding skill position players to fuel this high-powered offense and Mims, while not a burner, is an incredible athlete with great hands. – Wilson, CBS Sports

The fireworks Mims and Lamb could produce would be truly something to behold, especially for fans of the Cowboys and the Sooners. Mims may not be Marquise Brown fast, but he’s electric with the ball in his hands and would instantly add some juice to the Cowboys’ offense.

Mims’ stellar freshman season put him on NFL radars almost immediately. While limited opportunities in 2021 capped his production, it’s reasonable to expect a year under new offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby will resuscitate his draft stock. 

Lebby has been a staunch advocate of force-feeding his best players the ball, and Mims is pound-for-pound the Sooners’ best and most seasoned offensive threat heading into the 2022 season. Look for Mims to be fed early and often, leading to Mims becoming a first-round prospect next spring.

While it would be great to see Mims line up in the same offense as Lamb, at the moment, it doesn’t seem likely. This offseason, the Cowboys spent resources giving former third-rounder Michael Gallup a new contract. In the third round, they just drafted wide receiver Jalen Tolbert out of South Alabama.

Never say never, though, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a sucker for a shiny object. With Lamb’s production so far, Jones could become enamored with the latest Sooners’ receiving threat making the Mims to Dallas connection a possibility come draft time.

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Baker Mayfield still without a new home, suitors continue to dwindle

Former Sooners QB Baker Mayfield is running out of options in the trade market after the 2022 NFL Draft.

With Sam Howell, Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral and Malik Willis all finding NFL homes on day three of the NFL draft, that meant one thing for Oklahoma fans: we still have no idea where Baker Mayfield is going to play football next season.

One team suspiciously didn’t take a QB when they had multiple chances to do so: the Seattle Seahawks.

The fit for Mayfield in Seattle is intriguing. Should they acquire him, Mayfield would get to work with a balanced offensive coordinator in Shane Waldron. Combine that with the new pieces in Seattle’s offense like Charles Cross and Kenneth Walker, and Mayfield would have ample support on a Seahawks offense that already included D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

The Carolina Panthers were apparently deep in trade talks with the Browns to trade for Baker during the draft, but the talks fell apart and the Panthers took Ole Miss’ Matt Corral in the third round on Friday night.

Interesting, a Jeff Lebby QB getting drafted to the NFL. I wonder if Sooners fans will see that again at some point.

The Atlanta Falcons were another rumored landing spot, but they ended up with Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder. Seattle seems to be the last team standing without a plan at QB unless they think Drew Lock is the answer.

And that doesn’t seem likely.

Cleveland’s plan here is to get the most value out of a trade, but now they’re left with Mayfield and less leverage than they had before the draft. Cap space isn’t an issue right now for the Browns, but having Mayfield situation lingering over a locker room isn’t ideal.

According to Tom Pelissero, a big issue is the $18 million Mayfield is owed for this season.

The Browns have a lot of cap space, and so did the Panthers, but the Seahawks don’t. The Browns think they have leverage, but they are losing more and more by the day. And by the day, it’s even more clear that Cleveland has botched this situation.

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Sooners OL Tyrese Robinson signs with Washington Commanders as UDFA

Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Tyrese Robinson signs with the Washington Commanders as an undrafted free agent.

The guy who had one the best names for Oklahoma Public Announcer Jim Miller to introduce in pregame at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is off to the nation’s capital. Tyrese Robinson has signed with the newly-named Washington Commanders.

Robinson didn’t generate much buzz as a draft prospect, and wasn’t rated highly among a crowded offensive line class. Washington came into the draft with a good but not great offensive line with incumbent starters at each position. However, you can never have enough depth and Robinson will be competing for one of those spots.

Robinson played 2021 out of position, as he played all season at right tackle when he should’ve been playing at guard.

Much like the rest of the Sooners’ O-Line, Robinson struggled without the presence of Creed Humphrey. He didn’t get much push past the line of scrimmage in the run game in 2021 at tackle.

As of now, the only other O-Line prospect the Commanders have brought in is Tulsa’s Chris Paul, who also plays guard. Washington took Paul in the seventh round with the 230th pick.

With Robinson and Marquis Hayes now on NFL teams, both of OU’s 2022 O-Line draft prospects have found homes at the next level.

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Sooners to the NFL: Where did Oklahoma’s draft prospects end up after the 2022 NFL draft?

Where did each Oklahoma Sooners draft prospect end up after the 2022 NFL draft weekend?

The Oklahoma Sooners had seven players taken in the 2022 NFL draft. That was tied with Alabama for fifth-most draft picks in this year’s draft. Georgia led the way with 15 picks while the SEC continued its dominance of sending players to the draft. They had 17 more draft selections than the Big 10 and 40 more players picked than the Big 12.

The Sooners didn’t hear a name called in the first round, which wasn’t surprising based on the way the players were ranked or being selected in mock drafts leading up to this weekend.

It was a long wait but finally, with the last pick of the second round, Nik Bonitto came off the board to the Denver Broncos. That last pick of the second round also happens to be the same pick in which the Kansas City Chiefs selected Creed Humphrey the year before. Will Bonitto have a similar impact in his rookie season?

In total, 11 of the 12 Oklahoma Sooners prospects have found new teams. Seven draft picks and four as undrafted free agents. The only one left without a new home at the moment is Gabe Brkic. An NFL team will likely bring him in for a tryout in the next few weeks or during training camp to compete for a kicking job.

Let’s look at where each Sooner will be making their new home.

Sooners RB Kennedy Brooks signs as UDFA with Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles add fan-favorite Sooner Kennedy Brooks to their RB room as an undrafted free agent, reuniting with Jalen Hurts.

Perhaps the most underappreciated player of the Lincoln Riley era is going to the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. OU’s 2021 leading rusher Kennedy Brooks is now reunited with former Sooner Jalen Hurts.

Brooks wasn’t highly regarded as a draft prospect, but he wasn’t expected to fall out of the draft entirely. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had him going in round six or seven.

This is a good value signing by the Eagles. Brooks has the potential to be a good RB2 to Miles Sanders.

He was very good in Norman for the three years he played. He racked up three 1,000-yard seasons on the ground and averaged seven yards per carry.

There are two huge knocks on Brooks’ game: His lack of explosiveness and lack of usage in the passing game.

Brooks does have good size at 215 pounds, but isn’t quite as big as NFL coaches would want a true power back. He also doesn’t have quite enough speed to threaten big plays out of the backfield.

Brooks does offer quite a few positives.

He brings stability and sure-hands. Brooks has a good feel for running between the tackles and didn’t lose a single fumble in college. If he can bring that to the next level, the Eagles will have a very reliable guy to spell Miles Sanders.

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