One of the most underrated rivalries in all of college football is Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, better known as Bedlam. While the Sooners have won the last four games in the series, these contests are known for being highly entertaining and close throughout. In fact, three of the last seven matchups were either decided by one point or went to overtime.
This game is circled before the season as another chance to watch top prospects at the end of the year, typically when they play their best ball, but the stakes are even higher with the rivalry factor. Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have a lot of prospects in this time around, so I outlined the top NFL fits for each of the best players eligible for the 2020 draft.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (TDN Rank: 9)
When I watch CeeDee Lamb, I immediately think of Houston Texans’ All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He has the same blend of size, smoothness and separation skills before, at and after the catch point. He has top-10 talent in this draft class, but with the depth of the WR group this year, some team may get serious value in the middle of the first round. He is scheme proof and can play X, Z or in the slot. There is a strong chance Lamb ends up becoming the top receiver on my draft board.
Most realistic fit: Oakland Raiders
Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma (TDN Rank: 21)
When Oklahoma faced Alabama in the semifinals of last year’s College Football Playoff, the Sooners’ most impressive player was redshirt freshman center Creed Humphrey. He went toe-to-toe with Quinnen Williams and Raekwon Davis and held his own better than anybody the Crimson Tide defensive line faced that year. Now draft-eligible, Humphrey is a lock to be one of the top center prospects — if he decides to declare. He is a brick house in pass protection who plays with elite balance and leverage. I also think he is scheme proof with his lateral mobility to reach 3 techniques. Humphrey will likely be drafted in the late first or early second round.
Most realistic fit: San Francisco 49ers
Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma (TDN Rank: 34)
At 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore is a once-in-a-generation athlete. I do not say that lightly. According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Gallimore runs a 4.76 in the 40-yard dash, bench presses 500 pounds and squats 800 pounds. Early in his career for the Sooners, Gallimore was known as a two-gap run defender who offered little pass rush value. Now as a senior, the defensive tackle has shown scouts flashes of explosiveness as a pass rusher, which has shot his draft stock squarely into the first-round conversation.
Most realistic fit: Dallas Cowboys
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (TDN Rank: 35)
If you watch Kenneth Murray’s tape from last year, you will see an athletic linebacker who is held back by a slow mental trigger. It made his game far too inconsistent. As a senior, however, he is trusting his instincts and keys much more, which now accentuates his elite natural athleticism. Murray is the most improved defensive prospect in the country, and he is firmly one of the top linebackers in this draft class.
Most realistic fit: Denver Broncos
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma (TDN Rank: 51)
I expect Jalen Hurts to be on the shortlist for most polarizing prospects in the draft. Some teams will have him graded in the top 50, while others may see him firmly as a Day-3 quarterback. The good news for Hurts is that the NFL seems to be embracing mobile QBs now more than ever, and I think he could be the main beneficiary of that trend. The Carolina Panthers have made their intentions clear of moving on from Cam Newton at the end of the season, but the team is not in a position to secure a top pick in April. This means they will have to settle for the next tier of names at the position, and if they want a player who can keep continuity in the offense with similar dual-threat value to Newton then Hurts could be the answer.
Most realistic fit: Carolina Panthers
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State (TDN Rank: 71)
Here is a hot take: Chuba Hubbard will be one of the first three running backs drafted in the upcoming year. Why? Some team is going to fall in love with his production and measurables. Hubbard is currently the FBS leader in rushing yards (1,832) as he continues his Heisman-caliber season. At the same time, what he is set to do in terms of athletic testing could be even more impressive. He is a sprinter and is likely going to be the fastest RB at the NFL combine. Hubbard has some limitations as a pass protector, but I think he will be able to translate his college production to the next level relatively quick.
Most realistic fit: Miami Dolphins