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Oklahoma Sooners Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

Oklahoma Sooners Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft is officially a wrap.

It was an exciting and enjoyable three days to have sports temporarily back in some fashion, and the virtual draft went mostly without any real noticeable hiccups.

Four Oklahoma Sooners were drafted, all of which came in the first three rounds.

Here is a recap of where they landed with some thoughts on their new spot, undrafted players who signed as free agents will be added as they happen over time.

#17 – CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)

CeeDee Lamb is the first Oklahoma Sooner off the board going #17 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

Lamb ends up being the third receiver selected, going after each of the two Alabama products.

There were a lot of people who considered Lamb to be the best receiver in the entire draft, so for him to tumble down this far was a pretty big surprise.

The Cowboys have to be very pleased to find someone as talented as Lamb in the second half of the first round, and now get to pair him with Amari Cooper to form one of the most exciting receiving duos in the entire league.

Dak Prescott gets another fantastic receiving threat, and some of the load is able to come off Ezekiel Elliot’s shoulders in the running game as they add another weapon to get the ball to on any given play.

For Lamb, he goes to a team that looks to be a legitimate playoff contender and maybe even more than that. There won’t be too much pressure on him right away to produce since they have Cooper, and he has lots of other young talented players around him as well.

This is a good spot for Lamb to have success, and he seems set up to have a really nice rookie campaign in Arlington.

#23 – Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)

The second Oklahoma Sooner off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft is the defensive leader of the team a year ago – linebacker Kenneth Murray.

Murray goes #23 overall to the Los Angeles Chargers and joins an absolutely loaded defense featuring a deadly combination of size and speed.

Murray goes right about where we thought he might in terms of pick range, coming in the back end of the first round.

Personally, I love this fit for Murray. The Chargers defense features so many exciting defensive players and he looks to fit in there very well.

Los Angeles got their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert, now they have the guy who could be the quarterback of the defense for years to come in Kenneth Murray.

It’s a slam dunk pick for the Chargers, and I think Murray is probably very pleased to be heading to LA and helping form what will undoubtedly be a top NFL defense for many seasons ahead.

#53 – Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles)

Jalen Hurts is the third Oklahoma Sooner to be taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and the first of Day 2, going #53 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.

I would be lying if I tried to act like I totally understand this pick for Philly, outside of the simple fact that Carson Wentz has been injury prone in his young career.

But, the Eagles are certainly set at quarterback for a very long time with Wentz, so using a second round pick on Hurts is quite puzzling on a few levels.

Many were surprised to see the Packers burn an early pick on Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, well this is just like that times ten considering that Wentz is nowhere near the end of his career like Aaron Rodgers is.

Should Hurts get an opportunity, he certainly would have a chance to succeed under a good coach in Doug Pederson – but barring injury there isn’t much reason to think he would see the field outside of potential gadget plays.

It is an interesting selection, and one that is going to receive a ton of reaction over the offseason.

#82 – Neville Gallimore (Dallas Cowboys)

Neville Gallimore is Oklahoma Sooner #4 off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft becoming the second OU player drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL teams clearly didn’t think overly high on this year’s defensive line group as a whole, as quite a few guys who were projected much higher slipped down the draft board.

Gallimore was no different, mostly considered a second round pick and maybe even a sneaky first rounder – but ended up slipping down to the later part of the third round.

This is a good spot for Gallimore though, as he gets to join a team that looks to be a contender and will certainly help contribute to a defense that has some exciting playmakers on it already.

The Cowboys have now pulled off two of the bigger draft steals of the year in my mind, and they were both Sooners – with Lamb at #17 and Gallimore here at #82.

This year’s Dallas Cowboys draft class certainly has an OU flavor to it, and they look to be rounding out a very good team for 2020.

Later than he probably wanted or expected, but still a good spot for Gallimore here to the Cowboys.

Undrafted – Parnell Motley (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

After not receiving an NFL Scouting Combine invite, being an undrafted player was very much a possibility for cornerback Parnell Motley – despite his sensational senior season.

It was easily the best year of Motley’s college career, but that apparently was not enough to overcome the shaky years he had in previous seasons under Mike Stoops.

Motley is now signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent, according to reports.

While Motley obviously would have rather been picked by a team, he got to choose Tampa Bay so he must believe this is a spot he can succeed.

This offseason being an unusual one with the Coronavirus pandemic may not make it very easy, but best believe Motley is going to fight to make the team and be a contributor down the line.

The Bucs look to be a possible Super Bowl contender in 2020 with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, so maybe this is all just the start of what could be a fairy tale run for Motley in the coming months.

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Josh is a sports broadcaster and journalist covering both Oklahoma high school sports as well as the University of Oklahoma. He has been the play-by-play voice of Chickasha High School Basketball for the past three seasons and starting in 2020 is the voice of Newcastle High School Football on the Oklahoma Sports Network. For The Franchise, Josh has been on the call for high school playoff football and basketball games, and currently covers OU Football as well as OU Baseball. He is also a contributing writer to Boomtown Hoops, a website dedicated to coverage of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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