The NFL Draft is not the end of the line for college football stars. While there were only four Oklahoma Sooners players drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, there were many more who signed free agent contracts with teams after the NFL Draft completed. According to NewsOK on Sunday, a total of 11 former Oklahoma Sooners players signed with NFL teams by the time the weekend ended.
The four Sooners included two offensive players and two from the defensive side of the ball. Three of the players are also coming off severe injuries and might have heard their name called higher if not for the injuries. The first player drafted was Jalen Saunders by the New York Jets. Saunders was a speedy ju-co transfer for OU that developed into the Sooners’ top receiver.
The first of the injured players is linebacker Corey Nelson. Nelson opened the season as the defensive team captain, and after he tore his pectoral, the Sooners’ defense struggled for a few weeks. The Denver Broncos selected Nelson in the seventh round and he is likely to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Aaron Colvin, the best Oklahoma defensive player from a pure talent standpoint, tore his ACL towards the end of the season. The dominating cornerback went to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round. He will start out on the PUP list as well, but has a good chance for playing time when he takes the field. Trey Millard, the exciting fullback, went in the seventh round to the San Francisco 49ers.
After the NFL Draft ended, seven Oklahoma Sooners signed with teams as undrafted free agents. These include receivers Lacoltan Bester (Houston Texans) and Jaz Reynolds (Tennessee Titans), running backs Brennan Clay (Denver Broncos) and Damien Williams (Miami Dolphins), offensive linemen Gabe Ikard (Tennessee Titans) and Bronson Irwin (Seattle Seahawks) and safety Gabe Lynn (Detroit Lions). Ikard has the best chance of the group to make an NFL team.