Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops was asked about his players that were drafted into the 2013 NFL Draft, as well as about who was and wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine to show their talents. Stoops mentioned that the OU Pro Day workouts are beneficial for players not invited to the NFL Combine because college coaches have no input on who makes it there.
“I had no influence on who can go to the combine or not,” Bob Stoops explained during the Tulsa Caravan. “I tried to have an influence early on for many years and have had no influence on that. I quit. It doesn’t make any sense to me that guys that could and should be invited aren’t.”
This season alone, two players that were not invited to the NFL Combine heard their names called, drafted into the NFL. One of these players, wide receiver Justin Brown, went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6th round, the same team who drafted Landry Jones.
That is further proof that, despite what Trent Dilfer might think, the OU 2012 receiver corps were more than just a joke. Kenny Stills was also drafted, and there is a good chance he sees action in 2013 for the New Orleans Saints.
Another player not invited to the NFL Combine was David King, who was drafted in the 7th round. He was an even bigger surprise, as the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him even though he also missed the OU Pro Day with a hamstring injury.
“David is an interesting guy,” Stoops said. “I think he has a great chance. A 50 defensive-type end, which I think is how they want to play him or grow into a tackle. He’s got a lot of upside.”