NFL Draft guide: Oklahoma football edition

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAR 04: Perrion Winfrey #DL23 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 4, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAR 04: Perrion Winfrey #DL23 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 4, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic (47) kicks a field goal to tie the game during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13.Lx13397
Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic (47) kicks a field goal to tie the game during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13.Lx13397 /

Gabe Brkic, K

Tim’s Projection: 7th Round pick

6 feet, 3 inches, 201 pounds

Gabe is the No. 1-ranked kicker in this year’s draft, and as such kickers can go as early as round six at times. Still, I see Brkic going in round seven, because he did have some inconsistency on intermediate kicks at times. If he can get that nailed down or show to teams he visits that data isn’t that accurate, he could go in the 6th round.

Brkic has a monster leg and hit several bombs from 50-plus for the Sooners over the years. Kicker can sometimes be viewed as a non premium position, but NFL teams need good ones. NFL games are close often, and a kick can be the difference. A guy who can consistently make kicks from 50 back is an asset.