3 Sooners chosen in Draft Wire’s latest fictional draft

Although the NFL Draft doesn’t arrive until April 28, that hasn’t stopped the yarn project to release fictional drafts to whet the appetite of football fans throughout the year. There’s only one NFL game left, and it’s the biggest of the year; the Super Bowl. The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will wrap up another NFL season, and both teams field Sooners they drafted.

While these teams battle it out, the other 30 teams will be busy with film studies, interviews, and putting their scoreboard together as they look to land their next wave of backers. With the end of Senior Bowl week a few days ago, our friends at Draft Wire have posted a new three-round simulation that features three Oklahoma defenders in the top 100.

53. Perrion Winfrey – Las Vegas Raiders

At pick 53 comes Senior Bowl MVP Perrion Winfrey. The violent and disruptive defensive tackle undoubtedly made quite a bit of money in the Senior Bowl, dominating practice after practice. He followed that up by dominating the game with five tackles, three for loss and two sacks to win the MVP title.

In the second round of the mock draft, Winfrey was sent to the Las Vegas Raiders, paired with Utah LB star Devin Lloyd who was their first-round pick.

The Raiders need a lot of defensive talent infused into a defense that will now be led by former New York Giants DC Patrick Graham. Winfrey could compete for the starting snaps immediately.

75. Nik Bonitto – Denver Broncos

Second earlier in the table was another defender along the defensive line, and that man is Nik Bonitto. Bonitto lands in Denver at pick 75 and would appear to be the Broncos’ first option to replace some of the passing rushing ability lost with the Von Miller trade to LA as the Broncos begin to rebuild their defense.

Bonitto is considered a tweener in NFL circles, which means he’s not tall enough to be a traditional defensive end in the NFL, but he’s also not fluid enough to be an outside linebacker. of the ball. One thing is for sure, and Oklahoma Football watchers will agree: Bonitto is a standout monster, and his production as a full-time starter doesn’t give OU fans much hesitation about his ability to rush. the passer at the professional level. . His athleticism and first step can make up for the difference in strength and size.

96. Brian Asamoah – Denver Broncos

The latest Sooner featured in this three-round simulation also lands in Denver to play behind his longtime brother in Nik Bonitto. Brian Asamoah went to the Broncos as they continued their defensive rebuild.

There is no doubt what Asamoah is. It’s a homing missile, sideline to sideline looking to make plays.

In the Senior Bowl, Asamoah continued to build his stock after finishing the 2021 season with great momentum. He made a strong impression at the Senior Bowl last week, earning top national team LB honors in a vote of the offensive line, tight end and running back groups during the player awards. the week in Mobile. This is the first time Asamoah has been caught in a three-round fictional Draft Wire draft.

Asamoah could see his star rise even higher as he still has the combine and the pro day to impress anyone willing to take a look at him. Pairing him with Bonitto gives the Denver defense an athletic rusher and steady, hard-hitting linebacker who can lead the defense and run side to side to make plays.

There’s still a long way to go, but as things develop, there’s a good chance the Sooners will have three defensive players selected to the top 100 picks for the first time since 2004, when Tommie Harris, Teddy Lehman and Derrick Strait are all gone. in the first 80 selections.

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