ESPN mock draft exercise: Three Sooners go in first round, including Murray at No. 1
The momentum surrounding former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and the No. 1 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft continues.
Both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have both had Murray going No. 1 in their recent mock drafts.
In their latest exercise, the two ESPN draft analysts went back and forth through a three-round mock draft with three Sooners picked in the first round and another to start the third.
The two alternated picks, with no trades and no deals between the sides.
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McShay started the exercise, taking Murray No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. With KliffKingsbury taking over as the Cardinals coach, and with his long relationship with Murray, speculation has been heavy that the Cardinals would use their first pick on Murray even after taking Josh Rosen with their first-round pick a year ago.
The next Oklahoma player off the board was wide receiver Marquise Brown, who McShay picked No. 15 to the Washington Redskins.
Brown hasn't been able to go through workouts yet after suffering a foot injury in the Big 12 Championship Game win over Texas, though he did play in the Orange Bowl loss to Alabama.
McShay also took the third Sooner—offensive lineman Cody Ford—with the No. 21 pick to the Seattle Seahawks.
Ford's versatility has made him an attractive option in the first round.
McShay paired Murray up with one of his college teammates in the third round, taking guard Dru Samia with the No. 65 overall pick to Arizona.
Two other local products—Alabama running back Josh Jacobs (No. 35 to the Oakland Raiders) and Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger (No. 93 to the New York Jets)—were picked. Jacobs was the first running back off the board