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Sooners hold annual pro day for 10 former players

Mar. 12—Oklahoma held its annual pro day Tuesday with NFL scouts and coaches on hand at the Everest Training Center to watch 10 former Sooners perform live for the last time before the NFL Draft.

Players had the option to participate in the broad jump, vertical, 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill and bench press in addition to positional workouts.

The NFL Draft will be held in Detroit on April 25-27.

The Sooners have had at least one player taken in one of the first two rounds of the Draft every year since 2014. They've had six first-round picks since 2018 including Anton Harrison (No. 27 to Jacksonville) last season.

Here are three takeaways from the 2024 Oklahoma Pro Day:

1. Stoops just looking for an opportunity

Oklahoma's Drake Stoops missed out on an invite to the NFL Combine earlier this month.

He's been projected to be taken in one of the final few rounds in the Draft. On Tuesday he participated in all six agility tests and the positional workouts.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds with a 30-inch vertical. Out of the 31 wide receivers invited to the Combine, Stoops would've ranked last in both of those tests.

"I'll be ready mentally and I'll be ready physically," Stoops said after pro day. "I'm not taking a day off from now, after today. Get back to where I should be to make sure I'm in good shape for whenever an opportunity arises."

Both ESPN and CBS Sports have Stoops unranked in their 2024 positional draft rankings.

Still, Stoops says he isn't worried about the possibility of going undrafted. The former sixth-year senior would be happy with whatever opportunity he's given at the next level.

"Leading up to the Draft, I think I'll be at peace. Whatever happens God has a plan. It's not really up to me whether it's drafted or undrafted. Having an opportunity arise, that's all that matters."

2. Defensive linemen shine

The Sooners had four defensive linemen at their pro day and several turned heads with their athleticism.

Jonah Laulu had a jump of 9-10 in the broad jump, which would've ranked first among all defensive tackles at the Combine. The 6-5, 289-pound transfer from Hawaii also had a 36-inch vertical jump, which was almost three inches higher than the best jump at the Combine.

Isaiah Coe did 34 reps on bench press, which would've tied LSU's Jordan Jefferson for the best performance at the Combine.

Marcus Stripling and Rondell Bothroyd each also participated in drills on Tuesday.

3. Back in front of scouts

Oklahoma had three players invited to the NFL Combine and all three were on the offensive line.

All three chose not to do the bench press and none did it at the pro day either. Offensive tackle Tyler Guyton is expected to be the Sooners' highest-drafted player and a first-round pick.

Andrew Raym and Walter Rouse each also performed at the NFL Combine.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com