The 2013 NFL Draft is tonight (8 p.m. Eastern Time), and Oklahoma State will undoubtedly make a statement yet again.
113 Oklahoma State Cowboys have been drafted to the NFL to date, 19 of them being first-round draft picks. Since Mike Gundy took over Oklahoma State has averaged 2 NFL draft picks per year, and there have been 15 Cowboys drafted to the NFL, 5 of them being first-round draft picks: Brandon Pettigrew, Russell Okung, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden.
This year all eyes are on kicker/punter Quinn Sharp and running back Joseph Randle.
Quinn Sharp is the only three-time All-American in Oklahoma State history. His past three seasons he was a first-team All-American as a kicker and/or punter. In 2011 he was the first player in Big 12 history to be named all-conference as a punter and kicker, then did it again in 2012. Sharp led the nation in touchbacks his entire tenure, and as a punter his averages over his past three seasons are top three in school history. As a field-goal kicker, he reached 301 points to rank fourth all-time at Oklahoma State, and his punting average of 45.9 yards led all active NCAA players and set a school record. Sharp’s career field-goal percentage was 84.7, second among all active NCAA players.
Joseph Randle is a two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer. With Randle starting, the Cowboys were the only team in the nation to average 7 or more yards per play in each of their past two seasons. He was a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, an award that is presented to the nation’s top running back, and finished his career with 3,085 rushing yards to rank eighth in school history. He was also fourth in career rushing touchdowns with 40, and 10th in career scoring with 258 points, a total that is fourth all-time among Oklahoma State running backs.
Oklahoma State continues to produce some of the nation’s best draft picks.