Oklahoma State Football: Three Cowboys selected in latest FanSided Mock

The Oklahoma State football team had three players selected in the latest seven round NFL Mock Draft by FanSided’s own Erik Lambert.

The Oklahoma State football program had three former players selected in FanSided’s latest seven-round 2017 NFL Mock Draft done by Mocks’ Editor Erik Lambert. The two Cowboys that were expected to be drafted highest, quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington, decided to stay in school for another season.

None of the Cowboys in the running for selections in the 2017 NFL Draft really have a chance at getting drafted in the first two rounds. However, two players got selected in the fourth round of a full seven-round Mock Draft released just two days ago by FanSided.

Now, let’s take a look at the three Oklahoma State Cowboys that were selected in FanSided’s latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft.

 

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Vincent Taylor

Defensive End, Oklahoma State

The first OK State football alum selected in FanSided’s seven-round Mock Draft was defensive lineman Vincent Taylor, a fan favorite in Stillwater. He was a force to be reckoned with in both pass and run defense as well as the special teams. Taylor led the Cowboy defense in sacks and tackles for loss last season. He also led the team in field goal blocks. Among the best defensive lineman in the Big 12, Taylor got some really good exposure to the NFL world during the 2016 college football season. FanSided’s Erik Lambert projected Taylor going to the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round, 120th overall.

A surprising selection in the fourth round, Lambert had the Arizona Cardinals taking defensive lineman Vincent Taylor with the 120th overall pick. Taylor could add to the already impressive, but aging, depth on the Cardinals defensive line. The NFC West is in flux right now with the Cardinals having an inconsistent showing in 2016 and the Seattle Seahawks possibly on the decline. The 2017 NFL Draft could be one that makes or breaks future contenders in the NFC West.

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Jordan Sterns

Safety, Oklahoma State

The next Cowboy selected was former safety Jordan Sterns by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round. Sterns adds some depth and a quality run stopping defensive back to an already young secondary. He gave the Cowboy defense a backbone to keep the secondary steady over the last three seasons.

Possibly the most surprising Cowboy selected in Lambert’s Mock, Sterns was projected by most NFL Draft experts as a borderline undrafted free agent. Yet, getting drafted in the fourth round by a team as highly touted as the Pittsburgh Steelers is a big jump. It would be great to see a hard working player like Sterns get rewarded by going to a quality franchise in a slot a lot higher than projected.

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Blake Jarwin

Tight End, Oklahoma State

Cowboy back/tight end Blake Jarwin really came on strong in the last two seasons with OK State. He was an All-Big 12 selection in each of the last two seasons and played a key role next to Washington and Rudolph, providing some secondary scoring for the Cowboy offense. The Cincinnati Bengals do have a quality tight end on the roster in the former Notre Dame product, Tyler Eifert, but he struggled with injuries last season.

The Cincinnati Bengals add to their tight end depth in the sixth round in Lambert’s Mock, giving quarterback Andy Dalton another weapon to work with. Jarwin has NFL size and reliable hands that could mean a long NFL career for the former OK State Cowboy back. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis needs a big season with at least somewhat of a playoff run to solidify both his future in Cincinnati and a good future for the franchise itself.

OK State should have a more talented field of players entering the 2018 NFL Draft, but it will still be exciting to see how the 2017 class of Cowboy alum do in the upcoming NFL Draft this year.

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