3 Sooners caught in Draft Wire NFL’s latest simulation draft
With the Super Bowl now behind us, all of the NFL’s attention turns to the offseason. The first is the start of NFL free agency in March. Next comes the major event of the offseason, the 2022 NFL Draft.
NFL free agency is important, but teams place varying emphasis on the spring spending cycle. It’s the draft that organizations turn to for their main source of team building.
The reason is that players are cheaper and teams have them under contract for up to four seasons. If a team likes their first-round pick, they can use a team option on that player to keep him for a fifth year.
Because teams spend a significant portion of their cap space on quarterbacks, wide receivers, point rushers, cornerbacks, and offensive tackles, they can’t afford to miss the NFL Draft. Especially in the first three rounds of the draft, which are considered prime picks.
A player drafted in the top 100 of the NFL Draft should be a starter or top rotation player at some point in his rookie contract. Of course, the higher a player is selected, the greater the expectation. However, expectations are also high for the players selected at the bottom of the third round.
As the NFL enters the offseason, The Draft Wire has its final fictional draftwhich features three Sooners, including a player making his first appearance in the top 100.
60. Perrion Winfrey, DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After his impressive senior bowl performance, Winfrey is firmly entrenched as a second-round pick. With a growing premium placed on finding pass throwers along the inside defensive line, he could see his draft stock push higher up the board heading into April.
In Tampa Bay, Winfrey would benefit from playing alongside solid defensive tackle Vita Vea. Vea’s size and movement ability make him a chore to block inside, forcing opposing attacks to regularly double-cross him. Winfrey would have a fantastic opportunity to win early as a pass thrower and run defender with teams forced to control Vea.
62. Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Kansas City Chiefs
Edge rusher Nik Bonitto is an interesting player. He’s been very productive for the Oklahoma Sooners, but due to his usage, his stats may not be as impressive as those of potential No. 1 pick Aidan Hutchinson.
Bonitto’s size has people wondering whether or not he could be a versatile player on the edge of a defensive line, which is why he drops late in round two in mock drafts.
But the tape is real. He’s as effective a passing thrower as there is in college football, and given the opportunity at the NFL level, he’ll make some game-changing plays on Sunday.
Here, he is selected by the Kansas City Chiefs and would play alongside defensive tackle Chris Jones and opposing defensive end Frank Clark.
93. Marquis Hayes, San Francisco 49ers OL
Marquis Hayes makes his first top 100 appearance in a mock NFL draft and goes to the San Francisco 49ers at pick 93.
Kyle Shanahan’s offense would suit Hayes well. The 49ers like to get their offensive linemen into space by running in a wide area and countering plays. They love to run the ball, where Hayes is at his best.
He would join former Sooners offensive tackle Trent Williams in the 49ers offensive line room.
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