NFL draft kicks off

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NEW YORK CITY – The 3-day NFL Draft begins Thursday night in New York City with the marathon opening round. The first round will be completed on opening night, followed by rounds #2-3 on Friday night and rounds #4-7 starting Saturday morning. The first Big 12 Conference player expected to be drafted will be Sooners offensive lineman Lane Johnson, the 6-6, 303 lb. tackle who impressed the scouts with his work at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL earlier this year and then ran a 4.72 forty yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis a few months later. The West Virginia duo of WR Tavon Austin and QB Geno Smith could be the next couple of Big 12 players taken in the first round, and Texas safety Kenny Vacaro is expected to be a first round selection.

Other local players who could be drafted during the 3-day festivities include former Sooners QB Landry Jones, WR Kenny Stills, S Tony Jefferson and DT Stacey McGee. Former OSU running back Joseph Randle expects to be drafted along with DE Cooper Bassett, DB Brodrick Brown and P/K Quinn Sharp.

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