Alabama has at least three with offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix projected as first-round picks. Although, Kouandjio and Clinton-Dix are both juniors and neither has announced whether they will enter the draft.
Nonetheless, the Sooners’ draft eligible players view the Sugar Bowl as their chance to see what level they’re capable of playing at.
“It’s a great opportunity to matchup with those guys,” OU safety Gabe Lynn said. “A lot of us have aspirations of playing at the next level. This is as close as you can get to it in our final showing. It’s a great opportunity.”
Some are more comfortable talking about the pro possibilities that can come from the Sugar Bowl than others. Ideally, everyone would be strictly focused on the immediate task — winning. The chance to play one last game before it either becomes a business or football becomes a memory.
Either way, the Sooners seemed to be thrilled with the opportunity for all the right reasons.
“It’s a fact of it,” senior offensive lineman Bronson Irwin said. “I don’t think you can sit here and say if I block this guy well I’m gonna make some money. It’s the outcome of having two highly talented teams facing each other in big bowl game like this.”
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