Oklahoma’s offensive line parade continued Saturday.
Former Sooner offensive guards Dru Samia and Ben Powers were both taken in the NFL Draft's fourth round Sautrday. Samia went No. 114 overall to the Minnesota Vikings, while Powers was picked No. 123 by the Baltimore Ravens.
Four of OU's five starting linemen from 2018 have been picked. When the draft had concluded there were eight Sooners taken in all — the program’s most picks since 2005.
Half of them were offensive linemen who were off the board before the fifth round began.
Samia, Powers, Cody Ford, Bobby Evans and Creed Humphrey won the Joe Moore Award last fall for college football’s best offensive line, helping OU become the first FBS team to produce a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and two 1,000-yard receivers in a season.
The Buffalo Bills moved up two spots in the second round to grab Ford, and Bobby Evans went No. 97 overall to the Los Angeles Rams.
Humphrey isn’t draft eligible, but is projected as a top talent for 2020. "We'll hear another one in the first round next year — their center," ESPN analyst Todd McShay said during Saturday's broadcast.
At OU, Samia was known for a mean streak that made him effective. The Sacramento, California native started 48 of the 52 games in which he appeared during four seasons in Norman.
He was a second-team All-American by the AFCA and AP during his senior season and a first-team All-Big 12 selection.
“[Samia’s] been one of the most intense, dedicated players that I can ever remember," Riley said. “He played guard, tackle and a little bit of everything for us. He's been a great leader and a guy who really brought an edge to our group.”
Powers had to go through junior college to get to OU, but his unconventional route paid off. The Wichita, Kansas, product began his college career at Butler Community College, where he emerged as one of the top offensive guard prospects in the country.
He was a 2018 semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which is annually given to college football's best interior lineman, and ahas experience playing both sides of the offensive line.
Besides Kyler Murray, Powers reaped the most awards of any Sooner in 2018. He was a consensus All-American, earning first-team honors from the AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation.
"What a story Ben is," Riley said. "Nobody really recruited the kid out of high school or junior college, and he's a guy who just did everything right in our program. He's worked his tail off and his best ball is certainly ahead of him. He's a tremendous player, been a great leader and representative for us, and I'm really happy for him as he takes his next step with the Ravens."
• Seibert first Sooner kicker drafted since ’78: Austin Seibert was drafted No. 170 by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round, making him the first OU kicker drafted since Uwe von Schamann in 1979.
He’s also the first OU punter to ever be drafted in program history.
Seibert handled kickoff, place-kicking and punt duties during his time with the Sooners. He made 63-of-79 career field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards. He also notched 310 career extra points and averaged 41.7 yards per punt.
Seibert is OU and the Big 12's all-time leading scorer with 499 career points. The Belleville, Illinois, native also holds the record for most career points among FBS kickers and most career extra points made and attempted in FBS history.
He owns OU's program record for most consecutive made extra points with 162 that spanned three seasons.
• Anderson lands with Bengals: OU’s premier running back in 2017 and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate in 2018 found a home.
Rodney Anderson was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals, who took the 6-foot-tall tailback in the sixth round with the No. 211th overall pick on Saturday.
Anderson's college career was largely spoiled by injuries, but he shined as the Sooners' go-to running back in 2017. Anderson tallied 1,161 yards rushing and 281 yards receiving, as well as scored 18 total touchdowns.
Anderson endured a season-ending injury, however, during the Sooners' second game of the year vs. UCLA last season and announced his intentions to skip his senior season to pursue the NFL Draft on Nov. 1, 2018.
The Katy, Texas, native shined in the Sooners’ offense and proved to be a dynamic playmaker as both a runner and a receiver when healthy.
Season-ending injuries cut his time short in 2015 and 2016 on top of last season. He joins former Sooner Joe Mixon in the Bengals' backfield.
“He's going to be able to prove to the Bengals that they made a great decision,” Riley said. “He's a tremendous player and an incredibly dedicated player, and you just really have to appreciate the journey he's been on. I'm so happy for him."