Two Cowboy had the thrill of hearing their name called in the NFL Draft, but there are more that will be heading to NFL teams next week to work on making it in the league. An NFL round-up from the Draft is below.
Two Oklahoma State Cowboys players heard their name called in the 2017 NFL Draft, one took a leap of faith and entered the Draft as an underclassmen and the other was working to fulfill a goal for himself that he proclaimed when he signed with Oklahoma State out of Butler County C.C. It was a special afternoon on Saturday for running back Chris Carson and Vincent Taylor.
The day after the Alamo Bowl win over Colorado wrapped up the Oklahoma State season the Cowboys junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor made the decision to declare for the NFL Draft and on Saturday the Miami Dolphins made Taylor the first Oklahoma State player picked in the 2017 NFL Draft. Taylor went later than some thought as the Dolphins got him with the 194th pick, the 10th pick in the sixth round.
Taylor had good numbers in the NFL Combine with a strong 40-yard dash and good strength numbers. He also led the NCAA in blocked kicks in 2016 and showed himself in returning some of those blocked kicks and on fumble recoveries and fumbles forces, not to mention pass rush with seven sacks to be athletic for a defensive tackle.
I've said many times that I was really proud of the way Chris Carson advanced, matured, and improved during his Oklahoma State career and how he finished being voted by his teammates as a captain. Now, Carson has completed the journey with being drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was picked in the seventh round with the 31st picks in the round and the 249th pick overall by the Seattle Seahawks.
"I'm not going to lie to you, I was sitting on the couch and when the call came I cried, I cried a lot," Carson told us about an hour after was drafted. "I thank Oklahoma State for everything and I'm looking forward to Seattle."
Carson missed some of the early games in the season with a thumb injury but then came back and finished with 82 carries for 559-yards and a 6.8-ypc average with nine touchdowns. He had transformed himself into a power runner and he excelled between the tackles and with picking up the tough yards. He continued to be an absolutely trusted pass receiver out of the backfield with 13 receptions for 128-yards and a touchdown.
Carson attended the NFL Combine and ran a 4.58 with 23 reps on the bench press test. He also improved his vertical jump to 37-inches on the Pro Day at Oklahoma State. His drills went well and his personal interviews with teams went really well.
Carson and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor wound up being the only two Cowboys picked in the 2017 NFL Draft. That is a slight disappointment, but I think it is safe to say that the 2018 NFL Draft will have at least several more selections including some expected high selections.
As for this year's Cowboys that did not hear their name in the Draft, the NFL teams were quickly working to sign Oklahoma State players as priority rookie free agents.
Two local teams struck first as the Kansas City Chiefs signed OSU cornerback and NFL Combine attendee Ashton Lampkin and then turned around and also locked up hard hitting, All-Big 12 safety Jordan Sterns. The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with tight end candidate and OSU Cowboy back Blake Jarwin, a native of Tuttle, Okla.
Speedy and athletic wide receiver Jhajuan Seales, who had an excellent Pro Day at OSU signed with the Chicago Bears.
Those four were known moments after the Draft.