Watching Oklahoma football the last two seasons at linebacker, and a lot of the talk of production focused on Eric Striker.
He ended up as the all-time leader in sacks at the position so that makes sense. But when you start to talk about projecting to the NFL, the linebacker in everybody’s minds was Devante Bond.
He showed out last month at the NFL Combine and did so again Wednesday at OU’s pro day. Bond might have been up higher on draft boards if it wasn’t for the fact he had to battle injuries in both of his seasons in Norman.
That’s in the past now.
“I feel like I just wanted to show people what I could do,” Bond said. “Some people had questions about my athletic ability. I know I’m an athlete. I just definitely wanted to prove to people I’m a good athlete. But I bounced back and did what I could do.”
The issue for Bond seems like it’s going to be position going forward. He played as an outside linebacker in 3-4 system for OU, but the NFL is populated with several 4-3 schemes so Bond knows he’ll have to show he can succeed there.
It has been a pretty unique journey for Bond coming out of junior college in California where he was forced to sit out an entire season based on academic technicalities.
He could have gotten down on himself, but he made it work during his two years in Norman. Now he’s ready to see what’s next.
“It’s crazy,” Bond said. “It’s been a long, crazy road, but I’m happy everything happened the way it did.”