Sooners Illustrated breaks down the Oklahoma roster, one player at a time

Position and school changes have brought Dalton Rodriguez back (of sorts) to Oklahoma

During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners roster, starting with Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) and the incoming freshmen.

We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.

No. 96 – DE Dalton Rodriguez (6-foot-6, 232 pounds)


What happened last year: After committing to Oklahoma out of Tulsa Union, enrolling at Tulsa, being kicked off the Golden Hurricane football team and walking on with the Sooners, Rodriguez finally found a home and made the move to outside linebacker with Oklahoma. He shined at the spring game and showed a strong knack for the position despite never playing it before this offseason.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. Even with all those travels and a hearty amount of progress, Rodriguez is still pretty far down the depth chart. In fact, he’s probably not even on the Sooners’ three-deep roster.

Best-case scenario for this season: Rodriguez has a chance to earn a few reps at linebacker behind Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, but the more likely pathway to snaps is shining in short-yard and goal line packages when the Sooners go to a four-linebacker look. Rodriguez has the body type to play “Jack” linebacker, but he’ll have to shock a few people by passing Obo, Mark JacksonCaleb Kelly and Ricky DeBerry. That would probably shock a lot more than a few people.

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