OU's Pool still has time to re-think NFL decision

See inside for more details on OU junior safety Brodney Pool's decision to enter the NFL draft, how it could effect the Sooners' depth chart and recruiting and when he'll have to make his final decision. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma junior safety Brodney Pool has filed his papers with the NFL, but he has not hired an agent and he has until the January 19 to change his mind.

At this time the impression that I get is that Pool is a heavy lean to the NFL, but he has not totally ruled out his decision to come back for his senior. In my opinion, it would be in his best interest to come back because all indications are that he will not get drafted until the late second or early third round, and by most accounts it would be the third round before he is taken.

Pool could use another year in the weight room and a great senior year to move up to the first round and make a lot more money. Brodney is a very good player and has the potential to be great, and another year at OU would really help him. However, we don't always know what is motivating these individuals. Pool says he will pray about it and then make his decision, and this reporter wishes him the best of luck.

I only hope that he is getting the right advice. The OU coaches get the right information and that information is that he will not go until the late second or third round. I know that others, probably agents, are telling him he will go in the first round, but I cannot find any information from Mel Kiper or anybody else that covers the NFL draft that indicates that he would go that high.

If he goes that will leave a big hole in the secondary as OU will not return anybody with starting experience at safety next year. Jason Carter, Tony Cade and Brett Bowers would be the three safeties the Sooners have in the spring, and don't be surprised if Darien Williams doesn't get moved back there. He has been playing corner and he could stay there, but with Pool leaving OU has more depth at corner than at safety.

The news that Pool is leaving could open the door for the Sooners to sign Edmond, Okla. standout Reggie Smith, but that is not for certain. The information is certainly something that Smith will think about. It is also a good thing that the Sooners have commitments from Keenan Clayton and Allen Patrick, who are both very good recruits.

We will continue to monitor the situation with Pool and see what happens, but again Pool can change his mind until the 19th.

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