Baker Mayfield participates in private workout; Jeff Badet turning heads

Welcome to the Thursday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Private workout

Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield had a private workout with the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Miami holds the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, and could look to move up if they love Mayfield.

Dolphins’ franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL. However, coach Adam Gase said that Tannehill will remain the starting quarterback in 2018. That said, Mayfield could learn behind the veteran and take over later.

Other headlines:

  • Former Oklahoma wide receiver Jeff Badet is turning heads after a dominant pro day. Badet has private workouts set up with Miami, Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets and a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. He posted eye-popping numbers at Oklahoma’s pro day, including a 4.27 40-yard dash.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer projects that the Denver Broncos will trade up to the No. 4 overall pick to select Mayfield in the 2018 NFL draft. Mayfield would have a chance to start immediately in Denver.
  • Oklahoma point guard Trae Young believes Mayfield gets unfair criticism and people don’t understand how “genuine” he is.

NBA confidence

Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is confident that his transition to the NBA won’t be too difficult. Young believes that he won’t be double-teamed anywhere near as often at the next level as he was at Oklahoma, Young said on ESPN’s First Take.

The double-teams eventually started wearing on Young’s game. Even though he led the nation in points and assists per game, his efficiency suffered dramatically late. Teams figured out how to defend him more effectively and his teammates didn’t do enough to compensate. That should be less of an issue in the NBA.

Other headlines:

  • Young posted a video imitating Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Lonzo Ball’s notoriously ugly jump shot . Ball gave him some good advice though: Keep his own shot.
  • Oklahoma senior men’s golfer Grant Hirschman is the Sooners’ first finalist for the Byron Nelson Award. This award honors a graduating senior and takes into account golf ability, academic success and character.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Cornerback Tre Brown

Wide receiver Jeff Badet

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