Tony Jefferson, who wasn't selected in last month's NFL Draft.
But Stoops also said he wasn't surprised.
“Nothing surprises me in the draft,” Stoops said Monday, when he appeared for an OU Caravan event at Tulsa's Shusterman Center.
“I was disappointed, of course, I want all my guys to be drafted as high as they can be. But in the end, there's always a lot of reasons why NFL teams do or don't draft guys. Some of them are whether they play, how they test when they measure a guy.”
Jefferson chose to skip his senior season to enter this year's NFL Draft, and most experts projected him for selection in the top three rounds. But his draft stock gradually slipped from January to April, and ultimately, every NFL team passed on the second-team All-American.
Asked if he thought in January that Jefferson might go undrafted, Stoops said, “To a degree. I thought he would be. I didn't feel it would be in the first day because of information I have. I feel bad for him. I wish he was.”
Stoops added that “it will be difficult” for Jefferson to make the Cardinals' roster as an undrafted free agent. (The Oklahoman)
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