Nelson, Millard granted late opportunities

Former OU LB Corey Nelson

OU finished with four players drafted as Corey Nelson and Trey Millard each had their name called in the seventh round.

It happened much later than either anticipated, but it did happen for former Oklahoma players Corey Nelson and Trey Millard in the NFL Draft.

Nelson was drafted in the seventh round, No. 242 overall, by the Denver Broncos. Three picks later, Millard was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.

Nelson's draft prospects were never really examined after injury took away the bulk of his senior season. He partially tore his pectoral in the second half of OU's fifth game of the season and never played another down.

Nelson was hopeful of getting a medical hardship situation but was denied by the NCAA, forcing him to focus solely on getting drafted. His pro day was a sign he was back to where he used to be, and the Broncos are giving him an opportunity.

Millard is in almost the exact same spot. Three weeks after Nelson went down, Millard tore his ACL on special teams in the fourth quarter to close out his OU career.

Projected by most to be the top fullback in the draft, Millard was actually the third fullback selected although it's tough to pigeonhole Millard to one position.

After having no players drafted in the first two days of the NFL Draft, OU had four players selected. Jalen Saunders and Aaron Colvin both went in the fourth round before Nelson and Millard closed the show in the seventh round.

A bevy of Sooners have been invited as undrafted free agents for future opportunities.

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