When Greg Little was mauling opposing linemen in Allen, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before he was going to be in the pros.
Coming out of high school, the massive offensive tackle was considered the top prospect in the state’s class of 2016, according to 247Sports.com. Little led the parade of linemen with local ties who were selected on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
Little, Oklahoma guard Cody Ford and Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy were drafted within 10 picks of each other in the second round.
The Panthers traded up for Little, who was taken with the 37th overall pick. In a conference call with reporters after he was selected, the first-team All-SEC lineman from Ole Miss said he’s ready to show why Carolina moved up to take him off the board.
“I want to show people that I’m the best left tackle in this draft, and I’m going to be here for a long time,” Little told reporters. “I’m a true franchise left tackle.”
The Panthers weren’t the only ones to make moves to get the lineman they wanted.
Buffalo moved up to the 38th overall spot to snag Ford. Ford started 21 of 29 games for the Sooners, including all 14 during Oklahoma’s run to the College Football Playoff last season. Ford was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the conference’s coaches.