After the first three players were selected in rounds 2-3, the Sooners had a productive NFL draft day on Saturday. Strangely enough, Detroit seems to be on the radar for quickly becoming a Sooner fans favorite.
In the second round, Ryan Broyles was drafted to Detroit and the Lions later drafted linebackers Ronnell Lewis (4th) and Travis Lewis (7th). They also picked up Sam Proctor after the draft in free agency. So that’s 4 Sooners heading to Detroit together.
The Dallas Cowboys drafted tight end James Hanna in the 6th round. Hanna, like Donald Stephenson who went to Kansas City, gets a chance to play in front of a hometown crowd. Hanna is rom Flower Mound, Texas, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth. DE Frank Alexander was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 4th round. And as I mentioned on Saturday, Jamell Fleming is headed to Arizona.
After the 2012 NFL Draft, the Sooners have had players drafted in 75 of the 77 drafts, missing only 1962 and 1995. The only 2 schools close are Notre Dame with 74 and USC with 72. Bob Stoops has sent 59 players to the NFL. The only NFL team in history to not draft a Sooner is the Houston Texans.
Fun Draft facts from SoonerSports.com:
*Since the first NFL draft in 1936, 357 Sooners overall have been selected.
*Oklahoma’s 357 all-time picks rank OU first in the Big 12 and fourth overall nationally.
*Forty-two Sooners have been selected in the first round (including a program-record four in 2010).
*OU has three overall No. 1 picks: Sam Bradford (2010), Billy Sims (1980) and Lee Roy Selmon (1976).
*OU’s Brian Bosworth was the No. 1 pick in the 1987 supplemental draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
*OU supplied the first overall No. 1 pick (Sam Bradford, 2010) in Big 12 Conference history.
*The first Sooner ever drafted was All-American J.W. “Dub” Wheeler by the Packers in 1936.
Congrats to all the players who made it to the next level. The real work is about to begin! Boomer Sooner