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MAY 20, 2013

OU NFL Draft Notes


Sooners in the NFL | All-Time Draft Picks | Stoops Era | First-Rounders | Draft Notes

OU Football History & Tradition | Updated April 30, 2017

Since the first NFL draft in 1936, 381 Sooners overall have been selected.
Oklahoma's 381 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.

Information on this page compiled from NFL.com and DraftHistory.com

Most Picks by School
Picks School No. 1 Picks First-Rounders First-Rounders (2010s)
502 USC 5 78 6
495 Notre Dame 5 65 6
437 Ohio State 3 77 9
381 Oklahoma 3 43 5
362 Michigan 2 46 4
358 Nebraska 3 33 2
344 Penn State 2 36 1
343 Alabama 2 58 21
343 Tennessee 2 45 5
339 Florida 0 52 12
338 Texas 3 43 2
335 Miami (FL) 2 63 4
328 LSU 2 41 9
317 Georgia 4 32 5
316 UCLA 1 34 4
310 Michigan State 1 36 3

Since the NFL introduced the draft in 1936, Oklahoma has been among the most consistent in supplying talent to the pros. A Sooner has been selected in 80 of the 82 NFL Drafts (only misses were in 1962 and 1995), tied for second most in the nation behind only Ohio State.

Most Drafts With Picks (1936-2017, 82 drafts)
Drafts School Drafts with no selections
81 Ohio State 1998
80 Oklahoma 1962, '95
80 Michigan 1936, '38
80 Michigan State 1938, '40
80 Notre Dame 1937, '77
80 Purdue 1994, '97
80 USC 1936, '38
79 LSU 1938, '42, '93
79 Texas 1936, '37, 2014
78 Alabama 1960, '61, '70, 2008
78 Georgia 1936, '37, '41, '92
78 Wisconsin 1936, '38, '67, '78
77 Iowa 1937, '44, '53, '68, '77
77 Tennessee 1938, '60, '63, 2015, '16
76 Nebraska 1946, '56, '58, '59, '60, '62
76 Texas A&M 1936, '37, '62, '65, '74, 2007
76 UCLA 1938, '40, '42, '97, 2009, '12
76 Washington 1936, '49, '60, 2003, '08, '09

With Sam Bradford No. 1, Gerald McCoy No. 3 and Trent Williams No. 4, Oklahoma became the first school ever to supply three of the first four NFL Draft picks (three schools had three of the first five: Notre Dame in 1946, Michigan State in 1967, USC in 1977). The four first-round picks were a program record for OU.

2010 marked only the second time that one school has produced the top pick in consecutive NBA and NFL Drafts (OU's Blake Griffin went first in the hoops draft). The other time it occurred was when Notre Dame produced Austin Carr (No. 1 in the 1971 NBA Draft) and Walt Patulski (No. 1 in the 1972 NFL Draft). Those drafts were separated by 309 days. Bradford and Griffin were separated by 301 days.

The franchise that has selected the most Sooners is the Cardinals at 38. The Bears and Rams are next at 26. The only franchise that has never drafted an Oklahoma player is Houston, which began operations in 2002. Otherwise, the longest drought in drafting an OU player belongs to the Seattle Seahawks, who took Brian Bosworth in the 1987 Supplemental Draft.

Sooner Picks by Team*
Picks Team First Rounders
38 Cardinals Carl McAdams (1966), Jerry Tubbs (1957), Max Boydston (1955)
26 Bears Tommie Harris (2004)
26 Rams Sam Bradford (2010), Elvis Peacock (1978), Stan West (1950)
22 Packers George Cumby (1980)
20 Lions Stockar McDougle (2000), Billy Sims (1980), Steve Owens (1970)
15 Steelers Keith Gary (1981)
14 Colts Eddie Hinton (1969), Billy Vessels (1953)
14 Eagles Lane Johnson (2013), Keith Jackson (1988), Steve Zabel (1970)
14 Giants Cedric Jones (1996), Jim Files (1970), Joe Don Looney (1964)
13 Browns Kurt Burris (1955)
13 Redskins Trent Williams (2010), Leon Heath (1951), George Thomas (1950)
12 Patriots -
12 Cowboys Roy Williams (2002)
11 Falcons Tony Casillas (1986), Rick Bryan (1984)
11 Dolphins Jackie Shipp (1984), David Overstreet (1981)
10 Saints Jammal Brown (2005)
10 Buccaneers Gerald McCoy (2010), Davin Joseph (2006), Lee Roy Selmon (1976)
9 49ers Dave Baker (1959)
9 Bengals Jermaine Gresham (2010), Rickey Dixon (1988), Billy Brooks (1976)
9 Vikings Adrian Peterson (2007)
8 Broncos Steve Sewell (1985)
8 Raiders -
7 Ravens Mark Clayton (2005)
6 Chargers Joe Washington (1976)
6 Chiefs -
6 Jets -
5 Bills Dwight Drane (1984)^
4 Panthers -
3 Jaguars -
2 Titans Andre Woolfolk (2003)
1 Seahawks Brian Bosworth (1987)#
0 Texans -

* Does not include defunct teams
^ 1984 Supplemental USFL Draft
# 1987 Supplemental Draft

 
Sooners Drafted by Position
Pos.
Total
1st Rd
Last First-Rounder (Year) Last Overall (Year)
OT
49
4
Lane Johnson (2013) Daryl Williams/Tyrus Thompson (2015)
DB
49
4
Andre Woolfolk (2003) Zack Sanchez (2016)
LB
44
5
Brian Bosworth (1987) Jordan Evans (2017)
RB
43
9
Adrian Peterson (2007) Joe Mixon/Samaje Perine (2017)
OG
30
2
Davin Joseph (2006) Davin Joseph (2006)
WR
26
3
Mark Clayton (2005) Dede Westbrook (2017)
DT
19
4
Gerald McCoy (2010) Jordan Phillips (2015)
DE
19
3
Cedric Jones (1996) Charles Tapper (2016)
C
17
2
Jerry Tubbs (1957) Chris Chester (2006)
TE
13
3
Jermaine Gresham (2010) Blake Bell (2015)
QB
7
2
Sam Bradford (2010) Landry Jones (2013)
K
3
0
None Uwe von Schamann (1979)
FB
1
0
None Aaron Ripkowski (2015)
 Defunct Position Names
Back
44
2
Leon Heath (1951) Jim Grisham (1965)
End
17
1
Max Boydston (1955) John Flynn (1965)

Most OU Players Selected

13 - 1988 (12 rounds)
11 - 1973
10  - 1975, 1979, 2005
9 - 1940, 1980
8 - 1981
7 - 1947, 1957, 1974, 2010, 2012
6 - 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1965, 1970, 1984, 1996, 2006, 2013, 2015

The most Sooners ever taken in one draft was 13 in 1988. That draft included 12 rounds. The 1988 Draft included first-rounders Rickey Dixon (No. 5), Keith Jackson (No. 13), Dante Jones in the second round, Mark Hutson (3rd round), Greg Johnson (4th), Lydell Carr (4th), Darrell Reed (5th), Troy Johnson (5th), Jon Phillips (6th), Derrick White (6th), Derrick Crudup (7th), Ceaser Rentie (7th) and Patrick Collins (8th).

In the Bob Stoops era, the high was 10 in the 2005 draft. The NFL Draft went through several reductions in rounds. It became seven rounds in 1994.

Most Selected in First Round

4 - 2010
3 - 1970, 1976
2 - 1950, 1955, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 2005
1 - 1951, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013

The most first-round picks for Oklahoma came in 2010 when four Sooners (No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford, No. 3 Gerald McCoy, No. 4 Trent Williams and No. 21 Jermaine Gresham) were selected. The 1970 and 1976 drafts each included three Sooners in the first round. The 1970 draft featured Steve Zabel picked No. 6, Jim Files No. 13 and Steve Owens No. 19. The 1976 draft had Lee Roy Selmon selected No. 1 overall, Joe Washington No. 4 and Billy Brooks as the 11th overall pick. OU has produced a first-round pick in nine of Bob Stoops' 15 drafts to date.

Most Selected in First Two Rounds

5 - 2005, 1984
4 - 1973, 1976, 1980, 2010
3 - 1979, 1988
2 - 1959, 1965, 1981, 1986, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009

Jammal Brown was the 13th pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2005 Draft while Mark Clayton was No. 22 overall by the Baltimore Ravens. Brodney Pool (Browns), Mark Bradley (Bears) and Dan Cody (Ravens) were selected in the second round. Rick Bryan was picked No. 9 overall in the 1984 Draft followed by Jackie Shipp at No. 14 with Bob Slater, Scott Case and Thomas Benson taken in the second round.

Most Selected in First Three Rounds

6 - 2005
5 - 1984, 2006
4 - 1973, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1988, 2010
3 - 2012, 2004, 2008

Most Selected in First Seven Rounds

12 - 1988
10 - 2005
9 - 1979
7 - 1973, 2010, 2012
6 - 1975, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2006, 2013, 2015

Consecutive Years with First-Rounders

6 - 2002-07
3 - 1984-86

With Minnesota's selection of running back Adrian Peterson in 2007, Oklahoma supplied first-round talent for six consecutive drafts. Tampa Bay picked Davin Joseph in the first round in 2006 while Jammal Brown and Mark Clayton were drafted in the first round in 2005. Tommie Harris went to Chicago in 2004, Andre Woolfolk was selected by Tennessee in 2003 and Roy Williams went to Dallas in 2002. OU had a three-year span with consecutive OU first-rounders including Rick Bryan and Jackie Shipp (1984), Steve Sewell (1985) and Tony Casillas (1986).

Consecutive Years with Pick in First Three Rounds

16 - 1998-2013
8 - 1975-1982

Consecutive Years with Sooner Drafted

32 - 1963-1994
26 - 1936-1961
22 - 1996-2017*

* Indicates active streak
 
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