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Updated April 29, 2013 | OU Draft Central   
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  Draft Notes

Since the first NFL draft in 1936, 363 Sooners overall have been selected.
Oklahoma's 363 all-time picks rank OU first in the Big 12 and fourth overall nationally.
Forty-three 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.
 
 Most Picks by School
 Picks  School  No. 1 Picks  First-Rounders  First-Rounders (2010s)
 484  USC  5  75  3
 477  Notre Dame  5  62  3
 406  Ohio State  3  69  1
 363  Oklahoma  3  43  5
 347  Nebraska  3  33  2
 342  Michigan  2  43  1
 333  Tennessee  2  43  3
 332  Texas  3  42  1
 332  Penn State  2  36  1
 315  Miami  2  59  -
 312  Florida  0  45  6
 
Since the NFL introduced the draft in 1936, Oklahoma has been the most consistent program in the nation in supplying talent to the pros. A Sooner has been selected in 76 of the 78 NFL Drafts (only misses were in 1995 and 1962). Notre Dame (75 of 78) and USC (73 of 78) follow OU:
 
 Most Drafts With Picks (1936-2013, 78 drafts)
 Drafts  School  Drafts with no selections
 76  Oklahoma  1962, '95
 75  Notre Dame  1937, '40, '93
 73  USC  1936, '37, '38, '43, '46
 71  Tennessee  1937, '38, '39, '48, '50, '54, '63
 70  Michigan  1936, '37, '38, '40, '47, '50, '55, '61
 68  Alabama  1946, '47, '50, '57, '58, '60, '61, '70, '78, '05
 67  Texas  1936, '37, '39, '40, '45, '46, '54, '56, '57, '58, '59
 65  Florida  1936, '37, '38, '39, '41, '42, '44, '46, '47, '48, '49, '51, '52
 65  Nebraska  1942, '43, '44, '45, '46, '48, '50, '52, '54, '56, '58, '59, '62
 63  Miami  1936, '37, '39, '43, '44, '46, '48, '49, '50, '54, '55, '58, '59, '61, '74
 63  Penn State  1936, '37, '38, '39, '40, '42, '44, '45, '46, '48, '51, '52, '53, '54, '05

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 (OU's Blake Griffin went first in the most recent hoops draft) and NFL Drafts. 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)
 21  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)
 13  Browns  Kurt Burris (1955)
 13  Giants  Cedric Jones (1996), Jim Files (1970), Joe Don Looney (1964)
 12  Redskins  Trent Williams (2010), Leon Heath (1951), George Thomas (1950)
 11  Falcons  Tony Casillas (1986), Rick Bryan (1984)
 11  Cowboys  Roy Williams (2002)
 11  Patriots  -
 10  Dolphins  Jackie Shipp (1984), David Overstreet (1981)
 10  Saints  Jammal Brown (2005)
 9  Buccaneers  Gerald McCoy (2010), Davin Joseph (2006), Lee Roy Selmon (1976)
 8  Vikings  Adrian Peterson (2007)
 8  Raiders  -
 7  Ravens  Mark Clayton (2005)
 7  49ers  Dave Baker (1959)
 7  Bengals  Jermaine Gresham (2010), Rickey Dixon (1988), Billy Brooks (1976)
 7  Broncos  Steve Sewell (1985)
 6  Chargers  Joe Washington (1976)
 6  Chiefs  -
 5  Jets  -
 5  Bills  Dwight Drane (1984)^
 2  Titans  Andre Woolfolk (2003)
 2  Panthers  -
 1  Jaguars  -
 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
47
4
 Lane Johnson (2013)  Lane Johnson (2013)
DB
47
4
 Andre Woolfolk (2003)  Jamell Fleming (2012)
LB
41
5
 Brian Bosworth (1987)  Travis Lewis (2012)
RB
40
9
 Adrian Peterson (2007)  DeMarco Murray (2011)
OG
30
2
 Davin Joseph (2006)  Davin Joseph (2006)
WR
23
3
 Mark Clayton (2005)  Justin Brown & Kenny Stills (2013)
DT
18
4
 Gerald McCoy (2010)  Stacy McGee (2013)
DE
17
3
 Cedric Jones (1996)  David King (2013)
C
17
2
 Jerry Tubbs (1957)  Chris Chester (2006)
TE
12
3
 Jermaine Gresham (2010)  James Hanna (2012)
QB
7
2
 Sam Bradford (2010)  Landry Jones (2013)
K
3
0
 None   Uwe von Schamann (1979)
 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
 
The most Sooners ever taken in one draft was 13 in 1988. That draft included 12 rounds. 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.
 
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).
 
  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' 14 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
  
  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
18 - 1996-2013*
 
* Indicates active streak
 
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