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 2009 NFL Draft
Phil Loadholt | OU Bio | NFL Bio
Minnesota Vikings | 2nd Rd. | 54th

Minnesota Vikings Add Another Sooner
Quotes from Loadholt, Coach Childress
Loadholt: Actions Louder Than Words
Vikings Select Phil Loadholt in Second
NFL Video: Phil Loadholt at the Combine
 
Juaquin Iglesias | OU Bio | NFL Bio
Chicago Bears | 3rd Rd. | 99th

Chicago Bears Draft Juaquin Iglesias
Profile: Family Drives Receiver Iglesias
Iglesias NFL Overview and Analysis
NFL Video: Iglesias OU's Go-To Receiver
 
Nic Harris | OU Bio | NFL Bio
Buffalo Bills | 5th Rd. | 147th

Bills Select Oklahoma Safety Nic Harris
Profile: Harris Makes Positive Changes
Nic Harris NFL Overview and Analysis
NFL Video: Harris Projects as Linebacker
 
Duke Robinson | OU Bio | NFL Bio
Carolina Panthers | 5th Rd. | 163rd

Panthers Select Robinson with 163rd Pick
Duke Robinson NFL Overview and Analysis
Carolina Addresses Lack of Depth on OL
NFL Video: Robinson Anchored OU's Line
 
Manuel Johnson | OU Bio | NFL Bio
Dallas Cowboys | 7th Rd. | 229th

Cowboys Select Receiver in Final Round
Profile: Next Stop for Johnson: Hollywood?
Johnson NFL Overview and Analysis
NFL Video: Johnson at the NFL Combine
 
OU & Pro Football
Current Sooners in the NFL
41 Sooners Drafted in Stoops' Era
37 OU First-Round Draft Selections
339 OU All-Time Draft Selections
Oklahoma Draft Notes & Streaks
 
NFL Draft Resources
2009 Draft Central from NFL.com
NFL Draft Tracker | NFL Draft History
ESPN Coverage of 2009 NFL Draft
 
OU Free Agent Prospects
Cory Bennett, Defensive Tackle
Brett Bowers, Defensive Back
Branndon Braxton, Offensive Line
Cortney Carter, Defensive Back
Quentin Chaney, Wide Receiver
Jon Cooper, Offensive Line
Alan Davis, Defensive End
Joey Halzle, Quarterback
Lendy Holmes, Defensive Back
Mike Knall, Punter
Brandon Walker, Offensive Line
 
First-Rounders Under Stoops
2007 - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (7th pick)
2006 - Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay (23rd)
2005 - Jammal Brown, New Orleans (13th)
2005 - Mark Clayton, Baltimore (22nd)
2004 - Tommie Harris, Chicago (14th)
2003 - Andre Woolfolk, Tennessee (28th)
2002 - Roy Williams, Dallas (8th)
2000 - Stockar McDougle, Detroit (20th)
 
Tommie HarrisJammal BrownAdrian PetersonMark Clayton

  Monday, April 27

Five Sooners were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft: Phil Loadholt heads to Minnesota to join Adrian Peterson, Juaquin Iglesias is on to Chicago, Nic Harris will move to linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, Duke Robinson becomes the first Sooner ever drafted by the Carolina Panthers and Manuel Johnson heads back to Texas to don the silver star for the Dallas Cowboys.
 
Oklahoma continued several notable streaks in the 2009 NFL Draft. At least one Sooner was selected for the 47th consecutive Draft (1963-2009) and for the 41st time in the first seven rounds (1969-2009). For the 12th-straight year (1998-2009), a Sooner was selected in the first three rounds.

OU has supplied 339 players all-time in the NFL Draft (fourth-highest total of all schools). Despite its relative youth when compared with other coach staffs, the Sooner staff has done remarkably well at preparing players for the next level. This group of coaches can boast more than 66 players (41 drafted) who entered the NFL.

OU All-Time Picks | Stoops' Era | Draft Notes | Pro Sooners
 
After the draft, center Jon Cooper signed a free agent deal with the Vikings, offensive guard Brandon Walker with the Texans, receiver Quentin Chaney with the Rams, Branndon Braxton signed with the Browns and safety Lendy Holmes with the Redskins. Here's a complete list of OU signees and free agents during the Stoops' era.
 
OU Draft Headlines
Oklahoma Loaded for 2010 NFL Draft - The Oklahoman
OU Sends Slew of Guys to Next Level - Norman Transcript
Reaction to Loadholt's Selection - Tulsa World
Bears Worked Iglesias in Killeen - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Sooners Rank High for 2010 Draft - The Oklahoman
Later Nets Sooner Iglesias for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times
OU NFL Draft Notebook - The Oklahoman
Loadholt Will Remember Forever - Colorado Springs Gazette
Bills Draft AHS Star Nic Harris - Alexandria Town Talk
Minnesota Finds Potential Starters - NFL.com
Carolina: Duke Robinson Q&A - Panthers.com
Bills See Harris as Linebacker - BuffaloBills.com
 
  Sunday, April 26

The Dallas Cowboys selected OU receiver Manuel Johnson in the seventh round (229th overall) of the NFL Draft. Johnson was the second wideout and fifth Sooner overall taken in this year's draft.
 
The ninth Oklahoma player taken by Dallas, Johnson was the second wide receiver drafted out of the Sooner program this year. Juaquin Iglesias went to the Bears in the third round.
 
Johnson is the seventh OU receiver drafted during Bob Stoops' 10 season, the sixth since 2005.
 
Quick quote on Johnson from NFL.com: "Oklahoma's offense has so many stars that a solid contributor like Johnson can go unnoticed. While not particularly tall, strong or fast, Johnson's consistent production over the past three seasons in a complementary role has not gone unnoticed by scouts."
 
The Carolina Panthers selected offensive guard Duke Robinson in the fifth round (163rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
 
Became the first player drafted out of Oklahoma by Carolina. That leaves only one NFL team that has not drafted a Sooner - the Houston Texans.
 
Robinson is the seventh offensive lineman drafted from Oklahoma in Bob Stoops' 10 seasons with the Sooners, the second in this draft after Phil Loadholt was taken in the second round.
 
Quick quote on Robinson from NFL.com: "The Panthers pick up a road grader with Robinson. The former Sooner excels at drive blocking and is the big, physical specimen that the team wants on the interior of the offensive line."
 
The Buffalo Bills selected Oklahoma safety Nic Harris in the fifth round (147th overall) of the NFL Draft. Harris was the third Sooner taken, joining teammates Phil Loadholt and Juaquin Iglesias.
 
Primarily a defensive back at Oklahoma, Harris is projected as a linebacker by the Bills.
 
Harris is the third Oklahoma player drafted by the Bills, the first since 2006 when the franchise took DE C.J. Ah You.
 
Harris is the ninth DB to be drafted from the Sooners program under Bob Stoops, the fourth to be taken out of the safety position.
 
Quick quote on Harris from NFL.com: "The Bills take a chance on the safety-turned-linebacker prospect from Oklahoma. Harris isn't a polished product at this point, but his athleticism will improve the Bills' depth and special teams units."
 
The Chicago Bears selected OU receiver Juaquin Iglesias in the third round of the Draft (99th overall pick). Iglesias was the second Sooner picked in 2009 and 38th overall from the Stoops' era.
 
Iglesias is the 26th Oklahoma player drafted by the Chicago Bears and the fifth in Bob Stoops' tenure (Dusty Dvoracek, 2006; J.D. Runnels, 2006; Mark Bradley, 2005; Tommie Harris, 2004). The Bears trail only the Cardinals (37 picks) in selecting Sooners since the start of the draft in 1936.
 
Iglesias is the sixth receiver drafted during the Stoops' era. All were selected in the first three rounds including Mark Clayton who was a first-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005.
 
Iglesias is the 38th OU player drafted since Bob Stoops became the Sooners' head coach. Twenty-six of those have been taken in the first three rounds.
 
Before this year's draft, there were 32 former Sooners on NFL rosters. Iglesias will join former OU players Dusty Dvoracek and Tommie Harris, both defensive tackles, on the Bears' roster.
 
Quick quote on Iglesias from NFL.com: "Iglesias is a two-fold talent. First, he's an excellent kick returner. Secondly, he's a very good second or third wide receiver. He's fearless over the middle and is comfortable catching bad balls. One of the great things about Iglesias is that if you're a member of his team and you need a haircut, his dad's a barber."
 
OU Draft Headlines
Massive Tackle a Logical Choice - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Loadholt Ready to Compete for Job - Twin Cities.com
Loadholt Gets Chance to Block for AD - The Oklahoman
Vikings Land Their Right Tackle - Pro Football Weekly
The Skinny on Loadholt - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Loadholt Joins Peterson in Minnesota - Norman Transcript
Loadholt Not Being Handed Starting Job - Viking Age
 
  Saturday, April 25

The Minnesota Vikings selected OU tackle Phil Loadholt with the 22nd pick in the second round (54th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Loadholt was the first Sooner to have his name called Saturday evening at the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
 
Loadholt is the eighth Oklahoma player drafted by Minnesota and the third in the last three years. The Vikings took Adrian Peterson in the first round of the 2007 draft and linebacker Rufus Alexander in the sixth round that same year.
 
Loadholt is the sixth offensive lineman drafted from OU in Bob Stoops' 10 seasons with the Sooners, the first since 2006 when both Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay, first round) and Chris Chester (Baltimore, second round) were selected. Loadholt is the first Sooner tackle drafted since Jammal Brown (New Orleans, first round) in 2005.
 
This marks the third straight year that an Oklahoma player who came to OU from the junior college ranks has been drafted. The previous two were RB Allen Patrick (Baltimore, seventh round, 2008) and DE C.J. Ah You (Buffalo, eighth round, 2007).
 
Loadholt is the 37th OU player drafted since Bob Stoops became the Sooners' head coach. Twenty-five of those have been taken in the first three rounds.
 
Quick quote from the NFL: "The Vikings pick a behemoth tackle prospect to insert into the lineup on the right side. Loadholt excels at blowing defenders off the ball and will thrive in the Vikings' power-based scheme. Though he has some trouble with quick rushers off the edge, his ability to dominate the line of scrimmage is what drove the Vikings to make the pick."
 
OU Draft Headlines
Draft Fortunes Usually Bright for Sooners - Norman Transcript
Iglesias Ready for Underdog Role Again - Tulsa World
Cooper Aims to Keep Busy - Fort Collins Coloradoan
Putnam City North HS Honors Bradford - The Oklahoman
Loadholt Waits for Call - Colorado Springs Gazette
Ranking the Receivers - Windy City Gridiron
 
  Friday, April 24

From the OU Daily: "Iglesias could make a career out of being a possession receiver who has the ability to break free and make a big play. The Chicago Bears were one of the worst passing teams in the NFL last year. They did not have one receiver who had 700 yards and their leading receiver, Devin Hester, is known more for his kick-return skills than receiving skills. Iglesias could be that go-to receiver for newly acquired quarterback Jay Cutler..."

Breaking Down the Sooners in the Draft - The OU Daily
 
OU Football Headlines
Sam Bradford and the NFL - The Oklahoman
Big 12 Conference News and Notes - ESPN
A Look at Oklahoma's Conference Dominance - Rivals
 
OU Draft History
Current Sooners in the Pros
36 Sooners Drafted in Stoops Era
37 OU First-Round Selections
334 All-Time NFL Draft Picks
Sooner Draft Notes & Streaks
 
  Thursday, April 23

From the Denver Post: "Some draft projections say Loadholt might be moved to the right side. He said either is fine, though he's accustomed to the left side, where he helped pave the way for Oklahoma's record-setting offense and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford last fall."

Loadholt Leader of the Colorado Pack - Denver Post
 
OU Draft Headlines
On the Road with Phil Loadholt - Scout
Robinson, Loadholt Could be First - The OU Daily
Robinson First Interior OL Taken? - Colts.com
 
  Wednesday, April 22

From the OU Daily: "NFL draft prospect Nic Harris is just a few days away from finding out if his dream becomes a reality. Harris, a two-year starter at safety for the Sooners, could possibly shift to linebacker at the next level. This would not be new to Harris, a versatile defender who shifted to middle linebacker in multiple games last season after injuries at the position plagued the Sooners."

Draft Q&A with Nic Harris - The OU Daily
 
OU Draft Headlines
Sooners Set for Historic Draft in 2010 - Tulsa World
Sobering Words from Trent Smith - Tulsa World
Draft Projections for Big 12 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Focus on the Offensive Tackles - College Football News
 
  Tuesday, April 21

Oklahoma has a long and storied tradition of sending its stars from Owen Field on to careers in professional football. Review OU's all-time NFL Draft history, current success under head coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma draft notes and streaks with these links:

Current Sooners in the Pros
36 Sooners Drafted in Stoops Era
37 OU First-Round Selections
334 All-Time NFL Draft Picks
Sooner Draft Notes & Streaks
 
SoonerSports.com will post updates throughout the NFL Draft beginning Saturday at 3 p.m. Join OU on Twitter and receive updates each time a Sooner is selected. It's free and easy to use.
 
OU Draft Headlines
Q&A with Receiver Juaquin Iglesias - The OU Daily
Vikings Struck Gold with OU's Peterson - FOX Sports
 
  Monday, April 20

The 2009 NFL Draft is this weekend and SoonerSports.com will provide the latest coverage of Sooners heading to the pros. We'll have notes and links to media coverage all week plus updates throughout the weekend as the names are called. Remember, the first three rounds will be held on Saturday with TV coverage on the NFL Network and ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. Central.

2009 Draft from NFL.com | ESPN Draft Coverage
 
From the Oklahoman: "Oklahoma's impressive six-year streak of delivering at least one first-round pick in the NFL Draft came to an end last year. Two months ago, it seemed the Sooners had little chance of putting anyone in the first round of this year's draft, either. But thanks to offensive tackle Phil Loadholt, whom NFL Network lead analyst Mike Mayock calls "one of the fastest risers" in the draft, OU might have a first-round selection after all."

Phil Loadholt's Draft Stock Rising
 
From the Tulsa World: "The coolest quote Robinson gave... was about blocking for Adrian Peterson: "It was phenomenal, man. I had the juice already, but when I knew he was getting the ball, and coming my way or I was pulling up front -- he'd grab me by the facemask and tell me to smoke it (waste the defender)."

Tulsa World: Counting Down to Draft Day with Duke
 
  Sunday, April 19

From the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald: "Juaquin Iglesias caught 74 passes for 1,150 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for Oklahoma. The Killeen native is expected to be chosen in the first three rounds of the NFL draft next Saturday. Q: What would you say is the most valuable lesson you've learned in college? A: To never take anything for granted. Treat every play like it's your last. Treat every game like it's your last because not everyone gets that chance."

On the Clock: Q&A with Juaquin Iglesias
 
  Thursday, April 16

From the San Francisco Chronicle: "Raiders coach Tom Cable loves offensive lineman so much, one team insider swears he's going to grab two of them in next weekend's NFL Draft. Loadholt took a few minutes for a phone interview while at the Oakland airport Tuesday. Here's what the 6-foot-8, 332-pound man had to say. Q: What scheme did you run at Oklahoma? A: We definitely ran a lot of zone blocking. Actually, looking at some of the drills they ran, they are very similar to what we did in college. Definitely very similar."

San Francisco Chronicle: Meet Phil Loadholt
 
  Wednesday, April 15

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Duke Robinson: "He seems to have a real good head on his shoulders. I wanted to know why he went all the way out to Oklahoma. (Full disclosure: I like the Sooners. My first cousin, the great Weldon Ledbetter played fullback there for coach Barry Switzer 1979 to `83. He was a 7th round draft pick by Tampa Bay and went on to block for Herschel Walker with the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.)"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Robinson Ready for Home
 
  Tuesday, April 14

From FalconInsider.com: "Oklahoma's combustible offenses over the last few years may have had Adrian Peterson and Sam Bradford as their faces, but the heart resided in an offensive line that developed into one of the best in recent memory."

FalconInsider.com: Duke Robinson - Big Man Makes Good
 
  Monday, April 13

From the Dallas Morning News: "Oklahoma's Nic Harris considers himself a safety. The NFL doesn't. Harris was a two-year starter at free safety for the Sooners and a two-time All-Big 12 selection. He intercepted a school-record 21 passes as a prep in Alexandria, La., and added seven more at Oklahoma. "I'm here as a defensive back," said Harris at the NFL scouting combine. "I'm here to prove people wrong."

Dallas Morning News: OU Safety Nic Harris LB Bound
 
From MileHighReport.com: "Good initial quickness off the snap to get into his route. Experienced route-runner who can generate separation from defenders due to his agility. Reliable hands. Can pluck the ball outside of his frame and quickly secures it. Tracks the ball well over either shoulder. Experienced as a punt and kick returner. Good vision and a naturally elusive runner with the ball in his hands."

Profile on Wide Receiver Juaquin Iglesias
 
  Thursday, April 9

From ESPN: "Welcome to The Show! On Thursday, NFL prospect and former Oklahoma offensive lineman Duke Robinson will stop by to chat about the NFL draft, his experience at the NFL combine and his time with the Sooners. Robinson was a force in the Oklahoma running game last season. He helped the Sooners rush for nearly 200 yards per game, ranking 20th in the country, while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The Oklahoma offensive line also helped the team pass for 349 ypg, which was third in the country."

ESPN Chat with Oklahoma's Duke Robinson
 
From the UCO Vista: "Lost in all the draft talk revolving some top candidates from around the nation, and the drama among some NFL vets, is a Sooner who may be a second-round-stud in this year's draft. Offensive guard, Duke Robinson, from Oklahoma University is the best guard in the draft, but probably will still be on the board in round two..."

UCO Vista: Oklahoma Lineman a Hidden Gem
 
  Tuesday, March 31

From the Dallas Morning News: "He started for two years at left tackle for the Sooners, but projects as the best right tackle in this draft. At 6-7 1/1 and 332 pounds, Loadholt is the biggest tackle on the draft board. He also has the longest arms of any blocker on the board at 36 1/2 inches -- and arm length is a key ingredient in the evaluation of offensive linemen. Long arms keep bull rushers off your body and also allow pass protectors to steer speed rushers wide of the pocket."

Dallas Morning News: Anatomy of a Prospect
 
Also from the Morning News: "Oklahoma's two-time All-Big 12 offensive lineman Duke Robinson knew the sound of a hostile crowd long before he ever trotted into the Cotton Bowl to play Texas. A native of Atlanta, Robinson worked as a teenager at Braves' baseball games selling bottled water. "But a lot of the fans didn't want water," Robinson said, "they wanted beer. I'd tell them. `I'm too young to sell you beer.'"

Dallas Morning News: Duke Robinson & Crowd Control
 
  Sunday, March 29

From MileHighReport.com: "Cooper is smart, versatile, and can hold the point of attack with help from the guards. Tenacious and never gives up on a play. He moves well and has a real gift in his short area quickness, allowing him to help both guards in the same play. Excellent snapper out of the shotgun and has long-snapping experience, he is bound to intrigue Denver if they still are looking for this classic version of a zone-blocking center; lighter, quicker and very aggressive."

Mile High Report Profile: Jon Cooper
 
Also from MileHighReport.com on Duke Robinson: "Excellent size and weight, and is surprisingly agile for his size. Not fast so much as quick, and does a great job getting off the line and into his blocks. Excellent in short yardage and power situations, but has issues when blocking on the move. Not the most effective pull or trap guy, and doesn't always make contact at the second level..."

Mile High Report Profile: Duke Robinson
 
  Friday, March 27

The eight Sooners invited by the NFL to participate in its annual combine held in late February in Indianapolis are listed to the right. Bio links for additional Sooner prospects who participated in OU's annual Pro Day held on March 10 in Norman are also listed. SoonerSports.com will provide complete coverage of OU prospects leading up to the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25-26 in New York City.
 
  Wednesday, March 25

Four Sooners were selected in the 2008 NFL Draft: Curtis Lofton (2nd Round, Atlanta), Malcolm Kelly (2nd, Washington), Reggie Smith (3rd, San Francisco) and Allen Patrick (7th, Baltimore).
 
Although 2008 marked the first year since 2001 without a Sooner in the first round, several other streaks continued for Oklahoma. It was the 11th consecutive draft with an OU player selected in the first three rounds and 46th consecutive year a Sooner has been drafted.

Review 2008 Sooner NFL Draft Central
 
  Monday, March 23

Oklahoma has a long and storied tradition of sending its stars from Owen Field on to careers in professional football. Review OU's all-time NFL Draft history, current success under head coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma draft notes and streaks with these links:

Current Sooners in the Pros
36 Sooners Drafted in Stoops Era
37 OU First-Round Selections
334 All-Time NFL Draft Picks
Sooner Draft Notes & Streaks
 
  Tuesday, March 10

Representatives from 27 NFL franchises were in Norman Tuesday morning for OU's annual Pro Day. Several former Oklahoma players worked out for the group, which included Vikings head coach Brad Childress and former Steelers great Joe Greene.

March 10 Oklahoma Pro Day Official Results
 
  Friday, February 20

Eight Sooners: Branndon Braxton, Jon Cooper, Nic Harris, Lendy Holmes, Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson, Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson, are participating in the annual NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. For six days, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts.

Eight Sooners Working at NFL Combine