Sooners And Cowboys Selected During Day Three Of The NFL Draft

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 5:32 pm
By: News 9

Through the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, only one player from Oklahoma or Oklahoma State had been drafted, with Oklahoma's Lane Johnson going to the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 4 selection.

Rounds four through seven saw several more players head to the pros from the Sooner State, starting with OU quarterback Landry Jones going to the Steelers in round four with the No. 115 pick overall.

Jones finished his career at OU with 39 wins as a starting quarterback, the most ever by an OU quarterback. He also finished as the OU and Big 12 career leader in passing yards with 16,646 yards.

"At the end of the day this is going to be a great opportunity for me whether I play quick or whether I have to sit and wait for a couple years," Jones said. "Getting to stand behind Roethlisberger is going to be a huge opportunity for me. He is a guy who has been established in this league for a long time and I get to learn from one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. I'm just really excited to get to work with him and really excited about this opportunity."

Later in the draft, OU wide receiver Kenny Stills went to the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round at pick No. 144.

Stills is coming off his best season as a Sooner, catching 82 passes for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Stills finished his career with 24 touchdown receptions, and is the ninth receiver drafted in the Bob Stoops era.

"It's amazing," Stills said. "In high school I caught some passes from Drew Brees when he was in San Diego, so I know what he is capable of. I watch him every year in the NFL. It's a prolific offense and a huge opportunity for me to go in and play with veterans, learn and be a sponge."

Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with pick No. 151 later in the fifth round, joining fellow OSU products Dez Bryant and Dan Bailey with the Dallas Cowboys.

Randle was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer, earning the honor in both 2011 and 2012.

Randle finished his career eighth in OSU history in career rushing yards with 3,085 and fourth in career rushing touchdowns (40).

"I love Oklahoma State and the three years I spent here were the best time of my life," Randle said. "I thank my teammates, my coaches, the fans and really everyone involved who make it a great place. I'm excited for my new opportunity and I'm ready to go after it, but I'll always be an Oklahoma State Cowboy at heart."

In the sixth round, Pittsburgh added another member of the Sooners, drafting wide receiver Justin Brown with the 186th pick in the draft.

Brown transferred from Penn State before the 2012 season and ranked 14th in the nation in punt return average at 13.6 yards per return. After collecting 73 receptions in three years at Penn State, Brown had 73 receptions alone this past season in Norman.

The most surprising pick of the day was the Oakland Raiders selecting OU defensive tackle Stacy McGee with pick No. 206 in the sixth round. McGee was suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season and also missed the Cotton Bowl due to suspension. McGee started 15 games in his career and finished his time in Norman with 9.5 tackles for loss.

In the seventh round, the Philadelphia Eagles dipped into the well of Sooner talent once again, taking defensive end David King with the 239th overal pick in the seventh round. King finished his career with 70 total tackles for the Sooners, seven of those for loss and 5.5 for sacks.

It wasn't just the Sooners and Cowboys getting picked on Saturday. East Central's Armonty Bryant was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 217th pick of the draft. Bryant had 27 sacks in three seasons at East Central, and also had 49 tackles for loss.