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April 29, 2012

Third day of draft brings Sooners’ total to seven selected

NORMAN — The final day of the NFL draft proved to be the busiest for Oklahoma players. Four more players were chosen, bringing the final total to seven former Sooners selected.

Almost half of them will be looking for residence in the Detroit area.

Defensive end Ronnell Lewis was taken by the Lions with the 125th overall pick in the fourth round. Later in the day, the Lions used 223rd overall pick in the seventh round to grab linebacker Travis Lewis. They’ll be joined in training camp by wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who the Lions selected in the second round on Friday.

Travis Lewis was the final OU player selected in the draft. Defensive end Frank Alexander went to the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round with the 103rd overall pick. The Panthers traded up a few spots to be able to get him.

“Frank Alexander was the one guy where if we could get in the fourth, we were going to make a trade,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “When you watch him on tape, he just makes plays. He’s a hard worker that fits into the same mold as the guys we’ve already taken.”

Alexander was the first Sooner selected on Saturday

“I’m so happy the Panthers have given me the opportunity to prolong my dream,” Alexander said. “I’m just blessed right now.”

That was the feeling of every Sooner picked on Saturday. They all know they will have a chance to make a team’s roster this season.

The Dallas Cowboys used their sixth-round pick (186th overall) to take tight end James Hanna.

“I didn’t think I was gonna get picked,” Hanna said. “Just coming to the Cowboys was an even better feeling than I thought it would be. Just being drafted is exciting.”

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