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April 28, 2013

Five more Sooners chosen in draft

NORMAN — The final four rounds brought some relief to a couple of former Oklahoma players, surprising opportunities to three more and left one completely stunned.

The Sooners had five players selected Saturday, running their total to six with the inclusion of offensive tackle Lane Johnson who was taken No. 4 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round Friday.

Quarterback Landry Jones was snatched up by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round with the 115th overall pick. Obviously, it’s not a team that has a starting spot open. Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is only 31 years old and it’s highly doubtful Jones could unseat him unless the veteran suffers a major injury.

Jones said he expects to compete for the job, but is also realistic about the opportunity.

“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 of years,” he said. “Getting to sit behind Ben Roethlisberger is going to be a huge opportunity for me. He’s a guy that’s been established in this league for a long time and I can learn from one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. I’m just really, really excited to get to work with him. I’m just really excited about this opportunity.”

Of course, Jones exhausted his eligibility before turning pro. Wide receiver Kenny Stills jumped into the process after his junior season. He went to the New Orleans in the fifth round with the 144th overall pick.

“No regrets at all. I have a strong faith in my plan. God’s plan was for me to go in the fifth round and I am where I am because of that,” Stills said. “All I have to do is go to work now and prove a lot of people wrong, a lot of people that doubted me and I love it. I love being the underdog.”

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