Breaking down the Sooners' draft: Part II

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated examines how the 2012 NFL Draft shook out for OU.

Five initial reactions:

1. There's a Norman-Detroit Lions pipeline--The Lions had eight picks and used three of them on Sooners. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles was their second selection and the 54th overall pick, while they also drafted defensive end Ronnell Lewis with their fourth pick, No. 125 overall. They tapped into Norman again with their final pick when they called linebacker Travis Lewis' number at pick No. 223. Three Sooners out of eight picks, that's incredible.

2. Bob Stoops continues to do what he does in producing pros--The 14-year head man at OU has yet to have a season where he doesn't send at least one guy to the next level. Fifty-nine players have now exited Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for a pro venue. Seven of those came in this draft: the three Lions, plus offensive tackle Donald Stephenson (third round), cornerback Jamell Fleming (third round), defensive end Frank Alexander (fourth round) and tight end James Hanna (sixth round).

3. The Sooner pro streak moves on another year--Not only has Stoops been perfect in sending players to the NFL, but the Sooners have made quite a history of doing it in general as well. For the 17th straight year, a Sooner has got the nod. OU has had at least one selection in 75 of 77 NFL Drafts dating back to 1936. That makes OU the most consistent program in doing so, with Notre Dame and USC as the closest suitors, at 74 and 72 of 77, respectively.

4. Broyles' timely rehab clearly insured scouts of his health--Detroit would not have taken a chance like they did on Broyles if they had any insecurities about his knee. The NCAA all-time receptions leader bounced back nicely from his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear back in November and showed it at his Pro Day workout. He tested in the upper 4.5s in the 40-yard dash, signaling he's made significant strides and could easily get back into the 4.4 range once he becomes full strength. He was crisp in his routes and cuts, the Lions noticed, and thus selected him in the second round.

5. The two Lewises slipped more than anticipated--Experts had Ronnell Lewis going in the second or third round. They had Travis Lewis in the fourth or fifth round. Ronnell Lewis fell to the fourth, and Travis Lewis dropped to the seventh. Undoubtedly, both proved to be shockers but potential great value picks by the Lions.

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