This past weekend wasn’t just bad for the Oklahoma Sooners in the college football ranks, but also for a number of former Sooners trying to make it in the NFL.
Ten former Oklahoma players were cutdown victims as the 32 National Football League teams made their final roster cuts over the weekend to get down to the 53-man limit to begin the 2016 season.
At the time of this writing, at least six of the 10 have landed on the practice squads of the same team or on a different NFL team.
Among the players released this past weekend was cornerback Zack Sanchez, who was a fifth-round selection of the Super Bowl runner-up Carolina Panthers. The All-Big 12 defensive back from a year ago was retained as a member of the Panthers’ practice squad, however, in a non-roster status.
Defensive end Geneo Grissom (New England), offensive lineman Nila Kasitati (Washington), defensive lineman David King (Kansas City) and wide receiver Kendal Thompson (Washington), who played the quarterback position at Oklahoma) also were placed on the practice squads of the teams that cut them from active rosters.
Several other ex-Sooner footballers are hoping to land a spot with another NFL teams.
The cut list included defensive back Julian Wilson, cut by the Baltimore Ravens; defensive tackle Casey Walker, a cutdown victim of the Buffalo Bills; safety Jamell Fleming, by the Kansas City Chiefs; offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson, by the New Orleans Saints, and defensive end Chuka Ndulue, by the San Diego Chargers.
Besides Sanchez, Fleming (2012), King (2013), and both Grissom and Tyrus Thompson (2015) were all NFL draft picks.