Oklahoma football: Two more Sooners selected in final rounds of 2024 NFL Draft

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When the dust and drama and three-days of player decisions as part of the 2024 NFL Draft had finally come to a close, three Oklahoma football players had been invited to the annual Player Selection Meeting.

Offensive tackle Tyler Guyton was the first Oklahoma Sooner to come off the board, the 29th overall pick in round one to the Dallas Cowboys. It was two days later, in the final two rounds on Saturday, before the names of any other Sooners were called out in this draft.

A second offensive tackle, Walter Rouse, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 177th pick in the sixth round, and defensive tackle Jonah Laulu was taken with the 14th pick in the seventh round, No. 234 of 257 overall, by the Indianapolis Colts.

Guyton and Rouse are the 12th and 13th Oklahoma offensive linemen taken in the NFL Draft since 2015, recognizing the outstanding job being done by OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, considered one of the best in the country at developing and preparing O-lineman for the next level.

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All three of OU's 2024 draft selections started their college careers at other schools before transferring to Oklahoma. Guyton played two years at TCU before becoming a Sooner. Rouse transferred from Stanford after the 2022 season and played his final season at OU, and Laulu transferred from the University of Hawaii after three seasons and played two seasons at Oklahoma.

The last time Oklahoma had as few as three players selected in the NFL Draft was 2007, the year RB Adrian Peterson was selected No. 7 overall in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings. Like this year, OU also had players taken in the sixth and seventh rounds: LB Rufus Alexander, also to the Vikings, in the sixth round, and DE C.J. Ah You to the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round.

Prior to this year, the Sooners had gone 16 consecutive seasons with at least four NFL Draft picks.

There were several other Oklahoma draft hopefuls in this NFL draft class who didn't make the cut, but it didn't take long for them to execute plan B as undrafted free agents:

WR Drake Stoops signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams.

DL Rondell Bothroyd signed free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills.

DL Isaiah Coe, FA contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

OL McKade Mettauer, FA contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

C Andrew Raym, FA contract with the Carolina Panthers.