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By Mike Baldwin Published: September 8, 2012

Frank Alexander, DE (OU) — Carolina: Selected in the fourth round, rookie is a backup, part of a four-man D-end rotation.

Mark Anderson, DE (Tulsa Washington) — Buffalo: Signed a four-year $19.5 million contract after compiling 10 sacks for Patriots last season.

Dan Bailey, K (OSU) — Dallas: Was solid his rookie season; converted 32 of 37 field-goal attempts; perfect (37-of-37) on PATs.

Billy Bajema, TE (OSU) — Baltimore: Seven-year veteran started 12 games last year for the Rams; listed third team on Ravens' depth chart.

Jeremy Beal, DE (OU) — Denver: Projected to make roster, practice squad rookie last year was placed on season-ending injured reserve (knee).

Justin Blackmon, WR (OSU) — Jacksonville: Two-time Biletnikoff winner played well in preseason after signing late.

Sam Bradford, QB (OU) — St. Louis: The 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year has 24 TDs, 21 interceptions first two seasons in 26 starts.

Cory Brandon, OT (OU) — Chicago: Made a good impression during camp; on Bears practice squad; could play later in the season.

Jammal Brown, OT (OU) — Washington: Coming off a year he underwent late-season hip surgery; has made 86 career starts.

Ryan Broyles, WR (OU, Norman) — Detroit: NCAA's all-time receptions leader proved he's close to 100 percent following knee surgery.

Dez Bryant, WR (OSU) — Dallas: Played well in season opening win; baby-sitting game plan good for Bryant and the Cowboys.

Quinton Carter, S (OU) — Denver: Started 10 games as a rookie; listed as backup strong safety; underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Chris Chamberlain, LB (Tulsa, Bethany) — New Orleans: Started 13 games (81 tackles) last year with Rams but was placed on injured reserve.

Chris Chester, OG (OU) — Washington: Seven-year veteran; starting right guard; owns 63 career starts including 16 last year with Redskins.

Charles Clay, FB/TE (Tulsa) — Miami: Has carved out a role as the backup tight end; had 16 catches, started nine games his rookie season.

Keenan Clayton, LB (OU) — Oakland: Was one of Eagles' final cuts, but Raiders signed him; listed as the backup weakside linebacker.

Josh Cooper, WR (OSU, Mustang) — Cleveland: Undrafted rookie free agent was signed to the Browns' practice squad.

Perrish Cox, CB (OSU) — San Francisco: A fresh start after sitting out last year; sexual assault charges dropped; the 'Niners' nickel back.

Jermelle Cudjo, DT (UCO, Lawton Mac) — St. Louis: With a ton of injuries in St. Louis, the third-year pro could start the season opener.

Bryce Davis, DS (UCO, Duncan) — Cincinnati: Undrafted rookie free agent landed spot on Bengals' practice squad as a deep snapper.

Jamell Fleming, CB (OU) — Arizona: Rookie third-round pick is backing up Patrick Peterson, who was a star his rookie season.

Dominique Franks, CB (OU) — Atlanta: A reserve cornerback, Franks is one of the Falcons' punt return candidates entering his third season.

Jermaine Greshman, TE (OU, Ardmore) — Cincinnati: Must prove he's durable, but has compiled 108 catches the past two seasons.

James Hanna, TE (OU) — Dallas: Rookie selected in sixth round had a catch in the opener; will see limited playing time when Jason Witten is healthy.

Chris Harris, CB (Bixby) — Denver: Undrafted free agent a year ago compiled 72 tackles; will be the Broncos' nickel back.

Garrett Hartley, K (OU) — New Orleans: Missed all of last season with a hip injury; won the kicking job over veteran vet John Kasay.

Corey Hilliard, OL (OSU) — Detroit: Backup right tackle; has played in 36 games in five seasons, including all 16 games for the Lions last year.

Tyler Holmes, DL (Tulsa) — Minnesota: Undrafted rookie free agent beat long odds and was added to the Vikings' practice squad.

Kendall Hunter, RB (OSU) — San Francisco: Solid rookie year (581 total yards); second-team RB ahead of Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James.

Charlie Johnson, OT (OSU) — Minnesota: Seven-year veteran is starting left guard; started all 16 games last season with the Vikings.

Damarius Johnson, WR (Tulsa) — Philadelphia: NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose yards (7,796); is the No. 4 receiver, will return punts.

Felix Jones, RB (Tulsa Washington) — Dallas: Has lost starting job and once again is battling injuries; relegated to backup role behind DeMarco Murray.

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Team by team breakdown of Oklahomans in the NFL

Fifty-seven players with high school or college ties to Oklahoma made NFL opening day rosters. Here's the breakdown:

6: Dallas Cowboys; Detroit Lions

5: Minnesota Vikings

4: New Orleans Saints

3: Cincinnati Bengals; Cleveland Browns; Denver Broncos; Washington Redskins

2: Baltimore Ravens; St. Louis Rams; San Francisco 49ers; Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1: Arizona Cardinals; Atlanta Falcons; Buffalo Bills; Carolina Panthers; Chicago Bears; Houston Texans; Kansas City Chiefs; Miami Dolphins; New England Patriots; Oakland Raiders; Philadelphia Eagles; San Diego Chargers; Seattle Seahawks; Tennessee Titans; Jacksonville Jaguars


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