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Catching up with former Sooners in the NFL

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 8, 2009

Wondering how former Sooners are doing in the NFL? Well, I’ve tracked down links to almost every player who was drafted or signed as a rookie free agent over the last two years.

Phil Loadholt, offensive tackle, Vikings
In this Q&A with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Loadholt (or Leadholt as the headline reads) reveals his affinity for the Wild West and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Juaquin Iglesias, wide receiver, Bears
Iglesias was lauded by the Chicago Sun Times for his quickness. According to the Times, he stood out at minicamp.

Nic Harris, outside linebacker, Bills
We’ve done this story before, but most people outside the state of Oklahoma haven’t read about Harris’ tough upbringing and eventual college success. details Harris’ inspirational plight.

Jon Cooper, center, Vikings
Cooper’s name wasn’t called on draft day, but his phone was ringing off the hook, according to this report done by the Coloradoan, Cooper’s hometown paper.

Brandon Walker, guard, Texans
This was a pre-draft story, but talks to Walker in this article about his versatility and consistency.

Duke Robinson, guard, Panthers interviews the mammoth former Sooner lineman after Carolina drafted him in the fifth round.

Manny Johnson, wide receiver, Cowboys
Johnson had the most eventful rookie minicamp of any Sooner, as he was in Dallas when the Bubble collapsed last weekend. reports that Johnson was not hurt during the storm.

Lendy Holmes, safety, Redskins
Couldn’t find anything on Holmes, so I’ll just repost a story I wrote about him signing with Washington after not being drafted.

Curtis Lofton, linebacker, Falcons
The Bleacher Report examines Atlanta’s linebackers, led by Lofton, who is coming off an outstanding rookie season.

Reggie Smith, safety, 49ers
Despite speculation that he was going to move to cornerback this year, the 49ers have decided to leave Smith at safety, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Allen Patrick, running back, Giants
Patrick was recently released by the Browns, had a tryout with the Jets, and is now trying to make the other squad in NYC, according to the Star-Ledger. Interestingly, Patrick recently took a hand off in minicamp from a familiar face.

Malcolm Kelly, wide receiver, Redskins
Kelly, who battled knee problems last season, is hoping to return from microfracture surgery, according to the Washington Post.

By Jake Trotter

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