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Oklahomans in the NFL: Oklahoma State players in NFL camps

Oklahoman Published: July 27, 2014
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Oklahoma State players in NFL camps

K Dan Bailey (Dallas): The only thing missing from a three-year resume is a long overdue spot in the Pro Bowl. The Southwest Covenant product has converted a remarkable 90.8 percent of his field goal attempts (89 of 98). Bailey was close-to-perfect, 28-of-30 last season, including four field goals 50 yards or longer.

DL Calvin Barnett (Cleveland): An undrafted free agent, Barnett made a strong impression during OTAs, and will try to carry that momentum into training camp.

WR Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville): The two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, the fifth pick of the 2012 draft, is serving an indefinite suspension after his third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The former Plainview High star showed promise when he caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns two years ago but must prove he can stay clean just to get another opportunity.

WR Dez Bryant (Dallas): A lightning-rod difference-maker with tantalizing talent, Bryant often stirs things up on and off the field. Occasional gaffes draw attention, but the bottom line is Bryant is one of the best receivers in the league. The past two seasons he’s hauled in 92 and 93 receptions (185 total catches) for 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns.

WR Josh Cooper (free agent): He was listed on the Vikings injured reserve squad, but Minnesota placed him on waivers last week to clear a training camp roster spot.

CB Perrish Cox (San Francisco): It was a whirlwind year for Cox, who began the season with the Seahawks and later cut. Weeks later, Cox signed with the 49ers, the team that drafted him. Cox, who has compiled 83 tackles in 40 games over three seasons, once again could fill a variety of roles depending on need.

CB Justin Gilbert (Cleveland): The Browns traded up to nab Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick. Gilbert signed a four-year, $12.8 million contract and is penciled in to start immediately. How the rookie fares against veteran receivers will be one of Cleveland’s top storylines as the rebuilding project continues.

OT Parker Graham (Baltimore): An undrafted free agent, Graham started 31 games at OSU. Even if he doesn’t make the 53-man roster, earning a practice squad spot would be a positive step.

S Shamiel Gary (New England): A two-year starter after transferring from Wyoming, Gary was an undrafted free agent trying to make the Patriots roster.

OT Corey Hilliard (Detroit): The past seven years he’s appeared in 46 games, primarily as a reserve. But he has started 12 games, including seven last year with Detroit.

RB Kendall Hunter (San Francisco): After establishing himself as Frank Gore’s backup, outperforming other quality backs, Hunter most likely will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL last weekend. (Over three seasons, Hunter has rushed for 1,202 yards and also has 27 receptions).

OT Charlie Johnson (Minnesota): A player who arrived at OSU as a tight end has carved out a nice career. Johnson is in his ninth NFL season, his fourth with the Vikings. The past eight years Johnson has played in 120 games, including 101 starts. Johnson started 15 games last year at left guard.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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