I think it's safe to say that if you're an Oklahoma Sooners fan, you're now also a Detroit Lions fan by association.
The Lions were able to nab three Sooners in last weekend's NFL draft: Ryan Broyles (Round 2, pick No. 54), Ronnell Lewis (Round 4, pick No. 125) and Travis Lewis (Round 7, pick No. 223).
After tearing his ACL and missing the final four games of the 2011-2012 season, Broyles had an uncertain draft status. However, he proved his worth after running in the mid-4.5 second range during his pro day. He'll be a perfect complement to Calvin Johnson.
Travis Lewis falling to the seventh round was a shock, but the Lions will appreciate the leadership and tenacity he will bring to the field every day. He could be a steal.
Four other Sooners will also be playing on Sundays next season. Donald Stephenson went to the Kansas City Chiefs (Round 3, pick No. 74), Jamell Fleming went to the Arizona Cardinals (Round 3, pick No. 80), Frank Alexander went to the Carolina Panthers (Round 4, pick No. 103) and James Hanna went to the Dallas Cowboys (Round 5, pick No. 186).
It's great that seven Sooners were selected in this year's draft, but could even more be selected next year?
While the Sooners still have a relatively young squad, there are a handful of juniors and seniors that could turn out to be well-sought-after NFL prospects.
The outcome of the season and individual player performances will determine who stays and who declares, but it's never too early to make projections!