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11 former Oklahoma Sooners to watch during NFL Wild Card weekend

The Oklahoma Sooners are known for putting players in the NFL. In fact, Oklahoma ranked in the top 10 for most players on an NFL roster on opening day this season and led the Big 12 in that stat.

The NFL playoffs are finally upon us with several former players who donned the Crimson and Cream playing this weekend. Whether it’s the redemption story of Baker Mayfield, the continued Hall of Fame career of Lane Johnson or solidifying his place as one of the top receivers in the game of football today in CeeDee Lamb, there are a ton of storylines for Sooner fans to watch.

So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at the former Sooners playing this weekend in order of when their game will be played.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Cleveland Browns

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We have the Cleveland Browns vs. the Houston Texans to kick off NFL wild card weekend. While three Sooners are on the Browns, only one is on the active 53-man roster.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who used to play for the Texans, is now on the Browns. He had a strong season, finishing with 31 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Browns take on the Texans on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT on NBC

Blake Bell, Kansas City Chiefs

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Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

The next game is the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs have a ton of Oklahoma talent on their roster.

One of which is Blake Bell. The “Belldozer” has carved out a nice NFL career as a tight end. He has five catches for 26 yards and a touchdown on the year. He’s mainly being used as a blocker.

Chiefs take on the Dolphins on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. CT on Peacock.

Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Leading that talented Chiefs offensive line is Creed Humphrey. Humphrey has been the mainstay at center since being drafted back in 2020.

He’s one of the game’s best and helps keep the game’s best quarterback clean.

Wanya Morris, Kansas City Chiefs

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Wanya Morris has had a nice start to his NFL career. He started the season in a backup role but eventually started four games for the Chiefs this season.

If he continues to progress and can show out on the biggest stage in the playoffs, he could be their long-term answer at one of the tackle spots.

James Winchester, Kansas City Chiefs

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

People sometimes forget how important a long snapper is to a team. They usually don’t even know who the long snapper is until something goes wrong.

But James Winchester has been one of the best and has kept that position stable for the Chiefs for nine seasons.

Jordan Phillips, Buffalo Bills

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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The next game will be the Buffalo Bills vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jordan Phillips for the Bills, and is the only Sooner playing in this game.

He’s also carved out a really nice nine-year career. He’s been a key rotational piece for the Bills, racking up 2.5 sacks and 15 tackles at defensive tackle.

Buffalo takes on the Steelers on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT on CBS.

Neville Gallimore, Dallas Cowboys

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Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

When the Dallas Cowboys face the Green Bay Packers, you’ll see two former Sooners.

One of which is Neville Gallimore. Gallimore is a rotational player on the defensive line, appearing in all 17 games. He finished with 15 tackles and one sack on the year.

The Cowboys take on the Packers on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT on Fox.

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

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Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

He’s arguably the best wide receiver in the game. CeeDee Lamb had an incredible season, breaking several Dallas records along the way.

He finished with 135 catches for 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year. He ranks in the top three in the NFL in all three of those categories.

Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Lastly are the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This one will have three former Sooners playing in it.

Since being taken No. 4 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Lane Johnson has solidified himself as one of the game’s best tackles. When he decides to hang it up, there is little to no doubt he’ll end up in the Hall of Fame.

The Eagles take on the Buccaneers Monday night at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN+.

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Sorry Alabama fans, we’re claiming him. Jalen Hurts is one of the bigger success stories in the NFL. Yes, he was taken in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but no one saw this from him.

He’s played at an MVP level the last two years and led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance just a season ago. While his numbers dipped a little this year, partly due to injury, he still had a great season.

He finished with 3,858 yards and 23 touchdowns on 65.4% passing and rushed for 605 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Last but certainly not least, the “magic man.” What a bounce-back season it was for Baker Mayfield. He led a Tampa Bay team that many thought would be competing for the first pick in the draft to a playoff team.

He finished with 4,044 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions on a 64.3% completion percentage. This season, he set career highs in yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage. He also showed everyone why he is a starting quarterback in the NFL.

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