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April 27, 2012

Martin, other OSU players still waiting for the call

AGRA, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s Markelle Martin had hopes that he would follow the path blazed by Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden in the NFL Draft on Thursday, but the call never came.

Martin — who finished fourth on the team in tackles this past  season — was projected anywhere between late second round to the fourth round by many draft experts. Now he will have to wait one more day to see what his future holds.

A senior from Wichita Falls, Texas, Martin didn’t participate in the Oklahoma State Pro Day due to an injury, but did host his own workout a few weeks later.

While Martin, linemen Grant Garner and Levy Adcock and receiver Josh Cooper wait for today’s rounds, a few Oklahoma players won’t have to wait.

With the 54th pick, the Detroit Lions selected Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles. Broyles — the NCAA career receptions leader — is coming off major knee surgery. He finished his career with 349 receptions for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns.

Coach Jim Schwartz said Broyles wouldn’t have to “redshirt” this season.

“I’m glad the Detroit Lions felt I was a guy that was capable of coming back from an injury,” Broyles said.

Former Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephensen was also taken when the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 74th pick. The Arizona Cardinals selected cornerback Jamell Fleming with the 80th pick.

“We take a lot of pride in the way we protect our quarterbacks, and Donald had great responsibility while playing left tackle,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “He grew into that role and handled it well for us, and I think he’ll continue to grow as a professional.”

Among the other notable picks was the Seattle Seahawks’ selection of former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. Most experts had Wilson and Brandon Weeden as two possible late first round selections, but Wilson slipped to the third round instead.

A small surprise was San Francisco’s selection of Oregon running back Le’Michael James. With Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs and former Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter in the backfield, James is expected to be more of a kick returner and third down back for the 49ers, according to most experts.

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