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Les Miles got in a good dig at Texas' lack of 2014 NFL draft picks

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Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles walks off the field after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14 at Raymond James Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

LSU coach Les Miles noticed there were no Texas Longhorns picked in the 2014 NFL draft.

Speaking at a Tiger Tour stop in Houston on Wednesday, Miles made sure to get in a dig at Texas when he was touting his school's number of draft picks. LSU had nine picks in the 2014 draft, the second straight season nine LSU players were selected.

"Some schools in this state didn't have any," Miles said (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune).

While the Mad Hatter said it jokingly, it's a true statement. It was the first time since 1937 that a Texas player hadn't been selected in the draft.

Wednesday's appearance in Houston served another purpose than to dig at Texas on its home turf too. The Tigers open the 2014 season at Houston's Reliant Stadium against Wisconsin. Given the proximity of Houston to Louisiana, it figures to be a very pro-LSU crowd.

A game in Houston isn't going to hurt LSU when it comes to recruiting in its neighbor state, either. Boasting about a record number of draft picks is a nice selling point.

Many of LSU's draftees over the last two years have been underclassmen. 11 players declared early for the 2013 draft and six declared early for the 2014 draft.

"It's becoming a phenomenon for us to have guys put themselves in position to be drafted in three years and out," Miles said "Not necessarily what I would like to see but it's something we are dealing with.

"We played 15 true freshmen this year, the year before we played 15 true freshmen and we will probably play 15 true freshmen again this year based on the fact there is going to be some great opportunities for guys to come in and fit into the two deep and compete."

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