After Texas had 11 first-round picks in the previous 10 NFL drafts, not a single Longhorn was taken during the 2014 NFL draft.
It's the first time a University of Texas player hasn't been picked since 1937. The first NFL draft was held in 1936. Yes, it's only the third time in the history of the draft a UT player hasn't been picked.
If a Texas player was drafted Saturday, it would not have been the latest a Longhorn had been selected in the draft. The latest the first Texas player has ever been drafted was in 1959, when Vince Matthews was picked in the 28th round of the draft with the 328th overall pick. In the current seven-round, 32-team format, there were 256 picks over the course of three days in 2014.
Fourteen players from six of the other 11 FBS teams in the state of Texas were drafted: five from Baylor, three from Texas A&M, two each from Texas Tech and SMU and one each from Rice and TCU. One of SMU's draftees, Garrett Gilbert, transferred from Texas. He replaced Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS championship game against Alabama when McCoy was forced to leave the game because of a shoulder injury.
Two kickers were also drafted in the seventh round, as was Terrence Fede from Marist, the first time a Marist player has ever been selected. Players from Lindenwood, Saginaw Valley, Princeton, Portland State, Concordia College, Bloomsburg, Furman, McGill University, Coastal Carolina and Pittsburg State also were taken in this year's draft.
DE Jackson Jeffcoat was seen as the Texas player most likely to be drafted. However, he tore his right pectoral muscle twice in his college career, most recently as a junior in 2012. As a senior in 2013, he had 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
“@JacqJacqRadio: TOP PERFORMER IN THE COMBINE... More sacks than almost everyone drafted.” It is what it is. Everything will work out— Jackson Jeffcoat (@elJEFEcoat44) May 10, 2014
While the lack of Texas draftees is an indictment of the direction many felt the program took in the final years under coach Mack Brown, it may also be a sign Brown's coaching job in his final season was better than advertised.
Yes, Texas was lit up by BYU's run game early in the 2013 season, a performance that led to the firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, but the Longhorns went 7-2 in the Big 12 and were a win away from the conference title. To do that in a major conference without a player taken in the next NFL draft is impressive, and what Texas fans certainly hope is an aberration.
Texas has been known for impressive recruiting classes and the onus is on new coach Charlie Strong, even as Strong says the team isn't going to win the national title in his first season. If the conference title is out of reach, producing a draftee or three shouldn't be impossible unless this is a flashback to the 1930s. Texas fancies itself as the biggest and best school in the state. Getting outdrafted by five in-state schools and having the same number of draftees as Kansas, the worst program in the Big 12, doesn't enforce that at all.
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