Longhorns shut out in the draft for first time in 77 years

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Matthew McConaughey is gonna be pissed.

Before this weekend, the Texas Longhorns were last shut out in the draft before World War II. By four years.

Via Jake Trotter of ESPN.com, no NFL team selected a Longhorns player in the draft for the first time since 1937.

Texas and three other major college programs were shut out this weekend. Joining the Longhorns with zero draft picks were Illinois, Northwestern, and Kansas.

The good news for Longhorns fans is that new coach Charlie Strong just sent three first-round picks from Louisville to the NFL.  So maybe Strong will do a better job developing recruits than his predecessor, Mack Brown, did.

34 responses to “Longhorns shut out in the draft for first time in 77 years

  1. Is it a college HCs job to “develop ” players to play in the NFL? I think not. HCs are not paid by the NFL.

    He and his staff should recruit players to get a great education and play football accurately and responsibly. Education would cover in classroom, football skill, and leadership skills.

    So quit the Mack Brown bashing. He responsibly served at UT-Austin and with integrity. That’s worth its weight in gold given the plethora of coaching peccadillos and improprieties of recent years. Schools should want a coach with such integrity and skill at managing a college team.

  2. Well no need to slam Mack Brown, his Texas teams had plenty of big prospects, just not at the very end.

  3. For such a big time program, there haven’t been that many stars drafted from UTexas. Besides EThomas, the best you get are LHouston, Orakpo and Acho. OK, but not great.

  4. Too funny, Clappin Mack ends a streak that started before he was born.

    Chris Sims said he learned more in his first NFL training camp than in his 4 years at UT.

  5. @tedmurph says:
    May 11, 2014 9:25 PM
    For such a big time program, there haven’t been that many stars drafted from UTexas. Besides EThomas, the best you get are LHouston, Orakpo and Acho. OK, but not great.

    Jamaal Charles is probably one of the top 3 backs in the Nfl. Jermicheal Finley is a pretty good tight end. Derrick Johnson is a pro bowl LB. Kenny Vaccaro was a pretty good rookie last year. Henry Melton was a franchise DT a year ago. Maybe two of the best kickers in the NFL in Phil Dawson and Justin Tucker. Terrell Brown, Aaron Ross…

  6. So you’re telling me the University of Texas had the same number of draft picks as the University of Phoenix?

  7. Texas is in shambles. Jeffcoat comes to my team as a UDFA and we will ask him how he feels about UT. A&M is the only power in that execution happy state. Kill em all. Living there has to be strange.

  8. top schools with former players in the league at the end of the 2013 season

    1. USC — 40 players
    2. LSU — 39
    3. Miami — 38
    4. Georgia — 36
    5. Florida State — 31
    5. Texas — 31
    7. Alabama — 30
    7. Cal — 30
    7. Tennessee — 30
    10. Ohio State — 27
    10. Oregon — 27
    12. Florida — 26

  9. For what it’s worth the Seahawks signed Jackson Jeffcoat after the draft. He’s son of a former Dallas Cowboy on two Super Bowl winning teams and should have been drafted somewhere—Hawks got a steal.

  10. Mack brown didn’t lose his job because of coaching, terrible recruiting sealed his fate. How do you not even try to recruit Jamies Winston or Manziel?

  11. Small historical correction: 1937 was 2 years, not 4, before World War II. The US may have (officially) entered the war in 1941, but it started in 1939.

  12. uwsptke says:
    May 11, 2014 10:39 PM
    So you’re telling me the University of Texas had the same number of draft picks as the University of Phoenix?

    ————–

    You just won the Internet sir!

  13. Jackson Jeffcoat won the Ted Hendricks Award as the best defensive end in the country, and went undrafted.

    There have been ten other winners of that award. Eight were first-round NFL picks. The other two are Lamarr Woodley and Elvis Dumervil.

    Jeffcoat will compete for a roster spot with the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.

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