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Texas Longhorns blanked in NFL Draft for first time since before World War II

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The 2014 NFL Draft may be viewed as a down year for the Big 12, with just 17 players from the conference being called by NFL franchises. Unfortunately for the Texas Longhorns, none of those 17 players from the Big 12 are coming out of Austin. This marked the first time since before the start of World War II that Texas was without a player drafted by the NFL (1937 to be precise). With just three players drafted in each of the drafts in 2013 and 2012, should fans of the Longhorns be concerned about the state of the program?

Not for long.

Charlie Strong has already been hard at work in setting the tone for the future of the Texas program. He has gone on record saying Texas will not be a national title contender in 2014. He has said Texas needs to be the top program in the state, and he genuinely means it. Better yet, Strong is just the right kind of coach to be taking over a program that has been ditched and forgotten about by Texas A&M, pushed aside by Baylor and is witnessing Texas Tech attempt to build some momentum in Lubbock. Strong knows what it takes to make a program find a new level of toughness, and that is just what Texas needs right now. Texas still has plenty going their way but you can see why Mack Brown‘s career had seen better days at this point. Six draft picks in three years is representative of the quality of play on the field during that span, and that is not going to be good enough for Strong.

Texas fans should take solace in seeing what Strong’s most recent program did in this year’s draft. Louisville sent four players through the NFL Draft, three of which came in the first round. That is a tremendous credit to Strong and the staff he put together in Louisville, as this was the results of his first recruiting class going through a full four-year cycle. That resulted in the Cardinals sending a potential franchise quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater with a late first round draft pick in addition to two defensive contributors (Calvin Pryor to the Jets and Marcus Smith to the Eagles).

Strong knows Texas needs to get tougher, and fortunately for the Longhorns this happens to be his speciality. This should be a temporary draft drought for Texas.

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30 Responses to “Texas Longhorns blanked in NFL Draft for first time since before World War II”
  1. bobbylefestus says: May 10, 2014 8:57 PM

    Longhorn football is overrated football. All those resources and money, and located in the second most populous state where football is religion but only 1 title in decades. Pathetic.

  2. 13datsyuk13 says: May 10, 2014 9:56 PM

    You clearly don’t understand what it takes to win a national championship. Only 1 team wins it every year (with a few exceptions of shared titles). Texas is, was and will be a top program in the nation.

  3. longhornsandcowboys says: May 10, 2014 10:32 PM

    Mike “Magic” Davis should’ve been drafted but there were BS concerns about “his attitude”. So he went and signed with the Raiders.

    All Jackson Jeffcoat did was get 13 sacks and win the Hendricks Award for the best defensive end in the country. But teams didn’t like his body type, said he was a “tweener”. Whatever. He signed with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

    Chris Whaley would have been drafted but sadly he tore his ACL in the WVU game. Still, he signed with the Cowboys.

    We didn’t really lose a bunch of guys, though. So this isn’t a big draft year for us.

  4. longhornsandcowboys says: May 10, 2014 10:36 PM

    Oh and to all the haters: Texas is 3nd overall in all-time wins. We’ll be 2nd after next season, when we pass up Yale. The takeaway here should be that, until this year, we had a player taken in the draft every year since 1937. That’s a pretty amazing streak. It was the longest in the country.

  5. Deb says: May 10, 2014 10:53 PM

    They’ll come back. Alabama has a long history of supplying championship talent to the NFL, but we drew a blank in the draft just before Saban revived our program. To me, this just demonstrates Mack’s recruiting wasn’t up to par over the last couple of years. I expect Strong to change all that.

  6. chinahand11 says: May 10, 2014 11:01 PM

    I agree with Deb, I believe better days are ahead for the Longhorns. I go back to the Coach Royal wishbone days. They will rise again, I hope, and I’m a ‘Nole fan. It just makes college football better, IMO.

  7. dmvtransplant says: May 10, 2014 11:19 PM

    @longhornsandcowboys

    Dude total wins is completely worthless and anytime you compare yourself to an Ivy league university that hasn’t been relevant, since football was integrated is absolutely pathetic.

    The better takeway here is your current coach had as many players drafted in the first round this year from his old job, as UT did in the past 3 draft classes. There is nothing else to learn from the above article.

  8. 13datsyuk13 says: May 10, 2014 11:34 PM

    Nope! Wrong! Total wins is not completely worthless.

  9. amosalanzostagg says: May 11, 2014 12:55 AM

    Texas doing less with more since 1883.

    Shows just how far the Big 12 has fallen when your bellwether program has zero players drafted. 17 players selected from the Big 12, one more than the Mountain West.

    SEC
    ACC
    PAC 12
    B1G

    Even Rice and McGill had players drafted.

    RTR

  10. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 11, 2014 1:39 AM

    They should’ve just had a mediocre player come out as a gay…then the media would’ve pressured an NFL team to draft said player.

  11. jadaruler says: May 11, 2014 2:17 AM

    Mack wasn’t developing the players. Texas players always had stigma of being pampered guys. Coach Strong will get these guys into shape.

  12. 35longmiles says: May 11, 2014 5:59 AM

    Deb says:
    May 10, 2014 10:53 PM
    They’ll come back. Alabama has a long history of supplying championship talent to the NFL, but we drew a blank in the draft just before Saban revived our program. To me, this just demonstrates Mack’s recruiting wasn’t up to par over the last couple of years. I expect Strong to change all that.

    We? I had no idea you played at Bama. What’s that, you didn’t play for them? Surely then you attended Alabama? (goose egg)

  13. orthomarine says: May 11, 2014 7:56 AM

    @35

    Don’t hop on Deb for that. She’s more than likely a donor and supporter for AL. Without donors, there is no athletics…

    That’s why alumni are so important to a successful athletics program

  14. saints97 says: May 11, 2014 9:12 AM

    Sometimes an amazing streak has to come to an end for people to truly appreciate it. 77 years was a freaking amazing streak, and Longhorns should be very proud – and this is coming from an Aggie.

    Kudos, Longhorns. I’m sure you will start a new streak next year.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: May 11, 2014 9:28 AM

    I think that Strong is the right guy for the horns, but this really shows how far the program fell after the loss to Bama in the NCG.

    Texas has been surpassed by A&M and seemingly Baylor, which is a real head scratcher to me.

  16. 700levelvet says: May 11, 2014 10:03 AM

    Even Bill Gates loses money now and then…

  17. drummerhoff says: May 11, 2014 11:27 AM

    There are a few entitled programs in the country … Program that have every competitive advantage. And of those schools, Texas is in last place.

    With that recruiting-base. With all that money. One national championship in the last 40 years is the definition of futility.

    When you look in the mirror UT, that is who you are.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: May 11, 2014 11:57 AM

    Drummer,

    Well stated.

  19. dhardy8207 says: May 11, 2014 12:24 PM

    Oh and its the SEC’s fault dammit!… A collective effort by Saban, Miles, Malzahn, Sumlin, Jones, and the rest of the Motely crew from the SEC, oh and their side partner ESPN of course totally highjacked the draft out from under the longhorns…

  20. bunyanj says: May 11, 2014 12:37 PM

    Deb is silent. She is silent for a reason. She is a member of the Alabama Alumni Association, the Filling Station Alumni or now the Quick Mart Alumni Association. These proud Alabama supporters 1. Did not play football or any sport at Alabama, 2. Did not graduate or even attend Alabama, 3. Did not graduate or even attend any college (maybe one semester at Jacksonville State). This is not personal. Deb has a lot of company, especially on the internet.

  21. dhardy8207 says: May 11, 2014 12:59 PM

    bunyanj;

    “These proud Alabama supporters 1. Did not play football or any sport at Alabama, 2. Did not graduate or even attend Alabama, 3. Did not graduate or even attend any college (maybe one semester at Jacksonville State). This is not personal. Deb has a lot of company, especially on the internet.”

    ———————————————————-

    WTH has any of this crap you numbered in a list have to do with anyone being a fan of any school.
    NEWSFLASH most of the bloggers on this site didn’t attend the school they support. I m a BAMA fan, have been all my life and as a lifelong resident of the state I think I am entitled to be a fan of BAMA without having had to “be a graduate” of that school.

    You are obviously new to the site or you would know Deb is a graduate of Mizzou but was raised in the Tuscaloosa area. Before you further prove what an idiot you are; I graduated from UAB, but regardless last time I checked you didn’t have to be a graduate to be a fan.

    Its one thing to debate football facts on a blog but you prove yourself ignorant by trying to belittle someone you know nothing about. The university you graduated from (*cough, cough*) should be proud of the well educated specimen you prove to not be by that ridiculous post!

  22. normtide says: May 11, 2014 2:44 PM

    No program is immune to down periods. The thing is, programs like Texas ( and USC, OSU, Florida, etc) have an easier time bouncing back. Anyone who thinks that Texas is done, you either don’t know college football or you just hate the longhorns. And as for Baylor passing them, that’s just talk. Two decent seasons and one league title in 30+ years isn’t a sign of greatness. Texas is a proven power, not a flash in the pan.

  23. goodfieldnohit says: May 11, 2014 5:18 PM

    Scanning the results of the NFL draft leads me to believe that the NFL doesn’t care if you’re openly gay. The NFL does however, care if you are openly Longhorn.

  24. sallust99 says: May 11, 2014 6:49 PM

    #legendsintheirownmind

  25. lottsmissingfinger says: May 11, 2014 8:12 PM

    I was at Texas during the Mackovic years so I can appreciate how Mack revitalized the program but this latest development should show that Mack’s time to leave had come (probably a season ago). It wasn’t his recruiting that put the team to sleep, it was the failure to develop the incoming talent since 2009.

    Charlie Strong has already started to turn the ship around but fans should be patient – it won’t change in 6 months or just a year. The level of decrepitude of QB depth/play alone will take at least 2 off seasons to address.

  26. noaxetogrind says: May 11, 2014 9:35 PM

    A few random comments that I hope we can all agree on including loyal UT supporters.
    1. For too long the Horns have been an underperforming asset relative to their resources.
    2. It is very tough to win a NC. However schools like Bama, LSU, Florida, Ohio State, USC really have no excuse to be out of the hunt for prolonged periods of time. Texas has been.
    3. Because of the those previously mentioned resources UT will be back and probably sooner than later.
    4. Because of UT’s rich heritage and tradition they dont need fans getting on here and bragging about they had 3 players signed as free agents. Bad run, just accept it and know that things will change. When you brag about 3 free agents…well just for comparison purposes Liberty University is a good 1-AA program and they had one player drafted and 3 players sign as free agents. Just sayin

  27. southernpatriots says: May 12, 2014 5:16 AM

    It looks as if the news for Texas football will get worse before it gets better, and it will get better.

    Too much revenue, great facilities, great recruiting base, great contracts for years to come, now to get the coaching in line with the other assets, and Texas will be on its way.

  28. Deb says: May 12, 2014 3:40 PM

    Thank you dhardy8207 and orthomarine for your great responses to the silliness of 35longmiles and bunyanji.

    bunyanji, when I don’t respond to a challenge it’s because I’m offline attending to life. It doesn’t bother me to own up when I’m wrong or to be the lone voice against a disagreeing crowd. While I was raised in Florida and went to Mizzou for it’s world-renowned journalism program, my father is an Alabamian, and our family have been Tide fans since birth. I do have Tide boosters in the family, and support the program with my merchandising purchases.

    And yes I mean WE when talking about both the Tide, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who’ve held my heart for 38 years. Fans are the reason the game is played. We buy the tickets and the merchandise, donate as boosters, buy the satellite and PPV packages, tune into the broadcasts creating the ad markets that generate the TV contracts. Without us there would be NO GAME, you nincompoops. We are the most important part of the equation. Team owners sell, school presidents retire, coaches and players come and go. Only the fans are around for a lifetime.

    So, yes, the Tide and the Steelers are MY teams. If you don’t feel the same way about yours, stop wasting the time of serious fans.

  29. Deb says: May 12, 2014 4:01 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Have been thinking of you. Just finished All the King’s Men followed by a biography of Huey Long. Truth is stranger than fiction.

  30. uffdatx says: May 15, 2014 10:31 AM

    And this is news, because? tUT hasn’t been much few several years now. Giving up 550 yards rushing to BYWho proved that.

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