Texas Longhorns (42) Caleb Bluiett pulls in the last touchdown in the 4th quarter against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. Texas won 24-17 over the Oklahoma Sooners (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN).

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Four Longhorns join D’Onta Foreman in NFL as undrafted free agents

Posted April 30th, 2017

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A third-round pick for the Houston Texans, running back D’Onta Foreman was the only Texas Longhorn taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.

A few of his former teammate are still eyeing NFL careers, though.

Offensive lineman Kent Perkins (Cincinnati), tight end Caleb Bluiett (Jacksonville) and defensive lineman Paul Boyette, Jr., (Oakland) have all earned deals as undrafted free agents. Tyrone Swoopes also signed with Seattle, although the ex-quarterback will attempt to make the Seahawks’ roster as a tight end.

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From 2012-15, Boyette appeared in 42 games at Texas. Thirty-four of his 100 career tackles were logged this past season, and the defensive tackle also registered 5.5 sacks in his career. At last month’s pro day, the 6-3 Boyette told reporters he was checking in at “a sexy 310” pounds. Boyette is married to Imani Boyette, the former UT basketball player who now plays for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.

Perkins made 34 starts on the right side of Texas’ offensive line, and 22 of those starts were logged at right guard. Placed on the second team of the Big 12’s honor roll this past season, Perkins started 10 times for a Texas offense that featured a 2,000-yard rusher (Foreman) and a quarterback who nearly threw for 3,000 yards (Shane Buechele). The 6-4, 320-pound Perkins performed admirably at Texas’ pro day in March.

Bluiett was used as both a tight end and defensive end during his time at Texas. Playing in an offense that valued tight ends as blockers, he had 10 receptions, 178 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 45 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The 6-3, 257-pound Bluiett appeared in 44 games for the Longhorns.

Ex-Texas safety Dylan Haines, the former walk-on who ended his career in fifth place on the Longhorns’ all-time interceptions chart, also announced that he will try-out with Houston and the New York Jets.

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