No Longhorns selected in draft

Posted May 10th, 2014


UPDATE, 8 p.m. _ Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat signed a free agent deal with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks Saturday night. He confirmed the news via Twitter.

Also, defensive lineman Chris Whaley is headed to the Dallas Cowboys, team owner Jerry Jones told reporters in Dallas.

EARLIER _ The NFL did not draft a Texas Longhorn for the first time since 1937. The streak had been the longest in the country.


The Longhorns and Kansas were the only two teams in the Big 12 not to have a player selected in the draft’s seven rounds. The draft concluded with rounds four through seven Saturday afternoon.

The most shocking snub was to defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the Big 12’s defensive player of the year who was projected as a possible third round pick.

Immediately following the draft, Jeffcoat retweeted a comment from his sister, who mentioned that his performance at the combine and stats last fall were better than most players who were drafted. He then added: “It is what it is. Everything will work out.”

Jeffcoat, when reached by the American-Statesman, declined comment.

The streak was nearly snapped in 1998, when defensive tackle Chris Akin was the lone Longhorn. He was selected with the 220th pick in the seventh and final round.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. _ The Dallas Cowboys selected Texas Tech linebacker Will Smith in the seventh round, while San Diego picked Baylor receiver Tevin “Sweet Feet” Reese.

Still no Longhorns in the now six-rounds-plus of the draft.

EARLIER: The St. Louis Rams selected former Lake Travis star Garrett Gilbert in the sixth round, with the 214th pick.

Gilbert. so far, is the only draft connection with a tie to the Longhorns. He started for Texas before transferring to SMU after the 2011 season.

Gilbert wasn’t invited to the NFL scouting combine, but he impressed scouts with his on campus pro day, completing 87 of 89 passes.

Earlier in the sixth round, another local star got his NFL chance. Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali, who played for Pflugerville High School, was selected by the New York Jets. His sister, Nneka, plays basketball for Texas.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m. _ Kansas State offensive lineman Tavon Rooks is off the board. He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round.

Late in the sixth round, the only two Big 12 teams without a draft pick are Texas and Kansas.

The Longhorns have the longest draft streak in the country, producing at least one pick since 1938.

UPDATE , 3:40 p.m. _ Big 12 champion Baylor has produced another draft pick. Green Bay selected cornerback Demetri Goodson in the sixth round with the 197th overall pick.

The Bears have three draft picks to lead the Big 12.

Texas still hasn’t had a player drafted.

UPDATE, 3:08 p.m. _ Baylor tailback Lache Seastrunk will be reunited with his old quarterback, Robert Griffin III. The Washington Redskins drafted Seastrunk in the sixth round.

No Texas Longhorns as the draft continues.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m._ It’s the start of the sixth round and no Texas Longhorns have been selected.

In 2000, the Longhorns had only one player drafted, Cedric Woodard who was picked in the sixth round. That was the worst draft performance by a Mack Brown coached team.

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m. _ And Baylor is off the board. Bears offensive lineman Cyril Richardson was selected by Buffalo in the fifth round with the 153rd overall pick.

Minutes after Richardson’s selection, Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George was selected by the New York Jets at No. 154. The Jets have selected three players from the Big 12.

George led the Big 12 in tackles last season, averaging 11.1 per game.

Still no Texas Longhorns.

UPDATE, 1:10 _ The fourth round is in the books and no Longhorns have been drafted.  Until this year, Texas had produced at least one player drafted in the first four rounds for 13-straight years.

UPDATE, 12:10 p.m. _ For a Mack Brown coached team at Texas, the worst performance in the NFL draft came in 2000, when only Cedric Woodard was taken. The defensive lineman was selected in the sixth round.

The second worst came in 2012, when the earliest drafted Longhorn was Keenan Robinson, a fourth rounder taken with the 119th pick.

As the draft continues, this year’s group has surpassed 2012.

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m. _ The fourth round continues and another Sooner is off the board. Jacksonville has selected Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin.

Colvin had a much higher draft grade when the scouting process started. But he hurt his knee during Senior Bowl workouts and teams decided not to take a chance on him in the first three rounds.

Still no Longhorns and Bears in the draft.

EARLIER: We’re into the fourth round, the first of Saturday’s final four. And finally, a Sooner is off the board.

The New York Jets have selected Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders with the 104th pick of the draft.  The last time Oklahoma had such a late start in the draft was 1997.

All Texas players still are on the clock. Same situation for Baylor.

During the Mack Brown years, the latest a Longhorn was drafted was in 2000, when defensive lineman Cedric Woodard was a sixth-round pick. In 2012, no Longhorn was selected until the fourth round, when Keenan Robinson was selected with pick 119.

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