Texas defensive lineman Charles Omenihu (90) pressures TCU quarterback Michael Collins (10) during an NCAA college football game in Austin on Sept. 22, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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A Longhorn becomes a Texan: Texas’ Charles Omenihu taken by Houston in NFL draft

Posted April 27th, 2019


Over the past two years, Charles Omenihu has sacked Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He’ll soon chase those same quarterbacks while wearing a different uniform.

Omenihu was selected by Houston in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. The Texans took the former Texas defensive end with the 161st overall pick. Omenihu is the first Longhorn taken in this year’s draft.

Read more: Why did Charles Omenihu stay at Texas? ‘If you’re not honest with yourself, who is?’

The 6-5, 280-pound Omenihu flirted with the NFL ahead of the 2018 draft but opted to return to school. When asked throughout the fall about that decision, Omenihu often said that he wasn’t yet ready for the NFL. At one point he told reporters that “You look at the tape, and you have to be honest with yourself.”

Omenihu blossomed during his senior season. He led the Longhorns with 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Three of his five quarterback hurries were tallied over the final three plays of a 23-17 win over Baylor and he recorded a safety against Kansas State. Omenihu was named the Big 12’s top defensive lineman.

Texas tidbits

  • Last Longhorns DE drafted: Lamarr Houston (2010, 2nd round, Oakland)
  • Last Longhorn drafted by the Texans: RB D’Onta Foreman (3rd round, 89th overall in 2017)
  • Highest-drafted Texas DE: Kenneth Sims (1st round, 1st overall in 1982)

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