9/27/08 Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Texas legendary players Bobby Layne and Tommy Nobis had their numbers retired in a ceremony at halftime before a large crowd in the Horns victory over Arkansas 52-10. Nobis accepts his jersey at right as Layne's son Alex Layne, left, accepts for the Layne family.

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Atlanta Falcons

Posted April 21st, 2016


Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2016 Draft, we took a look at each NFL team’s Longhorn draft history.

Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.

The Atlanta Falcons (1966-present)

Best Longhorn pick: Tommy Nobis, 1966

11/11/03 file photo of Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis and UT President Flawn with placque. Kennedy photo. ORG XMIT:
Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis, right, and UT President Flawn with plaque.

Also drafted by the Houston Oilers of the AFL, Nobis went to the expansion Falcons with the first overall pick. The defensive stalwart didn’t disappoint, making five Pro Bowls and one All-Pro selection. Nobis is a member of the Falcons’ Hall of Honor, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and his No. 60 jersey is retired. At Texas, Nobis was an All-American and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Darrell Royal once called him “the finest two-way player I have ever seen.”

Most recent pick: Justin Blalock, 2007

The former All-Big 12 performer played eight seasons with the Falcons and started in the 2012 NFC Championship game.

First pick: Nobis

Of note: Nobis was the first overall pick of the 1966 draft, joining Kenneth Sims and Earl Campbell as No. 1 overall picks. He is the first Longhorn taken No. 1 overall. However,  he went fifth overall in the AFL draft, but he never played in Houston.


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