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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Chicago Bears

Posted April 22nd, 2016

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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, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.

Chicago Bears (1919-present)

Best pick: Bobby Layne, quarterback, 1948

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UT file photo of 1940s Texas quarterback, Bobby Layne. Photo credit: The Univeristy of Texas at Austin. Pic received on 8/25/05. ORG XMIT:
UT file photo of 1940s Texas quarterback, Bobby Layne. Photo credit: The University of Texas at Austin.

The third pick of the 1948 draft went on to have an NFL Hall of Fame career, was a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. He played just one season for the Bears, though, and nine years with the Lions. The quarterback  threw 196 touchdowns in his career. He is also a College Football Hall of Fame inductee and was an All-Southwest Conference selection from 1944-1947. He is a member of the NFL’s All-1950s decade team and his No. 22 is retired by the Lions and the Longhorns.

However, Layne was actually drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who traded the pick when Layne didn’t want to play for them because they ran the single wing formation.

Most recent pick: Henry Melton, defensive lineman, 2009

Melton was a running back when he arrived at Texas, but switched to defensive tackle after his sophomore season and wound up getting drafted by the Bears in 2009. Melton was a Pro Bowler in 2012 and is now with Tampa Bay.

First pick: Lou Wayne, end, 1943

He was the 279 pick in the 29th round. He didn’t play in the NFL.

Of note: Several notes. Two of the Bears’ biggest draft disappointments (Cedric Benson and Stan Thomas) played at Texas. But the note that sticks out is how much Bears legend George Halas loved Longhorns in the 1940s. The Bears drafted 11 players in the 1940s.

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