ORG XMIT: PNP129 Texas running back Chris Ogbonnaya, left, breaks away from Ohio State linebacker Jermale Hines during the third quarter of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Los Angeles Rams

Posted April 25th, 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.

Los Angeles Rams (1937-present)

UT photo of Texas' 1980s safety, Jerry Gray. Photo credit: The Univerisity of Texas at Austin. Pic received on 9/2/05.
UT photo of Texas’ 1980s safety, Jerry Gray. (The University of Texas at Austin)

Best pick: Jerry Gray, defensive back, 1985


The 21st pick of the first round in 1985, Gray played seven seasons in Los Angeles (yes, the Rams were in Los Angeles at the time, then left for St. Louis and are now back in Los Angeles). Gray was a four-time Pro Bowler and had 28 career interceptions.

As a Longhorn, he was a 1983 and 1984 consensus All-American and picked off seven passes his senior season in 1984.

He has been a longtime coach in the NFL and college ranks post playing career.

Last pick: Chris Ogbonnaya, running back, 2009

Ogbonnaya was taken in the seventh round in 2009, 211th overall. He had just 11 attempts with the Rams and didn’t play in 2010. He re-emerged in 2011 with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans , rushing for 334 yards with the Browns. He spent two more seasons in Cleveland before splitting time in 2014 with the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants.

He retired in 2015.

When he was with the Texas he won a BCS National Championship and was a member of the National Honors Society and a four-time Big 12 First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree. He also rushed for 452 yards and had 792 receiving yards in his career.

First pick: Mike Sweeney, end, 1942

The Rams took Sweeney in the sixth round in 1942. He didn’t play in the NFL.

Of note: The Rams took Johnnie Johnson with the 17th pick of the 1980 draft. Johnson played 10 seasons with the Rams. His brother Bobby also played at Texas. Thirty-plus years later, Johnson has two sons on the Texas roster this year, Kirk and Collin.

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