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.
Minnesota Vikings (1960-present)
Best pick: Brian Robison, defensive lineman, 2007
Robison was a two-sport athlete at Texas, competing in the shot put in the spring. On the football field, Robison played from 2002-2006. As a junior he was All-Big 12 and was honorable mention all-Big 12 his senior year as he fought through injury and illness, even playing one game with pneumonia.
After rarely playing for the Vikings from 2007-2010, Robison had a breakout year in 2011 and has started 79 games since then. He recorded 25.5 sacks from 2011-2013. Entering is 10th season, Robison, 32, is still expected to be a major factor for the Vikings after playing and starting all 16 games for them in 2015.
Most recent pick: Robison is the most recent Longhorn drafted by the Vikings.
First pick: Ray Poage, tight end, 1963
Poage was also drafted by the Denver Broncos of the AFL, but decided to go to the Vikings after being drafted 31st overall in the third round. Poage played seven seasons in the NFL, but just one in Minnesota. He started six games before moving to Philadelphia. He spent the bulk of his career in New Orleans from 1967-1970.
At Texas, Poage played running back at Texas and rushed for 452 yards in 1962.
Of note: The Vikings drafted linebacker Robin Sendlein in the second round of the 1981 draft, 45th overall. Sendlein played four seasons in Minnesota. About 20 years later, his son, Lyle, played at Texas and was eventually drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
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