Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman Texas coach Mack Brown congratulates player Derrick Johnson following their 22-20 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday September 11, 2004. ORG XMIT:

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Kansas City Chiefs

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.

Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman North Texas's quarterback Scott Hall is hit by Texas's Derrick Johnson during the second quarter at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 4, 2004. ORG XMIT:
North Texas’s quarterback Scott Hall is hit by Texas’ Derrick Johnson a non-conference game in 2004. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

Kansas City Chiefs (1960-present)

Best pick: Derrick Johnson, linebacker, 2005


Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2015 at the age of 33. He was also a first team All-Pro in 2011.

He has 820 career tackles and 26. 5 sacks.

Johnson was the Dick Butkus, Bronco Nagurski and Jack Lambert trophy award winners in 2004 at Texas. He was a two-time consensus All-American in 2003 and 2004 and a three-time All-Big 12 first team selection. He recorded 458 tackles in four years at Texas (50 games).

Most recent pick: Jamaal Charles , running back, 2008

A third-round pick by the Chiefs in 2008, Charles developed into one of the best running backs in the NFL. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and led the league in rushing touchdowns in 2013. He has 7,220 career rushing yards and 2,443 career receiving yards.

At Texas, Charles was a starting running back as a freshman and in three seasons he rushed for 3,328 yards and 36 touchdowns from 2005-2007.

First pick: Jimmy Saxton, running back, 1962

The 75th pick of the AFL Draft for the Dallas Texans (the name before the team moved to Kansas City) took Saxton, and he played one season and caught five passes for the Texans. That was the only season he played.

Of note: In 1981 Kansas City drafted Les Studdard in the 10th round, 262 overall. Les Studdard is the brother of Dave Studdard, who was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1978, and the uncle of Kasey Studdard, who is currently the top Longhorn to be drafted by the Houston Texans.

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