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.
Philadelphia Eagles (1933-present)
Best pick: Jerry Sisemore, offensive lineman, 1973
Sisemore was the third overall pick of the 1973 draft. The Eagles didn’t bust this pick. Sisemore, a two-time All-American who helped the Longhorns to three straight Cotton Bowl wins, was a two-time Pro Bowler and in 1991 was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Sisemore blocked in the Super Bowl in 1980 and started 155 games of the 156 games he played in.
Most recent pick: Jordan Hicks, linebacker, 2015
Last year Hicks was taken 84th overall overall in the third round. The Longhorn who hailed from Southwest Ohio (Lakota West High School near Cincinnati) was a Parade All-American and the 2009 Dick Butkus High School Award winner. Hicks battled through injury issues at Texas, including a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2013 and a hip injury during his junior year that brought a medical redshirt.
The Eagles weren’t scared away by the injuries. Hicks played in eight games and recorded 42 tackles. But in typical unfortunate Jordan Hicks fashion, couldn’t finish the season because he tore his pectoral and was placed on injured reserve. At the time of his injury, he led the Eagles in tackles.
First pick: Don Williams, guard, 1941
Williams was taken 81st overall in the 10th round and never played in the NFL.
Of note: Forty-eight years after using the 81st pick on Don Williams, the Eagles used the 1989 81st pick on linebacker Britt Hager. The Odessa native was one of the best tacklers in Texas football history, racking up a school-record 195 in 1988, which broke a record he set in 1987 with 187. He has a school-record 499 tackles.
Hager played six years with the Eagles, starting 13 games. He moved on to Denver, where he played two seasons before ending his career with the St. Louis Rams in 1997.
He now lives in Austin and sired four boys, one of whom played for Baylor, Bryce, who was drafted the Rams in 2015 and the youngest child, Breckyn, who is going to be a sophomore on the Longhorns this year.
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