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.
San Francisco 49ers (1946-present)
Best pick: Tarell Brown, defensive back, 2007
One of the most successful organizations in NFL history, the 49ers haven’t dived into the Longhorn pool very often. Brown was their 5th-round pick, 147th overall, in 2007 and he gave them seven seasons and 47 starts, which is the best tenure any Longhorn draftee has had with San Francisco. He spent last season the New England Patriots.
Playing opposite Aaron Ross for the Longhorns, Brown played for Texas from 2003-2006. He saw most of his action his junior and senior seasons and recorded 96 tackles and three interceptions those two seasons. Of course, Brown is also remembered for a series of legal issues while a member of the Longhorns.
Most recent: Brown
First pick: Charles Genthner, tackle, 1953
Taken in the 15th round, 176 overall, in 1953, Genthner was an All-Southwest player who opted to play in Canada than with the 49ers. Genthner died in 2010.
Of note: Ricky Churchman was taken in the fourth round in 1980, 84th overall, and picked off four passes and started 15 games for the 49ers in 1980. He was a member of the 1981 Super Bowl championship team. At Texas, he tallied five interceptions in three seasons.
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