The last 10 seasons haven’t been too kind for the Texas football program. The team is on its third head coach in that span while other programs like Alabama have dominated the sport. In fact, Alabama is tied with LSU for the most draft picks since 2008 with 65 players.
In that same span, Texas has produced 32 NFL Draft picks since 2008, with just four of those players being taken in the first round.
However, one of those players is Earl Thomas, who was a first round pick in 2010 by the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas is arguably the best safety of the last decade. Another pick, Brian Orakpo, has become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, while Jamaal Charles, taken in the third round in 2008, had one of the best primes a running back can have, making four straight Pro Bowls between 2010-2014.
What is the best 10-year run of Texas draft picks since the league went to seven rounds?
From 1997-2007, a run that includes the best seasons under master recruiter Mack Brown, Texas produced 40 NFL picks, including seven in one draft in 2007. Of those 40, 14 were taken in the first round of the draft, including top five picks Vince Young, Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, Bryant Westbrook, Leonard Davis, Mike Williams and Quentin Jammer. Some of the other players include possible NFL Hall of Famers like Casey Hampton and Derrick Johnson and key Super Bowl contributors like Dan Neil and Aaron Ross.
This 10 year run featured six drafts in which two Longhorns were picked in first round, the last being in 2007 when Michael Griffin and Ross were selected by the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants.
The NFL Draft went to seven rounds in 1994. Before that happened Texas had large amounts of players taken in single drafts. In 1984, 17 Longhorns were taken, including 10 in the first seven rounds alone. In that draft, Mossy Cade was the lone first round pick.
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