For the first time in 77 years, no Texas Longhorns were drafted

  • Marcus Burnan
Alex Okafor, the last Texas Longhorn selected before a 77-year streak ended. (Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE)

Alex Okafor, the last Texas Longhorn selected before a 77-year streak ended. (Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE)

With the 256th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft the Houston Texans selected free safety Lonnie Ballentine from the University of Memphis.  With the selection of Ballentine, the NFL Draft was brought to a close.

One of the more surprising things about the previous 255 picks made by teams before Ballentine was that not one single player taken was from the University of Texas.

Not one.

The last time a member of the Texas Longhorns wasn’t taken at any point in the NFL Draft was in 1937, seventy-seven years ago.  The last player to be drafted out of the University of Texas was Alex Okafor who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 103rd overall pick in the fourth round in 2013.

The 77-year streak started in 1938 when Hugh Wolfe was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round, 19th overall.  The Pirates would become the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1940.

The Longhorns has six draft prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, all six of them went undrafted.  Other college progtrams to have at least one player drafted include:

It’s sad, but not really surprising.  The Longhorns have had some tough years wince winning the 2006 Rose Bowl.  The teams’ struggles came to a head in 2013 when long term head coach Mack Brown resigned.  With new head coach Charlie Strong, the Longhorns will be looking to start a new streak starting with the 2015 Draft.

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