On the bright side for Texas and new coach Charlie Strong, all of the Longhorns’ NFL Draft talent remains on the roster.
In one of the draft’s stunning developments, no Longhorn was selected during the draft’s seven rounds and 256 picks concluding on Saturday.
It’s the first time since 1938 that a Texas player wasn’t drafted, and it’s a big reason why the Big 12’s total number of drafted players hit an all-time low.
The 10 Big 12 teams combined for 17 selections, the fewest produced by the conference since its first draft in 1997.
The past three drafts have been from a pool of 10 teams. Last year’s total of 22 selections had been the lowest, and the 2004 class that produced 24 draftees was the lowest in the 15 years of the 12-team league.
It wasn’t a total loss day for Strong, who came to Texas from Louisville. Three Cardinals were selected in the first round, matching Texas A as the most first-round picks from one school.
Perhaps Texas and Strong can find some comfort in Alabama. The 2008 NFL Draft passed without a Crimson Tide player selected. Two years later, Alabama beat Texas for the national championship, the first of three for the Tide in a four-year span.
The Southeastern Conference led the way with 49 players drafted, including the Chiefs’ first-round selection — Auburn defensive end Dee Ford — and what else is new?
In the 16 years of the Bowl Championship Series, the SEC had the most draft selections by one conference in all but one year.
The kingpin conference set a record with 63 selections last year, more than double the next highest conference, the Atlantic Coast’s 31.
The margin was closer this year. The ACC had 42 selections, the Pac-12 34 and the Big Ten 30. The Mountain West had 16, one fewer than the Big 12.
LSU had the most players selected, nine. Alabama and Notre Dame had eight each.
Baylor had the most selections from a Big 12 school with five. Oklahoma had four.
The Division II Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association had three players selected, as many as any conference below the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A). Four other Football Championship Subdivision leagues, including the Missouri Valley, matched the MIAA output.
The difference between MIAA programs and FCS? The maximum number of scholarships awarded in FCS is 63. In Division II it’s 36.NFL Draft picks by conference
|Alabama, Notre Dame||8|
|Ohio State, Stanford||6|