NASHVILLE (KXAN) — It was a long wait, but Charles Omenihu won’t have to go far for his NFL assignment.
The Rowlett, Texas native is heading to Houston as the Texans fifth round pick (161st overall) becoming the first Texas Longhorn selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Omenihu, the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, is a true success story coming to Texas as a raw athlete that developed into a massive defensive end after four years in the Texas program.
Omenihu was recruited under former coach Charlie Strong and developed into a full-time starter during his junior and senior seasons. In 2018, Omenihu accumulated 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss earning first-team All-Big 12.
It’s no secret the Texans deploy some of the best defensive lineman in the league with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. As a fifth round pick, Omenihu will have the opportunity to learn at the highest level.
Boyd to Minnesota
Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd is joining a friend and former Texas teammate in Minnesota.
Drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round (217th overall), Boyd will be teaming up with Holton Hill, who signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2018.
Boyd started 33 games for the Longhorns and was named first-team All-Big 12 for the 2018 season as he compiled 67 tackles, 1 interception and a team-high 16 pass breakups.
Undrafted Free Agent signings
Texas finished with two drafted players, meaning there are 13 players from the 2018 roster eligible to sign as undrafted free agents.
Here’s a list that will be updated as more players announce their plans
Lil’Jordan Humphrey (WR) – New Orleans Saints
Gary Johnson (LB) – Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Nelson (DL) – Pittsburgh Steelers
Calvin Anderson (OL) – New England Patriots
Andrew Beck (TE) – New England Patriots
Davante Davis (DB) – Seattle Seahawks
Breckyn Hager (LB) – New York Giants
Patrick Vahe (OL) – Baltimore Ravens
Anthony Wheeler (LB) – Arizona Cardinals
P.J. Locke (DB) – Pittsburgh Steelers
Elijiah Rodriguez (OL) – New Orleans Saints
GOD is Good! 🙏🏽 If anybody know me. Y’all know what’s about to go down! Thank you #steelersnation for the opportunity and believing in me. 💛🖤💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/K028I8wO6i — James “PJ” Locke III🤭👑 (@PjLocke4) April 29, 2019