AUSTIN (KXAN) — Last year, the Longhorns’ 76-year streak of having a player taken in the NFL Draft came to an end. It was the longest such streak in the country, dating back to 1937.
But six Texas players ended up making NFL rosters as free agents in 2014.
“Maybe some of the people made mistakes in the draft cause they were good enough players, and if they’re playing on teams, maybe [NFL teams] messed up, not us,” Mack Brown said two weeks ago at the third annual Mack, Jack and McConaughey golf tournament.
The players that were passed over in the 2014 draft were the last senior class to be coached by Brown, who resigned as head coach of the Longhorns at the end of the 2013 season.
Of the six Longhorns from that senior class, four, Carrington Byndom (Carolina), Donald Hawkins (Dallas), Jackson Jeffcoat (Washington) and Adrian Phillips (San Diego), played in at least one game last year. Jeffcoat was the only one to start a game.
“I followed the Jackson Jeffcoats and the Donald Hawkins and all those guys that made teams last year,” Brown said.
The 2015 Draft, which starts tonight in Chicago, is expected to have a more burnt orange feel than last year. Defensive lineman Malcom Brown, who left Texas early to enter the draft, is expected to be taken in the first round. Meanwhile, seniors Quandre Diggs and Jordan Hicks are hoping to hear their names called later in the weekend.
“There’s a bunch of guys that are gonna get drafted this year,” Brown said. “It was one of our best senior classes. We will follow this draft just like they’re still our players cause we brought them here.”