Dec 30, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas coach Mack Brown sings the school song after the game against Oregon Ducks at Alamo Dome. Oregon defeated Texas 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: No Texas Longhorns drafted for first time since 1937


In 1937, the Cotton Bowl classic was played for the first time in Dallas, Tx.

Cy Young was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

The National Basketball Association was formed.

Joe Louis defeated James J. Braddock to win the World Heavyweight Championship of boxing.

War Admiral won the Triple Crown of horse racing.

And every year since then, the Texas Longhorns have had at least one person selected in the NFL Draft…until this past weekend.

A streak of 77 years was snapped, as the six draft hopefuls that wore Texas uniforms were left with their names uncalled through the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, even Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Jackson Jeffcoat.

The lack of Longhorns selected in the draft only solidified the ouster of Mack Brown, who many argued was no longer able to evaluate talent. Brown’s replacement, Charlie Strong, had three of his former Louisville players selected in the first round of the draft.

The state of Texas as a whole had 14 players selected, with Baylor leading the charge, having 5 players drafted.

The 77-year-old streak was the longest in the nation, which now moves to Notre Dame, who has had at least one player selected since 1938.

 

Texas football has a long road back to prominence, and Charlie Strong has his work cut out for him.

 

 

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