It’s been over 70 years since an entire NFL draft has elapsed without a Texas Longhorn being selected. Such is the state of Longhorns football at the moment. While the Longhorns will surely be back, one of their only players to even make an NFL roster after the draft stands poised to make a big impact in his rookie year. Jackson Jeffcoat — voted as one of the best defensive lineman in the Big 12 last year — recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
If he doesn’t make the squad coming out of training camp, it won’t be for lack of motivation.
Jeffcoat was plenty steamed about his exclusion from the draft and seems ready to prove himself on the field. When he discussed his decision to join the Seahawks, he had plenty to say.
“When Coach Norton called me after the draft, I was mad and he could tell,” Jeffcoat said, via the Dallas Morning News.
“I think he liked that because this team likes players with a chip on their shoulder. I felt I should have been a first-rounder coming out. They told me they had undrafted guys come here and do well. That excited me.”
This appears to be a typical Seattle move.
Find a talented, motivated guy, and play on that motivation.
The Seahawks want their players to be in top shape both in a physical and a cerebral fashion. Jeffcoat believes he’s a first round talent and now he has a chance to prove that and make a team that allowed Chris Clemons and Red Bryant to depart from its defensive line.
It’s a perfect opportunity for a kid to get some playing time on a championship team.
If Jeffcoat is really as good as he claims, this could be yet another under-the-radar move made by the Seahawks that pays huge dividends against the minimal risk that comes with signing an undrafted free agent.