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NFL Teams Shun Texas In Draft

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Not even Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jackson Jeffcoat could save the Texas Longhorns' streak of consecutive years with at least one player drafted, which ended at 76. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images.
Not even Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jackson Jeffcoat could save the Texas Longhorns' streak of consecutive years with at least one player drafted, which ended at 76. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images.

The NFL took the axiom to heart during this weekend's draft: Don't mess with Texas.

For the first time since 1937, NFL teams selected zero Texas Longhorns. UT became one of only four power-conference teams without a drafted player (Northwestern, Illinois, Kansas) and gave up the longest streak of at least one drafted player every year. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Notre Dame now claims that distinction at 77 years.

Jackson Jeffcoat, an All-American defensive end and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, made 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in 2013. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent and headlined NFL.com's All-Undrafted team.

Meanwhile, 14 players from other Texas schools went during the draft's seven rounds. Even schools like Saginaw Valley and football powerhouse Princeton had one player drafted. 

Jeffcoat was part of the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN. The group didn't live up to its billing, going 30-21 in four seasons.

Meanwhile, new coach Charlie Strong helped Louisville produce three first-round picks this year. He'll need to sign, and more importantly develop, that kind of talent if the Longhorns are to again contend for national championships.