The Texas Longhorns had the longest streak of players getting selected to play professional football in all of college football coming into the 2014 NFL Draft. But that all came to an end on Saturday as Texas failed to get a single player drafted for the first time since 1937. It is a major low point for one of the college football’s proudest programs and will have to be one of the first things that new head coach Charlie Strong fixes under his regime.
While the Longhorns had some very talented prospects up for consideration in this year’s draft, the overall depth of talent and the recent struggles of the Texas program led to nothing but disappointment for former Longhorn standouts. Perhaps nothing could speak to the current state of the Texas program and its recent downturn quite like getting shut out of the NFL draft.
Meanwhile, Strong’s former team, the Louisville Cardinals, had three players taken in the first round alone and four total in the first three rounds. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, safety Calvin Pryor, and linebacker Marcus Smith all had their names called on Thursday night in the first round while linebacker Preston Brown was off the board on Friday in the third round. That was just one less player than the entire Big 12 had drafted in the first three rounds during the 2014 Draft.
Charlie Strong has a coaching style that has been shown to produce NFL talent. His approach instills toughness in his players and creates a non-stop motor that NFL teams covet at the next level. Giving him the resources and recruits that Texas has will only help him create more top NFL draft prospects in the very near future.
While the 2014 NFL Draft will go down as a dark day in the proud history for Texas football, fans can be assured that the darkness will be short lived. Charlie Strong can coach players to be NFL talents and will restore the Longhorns to draft relevancy where they belong.