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NFL Draft Recap: Mack Curse Edition

Here's how a few draft-eligible Mack Brown Curse candidates fared during and after last week's draft.

Darrell Scott (class of 2008) - "Privately committed" to Texas before changing his mind on or just before signing day and giving his signature to Colorado. (The change of heart was said to be spurred at least partly by the change at running backs coach from Ken Rucker to Major Applewhite.) He became disgruntled with his carries very early in his sophomore year at Colorado and eventually transferred to South Florida. His college career produced 19 more rushing yards than that of Fozzy Whittaker, and 6 fewer offensive touchdowns.
Undrafted - He signed as a free agent with Dallas

John Brantley (class of 2007) - Committed to Texas before de-committing and giving a verbal pledge to Florida a month and a half before signing day. Had an injury-plagued and inconsistent career with the Gators.
Undrafted - He signed as a free agent with Baltimore.

Antoine Hicks (class of 2008) - A three-star athlete from Mansfield who signed with Texas a year after fellow Mansfield athlete John Chiles. Four months after signing day it was reported that he failed to get a high enough ACT score to enroll, then somehow qualified at TCU and played at receiver for the Horned Frogs for four years. He was a valuable contributor but never a star at TCU and finished his career with 76 catches for 1,069 yards and 9 touchdowns, and he scored another 8 touchdowns on the ground. He was suspended before the Poinsettia Bowl his senior year due to an unspecified violation of school policy.
Undrafted - He is currently a free agent.

Broadening the qualifications for membership in the Mack Curse Club, there are the players who simply turned down a Texas offer and signed elsewhere.

Richetti Jones (class of 2007) - A four-star defensive end who spurned a Texas offer for Oklahoma State. Finished his college career with 11 sacks, or 0.5 less than Jackson Jeffcoat has recorded in his first two seasons.
Undrafted - He signed as a free agent with Arizona.

Stephen Good (class of 2008) - Committed to Oklahoma a year before signing day, over offers from Texas and several other schools. Graded as a five-star tackle by Rivals, he played guard at OU and started a grand total of 11 games in his career, or 4 more than the far less heralded Josh Cochran did as a true freshman at Texas, and barely a third of the 32 career starts by David Snow, who Texas signed out of the same class.
Undrafted - He is currently a free agent. Meanwhile, his OU teammate Donald Stephenson, who was only a three-star player coming out of high school, started at left tackle for two years and was just drafted by Kansas City in the third round.

Lennon Creer (class of 2007) - A four-star running back who signed with Tennessee despite a strong push from Texas, whose only running back signees that year were Fozzy Whittaker and Cody Johnson. Creer left Tennessee after his sophomore year and transferred to Louisiana Tech. Overall he had an unspectacular but fairly productive career, totaling over 2,600 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground, but an injury-plagued senior season caused him to miss his last few games, and that - plus a very pedestrian 4.2 yards/carry average for the year - hurt whatever draft stock he had.
Undrafted - He signed as a free agent with Washington.


Then there are the players who signed with the good guys but left Texas and transferred elsewhere, usually because of playing time issues. No ill will is directed toward them.

G.J. Kinne (class of 2007) - A three-star quarterback who originally committed to Baylor but switched to Texas after John Brantley's late defection to Florida necessitated a QB take in the class. He transferred to Tulsa after redshirting his freshman year and started for three seasons with the Golden Hurricane, compiling over 9,400 yards and 81 touchdowns through the air, and gaining another 1,365 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Undrafted - He signed as a free agent with the New York Jets, who, incidentally, also invited QB Matt Simms - the younger brother of former Longhorn Chris Simms - in for a tryout at their rookie mini-camp.

Aundre McGaskey (class of 2007) - A four-star guard who appeared in several games on special teams but wasn't in the mix to be a starter. He transferred after his redshirt freshman season, and eventually landed at New Mexico State, where he started at tackle for two years.
Undrafted - He is currently a free agent, and seems to have more of a future in fashion than football. On his Twitter page he states, "I'm a Athlete,Student of Life,Fashion Fiend,Clothing line owner...", and his Linkedin page names him C.E.O. of Artistik Mind Clothing (since June 2010). Best of luck to him.

And not worth mentioning at length are those who would have been seniors and draft-eligibles but decommitted, transferred and/or fell off the football map altogether. This group would include: dodged bullet one-time Texas commit Jerrod Gooch, an offensive lineman who signed with Texas Tech and was never heard from again after redshirting his first year; and Andre Jones, a stud class of 2007 defensive tackle who was dismissed from UT after he plead guilty and received deferred adjudication for a home invasion robbery, then floated from UTEP to Division II Tarleton State (where he recorded 29 tackles - including 5 TFL and a half-sack - in 2009), to Navarro Junior College, before signing with Tarleton State again in 2011, but wasn't on their roster last fall.

Did I miss any others?

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