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NFL Draft 2012: Keenan Robinson to Washington

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Of the two former position mates, Keenan Robinson was selected before Emmanuel Acho.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Of the two former position mates, Keenan Robinson was selected before Emmanuel Acho. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It was a long wait for Texas fans to see the first former Longhorn drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft -- the third day and fourth round, when the Washington Redskins took linebacker Keenan Robinson off the board with the 119th pick.

Success on the football field under Mack Brown had always translated into high draft picks throughout most of his tenure at Texas, often with multiple players taken in the early rounds, but this was a historically-significant wait, as it was the first time since 2000 that no Longhorn had gone in the first three rounds. In that year, defensive end Cedric Woodard was the only Texas player drafted and went in the sixth round.

With linebacker Emmanuel Acho and defensive tackle Kheeston Randall both expected to come off the board at some point this weekend, it would be a shock for Robinson to be the only player drafted. However, the lack of high draft picks only provides further illustration as to the causes of 13-12 -- the program simply didn't have enough veteran talent.

As for where Robinson fits in as a Redskin, it's a bit of a surprise to see him drafted by a 3-4 defensive team that uses another former Longhorn in Brian Orakpo at outside linebacker. Robinson should play on the outside in the nation's capital, as he won't have the capability of playing inside at the professional level, and it is possible that Washington likes him better as a pass rusher than many other teams. However Robinson ends up being used, he'll bring a ton of coverage versatility to the position with this athleticism.