Three University of Texas Longhorns were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, as LB Keenan Robinson was grabbed by the Washington Redskins in the 4th Round, LB Emmanuel Acho was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th Round, and DT Kheeston Randall was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th Round.
It was the fewest Texas players selected in the NFL Draft since 2005, when Cedric Benson (1st round, Cincinnati) and Bo Scaife (6th round, Tennessee) were the lone Longhorns drafted. This year also marked the first NFL Draft since 2000 that Texas did not have a player selected in one of the first three rounds. (Trivia time: who was the only Longhorn drafted in 2000, and what round was he selected?)
Both Washington Redskins fans and Cleveland Browns fans were excited by the selections of Robinson and Acho, respectively, while by the time Randall was drafted Dolphins fans just seemed.... well, exhausted. I don't blame them.
My boy Fozzy Whittaker did not get drafted, but is sure to sign as an undrafted free agent somewhere. I would have loved to see him in the black and gold, although Pittsburgh's drafting of Florida Gator Chris Rainey makes that unlikely. Also looking to sign as undrafted free agents are former Longhorns Cody Johnson, David Snow, Christian Scott, and Blake Gideon.
Thoughts on this year's NFL Draft? How did your favorite team do? My Steelers absolutely killed it, somehow landing David DeCastro at No. 24 in the first round, potential starting tackle Mike Adams in the second, high upside LB Sean Spence in round three, and trading up in the fourth to steal Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu. For my money, Kevin Colbert and Pittsburgh's scouting and development team is the absolute best in the business.