clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Texas Longhorns UDFA tracker

The real fireworks for former 'Horns started after the draft ended.

Texas athletics

While early entrant defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was the only draft-eligible Texas Longhorns player selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, the hours that followed the conclusion of the seven rounds was a busy time for a number of former 'Horns who signed undrafted free agent contracts.

Here's a look at all the players who will have a chance to make NFL rosters:

Wide receiver Marcus Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles -- An ankle injury limited Johnson through much of his senior season, reducing his contributions to a big game against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, but ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash at the Texas Pro Day in March and also recorded 22 reps on the bench press and a 37-inch vertical leap.

Wide receiver Daje Johnson, Atlanta Falcons -- The oft-injured and oft-troubled Pflugerville product also had a disappointing senior season and also helped himself somewhat at the Pro Day, running a 4.39 40-yard dash and posting a 38-inch vertical leap. However, he tweaked his hamstring and wasn't able to go through position drills. Given his inconsistent hands at Texas, his best bet to make a roster may be as a third-down back and return man.

Defensive end Shiro Davis, Washington Redskins -- As always, Davis proved himself to still be the workout wonder he was in high school after concluding his disappointing career at Texas, running a mid 4.7 40-yard dash with 29 reps on the bench press and a 10'5 broad jump with a 34.5-inch vertical leap at close to 270 pounds. The big question is whether that athleticism can transfer onto the field in a way that it did not in Austin.

Defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs -- Jackson will try to make his way as a pure nose tackle in the NFL and his strength -- 36 reps on the bench press at the Texas Pro Day, could help him stick around the league.

Cornerback Duke Thomas, Houston Texans -- Thomas ran well at the Texas Pro Day and put a versatile season on film as a senior by playing nickel, safety, and some dime linebacker for the 'Horns. His physicality and leadership ability make him one of the best bets to stick in the league, but he does have a slight frame and lacks ideal height, so he has some limitations to overcome.

Kicker Nick Rose, Atlanta Falcons -- After leading the country in touchback rate in 2014 and finishing third in that category in 2015, Rose could help the Falcons as a kickoff specialist, but few teams carry two kickers, so he'll have to show more consistency on field goals to stick in the NFL.

And a list of the players who have not signed undrafted free agent contracts as of Sunday morning:

  • Running back Johnathan Gray -- Recovering from his second Achilles injury.
  • Fullback Alex De La Torre -- Announced on Sunday that he will be going into coaching.
  • Offensive guard Sedrick Flowers
  • Offensive center Taylor Doyle
  • Offensive tackle Marcus Hutchins
  • Linebacker Peter Jinkens -- Recovering from an ACL tear.