Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) reacts after tackling Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler (84) during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Bills 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Longhorn Headlines: Longhorns in the NFL

Headlines and happenings from around Longhorn Nation. Several former Longhorns are getting ready for the NFL season.

Alex Okafor’s first NFL season was cut short with a biceps injury. The 2013 fourth round draft pick had a strong OTA for the Arizona Cardinals, and could compete for significant playing time this fall.

If he continues to impress, he could be a part of a solid rotation at outside linebacker and give the team a young pass rushing threat, which is crucial because the team’s sack leader is John Abraham, who had 11.5 sacks in 2014, but is entering his 15th season in the league.

Keenan Robinson is another fourth round pick fighting the injury bug while trying to stick with the Washington Redskins. Robinson hopes this year will be different.

They believe in me, and they are showing they didn’t make the wrong decision in drafting me two years ago,” Robinson said. “I think my job is to be healthy and get back to where I feel comfortable, but to prove them right that they made the right decision.

Kenny Vaccaro was beginning to make an impact in his first NFL season before injuries derailed him.

Vaccaro finished third in the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year voting in 2013, when he was credited with 79 tackles, one sack, four tackles for losses, eight passes defended, an interception and a forced fumble.

Somehow Jackson Jeffcoat went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Seattle Seahawks signed Jeffcoat as an undrafted free agent. Now the former Longhorn looks to extend his playing career with the defending Super Bowl champions.

Seattle saw Jeffcoat as an option for his pass rush ability. It’s the benefit of the Seahawks having a deep defensive line and seeing the success last season of using a rotation of players. It also was another nod to Carroll’s mantra of finding the best skills in a player and trying to draw those out.

Justin Tucker missed only three field goals last season. Now he aims to improve on that number.

He went 38-for-41 on his attempts. Splitting the uprights 38 times was tied for the NFL lead with New England’s Stephen Gostkowski. Tucker’s 92.7 success rate was tied for sixth, also with Gostkowski.

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