Where Texas ranks all-time in first-round NFL Draft picks

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The 2022 NFL Draft likely isn’t going to have a whole lot going on for former Texas football players. Texas has a good shot of going throughout the entire seven rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft without a single pick among their former players.

Yet, that doesn’t mean that the Longhorns don’t have a long history of first-round NFL Draft picks worth talking about. Texas definitely has a long history of feeding quality players into the first round of the NFL Draft.

A piece from 247Sports this week highlights Texas as tied with the Florida State Seminoles for the 11th most first-round NFL Draft picks of any college football program in the country. Both Texas and Florida State have 45 first-round draft picks in each program’s history, respectively.

But the most recent first-round draft pick for the Longhorns was a good while ago. The last former Longhorn to get picked in the first round of the NFL Draft is the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malcom Brown, who was selected with the last pick of the first round in 2015 by the New England Patriots.

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Moreover, one other aspect worth noting for the history of Longhorns players in the NFL Draft is the fact that this program has the biggest draft class of any college ever. According to Sporting News, the 1984 Texas NFL Draft class was the biggest of any college of all-time with 17 players getting selected.

Texas had one player picked in the first round in 1984, which was defensive back Mossy Cade, who went sixth overall to the San Diego Chargers.

There are also three players in the history of the Longhorns program that were picked first overall in the NFL Draft. Those three are linebacker Tommy Nobis (1966), running back Earl Campbell (1978), and wide receiver Kenneth Sims (1982).

In total, the Longhorns had 369 players drafted into the NFL in the program’s history. That is also good to sit in the top 15 among programs with the most draft picks of all time in the NFL.

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The 2022 NFL Draft is set to begin on April 28, and wrap up with the final rounds on April 30. The two former Longhorns players to watch in this draft class (that could at least be selected on day three) are senior defensive back Josh Thompson and senior kicker Cameron Dicker.