Texas had just one player, 2,000-yard rusher D’Onta Foreman, selected in the 2017 NFL draft, and the Longhorns have produced only seven draft picks the past four years.
That ties for the second-worst four-year stretch in school history (1993-96); the only one worse was from 1938-41 — the first four years of the draft — when Texas had five players selected.
Rivals Texas A&M (five picks) and Oklahoma (four) dominated the 2017 draft compared to Texas.
Because of the successful recruiting done by Charlie Strong in his final two years and Tom Herman’s first class, Texas is on the way to having players that not only will play in the NFL but will help the Longhorns win again in the fall.
As we look toward the 2018 NFL draft, here’s a list of the five Longhorns players who appear most likely to be selected. Because of the youth on the roster, most of these players would have to declare early to the NFL.
OT Connor Williams
The buzz: Williams (6 feet 6, 320 pounds) has been outstanding from the moment he stepped on campus as a three-star recruit out of Coppell (Texas) High. Heading into his junior season, he has started every game of his Texas career and earned some first-team All-America mention in 2016. He will go into the season generally considered one of the top two draft-eligible tackles (the other is Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey). Williams could be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, which would be notable for a Texas program that, incredibly, has not had an offensive lineman drafted since 2008.
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