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The Texas Longhorns Had Zero Players Drafted in 2022 NFL Draft

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The Texas Longhorns were shut out in 2022 NFL Draft picks.

There were 262 players selected between Thursday night and Saturday, and once Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy was taken by the 49ers with the last pick of the 7th round, also known as Mr. Irrelevant, that made it official that the Longhorns would have zero players drafted for the first time since the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

It’s not exactly a shocker, as Texas is coming off a 5-7 season under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. But regardless, it’s still a program that has consistently ranked in the Top 10 to 15 in the country in recruiting classes, year in and year out. To not have a single player drafted is in many ways an indictment on former head coach Tom Herman and Sarkisian’s lack of development in recent seasons.

By comparison, even the Kansas Jayhawks had a player, Kyron Johnson, taken in the draft. Kansas has had seven players drafted in the last 12 years.

In the 2021 NFL Draft, Texas had five players drafted in Samuel Cosmi, Joseph Ossai, Ta’Quon Graham, Caden Sterns and Sam Ehlinger.

If there is one thing for Texas to hang its hang on it’s this: The Longhorns still hold the record for most players taken in a single draft with 17 back in 1984. Georgia came close this year with 15. However, there is a kicker: Texas’ 14 players were taken in the 12-round format, while Georgia’s came in the current seven round format.

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