The University of Texas and the NFL draft have enjoyed a long, fruitful relationship.
The league began its annual plucking of the nation’s top college football talent way back in 1936. After Texas players went undrafted for those first two years, the Longhorns never missed another draft. Heading into this year’s draft, which starts Thursday night, Texas holds the record for most consecutive drafts with at least one player chosen, at 75 and counting.
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PRODUCING NFL QUARTERBACKS
Where do the Texas Longhorns rank among their rivals and national contemporaries when it comes to getting quarterbacks drafted by the NFL?
USC;20;3 Pro Bowls between Pat Haden (1975), Carson Palmer (2002)
Stanford;19;4, including Plunkett, Elway and Luck, were No. 1 overall
Purdue;15;Len Dawson (1975), Bob Griese (1967), Drew Brees (2001) won 5 Super Bowls
Alabama;13;Starr (1956), Namath (1965), Stabler (1968). ‘Nuff said.
Oklahoma;8;Sam Bradford (2010), your current Rams starter
Texas A&M;8;Ryan Tannehill (2012), your current Dolphins starter
Texas;6;Bobby Layne (1948), Hall of Famer with the Lions
Houston;5;Fellow flops Andre Ware (1990), David Klingler (1992)
TCU;4;Then, Davey O’Brien (1939). Now, Andy Dalton (2012)
7 p.m. Thursday (Round 1), 5:30 p.m. Friday (Rounds 2-3), 11 a.m. Saturday (Rounds 4-7), ESPN, NFL Network, 104.9 (Thursday)