DeShon Elliott, the former Texas safety, was busy on social media Saturday, talking up his new team.
Elliott, dubbed “the Joker,” first tweeted, “I LOVE BALTIMORE ALREADY !!!!!”
Elliott was one of two UT players selected on the last day of the NFL draft. When he gave up his final year of eligibility last December and declined to play in the Longhorns’ bowl game, he probably believed he’d be selected higher than the sixth round. He went with pick No. 190.
Elliott tweeted about that, too, writing, “Baltimore just got the HUGEST steal of the Draft.” He later admitted to wiping away tears when he got he call from Baltimore General Manager Ozzie Newsome, who then put him on the phone with coach John Harbaugh.
The final day of the draft, when the NFL conducts rounds four through seven, is a time for bargain finds as teams sift through prospects. The NFL selected 155 players Saturday, ranging from Indiana tight end Ian Thomas, the first pick of the fourth round, to SMU receiver Trey Quinn, who earned “Mr. Irrelevant” status as the final selection.
Elliott and punter Michael Dickson were among four UT players picked Friday and Saturday. Seattle selected Dickson, the best punter in the country last fall, in the fifth round. He was the first kicker of any sort selected in the draft.
Dickson posted on Twitter: “Doesn’t feel like real life. So honoured and thankful to be a part of the @Seahawks.”
On Friday, offensive tackle Connor Williams was selected by Dallas in the second round. He already was at AT&T Stadium, so he didn’t need to go far to meet his new teammates.
Linebacker Malik Jefferson was picked by Cincinnati in the third round. He flew to Cincy on Saturday and was introduced to the media.
Overall, 20 Big 12 players were selected. That was a rebound from a year ago, when the conference had only 14 picks, an all-time low for the league.
Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each had four players drafted. Cornerback D.J. Reed, a fifth-rounder, allowed Kansas State to extend its draft streak to 25 straight years with at least one player selected. Baylor and Iowa State were the only teams not to have at least one player picked. It had been a decade since the Bears were shut out in the draft.
Texas Tech receiver Keke Coutee was the fourth-round selection of the Houston Texans, going with pick No. 103. Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstong, who grew up in Houston, was drafted by Dallas 13 spots later.
“This is like the most perfect thing that ever happened to me,” Coutee said. “To grow up an hour from Houston, just to be able to play for the Texans, you know, that’s just truly a blessing. I’m just really excited to be out there.”
Kansas coach David Beaty was so excited for Armstrong that he used FaceTime to call him, allowing Armstrong to speak to his former teammates as they readied for their spring game.
Dallas wasn’t finished with Big 12 players. The Cowboys traded with the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday for receiver Tavon Austin, a former first-rounder who was a two-time All-American at West Virginia.
Dallas tried to fill its need for a quality tight end late in the fourth round, selecting Stanford’s Dalton Schultz, who was all Pac-12 last fall. Schultz blocked for tailback Bryce Love and caught 22 passes for 212 yards. Stanford relies heavily on the tight end in its offense, so Schultz will come prepared for the pros.
The Cowboys used a fifth-round pick to draft Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White, a former high school pitcher. In two years as a starter, he was highly accurate with few interceptions. He was the eighth quarterback selected in the draft and the second to go Saturday.
The Cowboys finished with Alabama power back Bo Scarbrough, one of 12 Crimson Tide players drafted.
Texas A&M had three players picked, including two Saturday. Safety Armani Watts was picked by Kansas City in the fourth round, and receiver Damion Ratley was selected by Cleveland with the top pick of the sixth round. Christian Kirk was a second-round pick Friday.
BIG 12 DRAFT PICKS
1. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) — Cleveland
50. Connor Williams (Texas) — Dallas
60. James Washington (Oklahoma State) — Pittsburgh
76. Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) — Pittsburgh
78. Malik Jefferson (Texas) — Cincinnati
83. Orlando Brown (Oklahoma) — Baltimore
86. Mark Andrews (Oklahoma) — Baltimore
89. Joseph Noteboom (TCU) — Los Angeles Rams
103. KeKe Coutee (Texas Tech) — Houston
116. Dorance Armstrong (Kansas) — Dallas
119. Kyzir White (West Virginia) — Los Angeles Chargers
142. D.J. Reed (Kansas State) — San Francisco
146. Tre Flowers (Oklahoma State) — Seattle
149. Michael Dickson (Texas) — Seattle
160. Ogbo Okoronkwo (Oklahoma) — Rams
190. DeShon Elliott (Texas) — Baltimore
191. Dylan Cantrell (Texas Tech) — Chargers
206. Matt Pryor (TCU) — Philadelphia
228. Marcell Ateman (Oklahoma State) — Oakland
231. Travis Howard (TCU) — Rams