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Longhorns shut out of NFL draft for first time since 1937

Jackson Jeffcoat, the Longhorns' highest rated draft prospect, signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Jackson Jeffcoat, the Longhorns' highest rated draft prospect, signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The NFL draft was completed without a Texas Longhorn being selected for the first time since 1937. Texas was tied with Notre Dame for the NCAA's longest draft streak until Saturday's seventh and final round ended with Memphis safety Lonnie Ballentine being taken by the Texans.

The program's 30-21 record over the last four seasons led to a program-wide shakeup that included Mack Brown stepping down and the arrival of Charlie Strong this offseason. But the Longhorns still entered the 2014 draft with All-Amercan defensive end and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jackson Jeffcoat atop a list of seven potential draftees includng wide receiver Mike Davis, cornerback Carrington Byndom, kicker Anthony Fera, offensive linemen Trey Hopkins and Donald Hopkins, and defensive tackle Chris Whaley.

Jeffcoat quickly signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.

Strong's arrival in Austin could give school boosters even more reason for hope. The Louisville program he recruited and coached prior to replacing Brown landed three players in the first round in safety Calvin Pryor, defensive end Marcus Smith and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

JOHNSON: Burning questions for the Longhorns and other programs

 

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