For the first time since 1937, the Texas Longhorns failed to have a single player selected in the NFL draft, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
The draft is over. No Texas players for the first time since 1937. Unbelievable.— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 10, 2014
Who said Mack Brown couldn't develop talent?
Wide receiver Mike Davis, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, defensive tackle Chris Whaley and cornerback Carrington Byndom were among the Longhorns with draft aspirations, but they've instead joined the ranks of the undrafted free agents.
Jeffcoat said that he does have some opportunities available to him, per Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman:
Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat says "haven't decided where I'm going but I have options." @statesman— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) May 11, 2014
Prior to his resignation in December of 2013, one of Brown's biggest knocks was his inability to make the most out of his impressive recruiting classes. He could get the players to come to Austin, but once there, their potential was spoiled.
Take a look at how the 2010 class ended up:
The 2010 Texas recruiting class had two 5 Stars and 19 4 Stars. None have been drafted. That's how you develop talent, Mack.— Good Bull Hunting (@GBHunting) May 10, 2014
Baylor head coach Art Briles alluded to the fact that five players from his program will be playing on Sundays:
The fact that Texas failed to get a single player drafted is another sign of how far the Longhorns have fallen down the totem pole. This isn't some plucky school from a non-AQ conference which is happy to get a guy taken in the second or third round. Texas has the richest football program in the country. To have zero players drafted is unacceptable.
This is also a likely factor in the Longhorns' decision to bring former Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to Austin:
There's a reason Charlie Strong is now at Texas. That's pretty clear over the last 2 days.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 10, 2014
Louisville had four players taken in the draft, including three in the first round. One of Strong's most impressive accomplishments with the Cardinals was the way in which he got the most out of his players.
The 2014 NFL draft will likely serve as a nadir for Texas football, or at least as much as an NFL draft can be a low point for the school.
Now Strong can come in and work with a clean slate to a certain extent. Given his track record at Louisville, hopefully this is the last time Texas is absent during the draft.