There were 256 players taken in the 2014 NFL draft, and not a single one of them played for the University of Texas last season. Thanks to Cedric Reed, the 'Horns have a chance to break back into the first round of next year's draft.
By not having a player selected this year, the Longhorns snapped a 76-year streak of having at least one player drafted, the longest in the nation. The end of the streak represents that latest and final failure of Mack Brown, whose loaded 2010 recruiting class failed to produce a single NFL draft pick.
There is, however, some semblance of a silver lining for Texas fans. New head coach Charlie Strong had three players selected in the first round from his previous stint at Louisville, which tied Texas A&M for the most of any collegiate program.
The second reason for optimism is that Strong will send Reed and his early-round potential to New York to show the program is getting back on track.