Texas Has 0 Players Selected in 2022 NFL Draft; 4th Time Since 2014 Having 1 or Fewer

Adam WellsApril 30, 2022

AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 23: Texas Longhorns helmets are seen on the field before the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season in 2021, the University of Texas generated no interest from teams during the 2022 NFL draft.

Per The Athletic's Stewart Mandel, this marks the fourth time since 2014 the Longhorns have had one or fewer players drafted:

Stewart Mandel @slmandel

This is the fourth time since 2014 the Texas Longhorns had 0 or 1 player drafted. <br><br>Richest athletic department in the county.<br><br>Most talent-rich state in the country. <br><br>You would think it impossible.

By comparison, the University of Georgia set a record this year for most drafted players from a single school:

Matt Brown @MattBrownCFB

Most picks from one school since draft moved to seven rounds<br><br>2022 Georgia 15<br>2004 Ohio State 14<br>2020 LSU 14<br>2016 Ohio State 12<br>2018 Alabama 12<br>2002 Miami 11<br>2005 Oklahoma 11<br>2006 USC 11<br>2009 USC 11<br>2013 FSU 11<br>2015 FSU 11<br>2017 Michigan 11

There were a total of 12 Texas players eligible to be drafted, though none of them were expected to drum up significant interest from the NFL.

Cornerback Josh Thompson was the only Longhorn ranked on B/R NFL Scouting Department's Top 300 big board. He came in at No. 258 overall.

The Longhorns had been doing a good job in recent years of sending prospects to the NFL. There were a total of nine Texas players drafted in the previous two years combined, including five in 2021. It was their most draftees in a single year since 2015.

The last time no Texas players were drafted was 2014.

During the common-draft era (since 1967), Texas has had 219 players selected by NFL teams. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown is the program's most recent first-round pick. He went No. 32 overall to the New England Patriots in 2015.

The Longhorns are coming off a 5-7 record in Steve Sarkisian's first season as head coach. The offense did fare well, averaging 35.2 points per game. But the defense ranked 99th in the nation with 31.1 points allowed per game.

Sarkisian looks to have the program trending in the right direction with a top-five incoming recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Texas has been ranked in the Top 10 of the final Associated Press poll just once since 2010.