Randall Slides to Seventh Round

Kheeston Randall fell a bit lower than expected in this weekend's NFL Draft, going 215th overall to the Miami Dolphins.

Randall was projected as a fourth-to-fifth round pick, but the 6-foot-5, 293-pounder had to wait a little longer to become the fourth Longhorn defensive tackles selected in the last five years. Overall, a Texas defensive lineman has been selected in seven straight NFL Drafts.

"Kheeston Randall made more improvement last year than maybe any player we've seen at defensive tackle," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "He became a force on the inside and he and our two linebackers are really going to be hard to replace."

Interestingly enough, the last Longhorn selected by the Miami Dolphins was another defensive tackle: Rodrique Wright in 2006.

Randall started 35 games at Texas and posted 98 tackles (49 solo), four sacks, 21 TFL, 25 pressures, six PBU, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks.

This year, Randall made 34 tackles, five for loss, and a sack, earning him first-team All-Big 12 honors according to both the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

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