The weekend didn't end how the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year envisioned it would. But he has found himself joining the reigning Super Bowl champions, who have a history of turning overlooked draft prospects into key contributors.
Jeffcoat told HornsDigest on Wednesday that he thought he'd be drafted in the second or third round. But despite that, and feeling like he played like a first rounder as a senior, Jeffcoat wasn't one of the 23 DEs selected in the draft.
A consensus All-American, Jeffcoat won the Ted Hendricks award as the nation's top defensive end.
The JUCO transfer, who started 24 of his 25 games in his two seasons on the 40 Acres, was one of 15 free agent signings for the Eagles.
Hawkins (6-foot-4, 301 pounds) was also a pillar in the classroom where he was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
That focus in the classroom as well as his production on the field could lead more junior college players to find their way to Austin, which was once foreign ground to juco players.
DT Chris Whaley
Had Whaley not missed the final four games of 2013 due to a knee injury, perhaps his name does get called over the weekend.
Whaley, who played his first 12 games in a UT uniform at running back, was an honorable mention All-Big 12 defensive tackle last season after posting 25 tackles, including five for a loss, and two fumble recoveries. He was the first defensive tackle in school history to have two defensive touchdowns in the same season.
Whaley was invited to the NFL Combine but was unable to participate due to injury. He'll join former Longhorn RB-turned-DT Henry Melton, who signed with the Cowboys this offseason.
WR Mike Davis
Davis put together one of the most impressive careers of any receiver in school history, but had to wait until free agency to get picked up.
Davis ended his career fourth on the Texas all-time receptions list (200), fourth in receiving yards (2,753) and fifth in career receiving TDs (18). He is one of only three players in school history with at least 200 receptions and more than 2,700 receiving yards (also Jordan Shipley and Roy Williams).
He was also a two-time member of Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
OG Trey Hopkins
Hopkins was a model of consistency in a career full of change at Texas. He started 28 games at left guard and 14 at right tackle, all while becoming a two-time All-Big 12 selection.
But there was some knock on his size, which probably cost him the chance of getting drafted. He told HornsDigest that his best bet was the sixth or seventh round.
Hopkins tested out really well at Texas' pro day where he surprised himself with a 32-inch vertical jump and proved he had some pop by benching 225 pounds 28 times, which would have been good enough to tie for 14th at the NFL Combine.
An incredibly savvy player, it won't be a mental issue adjusting to life in the NFL. It's the physical aspect that he'll have to concur, which he believes he's done a good job of to this point.
Byndom became a fixture opposite Quandre Diggs as Texas' go-to cornerbacks over his four-year career. He finished his career with 39 consecutive starts, which was tied for second on the team at the end of 2013.
A two-time All-Big 12 selection (2011, 2013), Byndom's 29 career pass breakups were three shy of Diggs for the team lead.