Top 22 Countdown: No. 21

Twice a week over the next 11 weeks Chip Brown and William Wilkerson will countdown their most important 22 players to Texas' success in 2014.

Chip's pick:

LB Steve Edmond



The middle linebacker play at Texas has been so erratic the past three seasons it's almost hard to put either Steve Edmond or Dalton Santos in the top 22 players on the team right now.

But it's such a critical position, and Edmond made some big-time plays last season, including the interception in the end zone to kill West Virginia's overtime hopes in November, that I'll rank Edmond No. 21.

Texas has missed so badly at the LB position in recruiting most of the last six years (with the exceptions of Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson) that it's hard to project where Edmond should be at this point in his career.

The UT defensive coaches love Edmond's effort. If they can clean up his technique by making his feet and hands more efficient, Edmond (who overcame a lacerated liver vs Texas Tech WR Eric Ward last season) just might realize his potential as a senior.

William's pick:

DE Caleb Bluiett


6-3, 264

Something tells me that Bluiett is going to surprise some people this season, and that could be just what Chris Rumph was hoping for to get Shiro Davis in gear.

Bluiett, for the second straight year, had a great showing during the spring game. Only I think that will carry over to the fall this time around.

While I do expect Davis to get the nod at the other DE spot across from Cedric Reed, I think Bluiett's motor and abilities will earn him PT. He's such a hard worker that he won't give Davis the ability to take reps off or he'll get replaced.

That alone is worthy enough to have him at No. 21 but I think he'll make an impact on the field too.

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