Top 22 Countdown: No. 16

We continue our countdown of the top 22 most important players to Texas’ success in 2014. We’ll run these every Tuesday and Thursday.

Here is a look at our previous selections:

No. 22.

No. 21.

No. 20.

No. 19.

No. 18.

No. 17.

Chip’s Pick

S Mykkele Thompson


6-2, 183

Thompson has lined up almost exclusively at safety for Texas in his first three years as a Longhorn with less-than-impressive results. But would you believe me when I tell you NFL scouts are fascinated by Thompson, who is listed at 6-2 and 183 pounds ... as a cornerback.

And defensive coordinator Vance Bedford may agree with them. During the spring, when Texas went to nickel, walk-on Dylan Haines came in at safety, and Thompson moved over to corner (with Quandre Diggs moving from CB to nickel back).

Scouts love Thompson's speed, change of direction and size (6-2,183) ... especially as a CB.

William’s Pick

OG Sedrick Flowers


6-3, 317

After two years of waiting behind fellow Galena Park North Shore alum Trey Hopkins, Flowers finally gets his chance to shine. And he should do well.

While he’s not a stone cold lock to start at left guard the thinking is he will just as he did in the Alamo Bowl in place of Hopkins, who moved over to right tackle.

According to sources, Flowers is somewhat of a Hopkins mold. He’s similar in body type and has a high football IQ, which apparently can’t be said for everyone on the line. Though he’s only started in one game, he’s seen time in 18 games and that experience should help calm any nerves/answer any questions left tackle Desmond Harrison might have.

That experience should also come in handy while Texas continues to try and build depth across the OL. Flowers will likely be competing against Rami Hammad at LG. Regardless of who starts (I think it will be Flowers) Flowers’ experience should come in handy with the younger players. His familiarity with Dominic Espinosa could give him an edge too.

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