LONGHORNS NFL DRAFT UPDATES

All the latest on the five Longhorns selected in the NFL Draft ... UT's undrafted free agents, including Nate Boyer headed to Seattle ... Charlie Strong has 10 former Louisville players drafted ... and more!

SUNDAY UPDATES:

RB Malcolm Brown has signed a free agent contract with St. Louis

CHIP'S TAKE: I think Brown would have been better off going somewhere where there might be more opportunity than St. Louis, where Todd Gurley and Tre Mason are at the top of the depth chart.

WR John Harris has signed a free agent contract with Philadelphia

CHIP'S TAKE: The NFL can always us a big, strong, physical receiver who knows how to wall off a defender. Not sure how stable things are in Philly under the 

WR Jaxon Shipley has signed a FA deal with Arizona

CHIP'S TAKE: Shipley will do well with a veteran QB like Carson Palmer throwing to him. Stable quarterbacking was something Shipley didn't experience his entire time in Austin.

DE Ced Reed announced on Twitter he has signed a FA deal with Buffalo

CHIP'S TAKE: Reed, once healthy after playing his final season with a knee (meniscus) injury, will have a chance to make this roster. The Bills' defense would be a good fit for Reed, who could learn from a guy like Mario Williams (and Williams won't be around forever).

 

 

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Five Longhorns were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft:

DT Malcom Brown - 1R - Patriots

LB Jordan Hicks - 3R - Eagles

CB/S Mykkele Thompson  - 5R - NY Giants

CB Quandre Diggs - 6R - Lions

TE Geoff Swaim - 7R - Cowboys

Nate Boyer has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. What a great story!! 

Texas RB Malcolm Brown, DE Ced Reed, WR Jaxon Shipley, WR John Harris and LB Steve Edmond are also looking to sign free-agent contracts after going undrafted. So are LBs Tevin Jackson and Demarco Cobbs.

The biggest surprise of the undrafteds was Reed, whose season-long knee injury (meniscus tear) obviously cost him being drafted.

RB Malcolm Brown simply didn't stand out enough in a deep RB draft. He'll get a chance as a free agent.

WRs Shipley and Harris knew going in they'd probably be undrafted and would have to make it as free agents.

 

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5TH ROUND - CB/S MYKKELE THOMPSON, NY GIANTS:

Became the third player from Texas selected in the 2015 NFL Draft - after DT Malcom Brown (1st RD) and LB Jordan Hicks (3rd RD) - when he was selected by the New York Giants with the 8th pick in the fifth round (144th overall).

Thompson told Texassports.com: At first I thought it was just a text message or something coming in, but I noticed the New York area code. I saw they had the next pick and my heart started racing. They told me they were about to put my name in for the next pick, and it was just a great feeling.

On prior contact with the Giants: That was the only team that I took a visit to. I went and saw their facilities and everything and got a great vibe from everyone on the staff. I had a feeling I would end up with them, I just didn't know when it was going to happen.

On the visit to New York to meet with the Giants: It was a little chilly, but that's something I can deal with. Overall it was just a great trip getting to know the staff and getting a little insight on the defense and the coaching staff in general.

 

CHIP'S TAKE: Thompson, who tested really well at UT's Pro Day and has always been a great athlete, gets a great opportunity in New York. He will need to tackle the way he did his senior year to have any chance of making the Giants. 

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6TH ROUND - CB QUANDRE DIGGS, Detroit Lions:

Became the 4th Longhorn selected in the 2015 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 6th round.

 

CHIP'S TAKE: Diggs is a bulldog who should know from his older brother Quentin Jammer what it takes to make it in the NFL. There is opportunity to make the Lions' roster. The soft spot of their defense is in the secondary. Time to let that chip on the shoulder shine and prove - at 5-9 - that size isn't everything

Diggs tweeted the other day: Size isn't everything. If it was, the elephant would be the king of the jungle. Go time.

 

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7TH ROUND - TE GEOFF SWAIM, Dallas Cowboys

Became the 5th Longhorn drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft when the 49ers took him with the 29th pick in the 7th round (246th overall)

CHIP'S TAKE: I thought Swaim might get drafted because he tested really well at Pro Day, and showed on film he's a helluva blocker with upside as a pass catcher. Everyone taken in the 7th round has to make an NFL roster on special teams, and Swaim is a physical special teams player. He's got a chance. The Cowboys always seem to draft a TE - every year. Who knew it would be a Longhorn (Dallas/Jerry Jones never drafts Horns!).

 

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Charlie Strong HAS 10 Louisville PLAYERS DRAFTED

Louisville sent 11 players to the NFL combine, one behind Florida State (12). The Cardinals ended up having 10 players drafted - 8 of them from Strong's first, full recruiting class in 2011 (38 percent of that recruiting class - 8 of 21 - ended up getting drafted).

 

WR DaVante Parker - 1R - Miami Dolphins (2011 recruiting class)

OLB Lorenzo Mauldin - 3R - NY Jets  (2011 recruiting class)

OG John Miller - 3R - Buffalo Bills  (2011 recruiting class)

OT Jamon Brown - 3R - St. Louis Rams  (2011 recruiting class)

SS James Sample - 4R - Jacksonville Jaguars (Transfer from Washington)

CB Charles Gaines - 6R - Cleveland Browns  (2011 recruiting class)

DE BJ DuBose -6R - Minnesota Vikings  (2011 recruiting class)

TE Gerald Christian - 7R - Arizona Cardinals (transfer from Florida)

S Gerod Holliman - 7R - Pittsburgh Steelers  (2011 recruiting class)

 

 


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