Seven Longhorns Taken in the NFL Draft

The four Texas Longhorns taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft were followed by the selections of Brian Robison in the fourth round to the Vikings, Tarell Brown in the fifth to the 49ers and Kasey Studdard in the sixth to the Texans.

Michael Griffin and Aaron Ross were the first two Longhorns off the board, both taken in the first round of the draft, and they were taken back-to-back. Griffin was selected No. 19 overall by the Tennessee Titans, joining former Longhorns QB Vince Young, TE Bo Scaife and FB Ahmard Hall in Nashville. Griffin was followed by CB Aaron Ross, who went at pick No. 20 to the New York Giants.

Another pair of Longhorns went in the second round of the NFL Draft. OG/OT Justin Blalock was the third Longhorn selected, and 39th pick overall, in the 2007 NFL Draft when the Atlanta Falcons chose the consensus First-Team All-American in the second round Saturday. In addition, Tim Crowder was the second round pick of the Denver Broncos (No. 56 overall).

The next Texas player taken wasn't until the fourth round. DE Brian Robison became the fourth round selection of the Minnesota Vikings (No. 102 overall). Where Robison was going to be picked was an unknown heading into the Draft. A little undersized for defensive end, Robison may play linebacker at the next level and, given that he may fit into some teams' systems better than others, could have been taken anywhere from the third to the seventh to undrafted. He'll join former Longhorn Cedric Griffin in Minnestoa.

Tarell Brown, considered by most analysts heading into the NFL Draft as at least a third round pick, fell all the way to the fifth and was taken with the 10th pick in that round (No. 147 overall) by the San Francisco 49ers. Brown was arrested on marijuana misdemeanors on two separate occasions in the last seven months. Charges were dropped on both, but with new NFL conduct rules teams are more hesitant to draft players who've had any run-ins with the law.

Kasey Studdard is a stocky, powerful guard for Texas who is considered a great fit for a zone-blocking scheme like the Denver Broncos, where his father played, or the Houston Texans. One of those two squads did end up picking Studdard, with the Texans making the former Longhorn offensive lineman and Colorado native their sixth round selection (No. 183 overall).

The Longhorns who were not selected, such as C Lyle Sendlein and RB Selvin Young, will now look to sign a free agent deal with an NFL team. Ahmard Hall is a notable Longhorn who signed a free agent deal after last year's NFL Draft, eventually becoming the Titans' starter at fullback.

Other notable former Longhorns:

Chase Pittman, a defensive end from LSU, was selected in seventh round to the Cleveland Browns (No. 213). Pittman transferred to LSU from Texas. His brother Cole, who played for Texas from 1999-2000, was killed in a car wreck in February of 2001 and Chase left Texas for a fresh start.

Former Longhorn Ramonce Taylor, who transferred to Texas College after being dismissed from the team, went undrafted and will look to be picked up as a free agent.


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