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Tom Herman Says Texas Needs ‘to Do More’ to Produce NFL Draft Picks

Tom Herman Says Texas Needs ‘to Do More’ to Produce NFL Draft Picks

Article Highlights

  • Tom Herman says Texas has to do more to produce NFL draft picks.
  • Texas has 29 NFL draft picks in the last decade.
  • Complete list of Longhorns NFL draft picks from 2000-2019.

Tom Herman thinks the Texas Longhorns need “to do more” when it comes to producing NFL draft picks.

With the 2020 NFL Draft less than two months away, the topic is top of mind again. Seniors Collin Johnson, Devin Duvernay, Brandon Jones and Malcolm Roach aim to be picked up by an NFL team in the draft. However, all were already in the program when Herman arrived in 2017.

I asked Coach Herman at Big 12 Media Days before the season begin how important it is to recruits to go to a program that develops NFL draft picks, and how often the topic comes up during the recruiting process. (WATCH the video below for the clip.)

“It comes up a lot,” Herman said. “You know, we’re very proud of, of our guys that got drafted this year and those that that the sign is as priority free agents. But there’s no debate that Texas, we’ve got to do more.”

He went on to say the main factors are recruiting the right talent, developing that talent, and the drive and desire from the players. He also thinks its unfair to blame the current staff for any lack of success developing NFL draft picks.

“We take a lot of pride in what we’ve done in a very short period of time when it comes to development,” he says, pointing to impact of Charles Omenihu as the 2018 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year.

“Charles Omenihu worked his tail off in our program, and went from a role player to a starter as a junior to the defensive lineman of the year in our conference. So, the development’s there.”

“We take a lot of pride in what we've done in a very short period of time when it comes to development."

For so many recruits, their ultimate goal is to is to make it to the NFL. I’m in the camp that a player’s college status or the impact that they made in college isn’t affected by the success or lack of success they have in the NFL.

The NFL draft picks Texas has produced over the past five to 10 years is definitely not on par with a lot of other major programs in the country. Texas has produced 29 NFL draft picks in the past decade (2010-2019). That’s just under three per year on average.

Most big-time college programs are producing an average of five to eight NFL draft picks per year. From 2000 to 2009, Texas had 39 NFL picks.

If you look at the last four seasons (2016-2019), there have been eight total NFL draft picks from Texas, dropping to just two per year. Here Longhorns drafted into the NFL from 2000-2019:

Year Round Pick Overall Team Name Position 
2000625191Ravens Cedric Woodard DT
2001122Cardinals Leonard Davis OT
200111919Steelers Casey Hampton DT
200123061Lions Shaun Rogers DT
2002144Bills Mike Williams OT
2002155Chargers Quentin Jammer CB
20033266Lions Cory Redding DE
200331781Redskins Derrick Dockery G
200333397Buccaneers Chris Simms QB
2003426123Giants Rod Babers CB
2004177Lions Roy Williams WR
200412323Seahawks Marcus Tubbs DT
2004414110Bears Nathan Vasher CB
2004710211Texans Sloan Thomas WR
2005144Bears Cedric Benson RB
200511515Chiefs Derrick Johnson LB
200565179Texans Bo Scaife TE
2006133Titans Vince Young QB
2006177Raiders Michael Huff S
200621648Vikings Cedric Griffin CB
200632286Patriots David Thomas TE
200658141Lions Jonathan Scott OT
2006718226Dolphins Rodrique Wright DE
200711919Titans Michael Griffin S
200712020Giants Aaron Ross CB
20072739Falcons Justin Blalock OT
200722456Broncos Tim Crowder DE
200743102Vikings Brian Robison DE
200751014749ers Tarell Brown CB
200769183Texans Kasey Studdard G
200822253Steelers Limas Sweed WR
200831073Chiefs Jamaal Charles RB
200832891Packers Jermichael Finley TE
2008431130Steelers Tony Hills OT
2008516151Texans Frank Okam DT
200911313Redskins Brian Orakpo LB
200931781Buccaneers Roy Miller DT
200945105Bears Henry Melton DT
200972211Rams Chris Ogbonnaya RB
201011414Seahawks Earl Thomas S
201021143Ravens Sergio Kindle LB
201021244Raiders Lamarr Houston LB
201032084Bengals Jordan Shipley WR
201032185Browns Colt McCoy QB
2010433131Bengals Roddrick Muckelroy LB
20112234Bills Aaron Williams S
201133195Steelers Curtis Brown CB
201146103Cardinals Sam Acho LB
2011533164Ravens Chykie Brown CB
2012424119Redskins Keenan Robinson LB
2012634204Browns Emmanuel Acho LB
201278215Dolphins Kheeston Randall DT
201311515Saints Kenny Vaccaro S
201331678Bills Marquise Goodwin WR
201346103Cardinals Alex Okafor LB
201513232Patriots Malcom Brown DT
201532084Eagles Jordan Hicks LB
201558144Giants Mykkele Thompson S
2015624200Lions Quandre Diggs CB
2015729246Cowboys Geoff Swaim TE
2016418116Colts Hassan Ridgeway DT
201732588Texans D’Onta Foreman RB
201821850Cowboys Connor Williams OT
201831378Bengals Malik Jefferson LB
2018512149Seahawks Michael Dickson P
2018616190Ravens DeShon Elliott S
2019523161Texans Charles Omenihu DE
201973217Vikings Kris Boyd DB

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