Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

The NFL Draft & State of Texas Sleepers

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Every year we see former state of Texas high school athletes that weren’t considered high school blue chips (defined as 4 or 5 star recruits) going high in the NFL draft. The 2018 draft will be no different. Of course, it’s a number game – while 4 or 5 star recruits are far more likely to be drafted high as a percentage (995% more likely to go in the 1st round, in fact) than the unranked, 2, or 3 stars, the sheer absolute numbers of the latter category mean that the bulk of NFL rosters are filled out by those players.

Super Bowl Texas Longhorn Takeaways

Jordan Hicks. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In my preview, I thought I was pretty dialed into how it would go down, but even with my trick play/big play predictions, I didn’t anticipate the dominant level of offensive coaching and execution for both teams. Folks will armchair QB the postgame, but I saw two excellent, well-coached teams playing their asses off. I wish the announcing matched the effort on the field. Cris Collinsworth laid an ostrich egg through his balloon knot. He was an ear beating of endless bad opinions.

Monday Musings

Breckyn Hager (Will Gallagher/IT)

Scipio Tex goes over final push before NSD2 for the Longhorns’ 2018 class, analyzes the CFP championship game between Alabama and Georgia, and offers some notes on the NFL Divisional Playoff round.

Missouri Postmortem: Defense/Special Teams

Breckyn Hager (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas secured a winning season and a double digit bowl win with defense and special teams. So those units will rightfully lead the postmortem charge. The Longhorns held Missouri to only 16 points in the Texas Bowl after the Tigers scored 45 points or more in their last six games. The Longhorn defense never wavered, even after Missouri scored an early 3rd quarter touchdown on a 79 yard bomb so decisive that their QB taunted us by struggling to put on a sports bra. In retrospect, I think he was intimating that he lacked support, which eventually proved true.

Scouting the Missouri Tigers

Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Tigers are riding a six game winning streak into the Houston Bowl, but a closer look at their overall season and schedule suggests they’re more Paper Tiger than Man Eater. They may not be terrorizing the Sundarbans, but a thoroughly mediocre Longhorn team further depleted by injuries, suspensions and early NFL entry may not be strong enough to hold up against Missouri’s paper cuts and kitten claws.