I recall a time when Texas was putting players in the NFL at an alarming rate from all over the defensive side of the ball, save linebacker. Sure there was the great Derrick Johnson. Mack Brown even worked his way to solid players and future professionals like Keenan Robinson and Emanuel Acho.
For a time, though, Texas was thrilled with the play of Roddrick Muckelroy. Nothing against Muck, he was a fine player, but not compared to the quality of defensive ends, defensive tackles, and secondary personnel Texas was sending to the big time.
One of the immediate benefits of the Charlie Strong hire, even to those who opposed it, was the understanding linebacker play would improve significantly, even if the star rating of the players declined. It would be tough, after all, to improve on the lofty rankings of Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond.