With the bulk of the recent NFL Draft being comprised from the Class of 2012, I figured I'd take a look back at the Texas class. The goal isn't to assign blame for the class not living up to its lofty second place ranking, but simply to record my thoughts then versus now.
This year, by my count, Texas had 32 players who played high school football within the state get drafted. That’s typically about average, give or take. It’s always interesting to see who made it to the Promised Land after the high school rankings bonanza. Drafted players can be telling of a program’s rise (Baylor/TCU), another ones fall (Texas), or of a scouting department who knows what it’s looking for.
AUSTIN -- Mansfield defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was the only member of the Longhorns to declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft. In the end, Ridgeway was the only Longhorn selected in the draft, going in the fourth round to the Indianapolis Colts with the 116th overall pick.
The biggest thing out of pro day was that DT Hassan Ridgeway will probably be the only player draft from Texas in 2016. If he was not leaving Texas early with eligibility left, this would be the 2nd time in three years that Texas would have had nobody drafted.
The oft cussed and discussed topic of defensive tackle recruiting is filled with proper blame, improper blame, good fortune, and misfortune. Often we look for one instance or one person to assign blame, but in my opinion, you can't do that here. It's just a giant mess and assigning blame in one direction is pointless.
Texas took another offseason hit when defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway declared for the NFL draft this month. It’s easy to get caught up in what Ridgeway wasn’t (a worthy heir to a tradition of DT dominance) and miss out on what he did bring over the last two seasons.