What the ’16 NFL Draft tells us about Texas

Kent Perkins. (Will Gallagher/IT)

It is no secret that, with no disrespect to the upperclassmen, the University of Texas’ best players in 2015 were mostly freshmen.

If current projections hold true, guys like John Burt, Conner Williams, Patrick Vahe, Chris Warren, Malik Jefferson, Holton Hill and Davante Davis could all have a career decision to make in January of 2018. That says nothing about the possible growth and maturation of DeShon Elliot, Anthony Wheeler and Charles Omenihu.

Mondays in the Humidor – 5/2/16

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In this abbreviated version of Monday’s in the Humidor we’ll deal in football hypotheticals with El Cohiba Grande based on where he thinks the staff is coming from out of Spring ball. We’ll also talk a little bit about the Jai Lucas hire and how important it was to lock up the young coach for recruiting purposes. It’s May, so we’re once again in limbo, inside the Humidor.

2018: Where are the quarterbacks?

Clayton Tune. (courtesy of Tune)

For some, 2018 is too early to care about recruiting. I get that, that’s what makes it good weekend #content for me.

Since I don’t have a good grasp on what Texas is going to do at the position in the cycle, and I don’t particularly love any QB in the cycle, I had to ask my go-to quarterbacking source.

Recruiting Notebook – 5/2/16

Montrell Estell. (courtesy of ETSN.fm)

This week’s Notebook starts out west with an under-the-radar speedster, then to DFW for an interior defender, then down south to Katy for an future 4-star sackmaster, followed by East Texas for a multi-versatile athlete. We also add a tidbit on the newest Elite 11 selection and a safety from ETX we mentioned in Friday’s Scoop. Texas targets get evaluated on a Monday.

In The Trenches – Part III (D-Line)

Paul Boyette pressures the Wildcats. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Our man Chris Hall does his best impersonation of John Madden as he breaks down the offensive and defensive lines during UT’s Orange-White scrimmage. This week he flips to the other side of the ball and profiles the defensive interior.

Ridgeway going to Indianapolis

Hassan Ridgeway rumbles to the end zone. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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 Inside Scoop – 4/29/16

BJ Foster. (courtesy of TexAgs)

We go in-depth about the state’s best prospects in 2017 and 2018 – Baron Browning and BJ Foster -, discover how many hands Jerrod Heard has, talk to a former Longhorn and future mayor, get quotes from the latest commitments, and cover Texas hoops recruiting thoroughly. It’s a must-read Scoop, like most.

Inside the Gameplan: Heard’s future

Jerrod Heard. (Justin Wells/IT)

There is no offense prevalent in the game today that does a better job of stressing every part of the field than the veer and shoot.

The spacing and layering of concepts in this offense are intended to allow the offense to isolate and attack every opposing player on the field with speed and/or power.

2017 Position Rankings: Linebackers

Baron Browning. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.