College football enthusiast Andy Staples is here to help ease the pain of these final days before pads get put on.
A fun read and his thoughts on some Horns. First Horn off the board:
20. New Mexico State: DE Alex Okafor, Sr., Texas
Aggies coach Dwayne Walker hasn't forgotten the way end Bruce Davis made quarterbacks miserable when Walker ran the UCLA defense. In Okafor, Walker grabs another elite pass rusher.
More Horns (and a possible snub?):
26. Army: DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Jr., Texas
Even though we've imagined a college football draft, we haven't imagined a change in the height/weight restrictions of the U.S. Armed Forces. So don't expect any of the service academies to start picking 320-pound linemen. If this were last year, the ideal service academy target would have been Robert Griffin III, an Army brat who would have been a lock for a nomination for admission. Because of the height/weight restrictions, Army will still have to run the option. Since most programs won't be in the market for option-ready players, Army can pick up offensive players in later rounds. Early on, it can stock up on defense. In Jeffcoat, the Black Knights get an elite speed rusher light enough to fit in at the academy. Jeffcoat, meanwhile, gets to skip his Plebe year.
58. Virginia: CB Quandre Diggs, So., Texas
Last year's Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year has a guaranteed two seasons in Charlottesville, where coach Mike London is proving he can shine on the FBS level as well.
64. Purdue: RB Joe Bergeron, So., Texas
Boilermakers coach Danny Hope's teams are at their best when the running game clicks. Bergeron averaged 6.4 yards per carry as a freshman, often outshining classmate Malcolm Brown.
73. North Carolina: RB Malcolm Brown, So., Texas
Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora had expected to coach Giovani Bernard. Instead, he gets the other half of the Longhorns' tailback haul of 2011.
97. Florida: LB Steve Edmond, So., Texas
Gators coach Will Muschamp recruited Edmond to Austin while serving as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator, but he never got to coach him. Now, Muschamp will have his chance to coach the 6-3, 255-pound freak of nature.