After being shut out of the NFL Draft last year for the first time since 1938, the Longhorns bounced back well with five selections in the 2015 class. But the 2016 crop of Texas prospects should be another light year.
Adding pure athleticism was clearly the focus for GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin and Senquez Golson -- an All-American cornerback and former highly drafted baseball prospect - possesses the speed, ballskills and instincts to overcome his lack of ideal size.
NFL teams that missed out on a talented 2015 crop of pass rushers could have one final opportunity to land a rookie with the 6-foot-5, 238 pound Caldwell taking steps to make himself eligible for the 2015 Supplemental Draft. The well-traveled Caldwell dominated the Gulf South Conference last year, recording 18.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
Despite only 11 total draft picks since 2010, Oklahoma State has been well represented in the first round over that span and could return to the top-32 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft with junior pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah
The Sooners lose a handful of starters from last year's defense, but return several dynamic playmakers on that side of the ball, led by senior pass rusher Eric Striker, who led Oklahoma in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (nine) in 2014.
After falling completely out of the 2012 draft, Vontaze Burfict has emerged as one of the most feared middle linebackers in the NFL. He's coming off microfracture surgery, however, which could open the door for another talented but troubled linebacker to seize the spotlight.
Some scouts thought that the deepest and most gifted position in the 2015 NFL draft was at running back. Former Southern Cal star Buck Allen could be proof he's expected to pay immediate dividends for the Ravens despite the fact that he was the 12th running back selected.