Seven Big Twelve Players Drafted in First Round

The Big Twelve Conference had a solid showing in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft, with seven players taken in the initial thirty-two picks. The St. Louis Rams took Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith with the second pick. A 6' 5", 309 pound converted tight end, Smith was the first non-special teams All American for Baylor since 1995. Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree was picked tenth by the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree is easily the most talented receiver in this years draft, but dropped quite a few spots due to concerns over his attitude and resilience.

Brian Orakpo to Washington Redskins

Brian Orakpo, former defensive end for the Texas Longhorns, was picked by the Washington Redskins as the 13th pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. By dropping to the Redskins, he is guaranteed to visit the state of Texas at least once every year, as he tees up Tony Romo in one of their two games every season. Said Orakpo shortly after the pick was announced:
I can't put it into words how I feel right now. Being a first-round draft pick is a dream come true. It really shows how hard work pays off and is a tribute to my family, coaches, teammates – everyone that helped me get here. It was tough to wait a little longer than I expected, but when it came down to the Washington Redskins, I was really excited. I had a great visit their with Mr. Snyder, Vinny Cerrato and Coach Zorn. It just felt like the perfect fit. It's a lot like Texas, a great organization with a proud history, a winning tradition, great fans. I can't wait to get to work and do my best to help the Redskins. I told them when we had dinner on my visit there that I guaranteed them I would work as hard as anybody, and now I'm ready to show them.

Five Longhorns Headed to NFL Combine

The NFL has extended invitations to wide receiver Quan Cosby, defensive tackle Roy Miller, running back Chris Ogbonnaya, defensive end Brian Orakpo and corner back Ryan Palmer to participate in the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine is a week long showcase that occurs every February in Indianapolis. College football players will perform physical and mental tests for coaches, GMs and scouts of the NFL.

Brian Stewart out as Cowboys Defensive Coordinator

In a move that surprised few, the Dallas Cowboys fired Brian Stewart today. If Jerry Jones continues to follow the my-team-is-in-a-death-spiral playbook and lets Jason Garrett walk out the door, Wade Phillips is likely safe for at least one more season. Stewart was far from one of the core problems at Dallas. His unit was eighth in total defense, and led the league in sacks. He was, however, quite publicly stripped of his play calling duties after the 34-14 loss to the Rams this season.

T.O. May Be Done in Dallas

The rumors and grumblings are growing within the Dallas Cowboys locker room that wide receiver Terrell Owens needs to be let go. I know I wouldn't shed a tear if he were given his papers. If this year proved anything, it's how critical chemistry is to a professional team. Looking strictly at the talent level in Dallas, they should have made a run deep into the playoffs. Instead, the team never really came together as a unit, and they didn't make the playoffs, finishing the season with a humiliating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pacman Jones done in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys began the process of cleaning house today, as Adam "Pacman" Jones was released. The only people that will miss his being in the Cowboys defensive backfield will be fans of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys release Jones after learning of yet another incident, this one a shooting outside a suburban Atlanta strip club in June 2007. Apparently, Jones did not disclose this incident to management.