In the last two years, the linebacking corps was one of the few units who held their own on an underachieving Texas football team.
One of its leaders, Keenan Robinson, became the first Longhorn selected in the 2012 NFL Draft when the Washington Redskins took him with the No. 119 selection in the fourth round.
A 6'3 240 OLB from Plano, Robinson had 98 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and 1 sack, in his senior season.
An excellent athlete who flies over the field, most draft observers think Robinson will have a chance to be an NFL starter, but his stock was hurt by his inability to rush the passer, as most elite OLB's are now primarily sack artists in the modern pass-oriented NFL.
Robinson joins Brian Orakpo, another former Longhorn, in Washington and he may moved to the ILB position in their 3-4 scheme.
Pro Football Weekly breaks down Robinson as a draft prospect:
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