Bijan Robinson drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Falcons

Christina Huang, Sports Editor

Former Texas running back Bijan Robinson is headed to Atlanta to play for the Falcons after three seasons with the Longhorns. He is Texas’ first offensive player drafted in the first round since Vince Young in 2006. 

Robinson is the 2022 recipient of the Doak Walker Award, which honors the nation’s best college running back. He’s made his mark on the Forty Acres, ranking fourth in program history with 3,410 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns. 

The 6-foot athlete is also the fourth running back in Longhorn history to be named as a unanimous All-American. He joins James Saxton, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams as the only Texas running backs to receive this honor. 

Robinson announced on Dec. 19 that he would be foregoing his remaining college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. He opted out of Texas’ Alamo Bowl matchup against Washington, but he was with the team in San Antonio. 

Robinson will join former Longhorn defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham in Atlanta. Graham played for Texas from 2017-2020.