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Sam Ehlinger selected 218th overall by the Colts

The Texas Longhorn quarterback is headed to the NFL.

AUSTIN, Texas — Former University of Texas at Austin quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been drafted into the Indianapolis Colts NFL team.

At No. 218 overall in round six, Indianapolis has selected Ehlinger, the four-year UT quarterback who started 43 games for the Longhorns.

Ehlinger becomes the first Texas quarterback selected since Colt McCoy in 2010.

"Waking up it was like Christmas morning, not knowing where I was going to go, but understanding I did have a good chance of going somewhere," Ehlinger said. "So thankful for this opportunity and it's unbelievable, truly."

Ehlinger will begin his NFL career as a backup to Carson Wentz. The last time a former Westlake quarterback was the backup to Wentz, that team won a Super Bowl.

Ehlinger becomes the fifth Texas player taken in this year's NFL Draft, the most since 2015.

“To even be considered in the NFL Draft is an unbelievable blessing and something that I’ve always dreamed of," he said. "From an emotional standpoint, I’m just so thankful. I know very few people get to have this opportunity.”

Ehlinger joins the following Texas Longhorns players, also headed to the NFL:

  • Samuel Cosmi, offensive lineman, second round/51 overall, Washington Football Team
  • Joseph Ossai, edge rusher, third round/69 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Ta’Quon Graham, defensive lineman, fifth round/148 overall, Atlanta Falcons
  • Caden Sterns, defensive back, fifth round/152 overall, Denver Broncos

The NFL Draft kicked off Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. CST. The main stage is in downtown Cleveland's North Coast Harbor, which sits in the shadows of FirstEnergy Stadium – the home of the Cleveland Browns.

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