Even with COVID-19 forcing sports to deviate from regularly scheduled programming, the NFL is still finding a way to hold the annual draft. Regardless of the format, Texas still has a core group of players hoping to hear their name called throughout draft weekend.
Texas football lost nearly its entire starting defensive line after 2018. Second-year defensive tackle Keondre Coburn was the man for the job. Coburn redshirted his freshman season, and 2019 was his first year consistently seeing snaps at Texas in a position that came with the pressure to live up to other Tom Herman-era defensive tackles.
Since the meteoric rise of the predominantly passing offense in the NFL, the free safety position has become one of the most valued positions on any team. Now, we are witnessing former Longhorn Earl Thomas transform the second defense of his career in this hard-to fill-role in the 2019-20 NFL season.
This year, the NFL Combine invited four Texas Football players: wide receivers Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson, safety Brandon Jones and defensive lineman Malcolm Roach. With none of them rated as first-round prospects, the stakes are high as these players try to improve their draft status and potential earnings.