Among the finest tweets of the 2022 NFL Draft got here from University of Texas linebacker/EDGE DeMarvion Overshown. After the Longhorns saw no players chosen within the 2022 draft, Overshown tweeted, “That can never occur again.” Next yr’s selection process can be the primary test of Overshown’s promise. Taking a look at Texas’s roster for this season, a number of Longhorns should hear their name called within the 2023 draft. This post highlights the Texas players likeliest to get picked next yr, while also previewing another Longhorns who could find yourself within the league.
In presenting this write-up, I should note that Andrew Miller at Hook ‘Em Headlines and Kevin Borba at Longhorns Wire have each also put together helpful UT prospect previews. Their work provided a worthwhile jumping-off point as I compiled this piece.
Robinson stands a very good likelihood of being the primary running back drafted in 2023. Although I didn’t include Robinson in the primary round of my latest 2023 mock draft, he has first round potential. Robinson is a whole back whose best trait may be his balance. While he boasts an elite juke move and tremendous agility, he can be tough to bring down and impressively absorbs contact. Robinson shared well-deserved first team All-Big 12 honors at running back in 2021 with Iowa State’s Breece Hall, who went within the second round of this yr’s draft. Robinson is the player to look at for Texas.
Texas scored some big victories within the transfer portal this offseason, and Billingsley is one of the crucial exciting players that the Longhorns landed. An Alabama transfer, Billingsley struggled to live as much as enormously high expectations in Tuscaloosa, but he can have a possibility for a fresh start with Texas. He’s one of the crucial athletic tight ends within the country, with route-running ability and hands pretty much as good as a few of the perfect receivers in next yr’s draft. The previous four-star recruit is particularly lethal on square-out patterns and seam routes. If Billingsley can benefit from this second likelihood with Texas, he could go as high because the second round.
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The 2022 season can be pivotal for Jones, a raw-yet-talented prospect whose technique is underdeveloped. Fortunately for this offensive lineman, all the key traits are there. A great NFL offensive line coach can be excited to work with a player like Jones, who has the potential to turn into a starter at the subsequent level. Jones has the scale, power, and intensity to succeed on the tackle position. If he shows flashes of putting all of it together this season, he may very well be a late-round selection.
Assuming all goes based on plan this season, Coburn will leave Austin as a four-year starter at nose tackle. He also has a status as a stellar teammate and calming presence within the locker room. Coburn’s talent doesn’t show up on the stat sheet; he frequently eats up space and blockers, letting other defenders make plays. But the easy fact is that this: Coburn is a 6’2”, 336 lb. nose tackle who has earned All-Big 12 honorable mention two years in a row. If he isn’t a Day Three selection next yr, he can be a highly sought-after undrafted free agent.
We cannot know obviously whether Overshown is correct that Texas won’t ever get shut out of a given NFL draft again. But Overshown himself is an enormous reason that Texas is nearly definitely going to have multiple draftees in 2023. A Butkus Award semifinalist last yr, Overshown is a frontrunner on the Texas defense who commands respect from his teammates. Overshown actually plays a bit like a security, which might be good and bad. But together with his burst, quickness off the road, and energetic hands on the push, he’s a real playmaker. Overshown can be an incredible pickup in the center rounds for a team willing to be a bit creative about using him on defense.
Other Players to Keep an Eye On:
- RB Roschon Johnson: Yes, Texas’s backup running back may also get drafted. That’s how good this yr’s backfield is on the Forty Acres. Johnson was a superstar quarterback in highschool who transitioned to running back as a freshman resulting from injuries. He has managed to build up a big variety of carries with the Longhorns. A bruising, downhill runner with above-average patience, Johnson stands at an imposing 6’2” and 219 lbs. He was also terrific in Texas’s spring game this yr, scoring two touchdowns on the bottom. Johnson could sneak into the back of the draft.
- WR Isaiah Neyor: Neyor just transferred to Texas from Wyoming. The sure-handed pass-catcher will look to carve out a job for himself within the talented Texas receiving corps. At 6’3” tall, he has the proper size to be a difference-maker at split end, and he has a knack for locating the top zone. Neyor projects as a fringe Day Three option for a team trying to add depth at wideout.
- WR Jordan Whittington: Although Whittington is one of the crucial talented players on Texas’s roster, he has struggled with injuries throughout his profession in Austin. He has yet to place together a full season of football in college. If he can stay on the sphere, this converted running back will shred defenses and cause headaches for defensive coordinators. He is probably going an undrafted free agent-level prospect for now, but he has a fairly high ceiling.
- OG Junior Angilau: Texas has a few offensive linemen who could find yourself on NFL rosters come 2023. Angilau is a solid guard who has been a fixture on the UT line for a number of years now. He has above-average size and can have every opportunity to exhibit his run-blocking prowess this yr with the superstars in Texas’ backfield. Angilau has played each left guard and right guard, though he has recently trended toward left guard. He has the instincts and patience to stay on the left side of the road long-term.
- DL Moro Ojomo: Ojomo has been within the news recently for some back-and-forth with Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian. Essentially, Ojomo spoke quite candidly to the media about his frustration with younger Longhorn players’ lack of deal with winning, and Coach Sarkisian criticized his senior defensive lineman publicly in response. That situation is value monitoring, but on the sphere, Ojomo has been an honest defensive lineman who could catch on as a rotational 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 end on an NFL roster. He has undrafted free agent potential.
- EDGE Ovie Oghoufo: As much as anyone on this list, Oghoufo’s draft stock goes to depend almost entirely on his production this yr. At 6’3”, 241 lb., he’s well inside the range of size that one would search for in an EDGE rusher. After transferring in from Notre Dame last yr, Oghoufo posted effective numbers but didn’t exhibit pro-level talent. He can have the chance to accomplish that this season on the “BUCK” position within the Texas defense, with a deal with rushing the passer.
- LB Luke Brockermeyer: For fans who appreciate old-school football, Brockermeyer is fun to look at. Brockermeyer is a classic middle linebacker—a thumper in the midst of the sphere who disrupts the run game. The most important query with Brockermeyer is whether or not he has the athleticism to play within the NFL. He may not have three-down potential at the subsequent level, but Brockermeyer has gone from walk-on to defensive centerpiece for Texas, ending second on the team in tackles last yr. He’d probably be an honest special teamer if he can add weight.
DB/RET D’Shawn Jamison: Along with his solid play as a defensive back, Jamison is top-of-the-line return men in Texas history. On defense, he’s a violent player with decent ball skills, and his closing speed allows him to limit the damage when ball carriers get into the open field. Jamison is one other player who could catch on as a training camp signing with added value as a returner.
SAF Anthony Cook: After starting eight games for the Longhorns last yr, Cook returns for a further yr of eligibility. Cook has been underwhelming in college, but he makes the list here because he was a five-star recruit out of highschool. If he stays the starter all yr and puts up decent numbers, he should get not less than a camp invite from an NFL team.
Down the Line Prospects to Watch:
- WR Xavier Worthy: The NFL can have to attend until 2024 for Worthy. Among the finest wide receivers within the nation, Worthy was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the 12 months in 2021 and figures to play a key role within the Longhorns’ offense this and next season. He might want to add some bulk if he’s going to be a difference-maker within the NFL, however the talent is all there. He may very well be a first-rounder when the time comes.
- EDGE Alfred Collins: Collins can be draft-eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft, and he may declare for it when the time comes. He has played well in a limited sample size and may proceed to place up numbers for the Longhorns. Collins is the style of player who might profit from playing a full 4 years on the collegiate level before taking the subsequent step.