A very lucrative class of prospects could be coming from the Texas football program for the 2019 NFL Draft, possibly in the double digits.
There’s a tremendous crop of seniors coming back for Texas football in 2018, especially on the defensive side of the ball. While that should make for a big season for the Longhorns this fall, it also means that it could be a great prospect haul coming out of Austin for the 2019 NFL Draft.
The class for the 2018 NFL Draft was already better than the one that Texas had for the previous year. Former All-American offensive tackle Connor Williams went to the Dallas Cowboys in the second round, and All-Big 12 linebacker Malik Jefferson went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round. Both Williams and Jefferson could very well have been first round picks, though.
Even the later round picks among the Texas alumni could turn into NFL standouts. Reigning All-American safety DeShon Elliott went to the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round and award-winning punter Michael Dickson went to the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth. It was a near guarantee that Dickson would be at least a late round selection since he was the clear best punter in this draft class.
This senior class coming out for the upcoming NFL Draft promises to be much better than the one seen in 2018. That bodes well for both the quality and quantity of Texas alumni in the NFL. Recently, both those factors have fallen off from the Horns at the next level.
Few programs have as much talent on the roster of anyone in the nation than Texas. Once the Horns get back to the level of success this program is accustomed to, the results will be reflected come the nights of the NFL Draft.
Here’s 10 players for the Texas Longhorns that should be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.