Texas Football: 5 best early 2020 NFL Draft Longhorns prospects

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The expectations held it that the best wide receiver for this Texas football program this season would not be senior slot target Devin Duvernay. Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck have to be thrilled with the production they’ve got from Duvernay in his final year on the Forty Acres.

Last season, the Longhorns saw former junior standout wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey emerge in a big way. Humphrey was the 1,000-yard wide receiver that had a breakthrough season and wound up declaring one year early for the 2019 NFL Draft. He is now playing for the New Orleans Saints after going undrafted back in April.

The leading wide receiver by far this season for the Longhorns is Duvernay. Up to this point, he’s racked up 822 total yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns. He is well on track to get more than 1,000 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns on the season. The big problem for Duvernay as an NFL prospect is his height, at 5-foot-11.

But where Duvernay really stood out in the past was as a deep threat or a dump off target that was reliable in the slot for junior quarterback Sam Ehilnger on third downs. This is where he’ll really be able to make his name throughout the NFL Draft process. Duvernay rounded out his game and already has 69 catches this year.

Projected Draft Round: 5-7