Texas Football: 5 best early 2020 NFL Draft Longhorns prospects

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Since the start of the 2019 NFL Draft scouting process, the conversation surrounding the prospect profile of senior Texas football defensive end Malcolm Roach went back and forth. At one point, Roach was coming off a standout 2017 campaign and was looking to establish himself as a potential early round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

However, most of the last two seasons for Roach were marred by various injuries and suspensions. He did miss some time this season due to lingering injury issues and a targeting call. Up to this point for each of the last two seasons, Roach played in eight games.

All the controversy surrounding Roach’s draft stock for 2020 shouldn’t keep away the suitors from his raw physical tools and athleticism. His physical profile fits almost the ideal mould for what an NFL scout would seek out. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, Roach could fit into a multitude of defensive schemes in the NFL and either at defensive end or edge rusher.

The versatility of Roach is what will make him very attractive at the next level. The production hasn’t consistently matched up yet, but he certainly has the potential to have a solid NFL career.

Despite all the hurdles Roach had to get over in the last two seasons, he is bouncing back from a down 2018 campaign nicely. He has 20 total tackles, five tackles for loss, and one sack thus far.

Projected Draft Round: 4-7