Texas Football: 5 best early 2020 NFL Draft Longhorns prospects

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Three of the starting offensive linemen for the Texas football program this season could all technically be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. But the most likely to go in the middle or later rounds of next year’s draft will be senior center Zach Shackelford.

Shackelford is a very solid NFL Draft prospect thanks to his physical profile and ability to push through multiple levels of the defense in run blocking.

What will continue to be a big hurdle for Shackelford down the path to the NFL Draft is all the ankle injuries that seem to constantly plague him. He missed time this season due to that nagging ankle injury, but he’s mostly played through it. Toughness really is not a question for Shackelford, if that’s a huge factor to NFL scouts.

If Shackelford shows that he can strongly perform without lingering injuries throughout the rest of the 2019 campaign for the Longhorns and through the NFL Draft scouting process, his stock while shoot through the roof. He’s one of the most polished NFL Draft center prospects in the nation, but he does have problems to overcome.

Projected Draft Round: 4-6