Over the course of the last decade, who were the best players from the Texas football program to show out in the NFL Draft Combine?
For a good while, the Texas football program sent a boatload of raw talent to the NFL Draft. That trend slowed a bit during the rough years for Texas under former head coaches Mack Brown and Charlie Strong in the early-to-mid 2010’s. But current Texas head coach Tom Herman could have this program getting back to that top level of sending talent to the NFL Draft year after year.
Texas has a pretty good 2020 NFL Draft class at certain positions. But this likely won’t be the year of the NFL Draft that will break the Texas dry steak for first round picks. The last time that a Texas Ex was a first round pick in the NFL Draft was way back in 2015, when the New England Patriots took defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 32nd overall pick.
The last time that Texas had a first round pick that was not the 32nd selection was back in the 2010 NFL Draft, when the Seattle Seahawks used their 14th overall pick to haul in safety Earl Thomas. Both Brown and Thomas proved to be solid selections for a good while for the Seahawks and Patriots, respectively. Each player actually won a Super Bowl with each of those teams.
Moreover, the two players to watch that have any chance as it stands now of being a first round pick in the 2020 draft include wide receiver Collin Johnson and safety Brandon Jones. Fellow wide receiver Devin Duvernay could climb up draft boards to be an early round pick too.
But Johnson, Jones, and Duvernay are going to need solid outings in the 2020 NFL Combine to prove they belong as early round picks in the draft.
Here’s a look into the three best NFL Draft Combine performances from players out of the Texas Longhorns football program of the last decade.