The initial set of meetings for former Texas football players is starting to transpire ahead of the start of the 2020 NFL Draft Combine.
There’s two prominent former wide receivers coming out of the Texas football program for the 2020 NFL Draft. The first, and likely the most notable, is the towering 6-foot-6 and 222 pound (NFL Combine measurements) Collin Johnson. And the other is the speedy 5-foot-11 and 210 pound Devin Duvernay.
As two of the likely three former players out of the Texas Longhorns football program to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, Duvernay and Johnson have a lot of eyeballs from the Forty Acres following them through this scouting process. They will have a crucial set of drills and measurements coming through at the 2020 NFL Combine. This is about the last major event they have, outside of the Texas Pro Day, to prove themselves ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Maybe the more intriguing of the two in terms of draft stock is Duvernay. He has a lower NFL floor than Johnson does, so his stock could fall if he shows out poorly at the combine. Johnson has enough size, strength, and leaping ability to hold a high floor as at least a middle round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Really the only notable setback for Johnson in the last year was the lingering hamstring injury that limited him last season.
However, Duvernay does have one potential suitor that could be interested in seeing what he brings to the table ahead of the start of the combine. He reportedly had a meeting with one NFL team in what will be a busy week for him.
According to Mark Lane of the Texans Wire on Twitter, Duvernay was hosted for an informal meeting. That would keep Duvernay in state with the closest NFL team to the Forty Acres.
The Houston Texans were one of only two teams to take a flier out on a former Longhorn in the 2019 NFL Draft. They picked the first Texas Ex off the board in last year’s draft, which saw defensive end Charles Omenihu get picked up in the fifth round.
Duvernay wrapped up his senior season on the Forty Acres by receiving First-Team All-Big 12 honors and was an honorable mention for the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He ranked top five in the NCAA in receptions and receiving yards (106, 1,386). Duvernay also topped the Big 12 in those same stat categories and ranked second in total yards from scrimmage (1,410).
The NFL Combine festivities began on Feb. 23 and will run through March 2 in Indianapolis, IN, at Lucas Oil Stadium.