The day has arrived for the 2023 NFL Draft, which is likely to see the Texas football program break its first-round drought. The last time that a Texas Ex was picked in the first round of the NFL Draft was in 2015 when the New England Patriots selected defensive tackle Malcom Brown 32nd overall.
On the night of April 27, the 2023 NFL Draft will get underway with top prospects such as Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter, Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr., and Texas running back Bijan Robinson highlighting this talented class. Quarterbacks will headline this draft class, but there is a lot of talent spread around the other position groups.
As far as the Longhorns are concerned, we should see a little less than a half-dozen players selected from this program over the course of the three days in the 2023 draft.
The first day of the draft festivities will being with the first round on April 27, starting at 7 p.m. CT. Then, Day 2 of the draft (which consists of the second and third rounds) will begin on April 28 at 6 p.m. CT.
The draft festivities will conclude on April 29, with rounds four through seven taking place starting at 11 a.m. CT.
Live tracker for Texas football players in the 2023 NFL Draft
You can catch the draft festivities broadcast live on ESPN, ABC, and the NFL Network (per CBS Sports). The draft will be hosted at Union Station in Kansas City, MO. This will be the first NFL Draft hosted at a city and/or state building.
Here’s a look at the live draft tracker for former Longhorns in the 2023 class.
Atlanta Falcons pick Bijan Robinson (1st round, 8th overall)
The first Longhorn to hear their name called in the 2023 NFL Draft was unsurprisingly All-American junior running back Bijan Robinson. The 6-foot and 215-pound star running back Bijan went a few picks earlier than even some of the more optimistic fans of his anticipated, with the Falcons picking him at No. 8 in the first round.
Bijan will take his talents to a pretty good situation in Atlanta, where he will be running behind one of the better offensive lines in the NFC next season. I could see Bijan having a Pro Bowl-caliber rookie campaign in 2023 given how good Atlanta’s run blocking can be combined with his insane talent.
Dallas Cowboys pick DeMarvion Overshown (3rd round, 90th overall)
With the 90th overall pick in the third round of the draft, the Dallas Cowboys took a flier on senior Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown. Dallas is getting one of the highest-upside linebackers in this draft with Overshown, who was an explosive backer in the last couple of seasons at Texas.
The 6-foot-4 and 225-pound Overshown registered more than 30 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions, 17 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries during his collegiate career at Texas. He’ll bring a versatile and explosive presence to the Cowboys’ LB room as a long-term upside player in the NFL.
Chicago Bears pick Roschon Johnson (4th round, 115th overall)
With the 115th overall pick on Day 3 of the draft, the Chicago Bears selected the second Texas running back off the board in this class, senior Roschon Johnson. The physical and versatile 6-foot-1 and 220-pound back was widely regarded as one of the 10 best rushers in this draft class.
Kansas City Chiefs pick Keondre Coburn (6th round, 194th overall)
The first defensive linemen off the board among former Longhorns, senior defensive tackle Keondre Coburn, went to the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round.
Philadelphia Eagles pick Moro Ojomo (7th round, 249th overall)
The second Texas defensive lineman to fall off draft boards on Day 3 is senior Moro Ojomo. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Ojomo in the seventh round, 249th overall, to get one of the bigger steals of the final day of the 2023 draft.