Texas Football: Top 5 early 2024 NFL Draft Longhorns prospects

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Alfred Collins, Texas football
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The 2023 NFL Draft concluded on the evening of April 29, with five Texas football players getting selected in the last few days during the festivities at Union Station in Kansas City, MO. This was a successful NFL Draft class for Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian, especially considering some of the past letdowns for this program.

Texas had ended the drought of first-round picks among former Longhorns in the NFL Draft. The Atlanta Falcons ended the drought this year by picking All-American junior running back Bijan Robinson eighth overall in the first round of the 2023 draft.

Here are the rest of the Texas Exes that were picked in the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • LB DeMarvion Overshown: Dallas Cowboys (3rd round, 90th overall)
  • RB Roschon Johnson: Chicago Bears (4th round, 115th overall)
  • DL Keondre Coburn: Kansas City Chiefs (6th round, 194th overall)
  • DL Moro Ojomo: Philadelphia Eagles (7th round, 249th overall)

Quinn Ewers and the top Texas football prospects for the 2024 NFL Draft early on

With the 2023 NFL Draft now in the books, we can take an early look at the Longhorns that could highlight the 2024 class. Here’s an early ranking of the top five Longhorns prospects in the 2024 draft class.

Alfred Collins, DL

You could easily argue that senior Texas defensive lineman Alfred Collins has the highest talent upside of any player on this side of the ball for the Longhorns that is eligible for the 2024 draft. Collins’ talent is off the charts, as most Texas fans know.

Collins is a long and athletic defensive lineman that has great hands and unbelievable power. He’s also added some upper-body strength to help improve his balance and even out the muscle mass throughout his entire frame.

The issue for Collins throughout his collegiate career has consistently been showing that he can put it all together for a sustained stretch of games in a row. He’s got all the tools to be a Day 1 or Day 2 prospect in the NFL Draft.

But it appears that Collins is finally on the right track to be a consistent impact player along the defensive front for Texas heading into his senior campaign in 2023. Collins is coming off the most consistent season of his collegiate career last fall, registering career-highs in defensive and pass rush grades.

The 6-foot-5 and 305-pound Collins will have the opportunity to prove that he can put it all together on the field as one of the core three interior defensive linemen for the Longhorns this coming season.

Early projection: 4th-5th round