3 Texas players who can be first-round 2025 NFL Draft picks

Texas could have another class in the double-digits quantity-wise for the 2025 NFL Draft.
Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas football
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Ethan Burke, Texas football
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Ethan Burke, EDGE

I know there are some Texas fans out there that might look at me funny for having rising junior edge rusher Ethan Burke listed as a potential first round draft pick for 2025.

But hear me out with this. Burke has the dynamic of length, athleticism, and upside to be one of the top edge rusher prospects in a future NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6 and 254-pound edge rusher also has the type of consistent effort level and motor that NFL scouts are looking for.

Burke already showed flashes last season in his first year as a starter at EDGE for the Longhorns of the type of enormous upside he possesses as a stellar pass rusher and an outside playmaker in run defense. He ranked top 10 in the Big 12 in sacks (5.5) and 10th in the conference in QB pressures (27) among edge rushers as a redshirt freshman at Texas in 2023.

If Burke continues to build on those flashes he showed last season as a prominent pass rusher off the edge while progressing significantly as a run defender, he could cement his status as a high-ceiling prospect at the position in the 2025 draft class.

I'm not the only one who considers Burke worthy of a potential first-round draft pick in 2025. Walter Football also projects Burke as a middle-to-late first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons (20th overall) in their latest 2025 NFL Mock Draft.