In a couple of months, Texas football could see two of its former defensive tackles selected on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft, junior Byron Murphy II and redshirt senior T'Vondre Sweat. Many major NFL Draft media outlets project Murphy and Sweat to be Day 1 or Day 2 (at the latest) selections in late April.
Among these two top-tier defensive tackle NFL Draft prospects from Texas, Murphy is getting a lot of recent hype in the media. A few notable sports media outlets have projected Murphy as a top 10 or 15 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Texas football DT Byron Murphy II rated at the top of his position group for the 2024 NFL Draft
CBS Sports is one of those media outlets that have boosted Murphy's draft outlook in their rankings and mock drafts in the last couple of weeks.
One example is CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso, who projects Murphy to be the fifth overall selection by the Los Angeles Chargers in his latest 2024 NFL mock draft. Trapasso had Murphy as the first defensive tackle off the board in his latest mock draft this week for 2024.
Murphy and Sweat both ranked among CBS's top 10 DTs in 2024 draft
CBS is higher on Murphy than they are on Sweat for the 2024 NFL Draft. Murphy is rated as the No. 1 defensive tackle and the No. 15 overall prospect in CBS Sports' prospect rankings for this class.
Sweat, meanwhile, ranks as the No. 6 defensive tackle and the No. 58 overall prospect in this draft class.
Texas likely to break first-round drought for defensive tackle NFL Draft picks
The last time the Longhorns had a defensive tackle selected in the first round of the NFL Draft was in 2015 when the New England Patriots selected Malcom Brown.
Whether Murphy or Sweat, or potentially both, hears their name called on draft night this spring, one of them is very likely to end the Longhorns' drought.