Texas Football: 3 NFL Draft landing spots for Byron Murphy

Most recent 2024 NFL Mock Drafts are projecting Texas defensive tackle Byron Murphy II to go in the first round this spring.
Byron Murphy II, Texas football
Byron Murphy II, Texas football / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
2 of 3
DeForest Buckner
DeForest Buckner / Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Indianapolis Colts

A team that needs some depth help along the defensive line this offseason is the Indianapolis Colts. With starting nose tackle Grover Stewart set to hit free agency this offseason, the Colts have a need for an impact defensive lineman.

Whether the Colts get that done by re-signing Stewart or finding another answer along the defensive line via the draft, there are some viable options on the table for Indy.

If general manager Chris Ballard and the Colts look to the draft to find an answer at defensive tackle this offseason, they have a good pick in the first round to get that done. The Colts own the 15th pick in the first round of the draft, which puts them in a spot to likely have Murphy available in the middle of Day 1.

Many mock drafts peg Murphy as the first defensive tackle off the board on Day 1 of the draft, including a recent mock from NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

Murphy would hypothetically give the Colts an impactful and powerful defensive tackle who could bolster their interior run defense alongside starting three-tech DeForest Buckner. He would also bolster the depth at one of the thinner position groups on the two-deep on either side of the ball for the Colts.

The move for the Colts to hypothetically draft Murphy boils down to the decision Ballard makes to either re-sign Stewart or let him walk to free agency this offseason.