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.

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New York Jets

The New York Jets have many positional needs to address via free agency and the draft this offseason, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Regarding the depth needs on the defensive side of the ball, though, defensive tackle is a spot the front office must address this spring. The Jets do have some quality defensive linemen on the projected two-deep for 2024, namely Quinnen Williams.

But the Jets have also dealt with some costly injuries regarding defensive line depth since the middle portion of last season. The Jets lost veteran defensive tackle Al Woods to a season-ending achilles tear in late October. Fellow defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson also suffered a season-ending injury for the Jets last season.

New York has to find an answer to replace the run-stopping proficiency of Woods and possibly Jefferson, depending on what they decide to do with him entering free agency this offseason.

Murphy could be an answer to the Jets' depth and run-stopping questions along the interior defensive line via the 2024 draft. The Jets draft 10th overall, which is higher than most mocks have Murphy going in the first round in the last couple of weeks.

Nonetheless, if Murphy has a big showing at the NFL Combine this week, as many experts expect him to have, that could vault his draft stock to higher in the first round.

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