One of the best tweets of the 2022 NFL Draft came from University of Texas/EDGE linebacker DeMarvion Overshown. After the Longhorns saw no players selected in the 2022 draft, Overshown tweeted, “It will never happen again.” Next year’s selection process will be the first test of Overshown’s promise. Looking at Texas’ roster for this season, a few Longhorns are expected to hear their names called out in the 2023 draft. This article highlights the Texas players most likely to be selected next year, while also featuring other Longhorns who may end up in the league.
In presenting this article, I should note that Andrew Miller of Hook ‘Em Headlines and Kevin Borba of Longhorns Wire each also put together helpful overviews of UT prospects. Their work provided an interesting starting point when compiling this article.
Robinson has a good chance of being the first running back drafted in 2023. Although I didn’t include Robinson in the first round of my last mock draft of 2023, he has first-round potential. Robinson is a full-back whose best trait might be his balance. While he possesses elite juke movement and tremendous agility, he is also hard to take down and impressively absorbs contact. Robinson shared well-deserved first-team All-Big 12 honors while running back in 2021 with Iowa State’s Breece Hall, who was in the second round of this year’s draft. Robinson is the player to watch for Texas.
Texas has had some big wins in the transfer gate this offseason, and Billingsley is one of the most exciting players the Longhorns have landed. A transfer to Alabama, Billingsley struggled to meet extremely high expectations in Tuscaloosa, but he will have the opportunity to make a fresh start with Texas. He’s one of the most athletic tight ends in the country, with passing ability and hands as good as some of the best receivers in next year’s draft. The former four-star rookie is especially deadly on square patterns and seam routes. If Billingsley can take advantage of that second chance with Texas, he could go all the way to the second round.
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The 2022 season will be pivotal for Jones, a raw but talented prospect whose technique is underdeveloped. Luckily for this offensive lineman, all the key traits are there. A good NFL offensive line coach would love to work with a player like Jones, who has the potential to become a next-level starter. Jones has the size, power and intensity to succeed at the tackle position. If he shows flashes of putting everything together this season, he could be a late-round selection.
Assuming all goes according to plan this season, Coburn will leave Austin as a starting four-year nose tackle. He also has a reputation for being an exceptional teammate and a calming presence in the dressing room. Coburn’s talent does not appear on the stat sheet; he regularly eats up space and blockers, leaving other defenders to make plays. But the simple fact is this: Coburn is a 6’2”, 336 lb nose tackle who earned an All-Big 12 honorable mention two years in a row. If not selected for Day 3 next year, he would be a highly sought after undrafted free agent.
We can’t know for sure if Overshown is correct that Texas will never again be left out of any given NFL Draft. But Overshown himself is a big reason Texas will almost certainly have more rookies in 2023. A Butkus Award semi-finalist last year, Overshown is a leader on the Texas defense who commands the respect of his teammates. Overshown actually plays a bit like a safety, which can be good and bad. But with his brilliance, quickness off the line and active hands on the run, he’s a true playmaker. defense.
Other players to watch:
- RB Roschon Johnson: Yes, the Texas replacement could also be drafted. That’s how good this year’s backfield is at Forty Acres. Johnson was a superstar quarterback in high school who switched to running back as a rookie due to injuries. He managed to rack up a significant number of litters with the Longhorns. A bruised downhill runner with above-average patience, Johnson is 6-foot-2 and weighs 219 pounds. He was also terrific in Texas’ spring game this year, scoring two rushing touchdowns. Johnson could sneak into the back of the draft.
- WR Isaiah Neyor: Neyor has just been transferred to Texas from Wyoming. The confident passer will be looking to carve out a role in Texas’ talented receiving corps. At 6’3″ tall, he’s the right size to make a difference at the split end, and he’s got a knack for finding the end zone. Neyor projects as a marginal third-day option for a side looking to add depth on the outside.
- WR Jordan Whittington: Although Whittington is one of the most talented players on the Texas roster, he struggled with injuries throughout his career at Austin. He has yet to host a full season of college football. If he can stay on the field, this converted running back will shred defenses and cause headaches for defensive coordinators. He’s likely an undrafted free agent-level prospect at the moment, but he has a reasonably high cap.
- OG Junior Angilau: Texas has a few offensive linemen who could end up on NFL rosters in 2023. Angilau is a solid guard who has been on the UT line for a few years now. He’s taller than average and will have every opportunity to showcase his run-blocking prowess this year with Texas’ backfield superstars. Angilau has played at both left and right guard, although he has recently moved to left guard. He has the instinct and the patience to stay on the left side of the line long term.
- DL Moro Ojomo: Ojomo recently made headlines for trades with Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian. Essentially, Ojomo spoke quite frankly to the media about his frustration with the young Longhorn players’ lack of focus on winning, and coach Sarkisian publicly slammed his senior defensive lineman in response. This situation is worth watching, but on the field, Ojomo has been a decent defensive lineman who could stand out as a 4-3 or 3-4 rotational defensive tackle on an NFL roster. He has undrafted free agent potential.
- EDGE Ovie Oghoufo: As much as anyone on this list, Oghoufo’s draft stock will depend almost entirely on his production this year. At 6’3″ and 241 lbs, he’s well within the size range one would look for in an EDGE rusher. After being transferred from Notre Dame last year, Oghoufo posted strong numbers but failed to show pro-level talent. He will have the opportunity to do so this season at the “BUCK” position in the Texas defense, emphasizing the precipitation of the passer.
- LB Luke Brockermeyer: For fans who appreciate old-school football, Brockermeyer is fun to watch. Brockermeyer is a classic middle linebacker – a midfield thumper who disrupts the running game. The biggest question with Brockermeyer is whether he has the athleticism to play in the NFL. He may not have three-try potential at the next level, but Brockermeyer has gone from being the defensive showpiece at Texas, finishing second on the team in tackles last year. He would probably be a good member of the special team if he could add weight.
DB/RET D’Shawn Jamison: In addition to his solid game as a defensive back, Jamison is one of the best comebacks in Texas history. In defense, he is a violent player with decent ball skills, and his closing speed allows him to limit the damage when ball carriers enter the open field. Jamison is another player who could get noticed signing a training camp with added value as a returner.
FAS Anthony Cook: After starting eight games for the Longhorns last year, Cook returns for another year of eligibility. Cook was a disappointment in college, but he makes the list here because he was a five-star recruit out of high school. If he stays the starter all year and puts up decent numbers, he should get at least one invite to an NFL team’s camp.
Outlook on the line to watch:
- WR Xavier Digne: The NFL will have to wait until 2024 for Worthy. One of the top wide receivers in the nation, Worthy was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2021 and is expected to play a key role on offense for the Longhorns this season and next. He will have to add volume if he wants to make a difference in the NFL, but the talent is there. He could be a first round when the time comes.
- EDGE Alfred Collins: Collins will be draft-eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft, and he may well declare for it when the time comes. He played well in a limited sample and should continue to make numbers for the Longhorns. Collins is the type of player who could benefit from four full years at the college level before moving on to the next step.