Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) sacks Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the third quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Return of the Longhorn: NFL first round could feature multiple UT players in 2018

Posted May 1st, 2017

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Malcom Brown was the 32nd pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He snuck in just under the wire to become the first first-round pick from Texas since 2013, who was Kenny Vaccaro.

Brown and Vaccaro are the only two Longhorn first-round picks from Texas since 2010. Fans have to travel back to 2007 for the last multiple Longhorn first-round picks (Michael Griffin and Aaron Ross) in one draft.

But that could all change next season. Multiple NFL Draft prognosticators looking at the 2018 draft are penciling in two Texas players as first-round picks.

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According to Bleacher Report, Texas tackle Connor Williams will be the top offensive lineman in next year’s draft and could go as high as No. 4. CBS Sports ranks Williams as the top offensive tackle among draft eligible players. Williams could always decide to return to campus for his senior year.

Williams is not the only top-rated player at his position from Texas, as Malik Jefferson is the top linebacker eligible for the draft according to CBS Sports. Bleacher Report projects him as the No. 10 pick in next year’s draft.

Both players could opt to return to campus for 2018 seasons, and several players could be in line for breakout seasons, like D’Onta Foreman, that propel them into the draft picture.

 

 

 

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