Texas receiver Devin Duvernay (6) runs for a touchdown against Kansas on Oct. 19, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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This week in NFL mock drafts: Who is right about Texas WR Devin Duvernay?

Posted April 18th, 2020

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The NFL Draft is set to begin on April 23. Texas has had a player drafted in each of the last five drafts, and UT has a handful of hopefuls on the NFL’s radar this year.

Perhaps the most-intriguing Longhorn is Devin Duvernay, a receiver who enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. The 106 footballs caught by Duvernay this fall ranked third nationally. He also averaged 13.1 yards per catch and hauled in nine touchdown passes.

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Does a 100-yard season guarantee a job in the NFL? Perhaps. Of the last 15 players who entered the NFL Draft following a 100-catch season, 13 were selected.

In a two-round mock draft that was published on Tuesday, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., matched Duvernay with the 57th overall pick. ESPN’s Todd McShay predicted last month that Baltimore would use a second-round pick on Duvernay. Jeff Legwold, who also writes for ESPN, has listed Duvernay as the 83rd-best prospect in this draft class.

Not all of the experts agree with ESPN, though. In fact, NFL.com writer Chad Reuter sees a sixth-round pick in Duvernay’s future.

Where will Texas’ prospects next play football? NFL analysts and pundits have been kept busy with the publishing of their predictions in the lead-up to the NFL Draft. Here is a rundown of where the Longhorns have landed in five seven-round mock drafts that were published recently:

NFL.COM’S CHAD REUTER (APRIL 17)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S KEVIN HANSON (APRIL 17)

  • WR Devin Duvernay: Cleveland (third round, 97th overall pick)
  • DB Brandon Jones: Tampa Bay (fourth round, 117th overall pick)
  • WR Collin Johnson: Buffalo (fourth round, 128th overall pick)
  • DL Malcolm Roach: San Francisco (seventh round, 245th overall pick)

CBS SPORTS’ R.J. WHITE (APRIL 17)

  • DB Brandon Jones: Seattle (third round, 101st overall pick)
  • WR Collin Johnson: New Orleans (fourth round, 130th overall pick)
  • WR Devin Duvernay: New York Giants (fifth round, 150th overall pick)
  • DL Malcolm Roach: Washington (seventh round, 229th overall pick)
  • OL Zach Shackelford: San Francisco (seventh round, 245th overall pick)

DRAFT WIRE’S LUKE EASTERLING (APRIL 11)

  • DB Brandon Jones: Las Vegas (third round, 80th overall pick)
  • WR Collin Johnson: Washington (fourth round, 142nd overall pick)
  • WR Devin Duvernay: Baltimore (fifth round, 157th overall pick)
  • DL Malcolm Roach: Tennessee (fifth round, 174th overall pick)

BLEACHER REPORT’S MATT MILLER (APRIL 1)

  • WR Devin Duvernay: Tennessee (third round, 93rd overall pick)
  • DB Brandon Jones: Detroit (fourth round, 109th overall pick)
  • WR Collin Johnson: New Orleans (fourth round, 130th overall pick)
  • DL Malcolm Roach: New England (seventh round, 241st overall pick)

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