Texas Football: 5 Longhorns Who Could Be Top Picks in the 2014 NFL Draft

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Texas Football: 5 Longhorns Who Could Be Top Picks in the 2014 NFL Draft
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

At least three Texas Longhorns will have their names called in this April's NFL Draft. Nevertheless, it is never too early to check up on some current Texas players who will get that same opportunity come 2014.

Of the four former Longhorns currently vying for an NFL contract this spring, three of them have a great shot to have their names called in the first two days of the draft. Kenny Vaccaro is a surefire first-round pick, with Alex Okafor looking at a second-round selection. Marquise Goodwin, courtesy of his near record-breaking 40-yard dash, has firmly ensconced himself in the third round. 

Not bad for a 9-4 program that has not exactly been on the upswing.

However, this coming season gives the Longhorns a great shot to win the Big 12. They also will have 20 seniors on the roster, 11 of whom could start, which means that the number of potential draft picks among Texas players should greatly increase in 2014.

While it would be unsurprising to see as many as eight 'Horns get picked in next year's draft, only a select few have a shot to be a first- or second-round pick.

Here are those players and what they have to do to elevate their stock over the next year.

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