Texas has been an NFL factory over the years, but this class is lighter than usual. Still, it is full of playmakers who are expecting to hear their names called on draft day.
Defensive end Alex Okafor is the headliner and is expected to be called early, but wide receiver Marquise Goodwin may not be far behind after his impressive combine. Here are the Longhorns in the 2013 draft cycle.
Note: Player profiles will be updated once drafted.
Where He Was Selected: First round - 15 Overall to the New Orleans Saints
Weight: 214 pounds
Kenny Vaccaro is a unique player at the safety position entering the draft. He is talented enough to play both safety positions and blend into a team’s defense as a nickelback.
Getting the invite to New York is typically a good sign. Vaccaro has been explosive over the past two years at Texas and has shown the ability to be versatile against the run and pass. He has never played a lot of deep zone, so that may require a learning curve in the NFL.
He'll need to grow and adjust, but he is easily a rookie contributor in 2013.
Where He Was Selected: Third round - 78 Overall to the Buffalo Bills
Weight: 183 pounds
Marquise Goodwin is not going to outsize anyone at the next level, but he will outrun most everyone on defense.
He is the second top receiver that landed with the Bills, solidifying the notion that offense was a focus.
Goodwin set the combine on fire with his blazing 4.27 40-yard dash (via NFL.com), and he has used that speed to increase his draft stock this winter. He could be a weapon on special teams as well as a situational receiver in his first year.
His size is going to be a concern as it will limit his route selections, but he is an explosive enough player to be picked in the early rounds.
Where He Was Selected: Fourth round - 103 Overall to the Arizona Cardinals
Weight: 264 pounds
Okafor will be a defensive end in the NFL and fits well as a run defender with moderate pass-rushing skills. He is a sure fit for a 4-3 and would not transition easily into a 3-4 scheme, which limits his draft options.
Matt Miller has this to say about the former Texas star:
Alex Okafor is a balanced defender with good ability in the run game and the speed to be an asset as a pass-rusher. He moved around between left and right end at Texas and didn't always have the opportunity to show off his pass-rushing skills, but a stunning bowl performance and a solid week at the Senior Bowl keep Okafor in the top 32 picks.
He is a powerful rush end that fits well into the Arizona scheme. He will be a rookie contributor.
Where He Was Selected: TBD
Weight: 320 pounds
The 2013 draft is full of defensive tackle prospects, and unfortunately for the talented Brandon Moore, there are a host of other proven playmakers ahead of him.
He is a solid defensive tackle who became a workhorse in his one season with the Longhorns, eventually starting five games last season. He was a JUCO transfer and will head to the draft with a limited resume.
Moore is a pile driver and solid pass-rushing disruptor from the middle of the line. He can hold two blockers and serve as a run plug as well.
The line was the one solid unit on an otherwise terrible Texas defense last year, and Moore helped that unit perform at a high level.