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Texas Football 2014 NFL Draft Tracker, Analysis and Results

Greg WallaceFeatured Columnist IVOctober 21, 2016

Texas Football 2014 NFL Draft Tracker, Analysis and Results

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    Jackson Jeffcoat is one of the most talented ends in the 2014 NFL draft.
    Jackson Jeffcoat is one of the most talented ends in the 2014 NFL draft.Michael Thomas/Associated Press

    Texas suffered through a down season in 2013, but the Longhorns should still have plenty of representation in the 2014 NFL draft.

    Starting with defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, a likely early-round selection, Texas could have as many as six players selected in the three-day draft, which begins Thursday night and runs through Saturday at New York's Radio City Music Hall. 

    Here is a look at the former Longhorns who expect to hear their names called in the seven-round draft, with analysis, stats and projections. 

    Quotes for this article were obtained from a recent conference call with ESPN's Mel Kiper.

     

CB Carrington Byndom

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    CB Carrington Byndom could be a solid late-round find in the 2014 NFL draft.
    CB Carrington Byndom could be a solid late-round find in the 2014 NFL draft.Eric Gay/Associated Press

    Matt Miller Draft Projection: Seventh round, No. 252 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Height: 6’0”

    Weight: 180 lbs

    Stat line: 55 tackles, six passes defended.

     

    Analysis

    Byndom overcame a slight frame to become a productive cornerback in the Big 12. He has excellent agility and hand-eye coordination, as well as speed and a fluid motion.

WR Mike Davis

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    Mike Davis is a middle-round pick who could stand to be more consistent.
    Mike Davis is a middle-round pick who could stand to be more consistent.Eric Gay/Associated Press

    Matt Miller Draft Projection:  Fifth round, No. 158 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

    Height: 6’0” 

    Weight: 197 lbs

    Stat line: 51 receptions, 727 yards, eight touchdowns.

     

    Analysis

    Davis is a solidly built player with good size and a very athletic frame. He is capable of making circus catches and is a deep threat who can pick up big yards in a flash. However, he is not the fastest player and is not a great route runner or blocker. He has poor body language and is also easily moved by defensive backs. He does not have consistent play or good hands.

K Anthony Fera

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    Anthony Fera was one of college football's most accurate kickers.
    Anthony Fera was one of college football's most accurate kickers.David Purdy/Getty Images

    Matt Miller Draft Projection: Undrafted.

    Height: 6’1”

    Weight: 211 lbs

    Stat line: Made 20 of 22 field goals, 45 of 46 extra points and averaged 40.7 yards per boot as a punter.  

     

    Analysis

    Fera is a versatile player who finished his career at Texas following Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky scandal. He is an accurate kicker who was automatic from 40 yards in and had 50-yard range. He has an average leg as a kickoff specialist. 

     

    What the Scouts Are Saying

    "He could be a late-round possibility.” – Mel Kiper, ESPN.

     

     

OG Donald Hawkins

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    Donald Hawkins is a likely late-round selection in the NFL draft.
    Donald Hawkins is a likely late-round selection in the NFL draft.Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

    Matt Miller Draft Projection: Seventh round, No. 216 overall to the Houston Texans

    Height: 6’5”

    Weight: 310 lbs

    Stat line: A two-year starter at tackle for Texas after beginning his career in junior college. 

     

    Analysis

    Hawkins has good quickness and solid feet, is comfortable both pulling and blocking and has excellent athleticism. However, he can get caught off-balance and is too aggressive sometimes. His game has room for overall polish.

DE Jackson Jeffcoat

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    DE Jackson Jeffcoat is one of the more prolific ends in the 2014 NFL draft.
    DE Jackson Jeffcoat is one of the more prolific ends in the 2014 NFL draft.Eric Gay/Associated Press

    Matt Miller Draft Projection: Third round, No. 78 overall to Dallas Cowboys.

    Height: 6’3”

    Weight: 247 lbs

    Stat line: 82 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 13 sacks. First-team All-American and winner of Ted Hendricks Award for nation’s top defensive end.

     

    Analysis

    Jeffcoat is a very productive player who has excellent quickness and can move blockers with his hands. He is a student of the game and could fit in as a defensive end or rush linebacker. He must improve against the run, get stronger and improve against double-teams. He needs to be more consistent down-to-down. 

     

    What the Scouts Are Saying

    “He has that burst off the edge that you want in a pass rusher in this pass-happy NFL where pass rushers are needed.” Mel Kiper, ESPN.

DT Chris Whaley

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    A converted tailback, Chris Whaley could be a project for an NFL team to take on.
    A converted tailback, Chris Whaley could be a project for an NFL team to take on.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Matt Miller Draft Projection: Undrafted.

    Height: 6’3”

    Weight: 269 lbs

    Stat line:23 tackles, two sacks, one interception, two defensive touchdowns.

     

    Analysis

    A converted tailback, he is coming off knee surgery that ended his senior season after nine games. Whaley is an athletic player with good feet and is a disruptive force, but he is not the fastest player and needs to gain strength and work better with his hands and against double teams. He is a raw player who could be a project for a team willing to work with him and develop his skills.

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