6 prospects for Cowboys to watch in TCU-Texas battle

It’s shocking just how quickly Week 11 of the college football season has arrived. As the contenders for the College Football Playoff continue to separate themselves from the pack there isn’t much room for error. TCU is one of those teams that if they should lose it would eliminate any chance at competing for a national championship.

This week boasts a huge BIG 12 matchup between the undefeated Horn Frogs (9-0) and a very talented Texas (6-3) team more than capable of pulling off the upset.

TCU currently sits atop the BIG 12 with a 6-0 conference record and while it’s almost a certainty they will be in the BIG 12 title game, they have bigger aspirations than just a BIG 12 Championship.

Texas on the other hand sits in a three-way tie with Baylor and Kansas State for second place in the division with a 4-2 conference record. They are looking to win their first conference championship since 2009 and a win against TCU would go a long way to making sure they secure a spot in the title game.

There is no shortage of NFL talent on both these rosters. There is a good chance both these teams will be represented in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Today we take a look at some prospects the Cowboys scouting staff will be keeping an eye on during this game.

TCU WR Quentin Johnston

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 215

Class: Junior

 

At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds Johnston is a big and imposing wide receiver who not only has the ability to win downfield at the catch point, using his size to box out and go over the top of defenders, but has surprisingly good route athleticism for a player his size. He uses it to create separation on intermediate routes.

Johnston can also create after the catch and punish smaller defenders trying to tackle him. He started the year off slowly with only 12 catches for 114 yards and zero touchdowns in his first four games. Over his last five games he has been on an absolute tear, collecting 30 receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns.

Johnston left last week game versus Texas Tech with an injury and his status versus the Longhorns is still unclear but if he plays, he has a chance on a national stage to put on display what makes him a strong candidate to be the first receiver selected in a class with no consensus number one receiver.

TCU Center Steve Avila

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 330

Class: Senior

The former First-Team AP All-BIG 12 center has picked up right where he left off after a breakout campaign. Avila is a smart and tough player who has plenty of translatable skills to the next level. He can consistently move bodies in the run game, he processes things quickly and he understands angles and where the pressure is coming from. All of these skills make Avila a riser and in the mix to be the first Senior center off the board come April’s draft.

TCU Cornerback Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlison

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 180

Class: Senior

Tomlison is small in stature, but he plays much bigger than his frame suggests. He isn’t shy about throwing his body around to make tackles and plays with a physical nature one won’t find in most corners. Tomlinson is competitive at the catch point despite his lack of length, he has accumulated 30 passes defended over his four years at TCU.

Unfortunately, the NFL is about prototypes and Tomilson will miss the mark with some measurables NFL teams covet. Any team in the market for a tough, physical, and instinctive corner should consider Tomilson a great addition.

 

Texas RB Bijan Robinson

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 222

Class: Junior

Robinson has been a can’t-miss-prospect since the day he stepped on the campus. A true three-down runner, Robinson combines size and physicality to grind out yards on first and second down with the ability to create explosive runs with his vision, patience and instinctive run qualities.

Robinson can run the full running back route tree and has put on tape the ability to not only catch the ball over his shoulders but away from his frame down the field.

Robinson has a real shot at being the first running back selected in the top 20 of the NFL Draft since Saquon Barkley back in 2018.

Texas LB DeMarvin Overshown

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 220

Class: Senior

A 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list candidate, Overshown is a freaky athlete with traits that will have NFL teams excited about what he could develop into with coaching.  His raw athleticism and ability will make for an interesting case study during the pre-draft process.

He has some tweener to his playstyle which really fits with how defenses at the next level defend these wide-open offenses. Over the last two seasons he has really started to round out his game, collecting 121 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

Texas DT Keondre Courbon

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 344

Class: Senior

Courbon probably won’t ever have eye-popping numbers, but what he does possess has become a lost art. He’s a space eater who can control his gap and absorb double teams, allowing the people around him to be freed up to make plays. Watching the tape, its hard not to appreciate the type of player Courbon is. He isn’t the tallest interior defensive lineman, but he is a thick and powerful player capable of rock, shock and shedding blockers.

Courbon won’t get drafted high because of positional value but he has a chance to be a late round pick who could come in and be a part of a rotation at nose tackle.

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire