Big 12 Morning Rush: Quinn Ewers’ legendary comparison, NFL draft rankings

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On Tuesday morning we are rounding up the top stories revolving around the Texas Longhorns and the Big 12 conference.

Just days away from the 2022 NFL draft, we are focusing on a few Longhorns but the emphasis will be on cornerback Josh Thompson. He was rated among the top 300 prospects and one of the top cornerbacks in the draft according to our colleagues at Draft Wire.

Other top stories include Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers being compared to a prominent quarterback by a legendary ESPN broadcaster. Plus basketball transfer portal news, and is former Texas safety Brandon Jones poised to breakout season in 2022?

Check out these top stories for Tuesday morning:

Josh Thompson's NFL draft ranking

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According to Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling, Thompson is the lone Texas Longhorn to make the top 300 prospects list. There was no mention of punter/kicker Cameron Dicker on the list for Easterling. No specialists even made the cut.

Thompson’s details:

No. 292 Overall

Seventh Round Grade

Josh Thompson's positional ranking

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According to Draft Wire’s cornerback rankings, Thompson checks in at No. 36. Listed ahead of him is former Texas cornerback Jalen Green who was landed at No. 29.

Iowa State PG Tyrese Hunter releases top six

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The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team could be one step closer to adding another point guard. Iowa State point man Tyrese Hunter revealed his top six transfer destinations with Chris Beard and the Horns firmly in the mix. Texas is joined by a fellow Big 12 team, the Kansas Jayhawks, among the top teams. Hunter also named Gonzaga, Louisville, Purdue, and Tennessee on his list of top destinations.

Dick Vitale compares Quinn Ewers to legendary LSU quarterback

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After seeing a clip of Quinn Ewers throwing the football, legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale compared him to Joe Burrow. The guy who just happened to have one of the best seasons in college football history back in 2019. The Ewers hype train just keeps chugging along.

Brandon Jones is showing signs of progress

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Former Texas Longhorns safety Brandon Jones is showing improvement for the Miami Dolphins and it really couldn’t come at a better time. As our colleagues at Dolphins Wire wrote, Jones’ play could be why the team opted to go with the younger option at safety.

Jones’ play could’ve been a factor in Miami parting ways with veteran team captain Bobby McCain following the 2020 season. McCain was a team leader for the Dolphins and had a productive six-year tenure in South Florida.

The former Longhorn also showed a high motor and great speed which spiked his snap count in 2021 to 64%. Jones had a tremendous season for a second-year third-round pick, tallying an NFL lead for defensive backs, five sacks. He also totaled 79 tackles, picked off his first NFL pass against the New Orleans Saints back in Week 16 and forced a fumble while recovering a pair himself.

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