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Texas has two first-round picks in latest NFL mock draft

Several Texas Longhorns have seen their draft stock rise over the last few weeks.

Defensive tackle Byron Murphy appears to be a lock as a first round pick and should be the first Texas player taken off of the board in the 2024 NFL draft. However, tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders appears to be making his way up a few draft boards recently as well.

In NFL.com’s latest three-round mock draft from Chad Reuter, Sanders was projected to the Miami Dolphins in the first round. The second round was flooded with four other Longhorns projected.

Outside of the first three rounds, offensive tackle Christian Jones, linebacker Jaylan Ford, and wide receiver Jordan Whittington should hear their names called on Day 3.

Here’s a look at where each Longhorn lands in Reuter’s mock draft.

No. 15 overall - Indianapolis Colts - Byron Murphy (DT)

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The Colts missed Grover Stewart when he served a six-game suspension last season. He’s now due to become a free agent, so finding an active, strong interior defender like Murphy meets a major need. – Chad Reuter

No. 21 overall - Miami Dolphins - Ja'Tavion Sanders (TE)

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sanders is an underappreciated prospect right now, partially because of his lack of targets with the Longhorns. He’ll be a strong pro, excelling in Mike McDaniel’s system as a foil to Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. – Chad Reuter

No. 39 overall - New York Giants - Jonathon Brooks (RB)

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Tim Warner/Getty Images

This is the highest we’ve seen Jonathon Brooks projected in recent NFL mock drafts, but he is widely considered the No. 1 running back in this class. It wouldn’t be surprising if he is taken off the board early on Day 2.

No. 40 overall - Washington Commanders - Adonai Mitchell (WR)

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Adonai Mitchell is widely projected to be a second-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft, but some mocks have him sneaking into the first round. He hauled in 55 receptions for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2023, averaging 15.4 yards per reception.

No. 44 overall - Las Vegas Raiders - T'Vondre Sweat (DT)

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 Outland Trophy winner for the nation’s top interior defensive lineman had an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. If he continues this trajectory with a solid showing at the NFL Combine, Sweat will be a lock as a second round pick.

No. 60 overall - Buffalo Bills - Xavier Worthy (WR)

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Xavier Worthy possesses game-changing speed and will be a steal if he were to fall to pick No. 60.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire