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Top Texas football prospects for the 2024 NFL Draft

With the 2023 NFL draft in the rearview mirror, it is never too early to start looking ahead to next year.

The 2024 draft class includes some of the most exciting prospects we have seen in years. Led by top quarterback prospect Caleb Williams from USC and the raw but gifted signal-caller Drake Maye from UNC. Plus, generational skill players like Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State and Brock Bowers, the freakish tight end out of Georgia.

The class also includes numerous Texas players who have a chance to climb draft boards this upcoming season if the team can finally put it all together.

Texas’ 2023 draft was an improvement over recent years, with Bijan Robinson, DeMarvion Overshown, and Roschon Johnson going in the first four rounds. However, Quarterback Quinn Ewers, wide receiver Xavier Worthy and tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders are already receiving first-round buzz in 2024 mock drafts.

After a rough stretch for the program between 2014 and 2022, it finally looks like Texas is back producing high-end talent for the next level. Let’s take a look at some of the Longhorns who could be hearing their names called early next spring in Detroit for the 2024 NFL draft.

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Quinn Ewers - QB - Junior

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The 2024 Quarterback class is loaded at the top, however, a lot can change in one season. If Ewers can become more consistent with the underneath throws and utilize his uber-talented WR duo and game-changing tight end, we could be talking about Ewers pushing for that 2nd spot on NFL team’s big boards.

Ewers looked sharp during spring ball.

Ja'Tavion Sanders - TE - Junior

Sanders comes into the season as the No. 3 returning tight end in college football, according to PFF. Following a breakout 2022 campaign that saw the versatile offensive weapon haul in 54 receptions for 613 yards and five touchdowns, the sky is the limit for his potential draft stock.

Xavier Worthy - WR - Junior

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Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

According to Patrick Conn of College Sports Wire, Worthy is considered the No. 22 prospect in next spring’s draft. The third-year wide receiver has 21 touchdown receptions in 25 games at Texas.

If he can improve on his focus and stay healthy this year he should be able to have a career season opposite our next player on the list.

 

Adonai Mitchell - WR - Junior

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Adonai “AD” Mitchell showcased his talents in front of the entire country during his return from injury in last year’s College Football Playoffs, hauling in a touchdown in both games for Georgia. The 6-foot-4 big-bodied transfer should be able to step in this year and take Steve Sarkisian’s offense to a whole new level.

AD looked right at home in his Texas uniform during the spring game.

T'Vondre Sweat - DT - Senior

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Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

As one of the top interior linemen in the country, there was obvious speculation on whether or not Sweat would return to Texas for his final season of eligibility or declare early for the NFL draft. Thankfully for Longhorn fans, he decided to return for one more campaign in Austin.

Sweat had some fun on Twitter letting Texas fans know his intentions.

Jaylan Ford - LB - Senior

Texas has a long tradition of sending elite linebackers to the next level, and Jaylan Ford is looking to become the next one in 2024. Ford has been named one of the top returning linebackers for next season.

Ford enjoyed a breakout year in 2022, with a team-high 119 tackles with 10 tackles for loss. His ball-hawking skills will have NFL GMs intrigued as he led the team with four interceptions last season as well.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire