In the not too distant past, the defensive line play at Texas rivaled that of the secondary. Numerous names come to mind dating back to Casey Hampton and Shaun Rogers. Towards the end of Mack Brown's tenure, the quality and development of the position began to wane until Malcom Brown really started to flourish. Now, after solidifying himself as a 1st round draft pick, Brown is off the NFL.
Last week I wrote the likeliest offensive class; here its more physical and fearsome, brother. This is educated guesswork at this point, but it will give you an understanding of where Texas sits with some players. I'm most concerned about the big boys on the defensive line. I think everything else on defense will work out just fine.
If some were worried about the strength of Shane Buechele's commitment, let his appearance at Saturday's Junior Day be a leading indicator that he's solid. Driving conditions were treacherous from Buechele's native Arlington to his future home in Austin, but despite hours of traffic delaying his arrival he still made the trip. The Lamar quarterback didn't make the trip to see Texas; he's been there and done that. He wouldn't have committed to Texas if he still had questions about the school or program. He made the trip to lay the foundation for relationships that could end in new Longhorn commitments; future teammates.
Texas stockpiled the depth chart in a heavy need cycle in 2015 with Chris Warren, Kirk Johnson, and Tristian Houston, but I doubt you need reminding. Warren's going to eat a lot of carries, Kirk Johnson can fit in numerous roles, and Houston is a fine fit with good burst for the Wickline run-game.