Texas will have players drafted in the first two rounds. That should help defend against the annual negative recruiting attack a Texas staff (choose any of the last four staffs) finds itself under.
Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Duvernay is the first receiver drafted out of Texas since the Buffalo Bills selected Marquise Goodwin in the third round of the 2013 Draft.
Texas safety Brandon Jones was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He continues a strong legacy of defensive backs to come from the University of Texas, becoming the third Longhorn defensive back in the last five seasons to be selected in the NFL Draft.
After a decorated career at Nacogdoches High School and a well-documented recruitment, Brandon Jones decided to attend Texas on National Signing Day in 2016. In each successive season, Jones was given more and more responsibility. When his body could hold up, Jones delivered.
When Collin Johnson announced his decision to return for his senior year at Texas in early 2019, he wanted another opportunity to achieve a number of goals. He wanted to build on his near 1000-yard season and get one more shot at a Big 12 title. He wanted to play one more season with his brother, Kirk, and complete a degree at a university interwoven into much of his family’s life. He wanted to lengthen his resume before setting off for the NFL.
Prior to 2019, Devin Duvernay had not produced a season at Texas that lived up to his top 50 composite ranking. Texas worked hard to sign the track-star receiver and his brother Donovan in the wake of Art Briles’ dismissal from Baylor, but prior to Devin’s senior season that effort originally put forth by Charlie Strong had yet to bear fruit at Texas.