The 2021 NFL draft is less than 24 hours away, with the first round scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. CDT.
Analysts and writers nationwide have begun releasing their final mock drafts and projecting where the dominoes will fall for each team.
Of the pool, eight Longhorn players will hope to hear their name called to take them to the next level. Most recently, ESPN’s Todd McShay released his player rankings for the coming draft.
Here’s where he has the Texas players falling:
Samuel Cosmi - 66th (3rd round)
Joseph Ossai - 84th (mid 3rd round)
Caden Sterns - 139th (late 4th round)
Sam Ehlinger - 247th (late 7th round)
Brennan Eagles - 261 (two spots outside of the draft)
Ta'Quon Graham - 263 (four spots outside of the draft)
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Tarik Black - 342 (undrafted)
While McShay projects that offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi and pass rusher Joseph Ossai will be picked in the third round, other analysts see them getting picked in the first or second round.
Other than Sterns, who will likely be a mid-round pick, all of the other former Texas players will be borderline draft picks. This includes former Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has started 43 times in his Texas career.
Here’s what McShay had to say about Ehlinger:
“I love his competitiveness. He can run, he’s got great pocket presence, he’s physical, he’s tough. He takes care of the football.”
Will these Longhorns make it from the Forty Acres to the NFL? Only time will tell.
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