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Top Local NFL Draft Prospects

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The 2022-23 college football season has come and gone, as has the deadline for players to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Here are the players from local colleges who are currently ranked as top 100 prospects by experts across the country.

TCU Wide Receiver Quentin Johnston
Year: Junior
CBS: 27
ESPN: 12
Pro Football Focus (PFF): 15
Draft Network: 11
Pro Football Network: 11
Season Stats: 60 receptions, 1,069 yards, 6 touchdowns
Career Stats: 115 receptions, 2,190 yards, 14 touchdowns

After a career year during a historic season for TCU, Johnston is near the top of most prospect rankings and should be a first-round pick. His unique blend of size and speed is appealing to scouts at the next level.

Texas Running Back Bijan Robinson
Year: Junior
CBS: 18
ESPN: 9
PFF: 18
Draft Network: 3
Pro Football Network: 6
Season Stats: 1,580 yards,18 touchdowns
Career Stats: 3,410 yards, 33 touchdowns

Robinson ran for the fourth-most career yards of any Texas running back and the third-most touchdowns in just three seasons. In his final season in Austin, he won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and finished in the top 10 in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson
Year: Senior
CBS: 16
ESPN: 5
PFF: 7
Draft Network: 5
Pro Football Network: 15
Season Stats: 61 tackles, 14 tackles for loss (TFL), 7 sacks
Career Stats: 121 tackles, 32 TFL, 17 sacks

Wilson plays both defensive end and outside linebacker and has the makings of a tremendous pass-rusher. Many believe scouts are intrigued by his potential after placing among the leaders in sacks in the Big 12 two years in a row.

Texas A&M Safety Antonio Johnson
Year: Junior
CBS: 14
ESPN: 25
PFF: 30
Draft Network: 44
Pro Football Network: 26
Season Stats: 71 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 pass defended (PD)
Career Stats: 164 tackles, 14 TFL, 1 interception, 7 PD

Johnson’s best season was in 2021, when he finished second on the team in tackles and was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press while starting 12 games.

Baylor Defensive Tackle Siaki Ika
Year: Senior
CBS: 24
ESPN: 38
PFF: 33
Draft Network: 88
Pro Football Network: 36
Season Stats: 24 tackles, 2 TFL
Career Stats: 70 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks

Ika’s numbers do not pop out because of the position he plays. However, he makes a significant impact along the line of scrimmage. Just watch Baylor’s bowl game against Air Force — which he skipped — and you will see how much Baylor missed him.

Texas A&M Cornerback Jaylon Jones
Year: Junior
CBS: 41
ESPN: 62
PFF: 99
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: 67
Season Stats:  33 tackles, 2 PD, 1 fumble recovery (FR)
Career Stats: 98 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 interceptions, 12 PD

Jones had eight pass breakups in 2021 while earning a more significant role on the defense. He was unable to play for some of this season, but he still made a similar impact in his limited time on the field.

SMU Wide Receiver Rashee Rice
Year: Senior
CBS: 60
ESPN: 70
PFF: 78
Draft Network: 26
Pro Football Network: 41
Season Stats: 96 receptions,1,355 yards, 10 touchdowns
Career Stats: 233 receptions, 3,111 yards, 25 touchdowns

Rice has led the Mustangs in receiving each of the last three seasons and ranks fifth in career receiving yards in program history.

Texas A&M Running Back Devon Achane
Year: Junior
CBS: 63
ESPN: 51
PFF: 100
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: 50
Season Stats:  1,102 yards, 8 touchdowns
Career Stats: 2,376 yards, 21 touchdowns

Achane is a versatile player who makes plays in both the running game and the passing game. He scored a touchdown in eight of the ten games he played this season and was named first-team All-SEC by most publications.

Texas Running Back Roschon Johnson
Year: Senior
CBS: 81
ESPN: NR
PFF: NR
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: NR
Season Stats: 554 yards, 5 touchdowns
Career Stats: 2,190 yards, 23 touchdowns

Johnson started his career at Texas as a quarterback and finished as a complimentary running back to Bijan Robinson. Despite the position change, he still ran for the 18th-most yards in school history.

Texas Defensive Tackle Keondre Coburn
Year: Senior
CBS: NR
ESPN: 72
PFF: 82
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: NR
Season Stats: 29 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks
Career Stats:95 tackles, 15 TFL, 6.5 sacks

Coburn is an All-Big 12-caliber player and became a key player for the Longhorns on the defensive front throughout his career.

Texas A&M Offensive Lineman Layden Robinson
Year: Junior
CBS: NR
ESPN: 95
PFF: NR
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: NR

Robinson has played in 28 games for the Aggies and made 18 starts over the last two seasons, earning an All-SEC nod in 2021.

TCU Cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson
Year: Senior
CBS: NR
ESPN: 97
PFF: 76
Draft Network: 51
Pro Football Network: 76
Season Stats: 50 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 ints, 15 PD
Career Stats: 125 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 ints, 36 PD

The senior corner has been first-team All-Big-12 in three consecutive seasons, and his 36 career passes defended ranks fourth all-time in Big 12 history and 22nd in NCAA history.

Houston Wide Receiver Nathaniel “Tank” Dell
Year: Junior
CBS: NR
ESPN: NR
PFF: 47
Draft Network: 100
Pro Football Network: NR
Season Stats: 109 receptions, 1,398 yards, 17 touchdowns
Career Stats: 228 receptions, 3,155 yards, 32 touchdowns

Dell has been the Cougars’ top receiver, with over 1,300 yards in each of the past two seasons. In 2022, he put up the fifth-most receiving yards and caught the third-most touchdown passes in program history to lead the nation with 17 touchdown catches.

Texas Defensive Lineman Moro Ojomo
Year: Senior
CBS: NR
ESPN: NR
PFF: 68
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: NR
Season Stats: 32 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3 sacks
Career Stats: 95 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 5 sacks

Ojomo made 30 career starts for the Longhorns and is coming off the best year of his career.

Texas Linebacker Demarvion Overshown
Year: Fifth-Year Senior
CBS: NR
ESPN: NR
PFF: 79
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: 100
Season Stats: 96 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, 5 PD
Career Stats: 249 tackles, 30.5 TFL, 9 sacks, 17 PD, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 3 FR

Overshown has been a tackling machine for most of his career and notched a career-high 96 stops this season. He has been named All-SEC multiple times and was a finalist for the Butkus Award twice.

TCU Offensive Lineman Steve Avila
Year: Senior
CBS: NR
ESPN: NR
PFF: 95
Draft Network: NR
Pro Football Network: 91

Avila is also a back-to-back first-team All-Big 12 selection and was a crucial part of TCU’s success offensively.

TCU Defensive End Dylan Horton
Year:  Fifth-Year Senior
CBS: NR
ESPN: NR
PFF: NR
Draft Network: 66
Pro Football Network: NR
Season Stats: 51 tackles, 15 TFL, 10.5 sacks
Career Stats: 146 tackles, 29 TFL, 18 sacks

Horton was recruited as a safety and moved to the defensive line. The New Mexico transfer has become an impressive pass-rusher, finishing 2022 with the 10th-most sacks in the country.

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