Who's Next?

Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is over, which Longhorns will have the highest NFL stock for the 2014 NFL Draft?

Only players heading into their senior seasons were considered.

1) Jackson Jeffcoat

The Texas edge rusher, who may have to convert to a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, has earned first-round mention in the past from those who thought he might enter the 2013 NFL Draft. His stock probably isn't quite that high after missing the final seven games of the season with an injury, and some coaches would like to see him be a bit more consistent. He would be aided by finishing next season fully healthy and keeping with his highly productive play. He had 71 tackles, including 21.0 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a sophomore, then was on pace for a similar season with 31 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles in six games as a junior. Can he get his stock back up to where it was prior to his junior year?

2) Carrington Byndom

Byndom was one of the Big 12's elite cornerbacks as a sophomore, when he earned his stripes by taking on receivers like Justin Blackmon, Kenny Stills and Jeff Fuller in man coverage. He didn't quite make the leap forward that everybody expected from him as a junior, but there's still quite the market for 6-foot cornerbacks with high-level cover skills. How high can Byndom's stock go? If he can return to, or top, his 2011 form, he has the potential to be a second-day pick. I'm not sure Byndom has the raw measureables from a speed standpoint to jump out as a first-rounder, but he could play himself into the second-third round discussion with a strong season.

3) Mike Davis

Another guy who could play his way into the Day Two range with a strong senior year. Davis emerged as one of the Big 12's top deep threats as a junior, catching 57 passes for 939 yards (16.5 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns. When you consider that most of the receivers ahead of Davis in the Big 12 pecking order played in an up-tempo offense, he has a chance to see those numbers continue to jump just with a higher number of plays. At 6-2 193, Davis has nice size for the 'X' wide receiver spot, and he could run somewhere in the 4.4s. If he can do that, he'll show up pretty high on somebody's draft board with his route running and game-changing ability.

Wild Card: Chris Whaley

I'm taking a stab at this one, because I think Whaley could break out and have a big senior year. And if he does, the former running back who has spent time at both defensive end and defensive tackle could draw heavy NFL attention for his athleticism and movement skills. At 6-3 292, Whaley could play a one-gap defensive tackle at the next level, or he could even slide over and give somebody a nice option as a 3-4 defensive end. That kind of versatility could prove plenty valuable. Whaley had a big spring, but he also showed flashes last year of his ability, like when he had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and a quarterback pressure against West Virginia.

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