For many players, this weekend marks the culmination of a lifetime of work as the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville, Tenn.
Players have spent the last few months working out and meeting with teams in the hopes of hearing their name called during the three-day event. The headliners for the Texas Longhorns in this year’s draft are defensive end Charles Omenihu and defensive back Kris Boyd. Both expecting to hear their names called over the three-day affair.
Omenihu was a part of the biggest storyline of last offseason, deciding whether or not to return to Texas for his senior season. As a junior, his name was part of several pre-draft conversations, but he ultimately made the decision to return to Texas for one more year. That decision paid off, as Omenihu’s draft stock improved from year-to-year, in addition to earning Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year honors for his efforts.
On the other hand, Boyd’s career in burnt orange could be described as up and down, but his physical prowess cannot be denied. Measuring in at 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, while turning in the eighth-fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 4.45 seconds. He is seen by many as a project player, but the physical skills make him an enticing prospect for teams who need depth at the cornerback position.
Junior receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who made the decision to enter the draft early, in spite of a “return to school” grade from the draft advisory committee, hopes his own physical gifts earn him a spot in the draft. Seniors Chris Nelson, Andrew Beck, P.J. Locke, Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler will watch closely, hoping to hear their names called, possibly on the final day of the draft.
How to Watch:
TV: ABC, ESPN, Fox, NFL Network
- Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Central (NFL Network, Fox, ESPN)
- Friday, 6:00 p.m. Central (ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network)
- Saturday, 11:00 a.m. Central (ABC, ESPN, NFL Network)
Track each pick: NFL Draft Tracker