2019 NFL Combine primer: What to know about the 25 Texas college participants

By Will Leverett

The state of Texas continues to churn out NFL-quality talent, and 25 of the top prospects are headed to the NFL combine. 

Everything starts with the state's two flagship schools. The Longhorns and Aggies have a combined 13 players competing at the combine. Every Power Five school in the state has at least two players competing. However, Houston, Rice and Texas State are also sending players to the pre-draft event. 

Running backs, offensive linemen and special teams players are the first to take the field on Friday. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends enter the fray on Saturday. Defensive linemen and linebackers perform on Sunday, and defensive backs round out the day on Monday. 

Here's everything you need to know about Texans competing at the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Baylor Bears

WR Jalen Hurd (no workouts)

Earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after posting 1,153 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns. Hurd will not participate in drills and testing while rehabbing a knee injury.

CB Derrek Thomas

Led the Bears with seven pass breakups in his first season after grad transferring from Temple.

Houston Cougars

LB Emeke Egbule

Posted 131 tackles and 11 tackles for loss in his final two seasons as a Cougar.

CB Isaiah Johnson

Accumulated 111 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions over the last two seasons at Houston.

DT Ed Oliver

Leaves school as the most decorated player in Houston history after earning All-America honors three times. Posted 54 tackles for loss in 33 career games.

Rice Owls

P Jack Fox

Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award after averaging 45.4 yards per punt and kicking 34 touchbacks on 51 kickoffs.

TCU Horned Frogs

DE Ben Banogu

Earned All-Big 12 first team honors in both seasons at TCU after accumulating 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks as a Horned Frog.

DL L.J. Collier

Named All-Big 12 first team and rated the top edge rusher in the Big 12 by PFF after posting 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 11 games.

LB Ty Summers

Versatile linebacker who played both linebacker and edge rusher for the Horned Frogs when needed.

Texas Longhorns

CB Kris Boyd

Named first team All-Big 12 after leading the conference with 16 pass breakups and 67 tackles.

CB Davante Davis

Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 after posting a career high 42 tackles and eight pass breakups.

WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey

Posted the third-best season by a receiver in Texas history with 1,176 receiving yards and was named third team All-America by Phil Steele.

LB Gary Johnson

Led the Longhorns with 90 tackles and posted 16.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in an All-Big 12 season.

DL Charles Omenihu

Named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the team with 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

Texas A&M Aggies

LB Otaro Alaka

Led the Aggies defense with 79 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss despite missing a game. Started 45 games in his Texas A&M career.

LB Tyrel Dodson

Accumulated 202 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 15 passes defended in a standout career in College Station.

DL Kingsley Keke

Versatile defensive lineman who finished second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss.

DT Daylon Mack

Former five-star defensive tackle who broke out as a senior under Mike Elko and won Most Improved Defensive Player at the team banquet.

OL Erik McCoy

Anchored a Texas A&M offensive line that paved the way for an offense that accumulated 2,000 rushing yards for the third straight season.

TE Jace Sternberger

Named a consensus All-American after leading all tight ends with 804 receiving yards and adding 10 touchdowns.

RB Trayveon Williams

Named a second team All-American and All-SEC by multiple publications after leading the conference with 1,760 rushing yards, the most in a single season at Texas A&M.

S Donovan Wilson

Three-year starter at defensive back that finished third on the team with 66 tackles.

Texas State Bobcats

TE Keenen Brown

Named the top blocking tight end in America by Pro Football Focus and All-Sun Belt after catching 51 passes for 577 yards and five touchdowns.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

LB Dakota Allen

Named All-Big 12 first team after helping the Red Raider defense take a step forward. Starred on the show “Last Chance U” on Netflix.

WR Antoine Wesley

Earned first team All-American status after leading all Power Five receivers with 1,410 regular season receiving yards.

Notable Texas HS football products

QB Kyler Murray (Allen), Oklahoma

Could be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick after winning the Heisman Trophy and putting up one of the greatest statistical seasons ever. 

S Deionte Thompson (West Orange Stark), Alabama

Thompson is rated as one of the best safeties in the NFL draft and should get consideration to be a first round pick.

OT Greg Little (Allen), Ole Miss

Little was in consideration for the top prospect ranking in his graduating class, and showed off all his potential at Ole Miss. 

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