Cowboys Hosting Another Texas Longhorn Standout for Pre-Draft Workout

The Dallas Cowboys will be getting a closer look at Texas defensive lineman Byron Murphy II, who could be available when Dallas picks at No. 24 overall.

Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Byron Murphy II (90) celebrates
Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Byron Murphy II (90) celebrates / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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After not making many splash signings in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys will look to find impact players in the 2024 NFL Draft in the next few weeks. 

The Cowboys have several picks in the NFL Draft, including three within the top 100. Dallas must address the offensive/defensive line, running back, and linebacker positions as they don’t have a lot of depth/young talent.

Dallas’ first pick will be at No. 24 overall, and some mock drafts have the Cowboys taking an offensive lineman, which makes a lot of sense with Tyron Smith joining the New York Jets.

However, the Cowboys could decide to use that pick on the defensive line and if that’s the case, they might have their eyes on a particular player from the Lone Star state. 

2024 NFL Draft News: Byron Murphy II to Visit With Cowboys

Ryan Fowler reported on Tuesday that Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Byron Murphy II has two top-30 visits scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys. 

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Wednesday that Murphy, Jonathan Brooks, and Ja’Tavion Sanders are visiting the team.

The 21-year-old Murphy is one of the premier defensive linemen in this year’s class and could be selected in the first round later this month. This past season with the Longhorns, Murphy had 29 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks.

Murphy played a huge role in the Longhorns’ success in 2023 en route to their College Football Playoff appearance. 

For Murphy’s tremendous play this past season, the 6-foot, 297-pound lineman was named first-team All-Big 12 Conference, second-team AP All-American, and Big 12 Conference DL of the Year. 

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projects Murphy will be a good starter within two years and compares his game to Ed Oliver, who was a former first-round pick. Nonetheless, Dallas could use Murphy in the middle of their defensive line next season as they lost Jonathan Hankins in free agency and projected to start Mazi Smith and Osa Odighizuwa at the defensive and nose tackles.

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