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Texas QB Quinn Ewers goes top 10, Cowboys take a running back in ESPN 2025 NFL Mock Draft

The 2025 NFL Draft is still many, many months and many, many football games away. College players will be coming through, NFL teams' needs will be crystallized and solidified, and what we thought we knew about who will go where and when will surely be turned on its head.

Still, it's fun to think about, and it gives an idea of ​​what might be at stake in the upcoming college football season. ESPN NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller's 2025 first-round predictions were released Tuesday, and several players from Texas schools made the cut.

Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers, who had just reached the semifinals of the College Football Playoff, was slated to go to the New Orleans Saints with the 10th overall pick. He was the third signal caller selected after No. 1 Carson Beck of Georgia and No. 2 Shedeur Sanders of Colorado.

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“The 2024 season will be critical for the future of starting quarterback Derek Carr in New Orleans and perhaps provide a glimpse into the team's potential for fifth-round rookie Spencer Rattler. At this point, it doesn't look like either quarterback is the future here,” Miller wrote of the Southlake Carroll product. “Ewers has the talent worth a first-overall pick as he enters his third season as a starter in Texas. At 21, he needs to reduce his misjudgments during games, but his accuracy, agility and arm strength are that of a future NFL starter. Ewers threw for 3,479 yards and 22 touchdown passes last season.”

Miller also claims that the son of Dallas Cowboys legend and Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders “is a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy if Colorado can string together some wins.”

Ewers was only the second Longhorn to make the top ten, following offensive tackle Kelvin Banks Jr., and was selected fifth by the Washington Commanders.

“If the draft were tomorrow, we'd be talking about left tackle and edge rusher as the Commanders' most pressing needs…after allowing 65 sacks last season (tied for second most). Banks is a prototypical left tackle with a stout 324-pound frame, and the junior has allowed just two sacks in his two full seasons as a starter for the Longhorns,” Miller wrote.

One of the bolder predictions of the mock draft? The Los Angeles Rams will find their successor to Matthew Stafford in Conner Weigman of Texas A&M.

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“Leading up to the 2024 draft, NFL sources often told me the Rams were a team to watch for quarterbacks. That ultimately didn't pan out, but I'm watching them closely in 2025 with Matthew Stafford, now 36 years old,” Miller said. “Weigman started just four games for A&M last year before suffering a season-ending foot injury, but he shined with eight touchdowns through the air and two more on the ground. He's more of a projection at this point, but he has the talent to force his way into the first-round conversation – and potentially become LA's quarterback of the future.”

As for the Cowboys, there was a lot of talk about Dallas not taking a running back in the 2024 draft, instead seemingly relying on recently re-signed Ezekiel Elliott and 2023 Tony Pollard backup Rico Dowdle. Miller predicts the Cowboys will turn things around in that regard, taking Ole Miss transfer Quinshon Judkins from Ohio State with the 27th pick.

“Judkins is a standout talent and Dallas ignored the position all offseason, aside from a reunion with 29-year-old Ezekiel Elliott. Judkins rushed for 2,725 yards and scored 31 rushing touchdowns in two seasons at Ole Miss before transferring to Ohio State. There he will share the running backs with TreVeyon Henderson, but the new Buckeye has Heisman-level talent and the energy and balance to be a great NFL running back,” Miller wrote.

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