The 2023 NFL Draft linebacker class is full of premier defensive talent, and one of the players expected to hear his name called relatively early is Texas Longhorn LB DeMarvion Overshown. While most of the conversation has been focused around the top names in the class, what does Overshown’s scouting report suggest about his NFL draft stock?
DeMarvion Overshown NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Linebacker
- School: Texas
- Year: Fifth-Year Senior
A former safety turned linebacker, University of Texas LB DeMarvion Overshown is a fifth-year senior looking to be one of the 250+ players who will hear their name called in less than a month at the 2023 NFL Draft.
A participant in the 2018 Under Armor All-American game, Overshown was a four-star recruit and the No. 52 ranked player nationally, the No. 6 overall safety, and the No. 5 player in the state of Texas by 247 Sports. First-Team All-USA Texas, Overshown had high expectations as he stayed in-state and donned the uniform of one of college football‘s most historic institutions.
Making his debut on special teams as a freshman, Overshown made one start as a sophomore but became a team leader as a junior, playing and starting in all 10 games during a COVID-shortened season en route to earning All-Big 12 honorable mention.
As a senior, Overshown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and an All-Big 12 honorable mention. Playing and starting in 10 games, he led the Longhorns with a team-high 74 tackles (38 solo) with 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
Back for one final year in 2022, Overshown had his best season yet. He was named to the first-team All-Big 12 at linebacker and was a Butkus Award semifinalist for the second street year.
Playing in 12 games with 11 starts, Overshown set career highs with 96 tackles (49 solo), with four sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Making the most of his additional year of eligibility, Overshown made a total of 33 starts in his 50 career games and found a home in the Longhorns’ defense as a 6’3″, 230-pound hybrid LB who cannot only come downhill in run support but ranges from side to side.
Overshown’s athletic profile of speed and size makes him one of the more intriguing defensive prospects of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for DeMarvion Overshown
Strengths: Vicious defender who goes after opponents hard. Athletic, fast in pursuit, and easily changes direction. Quickly gets out to the flanks to make plays, plays effectively in space, and fires upfield to defend the run.
Stays with coverage assignments, breaks down well, and uses his hands to protect himself. Effectively diagnoses plays and flows well to the action. Takes proper angles and has a closing burst. Squares into ball handlers. Made several plays on coverage units early in his Texas career.
Weaknesses: Not fluid pedaling in reverse and needs to improve his footwork in coverage. Must develop more moves getting off blocks.
Overall: Overshown was a productive linebacker at Texas who displayed terrific progress in his game the past two years. He’s athletic, comes with an upside, and offers scheme versatility.
DeMarvion Overshown Combine Measurements And Results
- Height: 6’2 3/4″
- Weight: 229
- Wingspan: 78 1/8″
- Arm: 32 1/4″
- Hand: 9 1/2″
- Bench Press: 15
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.56s
- Broad Jump: 10’4″
Texas LB DeMarvion Overshown Current Draft Projection
The 2023 NFL Draft class is full of talent on both sides of the ball. On defense, corners and edge rushers highlight a draft where teams can change their trajectory due to some of the immense talent available on the board.
Not to be outdone is the linebacker position, which boasts some of the premier talents that college football had to offer last year. However, most of the high-end talent is at the OLB position, with players like Will Anderson Jr., Nolan Smith, Trenton Simpson, and BJ Ojulari leading the way.
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When we move inside, there is great depth, but not necessarily the same level of ceiling. While Jack Campbell, Drew Sanders, and Noah Sewell lead the way, not far behind is Overshown, who is currently the No. 100 overall ranked player on Tony Pauline’s Big Board and presently carries a third-round draft projection.
Given the increase in popularity with coverage linebackers due to today’s game and style of play, Overshown will have a role quickly in the NFL and should be able to attack in a variety of defensive schemes, which allow the former DB to utilize his athletic skill set.
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