- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The deepest position on the Texas roster took a hit as defensive tackle Brandon Moore announced his intent to enter the NFL draft on Friday.
"I want to thank coach [Mack] Brown, [defensive line] coach [Bo] Davis and everyone at Texas," Moore said in a statement. "I enjoyed my time and really appreciate the opportunity I had to play for the Longhorns, but my life-long dream has been to play in the NFL and to have a chance to support my family. I'll definitely miss everyone at Texas and will always pull for the Longhorns, but I'm ready to put all of my energy into preparing for my future and getting ready to work out for NFL scouts."
The transfer from East Mississippi Community College started five games and had eight tackles for loss, two sacks and six quarterback pressure in his only season at Texas.
If there were a position Texas could afford to lose a player it was defensive tackle. The Longhorns used a five-man rotation last season and, prior to Moore’s declaration, were set to have all five players back. Moore’s departure should clear more room for rising sophomore Malcom Brown.
Brown’s playing time steadily increased throughout the year and it became clear he would be become and impact player in his sophomore season. Ashton Dorsey, Chris Whaley and Desmond Jackson will all vie for the starting spot opposite Brown.
While those four should garner most of the minutes, Paul Boyette Jr. may now have the opportunity to become part of the rotation. Boyette redshirted in 2012.
Overall the Texas defense will lose three starters from what was the worst defense in school history. Defensive end Alex Okafor and safety Kenny Vaccaro are expected to be selected within the first two rounds. Because of his potential and size (6-5, 320) Moore could also grab a spot in the first three rounds.