Agent Zero: Texas’ Brightest Defensive Star

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The Longhorns have not had a player picked in the first round of the NFL draft since 2015, when New England selected Malcolm Brown 32nd Overall. Texas has not had a linebacker selected in the first round since Derrick Johnson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs 15th Overall. DeMarvion Overshown is poised to break all of those streaks next April. Let’s get into where Overshown came from, how he can help this Texas defense this season, and why NFL teams and fans will love him come draft season. So grab your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s talk about it.

Where Overshown Came From

DeMarvion Overshown was a five-star safety out of Arp, Texas. Overshown signed his letter of intent to the Forty Acres in December of 2017. He enrolled to UT in the summer of 2018. Overshown played in only 6 games in his first two years on campus at safety, accounting for only 19 tackles total, two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. Before the spring game in 2020 Overshown would move to linebacker, at 6’4” and 210lbs. Overshown seemed like a natural fit near the line of scrimmage.

Armbandit’s Impact

Nicknamed the “Armbandit” due to him wearing multiple arm bands on each arm every game, Overshown is not hard to find on your TV Screen. Overshown also makes it easy to find him because of his involvement on almost every play. His best quality is his pass coverage, coming from a former safety no one should be shocked. DeMarvion uses his incredible length well by throwing his lanky arms up on every pass play, disrupting passing lanes and the Quarterback’s vision. Overshown also does a great job passing off his receiver when he leaves his zone and finds work somewhere else. His size and athleticism helps him to stay in phase with most receiving threats on the field. Overshown is going to be the leader on this Texas defense. Pete Kwiatkowski will be sure to use Overshown all around the field and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him blitzing a couple of times a game as well.

Hottest Thing In The NFL

NFL teams are now obsessed with taking these hybrid linebackers/safeties early in the draft. Derwin James and Isaiah Simmons are two of the biggest names, both going in the Top 20 of their respective draft classes. Jeremiah Owuso-Koramoah, Jeremy Chinn, and Kyle Duggar are more examples of these hybrid players being sought after early in the draft by NFL teams. All three went in the Top 64 picks. Overshown is the next in-line to fulfill this hybrid role teams are putting a premium on. The emergence of passing offenses and utilizing tight ends and running backs in the passing game like never before has made it incredibly important to have a linebacker able to cover receivers of all shapes and sizes. Overshown fills that role perfectly.

Closing

Agent Zero still has plenty to learn at the linebacker position, as 2020 was his first year in that role. He has to be more instinctive and less reactionary, his speed was minimized by the fact he was slow reading the play in front of him. He also has to do a better job at shedding blocks from offensive linemen, at his size he should be strong enough to disengage from mediocre college offensive linemen. NFL teams will look to see improvement in those two areas specifically as well as seeing how he improves as a leader, making checks and becoming the true alpha on defense. Overshown is going to be drafted in the first 64 picks. If he improves in those areas mentioned above, Texas will have one of the best defenses in the Big 12 and Overshown will be a Top 20 pick next April.

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