We did a write-up on Loftin a few days ago, where we discussed the fact that Keith Law, in an earlier mock draft, had the Rangers taking Loftin at #14. Longenhagen, interestingly enough, says an “industry source” had Loftin going to the Rangers, and that the Rangers are expected to be very conservative.
That is in contrast to Keith Law, who, in his mock draft, says the Rangers are identified by teams behind them as being more willing to take risks that most teams. Loftin is not a high risk pick — to the contrary, he’s considered a high floor, low ceiling guy who has a very good chance of having a major league career but isn’t seen as someone with much shot of being more than a league average player.
Loftin is a solid, polished player with decent but not great tools across the board (aside from below average power) who is generally expected to go in the late first round. Texas took Davis Wendzel out of Baylor last year with their supplemental first round choice, and presumably got a good look at Loftin last year as well.
If Texas goes with Loftin at #14, he would presumably be below slot, and allow Texas to get someone who slips with a later pick.