Texas Holds Pro Day

A varied crowd, made up of 53 coaches, scouts and NFL personnel people, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz, were on hand for the Texas Pro Day held Tuesday.

All 32 NFL teams were represented, while former Longhorns like Derrick Johnson and Brian Orakpo, and current Longhorns like Garrett Gilbert, Emmanuel Acho and Kheeston Randall were also in attendance.

What they saw was an impressive display of athletic talent defying the Longhorns' 5-7 record a year ago.

With two wide receivers in John Chiles and James Kirkendoll and a tight end in Greg Smith working out, the plan was for former Texas star Colt McCoy to throw to the NFL hopefuls. But per NFL rules, McCoy wasn't able to take part, meaning that Sherrod Harris, former Texas quarterback, had to serve as the thrower. Harris's rust was obvious, though Kirkendoll said that Harris "did a pretty good job."

Below are some of the results:

* Aaron Williams likely cemented himself as a late first-round pick. He ran between 4.36 and 4.44 in the 40-yard dash and looked strong in positional drills. He also dropped weight from the NFL Scouting Combine to 202 pounds, and said that he felt he showed NFL scouts that he was willing to put in the work to improve.

* Sam Acho measured at less than 6-foot-2 and 259 pounds. Though Acho said that he weighed 260 pounds a year ago, the difference in his body type was readily apparent. Acho said he was willing to play whatever position NFL coaches asked him to, and he had a "great" workout according to one scout, showing the ability to drop back in coverage and change direction. While he played DE in college, his likely role in the NFL is as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

* James Kirkendoll put together some of the best numbers of any receiver in the draft. Though he measured small (5-9 7/8, 174 pounds), he made up for it by clocking 40 times in the 4.32 to 4.4-flat range. He also had a 38-inch vertical leap, an 11-foot broad jump and ran 4.15 in the short shuttle and 6.92 in the three-cone drill. Kirkendoll said he hoped the results would put him on teams' maps, and multiple scouts said he did so.

* Greg Smith (6-4 245) showed off his athleticism with a vertical of 39.5 inches and a 40 time between 4.72 and 4.78.

* Michael Huey (6-4 304) ran between 5.1 and 5.2 in the 40, bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times and had a 33.5 inch vertical leap. Huey said he tried to come back by the Texas A&M game a year ago, but just wasn't quite right. He was ready by the time he started work for the draft, and has prepared to play any of the three interior line positions.

* Chykie Brown (5-11 5/8 191) ran between 4.35 and 4.4-flat, and jumped 39 inches.

* John Chiles weighed in at 212 pounds and ran routes well, though he dropped a potential long pass that would have impressed the scouts down the sidelines.

* Curtis Brown went through the workouts despite fighting the flu for the past four days. He said he wanted to run the 40 as well, but wasn't feeling up to it. Still, he said he felt like he had to go out and make the effort for the coaches in attendance.


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