Texas Pro Day Storylines

Here are three storylines to watch heading into Tuesday's Texas Pro Day.

1) Clocking faster times

The surface at Texas is a fairly fast one, with players often clocking .1 to .2 seconds faster on their 40-yard dash time than they did at the NFL Scouting Combine. Scouts undoubtedly know this as well, meaning that it will be interesting to see how much stock they place in Tuesday's times. Out of the three Longhorns to run at the Combine, only Kheeston Randall (5-flat) ran a 40-yard dash that was fast enough to settle on. Emmanuel Acho ran a 4.73 on his first attempt, then injured his leg on his second. And Keenan Robinson ran a 4.79, a shocking time for a player who shows out as an excellent athlete on tape, and whose game is expected to revolve around his size. If Robinson comes out Tuesday and runs 4.6-flat, how will scouts take it? And how will they look at somebody like Blake Gideon, if he runs a fast time. Last year, James Kirkendoll put up unofficial times in the 4.3s, and Aaron Williams officially ran in the low 4.4s just after running 4.56 at the NFL Combine.


2) Injured Longhorns participating?

It's unclear how much participation we'll see out of Acho and Fozzy Whittaker, both of whom didn't fully participate at the Combine because of injury. Whittaker is still recovering from his devastating knee injury suffered against Missouri, while Acho sustained his injury at the Combine itself. Both could help themselves with strong performances, but at the same time, it's not worth risking a worse injury.


3) Non-combine Longhorns

The Texas Pro Day isn't just a chance for those Longhorns to improve their post-Combine stock. It's also the only real opportunity for those Horns who weren't invited to the Combine to make their mark. Texas is a popular destination for NFL scouts, in large part because of the depth of talent in the program. Which of the NFL dreamers will make an impact on those scouts on Tuesday?


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