PRO DAY - WHO HELPED THEMSELVES, WHO DIDN'T

Who helped themselves during Texas' Pro Day and who didn't?

WHO HELPED THEMSELVES

DT Malcom Brown did whatever scouts asked and kept performing in position drills, even when he was exhausted. After the workout, Brown said he hopes he showed the NFL he can play anywhere on the D-line - 3-technique, nose tackle, 5-technique (DE) and standup defensive end.

Detroit Lions DL coach Kris Kocurek said Malcom Brown had a good workout at Pro Day and said the thing that stands out most about Brown is his "consistency."

"He worked really hard during the workout, especially as a single guy at his position. Usually in these Pro Days there are a couple guys at his position working with him, so he'll get a little rest.

"So for him to push through with three different coaches making demands on him was impressive.You can tell he's a hard worker."

When asked what he liked about Brown, Kocurek said, "Consistency."

"He put together a really consistent year this year from start to finish. That's what you like to see when you're evaluating. You don't like to see guys who are high and low and in between. You like to see consistency week after week and that's what's put him in the position he's in right now." 

After the workout, Brown said the DT he most wanted to emulate on the field was Ndamukong Suh.

"Suh's an animal on the field, and that's the way I try to play the game," Brown said.

LB Jordan Hicks - outstanding in position drills, showing his fluid hips and change of direction.

The rest of the story: Was seen talking to a Philadelphia Eagles scout more than an hour after Pro Day. Lots of meetings and workouts coming, including with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

One NFL scout told me he doesn't see Hicks getting past the third round.

CB Quandre Diggs - Caught everything in position drills and showed good feet and change of direction.

The rest of the story: Diggs was asked if teams are making a big deal about his height (5-9).

"No doubt," Diggs said. "I've had multiple teams tell me that. But that's what I'm born with. Oh well. I'm gonna go out and play. You can be 6-1. But you can be 6-1 and soft. I'm 5-9, and I think my film speaks for itself.

"I'm going to prove people wrong. I've been doing that my whole life. I'm not going to get any taller. I'm 22. So I'm going to go out and ball."

RB Malcolm Brown - Ran well (mid 4.4s to low 4.5s) and caught the ball well in position drills as he tried to show the NFL he's a "four-down back" including special teams on 4th down.

The rest of the story: Brown said the strangest question he got at the NFL combine was, 'What kind of fruit would you be?' Brown said an apple. "It's plain but it's good for you," he said laughing.

WR John Harris - Harris was clocked in the high 4.4s and low 4.5s in the 40 ... pushed 19 reps of 225 on the bench. At the least, got himself invited to a training camp.

The rest of the story: "I feel like I helped myself today," Harris said. "Running in the mid 4.4s or low 4.5s - that's what I wanted to show. I think that helped me make a little money today."

TE Geoff Swaim - Went 35 1/2 inches in the vertical and 10-4 in the broad jump and ran pretty well in the 4.7s in the 40.

The rest of the story: One scout said Swaim is a good enough blocker and a willing special teams player that he'll have a chance to go to camp with a team and possibly make a roster - even though there's not much film of him catching passes.

 

WHO HELD THEIR GROUND

WR Jaxon Shipley - Ran well - in mid 4.4s to low 4.5s unofficially and went 35 1/2 inches in the vertical and caught everything in position drills. But pushed 225 pounds only 9 times on the bench. Hoping for an invite to training camp.

The rest of the story: Had one scout say Shipley will probably be an undrafted free agent, but will go to camp with someone because he has good measurables, is a natural pass catcher and plays special teams.

LS Nate Boyer - At 34, UT's long-snapping Green Beret gave it - as he said - "one last hoorah." Ran the 40 in just under 5 seconds ... 18 reps of 225 on the bench and is snapping the ball to the punter in .7 tenths of a second (the NFL standard).

The rest of the story: Boyer added 20 pounds - from his 195-pound playing weight to 216. While taking a UT Radio, Television, Film class in Los Angeles this semester, Boyer worked out at a gym owned by Fox's Jay Glazer and former Bears' LB Brian Urlacher.

Boyer said one NFL scout clearly had no idea who he was, asking Boyer, "How old are you? You look old." When Boyer responded 34, the scout thought Boyer was messing with him and laughed. "Well, you look old," the scout said.

LBs Demarco Cobbs and Tevin Jackson - both ran well and posted 21 reps of 225 on the bench. Explosive but, of course, both battled injuries at Texas.

 

WHO LOST GROUND

DE Ced Reed - He had hoped he would be able to do everything at Pro Day, but he couldn't run at all while still recovering from surgery to repair a torn knee meniscus in December.

The rest of the story: Reed said he tore the meniscus in his knee during fall camp. But decided to play the season with the injury, which he said severely limited his ability. Reed said it wasn't a hard decision not to work out at Pro Day.

"No. It was an easy decision," Reed said. "I'm finally looking out for me. I've got enough good film out there, and I'll have a private workout for teams when my knee is better."

DB Mykkele Thompson - Had a 10-9 broad jump, but struggled in some of the position drills.

The rest of the story: Thompson doesn't have any leads at this point.

LB Steve Edmond - Didn't run especially well  (4.9 in 40) and 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. Really struggled in position drills.

The rest of the story: Edmond revealed he has a slight meniscus tear in his knee that limited his ability at Pro Day.

 


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