Pro Day: Young Works Out For NFL Masses

They came to see Vince Young. Over a hundred of them. NFL types, that is. OK, the scouts, coaches, GMs and even owners, didn't just come to see VY.

There was Michael Huff, Cedric Griffin, Jonathan Scott and 12 other Longhorn seniors, including surprise standout Ahmard Hall, but a whole lot more scouts -- probably double -- made the trip to Austin for UT's Pro Day this year than last year, and last year included two guys projected near the top of the Draft, Cedric Benson and Derrick Johnson.

Both Benson and Johnson watched some of the proceedings Wednesday on the Forty Acres, as did Marcus Tubbs, Eric Metcalf and a whole host of other former and current Longhorns. What they saw was Vince Young measured (6-4 5/8, 228), timed (4.57 in the 40) and auditioned (he threw 55 passes with just five incompletions, including a drop, according to UT offensive coordinator Greg Davis).

During his 40-minute workout, Young worked as if under center rather than in his customary shotgun, and threw to three other auditioning Horns, TE David Thomas, WR Brian Carter and FB Hall.

"He impressed everyone with his arm strength, quick delivery and accuracy. Young made great strides today," said Gil Brandt, former VP of personnel for the Dallas Cowboys and current Senior Analyst.

Texas head coach Mack Brown thinks a lot of what Young's potential future employers saw were intangibles. NFL teams have already watched film of every game in his career, Brown said, but today "will give people that haven't seen him in person a better feel of his size because it's hard to tell on TV, the power that he has, his ability to throw, his accuracy, but they'll also see his interaction with the other players and his leadership skills. They'll be able to put him on a board and sit there for an hour with him and talk about protections and they'll see how bright he is. What I think it does is it shoots him back to the top."

That, of course, is up to the whim of the teams at the top of the Draft, including the Houston Texans, who own -- for now, at least -- the No. 1 pick in the April 29 event. Houston was well represented, with owner Bob McNair, GM Charley Casserly and head coach Gary Kubiak, among others, watching every last one of Vince's moves.

"He just confirmed what he's been doing," McNair said of Young's performance. "He's really strong, he's accurate, and he has a throwing motion that is unorthodox, but he is a great athlete and he moves really well."

Kubiak said: "I was very impressed with his workout and with the young man."

Young's agent Major Adams said that his client will have a private meeting with the Texans in the next few days. (According to McNair, his club is still considering whether to keep the top pick or trade down.) That interview and private workout comes on the heels of a meeting with the Arizona Cardinals yesterday, the Tennessee Titans today and tomorrow, and then the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens soon.

Adams said that he believes VY would fit any of the teams he talking to, but when asked if Vince would be taken in the top three or the top five of the Draft, he said, "The top one." Why? "I think he's the best player in college football and will be one of the best players in the NFL."

Notes: After the Pro Day festivities, Greg Davis and Young were scheduled to meet with team representatives, in what was described as a "Chalkboard Session" where Young would be asked about his on-field decision making... Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban attended, as did former New Orleans head coach and current St. Louis Rams DC Jim Haslett, former Dallas Cowboys head man and current Jacksonville Jaguars secondary coach Dave Campo, current Cowboys QB coach Chris Palmer, and former Colorado head coach and current Ravens QB coach Rick Neuheisel, among many others. After the Texans at No. 1, the Saints own the No. 2 pick in the Draft, followed by the Titans, Jets, Packers, 49ers, Raiders, Bills, Lions and Cardinals to round out the top 10.

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