Texas Safety Snares Lions Attention

University of Texas safety Michael Huff (6-1, 205) is expected to be a highly-sought player at the Indianapolis Combine and in his pro-day workout for NFL scouts -- and the Detroit Lions are among many teams sniffing. Much more inside, including Huff's NFL draft scouting report and blazing 40-time.

Displaying a combination of speed and hitting prowess, Huff is believed to have the ability to play safety or cornerback at the next level with a high degree of excellence.

Huff, also a track star (he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash), is the type of athlete that takes the game seriously, as noted in his workouts.

"We know (Michael) Huff can run, isn't afraid to mix it up in run support, and has that knack of finding the ball," one NFC scout said. "This kid works as hard as any in the Texas program and coach (Mack) Brown has had only glowing things to say about his work ethic and mental approach to the game."

Despite their desire to keep visits and intentions quiet, Scout.com has learned the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Houston Texans have talked with Huff recently, with the Lions and Falcons showing a keen interest in the multi-faceted defensive back.

Looking to improve the play of the defensive backfield, the Lions have a need for an athletic playmaker in the middle of the defensive backfield, as well as adding youth, depth, and speed at the cornerback position. Many scouts had Huff as a possible first round pick prior to evaluations, but the secret seems to be out, making him a potential selection at No. 9 overall.

Detroit already has former Longhorns' Shaun Rogers, Cory Redding and wide receiver Roy Williams -- who played with Huff at Texas.

Atlanta is coming off a disappointing 2005 season and is seeking an impact-type player in the secondary as well.

NFL Draft Scouting Report on Michael Huff ...

Full Name: Michael Huff School: Texas

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 40: 4.35 Yr: 5Sr

Pos: Talented defensive back who can be used at a variety of positions. Reads the quarterback, quickly picks up assignments and displays outstanding ball skills as well hands for the pick. Takes good angles to the action, efficient and displays a burst of closing speed. Instinctive and at the same time can recover. Solid footwork in every direction of the field. Displays a good break to the throw. Does an outstanding job positioning himself against opponents to defend the pass. Consistently keeps the action in front of him.

Neg: Used at safety for the Longhorns yet lacks top size for centerfield.

Analysis: An intelligent football player with outstanding cover skills, Huff could easily make the transition to cornerback at the next level.

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