I was fortunate to be in attendance at the University of Texas pro day on Tuesday (literally a few blocks from my house) and observe what is always a feel-good affair.
Personnel from at least 26 teams were in attendance. Among them were Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and his linebackers coach Bob Babich, who paid close attention to LB Keenan Robinson; Pittsburgh Steelers scout "Mean" Joe Greene, who ran DL Kheeston Randall's position drills; and dean of the draft Gil Brandt, who was palling around with Texas head coach Mack Brown.
Linebacker Emmanuel Acho did not participate in any of the tests, as he is still nursing a sore quad, but reminded everyone why he is so reminiscent of his brother Sam (who was in attendance) with his 80 3/8" wingspan. Safeties Christian Scott and Blake Gideon displayed good all-around athleticism in their bids to get into the tail end of the third day of the 2012 NFL draft.
Likely to be the first Longhorn selected in the draft, Keenan Robinson showed that he was a strong competitor by going through all of the drills a second time, slightly improving his numbers in the broad jump, vertical and 40-yard dash (though on the UT fast track, which might be discounted).
Many former UT players were in the house supporting their fellow Longhorns, including Cincinnati Bengals WR Jordan Shipley, who told me that he expects to be ready for training camp after suffering a torn ACL in September.
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