What We Learned from 2013 Texas Football Pro Day
Texas hosted its pro day today with a number of former Longhorns taking the field trying to impress the scouts that made the trip to Austin.
Even former stars like Vince Young were present during the workout showing off their skills.
A number of players had strong days, and this is a look at the news that is leaking out of Austin surrounding the 2013 pro day for the Texas program.
See what Mack Brown had to say and which player is catching the eyes of the Cowboys.
Alex Okafor Has Solid Performance
The Longhorns are losing a number of key defenders this year to the draft and one of those is defensive end Alex Okafor.
He is one of the studs that will come out of Austin into the draft, and a solid pro day will help keep him in the focus of teams around the NFL.
According to teammate Donald Hawkins, Okafor ran a 4.7 40 which is a solid time for the defensive end.
@aokafor80 4.7— Donald Hawkins (@That_Boi_Dhawk) March 26, 2013
According to Okafor (via Longhorn Network), that wasn’t good enough. He did however state that he felt good about his position drills.
.@aokafor80 live now following his workout. "I felt like I didn't run my best, but when I got to my football-specific drills, I did well."— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) March 26, 2013
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com tweeted that Okafor was worked out by at least one NFL team—the Bengals—and that has to be a positive takeaway for Okafor.
Bengals DC Mike Zimmer working out Kenny Vaccaro during DB drills.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 26, 2013
This was a long day for the former Lonhorns defensive end, but he had a strong enough day to push himself up a few notches on draft day.
Kenny Vaccaro Leads the Pack
Kenny Vaccaro was one of the main attractions at the Longhorns pro day as the Cowboys and Bengals were in the discussion for Vaccaro.
Vaccaro came into the pro day with a tweaked hip flexor that he had aggravated in a workout for the Cowboys last week according to Brandon George with the Dallas Morning News. He didn't run at the pro day because of the injury.
Kenny Vaccaro said he hurt hip flexor last week and reaggravated it during #Cowboys workout last week on front of sec coach Jerome Henderson— Brandon George (@dmn_george) March 26, 2013
Calvin Watkins reported that a private meeting is coming in April for Vaccaro and Jerry Jones, but the Bengals may be in the position to pull him to Cincinnati before the Cowboys have a shot.
Kenny Vaccaro said he'll have a private meeting with Jerry Jones in April.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 26, 2013
He is the headliner out of Texas in this draft, and he will be the player to watch as the selections unfold. He is a sure first-rounder for this draft class.
Vince Young Is Back in Business…sort of
Maybe I am just really skeptical of Vince Young after watching his disaster of a career unfold before our eyes, but I don’t care that he had a reportedly very good day.
Young is back in school at Texas, and to the surprise of many, he showed up at the Longhorns pro day looking for another shot in front of the pro scouts. I guess a few years in the league wasn’t enough.
Despite his previous struggles, he got his shot at pro day and impressed a number of folks in attendance.
Calvin Watkins had this to say about Young through Twitter:
Vince Young looked pretty good with some strong, sharp throws. He threw on the indoor and outdoor practice fields.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 26, 2013
247Sports Longhorns writer Jeff Howe was also impressed with Young.
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure he looked sharp, but it is his inability to read a defense that has been the problem—not his ability to deliver a football to an open body downfield.
As valiant as this effort may seem, I doubt this day did anything for Young with the scouts. If anything it makes him look desperate.
Marquise Goodwin Is Mack Brown’s Pick
Marquise Goodwin had a huge day at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and he continued his success at the Longhorns pro day.
Goodwin will be one of the first Longhorns that is selected in the draft, and Mack Brown told the Longhorn Network that Goodwin had the best day.
It was reported and tweeted by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz that Goodwin hit a 42-inch vertical jump. That is an amazing flat-footed leap.
Look for Goodwin to go a lot higher in the draft this April than anyone expected at the end of last season.
D.J. Monroe Is the Sleeper
Of all the Longhorns at the pro day, D.J. Monroe is the sleeper in the class. He set some crazy numbers at the pro day according to teammate Donald Hawkins when he ran a 4.35 40.
I mean DJ Monroe 4.35! Correction
— Donald Hawkins (@That_Boi_Dhawk) March 26, 2013
Carter Strickland with Horns Nation tweeted that the running back and kick return specialist listed a 36-inch vertical.
Monroe solidified himself as one of the more athletic skill players coming out of Austin in this draft. His day should have done enough to land him a phone call on draft day.