The NFL combine is a week-long event where future NFL hopefuls have the opportunity to meet with NFL coaches and display their talents with the hopes of improving their draft stock.
Among those in attendance were four former Texas Longhorns who are eagerly working their way toward making an NFL roster. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, wide receiver Mike Davis, kicker Anthony Fera and defensive tackle Chris Whaley were in Indianapolis to represent Texas, but only two of them participated in drills.
Jeffcoat suffered a lot of injuries during his first three seasons at Texas, but he had a stellar senior year, which opened the eyes of NFL scouts. The 2013 Hendricks Award winner was the headliner of the Longhorns at the combine and maintained his headliner status with a nice showing in Indianapolis.
|Jackson Jeffcoat's NFL Combine Numbers|
|40-Yard Dash||4.63||No. 4|
|Vertical Jump||36||No. 6|
|Broad Jump||10'3"||No. 4|
|Three-Cone Drill||6.97||No. 2|
He was an NFL.com top performer in four of the five categories but tied for fifth-lowest among defensive linemen in the bench press. A reason for his bench-press results could be blamed on his pectoral tears, which caused him to miss two offseasons following his sophomore and junior seasons at Texas.
"The injuries I had were things that I couldn't prevent," Jeffcoat said at Big 12 media day in 2013. "Especially my pecs, they were freak accidents. There was nothing extra I could have done to prevent that."
Overall, his combine performance was above average. He is currently listed as the No. 6 defensive end and is projected as a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, according to CBSSports.com. He still has the Texas pro day to impress scouts further.
NFL Combine Grade: B
Davis turned heads at the Senior Bowl and was looking forward to showing off his talent at the combine. Unfortunately for the wide receiver, he was not cleared by medical staff to participate in drills due to a minor foot injury. There is a possibility that not participating could impact his draft stock.
He is currently listed as the No. 18 wide receiver and is projected as a third- or fourth-round draft pick, according to CBSSports.com. Davis has less than one month to recuperate and impress scouts at Texas' pro day.
NFL Combine Grade: Incomplete
A kicker's experience at the NFL combine is much different than other position groups because kickers do not typically participate in any of the drills. Instead, they do some interviews and tests, warm up, kick and go home.
Fera was one of only three kickers in Indianapolis.
The 2013 Lou Groza Award finalist connected on 20 of 22 field goals and 45 of 46 extra points during his senior season at Texas and continued his accuracy at the combine, where he went 14-of-15 and made all three 50-yard field-goal attempts.
He is currently listed as the No. 2 kicker in the draft and is projected as a sixth-round pick by CBS Sports.
NFL Combine Grade: A
Running back-turned-defensive-end-turned-defensive-tackle Chris Whaley was a difference-maker for the 2013 Texas Longhorns, but he was sidelined in the game at West Virginia with a torn ACL.
He is recuperating from his ACL surgery but was still present in Indianapolis. Although he could not participate in drills, he has shown the talent and ability to make an impact on the field. His senior season—which was his first season as a starter at defensive tackle—included 25 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one pick-six in nine games before his injury.
Whaley is projected to be a seventh-round/free-agent draft pick by CBSSports.com.
NFL Combine Grade: Incomplete
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand. Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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