The 2011 NFL Combine has come to a close. There weren’t too many ex-Longhorns players involved, but there were still enough to have some concern about if you are someone that likes to keep up with Texas players after they leave.
Texas was represented by five former Longhorns at the combine in Sam Acho, Chykie Brown, Curtis Brown, Kyle Hix and Aaron Williams. They went through the drills and displayed themselves in front of hundreds of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers.
So how did these five fare at the combine? How will their combine performance affect their draft stock?
Let’s find out as we see how each player did at the combine this past week, and how their performance can help or hurt them heading into the 2011 NFL Draft.
Acho’s stock slipped a little bit this season after he had a mixed performance in 2010. At the combine, Acho ended up running a 4.68 40-yard dash and had 23 reps on the bench press (at 225 pounds). He ended up with a 33.5'' vertical leap, a 4.32 in the shuttle drill and a 6.69 in the cone drill. He also had a broad jump of 9'4''.
Acho will continue to be evaluated by several NFL teams prior to the draft as they try to find out if he is worth a chance in the middle rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. Acho was thought to be one of the best defensive ends heading into the 2010 college football season but he, along with the rest of defense, didn’t have a solid season.
Look for him to draw interest from teams in the third to fifth round of this year's draft and becoming a part of the defensive end rotation on whatever team drafts him.
Brown’s combine performance was not bad at all. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, had a vertical leap of 36.5'', did the shuttle in four seconds and had a cone drill time of 6.50. Brown is going to go somewhere in the middle rounds of the draft this year, but, with good workouts, he could sneak up into the third round and be a starter somewhere soon.
The second Brown also had a pretty decent combine and should be a mid-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. At the combine, Brown ran a 4.54 40-yard dash, had a vertical jump of 39.5'', had a four second shuttle, a 6.59 second cone drill and a 10'8'' broad jump.
He’s definitely an athletic prospect that should garner some mid-round attention, but, like his counterpart Chykie Brown, he could sneak into the third round if teams feel that he can contribute sooner than later.
Hix has been considered somewhat of a long shot to make it in the NFL, but, after having some success in drills at the combine, he should get a lot more looks from NFL teams.
He ran his 40 in 5.46 seconds, had a vertical leap of 32'', a shuttle run of 4.78 seconds, a cone drill time of 7.77 seconds and a broad jump of 8'8''.
If Hix wants to get into the NFL he’s got a lot of work to do. He needs to work on his mechanics, especially his footwork. He has a lot of work to do impressing scouts as well, but, if he can at least look like a player that has a lot of potential to develop later on, then he could get drafted in the later rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Williams, a possible first-round draft pick, had a decent enough combine last month. He ran the 40 in 4.52 seconds, had a 37.5'' vertical, 4.07 in the shuttle drill, 6.72 in the cone drill and 10'7'' in the broad jump.
With good individual workouts, Williams could sneak into the bottom of the first round of the draft and be a contributor to whoever drafts him right away.