Five Longhorns Headed to NFL Combine

The NFL has extended invitations to wide receiver Quan Cosby, defensive tackle Roy Miller, running back Chris Ogbonnaya, defensive end Brian Orakpo and corner back Ryan Palmer to participate in the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine is a week long showcase that occurs every February in Indianapolis. College football players will perform physical and mental tests for coaches, GMs and scouts of the NFL.

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The test and evaluations will include:

  • 40-yard dash
  • Bench press (225lb repetitions)
  • Vertical jump
  • Broad jump
  • 20 yard shuttle
  • 3 cone drill
  • 60-yard shuttle
  • Position-specific drills
  • Interviews
  • Physical measurements
  • Injury evaluation
  • Drug screen
  • The Cybex test
  • The Wonderlic Test

Quan Cosby faces a tough road to the NFL. His production at Texas will garner him some good looks, but he doesn’t have the physical stats that NFL scouts love. While he has no choice but to do his best at the Combine, he’s not the type of athlete whose going to see his stock rise that week. His biggest problem will be his age. At 26 years old, NFL teams might not want to spend a high draft pick on a receiver with questionable speed who only has a few years left at his prime. Cosby will certainly land on a team, but I don’t think it will be on the first day of the draft. He could end up being an amazing steal for some team, and give a solid four or five years finding the soft spots in zone defenses.

Roy Miller is looking like a second or third rounder right now, and a solid combine could push this one way or the other. He certainly had the production in college, recording 138 tackles, 25 TFL, 10 sacks, 44 pressures, six PBD, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his time at Texas.

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Chris Ogbonnaya will likely turn a head or two at the combine, but he’ll still be on the bubble for being drafted. While he’s got the physical stats the scouts like, he just didn’t have the production in college. He’ll get a shot with somebody as an undrafted free agent, and has a decent chance of seeing the field some Sunday.

Brian Orakpo is the jewel of the 2009 draft for the Longhorns. Almost everyone is picking him to go in the first round, and he’s climbing up most every pundit’s draft order. He’s also the sort of workout warrior/gym rat that can see his stock skyrocket at the Combine. He’ll easily go in the top ten of the first round.

Ryan Palmer has the speed and strength to play corner in the NFL, but his height (listed at 5’10”) will work against him. With Akina’s string of DB’s coming out of Texas the last few years, he’ll get a good look. A solid combine could really help his stock.

I’m a bit disappointed, albeit not surprised, that Henry Melton wasn’t invited. I’ve liked him since he ran over those scrubs we played when he was a true freshman. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the feet to play running back at the college level, and we took way too long to move him to defensive end. He was a solid performer at that position this year, and might be able to make a team through the practice squad route.

Texas will have its own pro day for those who weren’t invited to the Combine. I expect we’ll hear more about that in the near future.

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