Texas always seems to have a smattering of highly regarded NFL Draft prospects, and 2013 is no exception. Safety Kenny Vaccaro, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and defensive end Alex Okafor, among others, are expected to be some of the first players selected at their position during the 2013 NFL Draft. They all took to Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center on Tuesday to show off in front of NFL scouts.
Vaccaro hoped to solidify his status as the top safety in the 2013 draft class. Unfortunately, a hip flexor injury prevented him from attempting to improve on the 4.63 he ran in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. He was reportedly able to take part in position drills, in which he likely excelled just as he did at the combine. Not being able to show off his foot speed could hurt Vaccaro's draft stock, however, especially with FIU's Jonathan Cyprien nipping at his heels.
Goodwin did not run the 40-yard dash, either, but probably did so by choice. He would have been hard-pressed to improve on the 4.27 he posted in Indianapolis. Goodwin showed off his explosiveness in other ways, however, posting an impressive 42-inch vertical leap according to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
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Okafor also had a nice outing. Offensive tackle Donald Hawkins posted unofficial results for several of his teammates, and clocked Okafor in at a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. After weighing in at 6'4, 262 pounds, scouts had to be impressed by how well the defensive end moved. A 31-inch vertical was less impressive, but overall Okafor probably didn't do anything to hurt his late first, early second-round draft grade.
Among the Longhorns' non-combine pro day participants, running back/kick returner D.J. Monroe may have done the most to solidify himself as a Day 3 selection. He had the fastest reported 40-time to come out of the pro day. Hawkins reported a 4.25 for Monroe, before correcting the time to 4.35 a little later. Monroe also posted a 36-inch vertical leap, proving that he has the speed and explosiveness to be a special teams ace at the next level.
Defensive tackle Brandon Moore posted a 31-inch in the vertical jump, which is an impressive feat for a 317-pound man. Moore surprised many when he declared early for the NFL, and will also be vying for a selection in the back half of the draft.