Texas Longhorns Pro Day recap

Cooper Neill

Which Horns helped themselves on Wednesday?

Nine Texas Longhorns players worked out in front of NFL scouts on Wednesday at the school's annual Pro Day.

Head coach Charlie Strong, who was in attendance despite not coaching any of the players working out, said that all 32 teams were represented, but Horns247's Jeff Howe put the number at 25, while Alex Dunlap of Orangebloods wasn't able to recognize any head coaches, general managers, or coordinators as the event began.

Even a Texas Pro Day fixture like NFL.com's Gil Brandt was not in attendance for the first time in recent memory.

But, as always, there were a number of former players in attendance, including Emmanuel Acho, Earl Thomas, Fozzy Whittaker, Michael Griffin, and Marquise Goodwin.

And one of the great mysteries was answered in who would be throwing to wide receiver Mike Davis. It wasn't free agent Colt McCoy and Case McCoy wasn't there either. Instead, it was former Southlake Carroll quarterback Kyle Padron, who went on to play at SMU and then Eastern Washington.

One area that wasn't mentioned as a way to impress scouts for offensive guard Trey Hopkins was on the bench press, where he could answer questions about his strength. Based on reports, Hopkins turned in some impressive work there. In fact, the Longhorn Network said that he benched 225 pounds 28 times, which would have been good enough to tie for 14th at the NFL Combine.

Offensive guard Mason Walters put up 23 reps, while offensive tackle Donald Hawkins probably didn't help his cause by only managing 20 reps. Defensive tackle Chris Whaley had 22 reps in the bench as he works back from his torn ACL with three months left to go.

Hopkins and Hawkins may have helped themselves the most with their vertical leaps, which both measured at 32 inches and would have tied for 2nd among the offensive linemen at the NFL Combine.

As expected, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat opted not to test after he performed so well at the NFL Combine, but did participate in positional testing, which included some work taking coverage drops from the defensive end and linebacker positions. While he looked fluid moving in space, he did drop several passes during that portion of his workout.

In the 40-yard dash, one player who helped himself quite a bit was cornerback Carrington Byndom, who ran an unofficial 4.37, according to his agent and Longhorn Network. He also had a 36-inch vertical and a 9'11' broad jump. As expected, however, Byndom came in a little bit light -- weighing in at 177 pounds. Continuing to add weight could help him convince NFL scouts that he can hold up physically in the NFL.

For Davis, his 4.48 40 was a good time, as he needed to run a sub-4.5 time to help himself, but his 32.5-inch vertical and 9'9" shuttle were less impressive. Davis said that he has visits set up with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in the coming weeks.

Safety Adrian Phillips struggled a bit with his first short shuttle, falling on his final cut on his first effort, but did register a decent 4.21 time on his second effort. His 40 time probably didn't help him much, either, as he ran an unofficial 4.61. Since it was hand-timed, however, there were some differences, as his people were reporting a 4.44 that obviously would help him significantly as he tries to line up some work outs in the coming weeks.

Keep in mind that scouts will probably adjust all of those times up a little bit because of the fast track at Texas. Unfortunately, that will put the time for Davis into the mid-4.5s.

At the end of the session, kicker Anthony Fera worked kicking field goals and kickoffs, the latter something that he didn't do at Texas, but will probably have to handle in the NFL with roster sizes limited and specialization not as possible as it is in college. With a touchback percentage of 22.22, Fera was not particularly good in that area as a sophomore at Penn State, a number that would have ranked outside the top-100 nationally in 2013, so his struggles in that area could impact his draft status.

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