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Texas Prospects Take Center Stage At Pro Day

*From projected first-round pick Malcom Brown to wide reciever Jaxon Shipley, Texas prospects on Tuesday showcased their talents at the school's pro day. *

After not having a single player selected in the NFL Draft last year for the first time in 77 years, interest in University of Texas prospects returned Tuesday, as 17 different players went through position-specific drills along with a few Combine-like tests at the school's pro day.

Check out these photos of Malcom Brown, a versatile defensive lineman out of the University of Texas.

Defensive tackle Malcom Brown, whom many consider to be a first-round talent, went through drills with three different NFL defensive linemen coaches.

While Brown's talents are well-documented, he was champing at the bit to get out on the field after waiting around for others to complete their drills.

"I was kind of bored and sitting here watching other guys and I was like, 'Man I want to be working already. I've been waiting for this day to come,'" Brown said to "After the combine it's all I was working for, and it was finally here and all I had to do was sit around and wait all day for other guys to go. I was just waiting on my turn."

Brown played three seasons for Texas, starting the last 26 at defensive tackle. As a junior in 2014, the 6-foot-2, 319 pounder was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy after recording 25 tackles with two sacks.

Linebacker Jordan Hicks, meanwhile, a top performer in the vertical jump (38 inches), three-cone drill (6.78 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (11.34 seconds) at the NFL Combine, also went through positional drills.

In some cases, he was asked to show how well he can drop into space in pass-coverage situations.

Hicks said we wanted to give scouts an idea of his "ability to be a smooth linebacker."

"A big thing now is being a three-down linebacker, and that's something I'm trying to show that I can play every single play, play the run, play the pass, and can show my ability to move," he said.

A five-year player for Texas, Hicks appeared in 45 games with 28 starts.

He appeared on pace for a career year during the 2013 season, as he had a team-high 41 tackles through four games before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.

Hicks returned fully healthy in 2014, recording a team-high 147 tackles in 13 starts. The 6-foot-1, 236 pounder recorded double-digit tackle totals in eight games.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Malcolm Brown and wide receiver Jaxon Shipley are two names that could be looked at more at the draft nears.

Brown – a 25-game starter for Texas in four seasons – decided to run the 40-yard dash at pro day, recording a 4.5-second run.

According to Gil Brandt, Brown, "had a really good pro day positional workout. He went through his workout with the wide receivers and caught the ball well coming out of the backfield, leaving everybody pleased with his performance."

Ready to showcase his talents and hopefully become the next great back to come from the school, Brown is excited for new scenery.

"I definitely feel like it's going to be a fresh start for me," he told reporters. "I'm ready for it. I feel like I have a lot to prove, and I feel like I have a lot to show people that I haven't been able to show these past couple of years due to injuries and things didn't go completely my way. So I'm definitely ready to go to the next level with a fresh start."

During his senior season, Brown earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after leading the Longhorns in rushing with 708 yards. He also scored six touchdowns.

Shipley, meanwhile, went through a full complement of drills, running the 40-yard dash and 20-yard short shuttle as long as performing in both the vertical and broad jump.

The six-foot, 190-pound wideout was very productive in his 48 games at Texas, recording 218 receptions for 2,510 yards – both ranking top 10 in the school's history.

"I think I hit most my goals that I had coming in," Shipley said of his pro day performance."I came in wanting to run – people probably thought I was going to run a 4.6 something but I ran faster than that so that's good. All of my other stuff, overall, felt like a really good day. "




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