2011 Texas Longhorn Draft Preview
Many former Longhorns hope to fulfill their dream of playing professional football.
Harrison Lindsey, Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas – Many former Texas Football players are hoping to hear their names called this weekend at the 2011 NFL Draft. Each player has had a very busy off season at their respective training camp, at the combine and at pro day. All of their preparation is leading up to this weekend, where they hope to fulfill their dreams of playing professional football.
Williams has been projected to go late in the first round after his three stand-out years playing cornerback. Williams posted 106 tackles (64 solo), three sacks, four INTs, and five blocked punts (No. 2 on UT’s all-time list) during his career at Texas. Despite his fantastic career at UT, April 28th couldn’t come soon enough for Williams and his family, as he looks forward to getting a chance to play professional football.
“It’s a lifelong dream,” said Williams. “Not many have this opportunity to do what I’m doing, so I’m just taking it all in because you never know when it’s going to end.”
Curtis Brown compiled 120 tackles (86 solo), two INT – including one he returned 77 yards for a TD – one forced fumble and one blocked punt during his career as a Longhorn. Curtis is projected to be taken in either the second or third round on Friday, April 29, the second day of the draft.
Similar to Curtis, Chykie Brown compiled 106 tackles (71 solo), two INTs, and four sacks?during his career at Texas. After strong performances in both the NFL combine, and Pro Day, scouts placed him in the fourth or fifth rounds of their mock drafts.
After terrorizing opposing backfields, former defensive end Sam Acho, is also hopeful he will receive a call from a team this weekend. Acho has seen his draft stock increase after stellar performances at the combine in Indianapolis, Pro Day, and the Senior Bowl where he was named Most Outstanding Player – South Team. Some NFL teams also like his ability to be more of a hybrid player, where he can play at both linebacker and on the defensive line.
While at UT, Acho posted 148 tackles, 23.5 sacks (10th on UT’s career list) 37 TFL, 44 pressures, eight forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries (second on UT’s career list).
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