Texas’ Acho following in brother’s footsteps

Bears head coach Lovie Smith and Texas head coach Mack Brown during Texas pro day. (Jane Allgood/University of Texas)

Given the amount of NFL talent that has come out of the University of Texas (14 first-round draft picks since 2001), not to mention the post-workout barbecue feast, the visit to Austin is always one of the highlights of the pre-draft pro day tour.

LB Emmanuel Acho during Texas pro day. (Jane Allgood/University of Texas)

Texas’ pro day featured four athletes who attended the NFL Scouting Combine, and another potential late-round pick who was not in Indianapolis. LB Emmanuel Acho (6-foot-1 5/8, 237 pounds) and DT Kheeston Randall (6-4, 293) stood by their combine numbers. Hall of Famer “Mean” Joe Greene ran Randall’s position workout. Acho was impressive in his position drills, and his draft position could get another boost given that his brother — Sam Acho — was a fourth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals last year and started 10 games as a rookie in 2011, registering seven sacks and four forced fumbles.

Keenan Robinson, LB (6-3, 242) — Ran 4.77 and 4.70 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-5 broad jump, 4.40-second short shuttle time. Robinson — a projected mid-round draft pick — also went through position drills.

Fozzy Whittaker, RB (5-10, 194) — Still recovering from a season-ending knee injury and subsequent surgery, Whittaker was not yet ready to go through position drills.

Christian Scott, safety (5-11 3/4, 220) — Scott was not at the combine and went through the various workouts. Scott posted times of 4.61 and 4.60 in the 40, 4.28 in the short shuttle, and 7.00 in the 3-cone drill. Scott had an impressive workout and is a possible sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.

Texas’ pro day took place in ideal conditions indoors on FieldTurf, and 50 people representing 30 teams were in attendance, including Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, Bears linebacker coach Bob Babich and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Texas’ pro day, led by the helpful coaching staff of Mack Brown, is always a special school for the scouts on hand. After the workout, everybody was treated to a barbecue dinner at Rudy’s BBQ in Austin.

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