ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay doesn’t just predict the first round, or even the second round, he’s got a full seven-round mock draft up and available for ESPN Insiders. McShay has a lot of love for former Longhorns, with cornerback Aaron Ross and safety Mike Griffin going in the first round. Guard Justin Blalock and defensive end Tim Crowder then go in the early second round in his prediction.

Those aren’t the only Horns he’s high on, here’s how all the Longhorns faired in McShay’s draft:

Round 1

24. New England – [tag]Aaron Ross[/tag]
The Patriots never act as if they’re handcuffed by needs during draft weekend, but the Asante Samuel situation should increase their interest in this year’s cornerback crop. Ross lacks ideal man-to-man cover skills, but he has the size, instincts and playmaking ability to emerge as a difference-maker in the type of zone-heavy defensive scheme the Patriots run. Ross also can help in the return game, which adds to his value.

26. Philadelphia – [tag]Michael Griffin[/tag]
Although the Eagles certainly could use depth at several different positions, it’s hard to find a glaring weakness at any starting spot on their depth chart. One thing is certain: Philly will not be handcuffed by positions of need in this year’s draft. With that in mind, Griffin is a good value because he brings experience and versatility to the table after notching 250 tackles in his last two seasons at Texas.

Round 2

39. Atlanta – [tag]Justin Blalock[/tag]
42. San Francisco – [tag]Tim Crowder[/tag]

Round 3

92. Buffalo – [tag]Tarell Brown[/tag]

Round 4

106. Minnesota – [tag]Brian Robison[/tag]

Round 7

251. Jacksonville – [tag]Ramonce Taylor[/tag]

Update: Todd McShay’s 2008 mock draft is available here.
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Posted February 27th, 2007 by Brian
Filed under: Draft, Football, Quick Hits

Brian Robison put up incredible numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine yesterday. Good showing from Tim Crowder too.

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Posted September 24th, 2006 by Brian
Filed under: Football, Quick Hits

Mom said the MRI was good news, could play against SHSU.

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Jamaal Charles competes for the 100m titleThe Texas men took home third place in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships yesterday. Florida State won the title easily with 67 points, finishing well in front of second place LSU and the Horns.

Two Texas football stars played a part in that finish. Defensive end/shot putter [tag]Brian Robison[/tag] narrowly missed another national title with his throw of 66 feet 5.25 inches. The winner of the event, Garrett Johnson of Florida State, bested him by less than two inches. Excellent performance by Robison in what will likely be his last for the Texas Track team, as next year this time he’ll likely be preparing himself for an NFL career.

Running back/sprinter [tag]Jamaal Charles[/tag] competed in the 100- and 200-meter events, as well as the 4×100-meter relay. He started well in the 100 before the leaders pulled away. His 10.27 time into a stiff headwind earned him a fifth place finish in the event. Not a bad performance for a freshman competing against Olympic sprinters. A particularly impressive feat for a running back, the majority of football/track sprinters are wide receivers or cornerbacks. Charles can definitely claim the title of college football’s fastest running back next season.

Click here to watch Charles’ performance in the 100-meters. (Note: Video playback requires Flash Player 8.)

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