The 2013 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns has been set in stone and ‘Horns fans are rightfully looking towards the future. However, let’s not forget the players that are departing the team and ending their time in NCAA Football. Three such departing Longhorns have earned invites to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
Alex Okafor, Kenny Vaccaro, and Marquise Goodwin have all been invited to participate in the combine, which runs from Feb. 20 – 26.
Goodwin, who was part of the 2012 US Olympic team, will be the first of the three to arrive at the combine in Indianapolis. He will be in the second session in either group four or five, both of which are made up of wide receivers and quarterbacks. Those groups will arrive on the 21st and work out on the 24th. Okafor will be the next Longhorn to try and impress scouts from all 32 NFL teams. The defensive end will be in either the seventh or eighth group of prospects at the combine, arriving on the 22nd and working out on the 25th. Hard-hitting safety Vaccaro will fall into one of the final two groups, which are composed of defensive backs. His arrival date will be the 23rd with work outs on the 26th.
Okafor, who stands 6’5” and weighs 261 pounds, has first round potential as does Vaccaro. Okafor could earn a starting spot in his first year out of the gate, but I think Vaccaro needs to hone his tackling skills and stop trying to make the highlight reel on every play before he will be a starter at the next level. Goodwin will likely be taken somewhere around the third round, but his blinding speed and great vision could have him returning kicks his rookie season.
It is always a bummer for a college football fan to see the best players on their team leave, but I think we will have the opportunity to watch these three Longhorns play on Sundays in the very near future.
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