Nearly a dozen local prospects were in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine as they attempted to improve their draft status.
Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel may be the most notable local 2013 NFL Draft prospect, but he was just one of several players from Texas schools participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.
Joeckel's combine workout didn't do much to improve his lofty draft status, but it likely didn't hurt it, either. He didn't fare at that well in the 40-yard dash, finishing with a time of 5.3 seconds, but was solid in many of the other events. His three-cone drill time of 7.4 seconds was the fourth-best among offensive lineman.
Joeckel was one of six Aggies participating in the event. Wide receiver Ryan Swope showed off his speed, running a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, the second-fastest among wide receivers. Defensive end Damontre Moore didn't fare as well, as he reportedly showed up out of shape. Moore ran a 4.95-second 40-yard dash and managed just 12 reps on the bench press. He did better in both the vertical and broad jumps, where he finished among the defensive line leaders.
Texas A&M running back Christine Michael tested extremely well, finishing among the top performers at running back in five of the seven drills he participated in. Michael led at his position in the three-cone drill and 20-yard short shuttle, while his 43-inch vertical jump was the highest at the 2013 combine. Texas A&M linebackers Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart also went through workouts.
Texas was also represented at the combine, as Kenny Vaccaro, Alex Okafor and Marquise Goodwin went through drills. Goodwin proved to be the fastest player at the event, clocking a 4.27-second 40-yard dash. His 132-inch broad jump was also among the leaders. Vaccaro ran a 4.63-second 40, but posted a 38-inch vertical jump and performed well in the 20-yard short shuttle. Okafor did not run, but completed 21 reps on the bench press.
The smaller schools were also represented, as Rice's Vance McDonald turned in possibly the best performance by a tight end. McDonald finished among the leaders at his position in four of the seven drills he participated in.
Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden was also in Indianapolis, although he didn't go through any drills as he works his way back from a torn inferior vena cava suffered during the season. Hayden did conduct interviews with a number of teams and will work out out at Houston's pro day on March 18.
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