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Roy Miller said he has received significant attention from the Dallas Cowboys.

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Brian Orakpo, other Longhorns shine at Texas’ pro day
    By JIMMY BURCHjburch@star-telegram.com
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    AUSTIN — Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo did not sprint for NFL scouts during Wednesday’s pro day session at the school campus. But he did enough agility drills to show the tight hamstring that hampered his February workout at the Scouting Combine is a distant memory.

    "The hamstring is good. All of that is behind me," said Orakpo, who is projected to be a high first-round pick in the NFL Draft on April 25-26 in New York. "I did a little extra [Wednesday], just to satisfy the coaches. I didn’t want them to have any question marks."

    Representatives from 23 NFL teams, including Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, watched Orakpo weigh in at 262 pounds and post a standing broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches during his battery of tests. C.O. Brocato, the Tennessee Titans’ head scout, said Orakpo showed the full gamut of skills that NFL teams covet in a pass rusher. Included is enough versatility to play as a defensive end in a 4-3 alignment or as a standup, rush linebacker in a 3-4.

    "He’s got everything you want: size, speed, quickness and strength," Brocato said. "He’s just got to learn ... that he’s got to be more consistent about doing it every play."

    Orakpo said he has yet to be contacted about an invitation to the live draft in New York but would embrace the opportunity if it surfaced.

    "I wouldn’t mind that," Orakpo said. "I’ve never been to New York."

    Miller, Melton turn heads

    Two players who boosted their stock during Wednesday’s workouts were defensive tackle Roy Miller and defensive end Henry Melton.

    The 6-foot-1 Miller, who played at 290 pounds last season, weighed in at 313 for NFL scouts. But he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds, faster than the 4.98 and 5.09 times he ran at the combine.

    "I’ve gained 23 pounds and ... showed that I can still be athletic at 313 [pounds]. I think that’s pretty good," said Miller, who was downgraded at the combine for a lack of bulk. During the interim, Miller said he’s been working out while ingesting 4,800 calories per day.

    A Killeen native, Miller said he has received significant attention from Dallas Cowboys scouts and would welcome the chance to play in his home state.



    Melton (6-foot-3, 269 pounds), a Grapevine High School graduate, posted a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash that intrigued scouts. He also posted a 34-inch vertical leap and did 23 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds. A former running back, Melton played only two seasons in Texas’ defensive line and was a starter only in 2008, his senior season.

    Tennessee’s Brocato called Melton a "very intriguing" player because he remains an unfinished product.

    "He’d be a good one to bring in and let him learn how to finish it up," Brocato said. "He’s got the athletic ability and everything to do it. I was most impressed by him."

    Age-old question

    Receiver Quan Cosby, 26, was the oldest Longhorn to take part in the pro day session. But that should not hinder the NFL appeal of the former pro baseball player, said Gil Brandt, personnel analyst for NFL.com. A bigger hindrance could be Cosby’s height. He measured 5-foot-9 Wednesday.

    "I think he’s the kind of kid you have to know and know what he stands for and what he does," said Brandt, a former Cowboys player personnel director. "He’s a lot stronger than you think he is and he plays bigger than 5-foot-9. ... He understands coverage, which is really great. Most receivers coming out of college don’t have any idea about coverages."

    Palmer hopeful

    Cornerback Ryan Palmer, an Arlington Bowie graduate, expressed disappointment with his time in the 40 (4.5 seconds). Because of his height (5-foot-8), Palmer considers speed his most valuable asset in efforts to hear his name called on draft day.

    "He’ll be in somebody’s camp," Brocato said of Palmer. "But the big receivers are hurting the little-bitty corners. Palmer is 5-8. What’s he going to do when he has to go against a 6-4 guy?

    "He’ll have a hard time sticking around [in an NFL camp] unless he’s special."

    Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760
  2. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    That's pretty impressive for Roy Miller - running a 4.8 weighting 313 lbs., even if you add on 0.1 or 0.2 because it's not electronic.
  3. cowboyjoe

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    yeah best i remember biggems really liked roy miller as a DT
  4. Woods

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    We could also get him towards the later part of the Draft, which wouldn't be all bad.

    I guess some of it depends on how much the staff likes Siavii and Tim Anderson.
  5. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Miller may shoot up to high for the Cowboys if he keeps this up.


    But Melton is intriguing, a 6'3 270 relatively unknown guy who can also run a 4.5. He would be an interesting UDFA project at OLB.
  6. cowboyjoe

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    yep, miller and melton are both interesting prospects
  7. Bob Sacamano

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    Melton actually ran a 4.64
  8. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    My thought's exactly...
  9. jterrell

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    Melton just needs a position and I'd think LB is where he fits but it may be as an ILB.

    If he is agile enough to handle OLB that would be intriguing as well.
  10. 28 Joker

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    Brocato said Felix Jones was the second best running back in last year's draft, and he said that he could carry the load.

    He's probably the best scout in the NFL.
  11. cowboyjoe

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    41gy, does brocato have a draft series on internet, showcasing players, evaluations etc?
  12. ABQCOWBOY

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    I like him as an ILB if his agility is there. Heck, we have been looking for an ILB who could match up in the passing game for sometime. We kept Barnett for forever because he had some skills. Imagine how this kid could match up with TEs from the ILB if he has the agility? Stout enought o handle the inside run and quick enough to get out into coverage. I'll tell ya who will be all over this kid and that's NE. That is exactly what they look for in an ILB.
  13. 28 Joker

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    I don't know, cowboyjoe. That would be cool. The Titans were going to take Felix Jones. You probably already know that one. Tennessee had DeSean Jackson in on a visit. I think they thought Dallas might like him, and they tried to dupe Dallas into taking Jackson at 22. imo.
  14. cowboyjoe

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    cool didnt know that about tennesse 41gy
  15. jimmy40

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    So lasting 30 carries and then being out for the year is carrying the load?:confused:
  16. RamziD

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    This Longhorn would be happy to see either of those guys on our roster next year. Melton only played 2 years on the defensive side of the ball at UT b/c he was determined to play RB, and the coaches tried to accomodate him as much as possible. Even with that little experience, he played a significant role on our defense last year. He has pretty decent rushing skills and could really become a good LB after a little bit more development.
  17. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Biggems and I agree on that... Roy was the clogger who made the Horns good against the run... but I surely did not expect a 4.8 40 from him... I was quite happy when he ran sub-5.0 at the combine...

    The problem is, that might move him up draft boards; prior to this, he was a 7th round/priority free agent type...
  18. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Actually, some scouts are projecting him to fullback in the NFL... think about that for a second, a 270 pound fullback who can run...
  19. cowboyjoe

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    he would be a terror at FB with that speed, size, and if he can block
  20. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    oh well, guess Miller won't be a Cowboy....seems like everytime they show rabid interest in a prospect, they pass him over

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