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  1. RumblinTumblinWitten

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    <H1>UT pro prospects say they measure up

    By Suzanne Halliburton
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    Roy Miller acknowledges he's got a lot of time on his hands as the days creep up to this weekend's NFL draft.

    "There's only so much you can do in a day besides work out," the former Texas defensive tackle said.

    So he watches draft shows and reads scouting reports. They make him mad enough to body slam the hard-liners who quote NFL prototypes.

    Those prototypes suggest he's too short at a shade over 6 feet, 1 inch — that's after he gained 25 pounds to 315 so people would not categorize him as too small.

    "I've seen all kinds of stuff, and I refuse to believe I'm not the best defensive tackle in the draft," said Miller, who was an All-Big 12 Conference selection and the defensive MVP of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

    If Miller wants to vent, he can chat with his former teammates who also have been classified as undersized by these same scouts.

    Cornerback Ryan Palmer, a two-year starter, was the shortest cornerback invited to the NFL scouting combine in February. He's 5-8. The NFL benchmark is 5-9.

    "I was the shortest, but I was bigger (heavier) than any of the other guys there," Palmer said.

    "My motto has always been to shut people up. Nobody thought I'd be a starter for two years."

    Scouts Inc. is projecting Palmer as a sixth-rounder.

    Receiver Quan Cosby, who dropped only four passes in three seasons as a starter, stood taller than only one wide receiver invited to the combine. He's 5-9. The NFL will spend big money on those wideouts who are at least 6 feet.

    Cosby said teams haven't brought up his height in interviews he's done with coaches and scouts. Instead, he said "they've been really intrigued" that he's already been through the pro process, playing minor league baseball for three years.

    Cosby said he signed a baseball contract in 2001 with a bonus of $950,000. In order to return to Texas to play football, he gave up $500,000.

    If he makes an NFL team, he'll earn a minimum of $310,000 this year. Scouts Inc. is saying Cosby is a seventh-rounder.

    "Quan Cosby is one of the smartest guys I've ever talked to at the wide receiver position," said Gil Brandt, a draft analyst for nfl.com and the former director of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys.

    "He's going to be governor some day."

    Middle linebacker Rashad Bobino, who started at UT for four seasons, was too short at 5-97/8 to get a combine invite. He's in grad school now and said he's heard from a number of NFL teams this week. He says they're asking him about his play on special teams.

    While former Longhorns defensive end Brian Orakpo is projected as a top-10 overall pick, other Texas standouts have no idea when they'll hear their name called.

    Running back Chris Ogbonnaya could be a late-round possibility.
    Defensive end Henry Melton, who has minimal experience at the position, turned in an excellent pro timing day in March and could get on someone's draft board. Offensive guard Cedric Dockery, whose older brother Derrick is one of the highest-paid lineman in the league, is a possible pick.

    Aaron Lewis, who has played defensive end and tackle, also has worked out for scouts.

    All but one draft-eligible Horn already has graduated. Melton is a semester away.

    Mel Kiper, the ESPN analyst, lists Miller as the 59th pick in his latest mock draft. That's bottom of the second round. Scouts Inc. says fourth round.
    Defensive tackle isn't loaded with stars this year, with only two potential first-rounders. Coincidentally, both those players — B.J. Raji and Peria Jerry — have questions about their size.

    "This game isn't about height," Miller said. "This game is about being a man. Be a man, do whatever you've got to do to win.

    "And that's me. I'm going to do whatever I need to do to beat the guy in front of me."

    http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/04/23/0423height.html
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  2. DezBRomo9

    DezBRomo9 Formerly joshjwc9 Zone Supporter

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    I hope we get Miller, he just seems like a guy who will play his heart out, just to prove everyone who didn't pick him wrong.

    I was hoping to get him in the 6th round of my mock draft, but we might have to pick him in the 4th, but I wouldn't complain, he can be an animal IMO!
  3. joseephuss

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    Is that even true? Seems like he dropped more than 4 passes in just this past season. I don't think he has a problem catching the ball, but saying he dropped only 4 passes in 3 seasons seems like a bit of a stretch.
  4. MC KAos

    MC KAos Well-Known Member

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    id like cosby, he is an awesome punt and kickoff returner. and like the article says, he rarely drops the ball. he would make a good 4th or 5th receiver and who knows, maybe he can develop into a decent slot receiver. my only concern with him is his age, but newman was old too
  5. MC KAos

    MC KAos Well-Known Member

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    i dont really remember him dropping it much, but i could have missed it. same with shipley, they were both sure handed guys
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Something about Quan Cosby has always reminded me of a very poor man's Hine Ward. He's tough, runs nice routes, is completely reliable, and...short. But Ward is taller than Cosby.

    He wasn't going to play Major League baseball, so he absolutey made the right call going back to get his degree and play football. He also got to play on a national championship team...which is very rare. In fact, as much as UT fans hoot and holler, they have one title in nearly 40 years...so it was a real honor for him. He's one guy I'm really pulling for to catch on somewhere.
  7. calico

    calico Active Member

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    quan would make a killing in the slot.
  8. Hypnotoad

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    He must be an oompa loompa if hes shorter than Ward. Remember Roethlisberger complaining about his receivers being too short and how his team needed to draft or sign taller WRs before the 2008 season.
  9. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Yeah...he's only 5'9 and Ward is about 3 inches taller.
    He has some (slim) hope because Wes Welker is only 5'9".

    Bet it is especially tough for Big Ben.
  10. Disturbed

    Disturbed A Mere Flesh Wound

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    Miller really came on in his last year at Texas. The knock was that he would take plays off. He is very physical and should continue to get better. Whoever gets him in the draft will be happy...and if you can get him in the 3rd or 4th, even better.

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