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NFL Media ranks Texas true freshman OLB Malik Jefferson as the No. 3 impact freshmen in the nation.

"The blue-chipper will head to Austin with high expectations," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Plenty of people are counting on him to live up to the early billing as the next great defender in Burnt Orange. He enrolled early and didn't look out of place during spring practices." The five-star recruit was considered by most one of the 10 best players in the 2015 class.
May 25 - 6:22 PM

Texas A.D. Steve Patterson said the Big 12 "probably won't expand anytime soon."

The reason? No school looking to realign "makes sense." A few names that have previously been mentioned include BYU, Cincinnati and Boise State. It is worth noting the Big 12 currently only has 10 members.
May 18 - 10:51 AM

The Patriots "got two of the biggest steals in the draft and also did the usual by taking a player relatively early (No. 97) that I thought they could have gotten about six hours of draft picks later," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper graded New England's class "B-." "They did well overall, but I'm not sure why they didn't take at least one wide receiver or cornerback," Kiper wrote. The analyst believes Malcom Brown was "an absolute steal at No. 32" and Trey Flowers was "another outstanding value down at No. 101 overall." The reach was Geneo Grissom, who Kiper was "pretty sure would have been available later."
May 5 - 1:51 AM

Bills signed Texas DE Cedric Reed.

Reed (6'5/269) made 32 starts for the Longhorns, tallying 37 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior. Reed underwent meniscus surgery after the season and couldn't work out before the draft. On game tape, Reed is a classic "JAG" with a shortage of pass-rush tools. Reed could have some value as a run-stopping end, but won't be a factor on NFL passing downs.
May 4 - 10:13 PM

Cardinals signed Texas WR Jaxon Shipley.

Shipley (6'0/192) made 35 starts for the Longhorns, piling up the third most receptions in UT history (218) and the sixth most receiving yards (2,510), although he only scored 11 career TDs and averaged 11.5 yards per catch. Shipley ran 4.52 at the Texas Pro Day with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Strictly a slot receiver prospect like his older brother Jordan, Jaxon possesses sure hands and is a willing target over the middle. Shipley's ability to handle punt returns should help his chances of earning an NFL roster spot.
May 4 - 9:06 PM

Rams signed Texas RB Malcolm Brown.

Brown (5'11/224) was a plodding underachiever as a former five-star recruit to Texas, leaving college with 2,678 yards and 24 TDs on 630 carries (4.25 YPC). He had 51 career receptions. Brown ran 4.62 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine, but did shine in agility drills and improved his forty time to 4.51 at the UT Pro Day. A one-speed grinder, Brown excels in pass protection and can catch. Perhaps he'll carve out an Andre Brown-like career as a third-down back and No. 2 runner.
May 3 - 9:38 PM

Lions selected Texas CB Quandre Diggs with the No. 200 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Diggs (5'9/196) started 49 games for Texas, amassing 11 INTs and earning second-team All-Big 12 from the conference's coaches as a senior. The brother of Quentin Jammer, Diggs played outside corner and the slot at UT. His Combine left something to be desired, measuring in with short arms (29 5/8") and running 4.56 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and explosion-lacking 9-foot-5 broad jump. Diggs has quick feet and is a feisty tackler, but his lackluster size-speed combo suggests Diggs will have to excel at slot corner to earn snaps.
May 2 - 4:30 PM

Giants selected Texas S Mykkele Thompson with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A 31-game starter for Texas, Thompson (6'1/200), Thompson split time between safety and the slot as a senior. Thompson posted a 4.51 40 at his Pro Day, and did 18 reps on the bench. He at least looks the part of a versatile defensive back who can help the G-Men at what was one of their weakest pre-draft positions. Thompson should initially earn his keep on special teams.
May 2 - 2:12 PM

Eagles selected Texas ILB Jordan Hicks with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hicks (6'1/236) made 28 starts for Texas, rebounding from injury-shortened seasons in 2012 (hip) and 2013 (Achilles') to earn second-team All-Big 12 as a senior. A weak-side linebacker in college, Hicks tallied 24 career tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two INTs. He ran 4.68 at the Combine, but showed explosion in the vertical (38") and broad (10'4") jumps before excelling in agility drills and on the Wonderlic (28). Hicks isn't a downhill thumper, but holds his own in coverage and is an efficient tackler. He has a high floor as a special teamer/nickel linebacker and could grow into a three-down player.
May 1 - 10:45 PM

Patriots selected Texas DT Malcom Brown with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Brown (6'2/319) was a consensus first-team All American in 2014, finishing his Longhorns career with 29 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He flashed adequate athleticism in Indianapolis, running 5.05 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical. Capable of playing both one- and three-technique tackle, Brown is a quick-footed penetrator who flashes power to impose his will in run defense. He's like a lower-case Danny Shelton. He and Dominique Easley should play the end spots in the Patriots' 3-4 defense with Sealver Siliga manning the nose.
Apr 30 - 11:33 PM

Texas senior CB Quandre Diggs "probably won't get picked in the first three rounds," but should "come in and contribute right away," according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

"He is ideally suited to play in the nickel and reminds me of Corey Ivy, who enjoyed some success playing in Baltimore under Rex Ryan's tutelage. Diggs probably won't get picked in the first three rounds, but he can come in and contribute right away," Jeremiah wrote. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Diggs gets knocked for his size and lack of length for the next level, but shows good instincts and isn't afraid to compete. The Texas prospect comes from NFL bloodlines, as his older brother, Quentin Jammer, played for the Chargers and the Broncos.
Apr 29 - 2:31 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that Texas DT Malcom Brown "needs to be a little more disciplined, but all the talent is there."

"Could be as good as any of the tackles in the draft," he said. "He can come right in and start." In addition, Brown can slide into pretty much any scheme. He could be a 3-technique in a or a 5-technique DE in a 3-4, with the following scout seeing him as more of the former. "He's a 3-technique," he said. "I see a lot of upside. I don't think you've seen his best." A third scout concluded: "Solid player up and down. He really knows the game. He's pretty good at everything. He stops the run and he has some pass rush in him."
Apr 26 - 11:08 PM

An analytics director said he prefers Texas DT Malcom Brown to FSU's Eddie Goldman by a lot.

The reason is Brown's knack for making negative plays. The numbers man counted 15 by Brown compared to nine for Goldman. "He does have the numbers to back up, and he does project more as an under tackle and three-technique with potential as a three-down player," the analytics director said. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder played all over the place at Texas and provides some scheme versatility.
Apr 23 - 8:29 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay likes Texas DT Malcom Brown's versatility.

"He was a very productive and versatile player for the Longhorns, and I think he's probably capable of playing the nose in a 4-3 front and maybe a 5-technique defensive end in some 3-4 alignments," McShay wrote. Colleague Mel Kiper believes that Brown is an ideal fit for the Lions, a refrain we've often heard the past few months. Detroit may get an itchy trigger finger on a running back if Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon are available at No. 23, however.
Apr 16 - 6:28 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that Texas DT Malcom Brown is an ideal fit for the Lions.

This pairing makes plenty of sense. Beyond all the mock drafts that have slotted Brown to Detroit, we already know that a relevant voice in the Lions' operation likes Brown quite a bit. "Consistency," Detroit defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who attended Brown's pro day, said when asked what had stood out on film. "He put together a really consistent year this year from start to finish. That’s what you like to see when you’re evaluating. You like to see the consistency week after week. He put together a really consistent year. You can tell he’s a hard worker." The Lions replaced Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley with Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, and they probably aren't done adding. "There's definitely a chance Brown is available at No. 23," Kiper concluded.
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