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MMQB's Peter King reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are "seeking a trade" with the No. 32 selection.

Logical enough, as the Eagles are without picks in either the second or third rounds due to past trades they've made with the Browns and Bills. King offers this note in his mock draft released on Monday. He projects the defending champs to select Texas T Connor Williams should they be unable to budge off their spot at the end of the first round. We expect there would be some interest for that draft slot, though.
Apr 23 - 12:29 PM

Texas junior QB Shane Buechele is still competing with sophomore Sam Ehlinger for the starting quarterback position.

Coach Tom Herman has been waiting for one of the players to grab the position "by the horns" but neither has been able to do so. Buechele completed 12-of-21 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown while Ehlinger completed 13-of-22 passes for 151 yards. With neither separating themselves from one another, Herman will have a tough decision to make. We like Ehlinger to win the starting job by the time next season rolls around.
Apr 22 - 10:30 PM

An NFC Area Scout said Texas CB Holton Hill will "fall farther than he should" in the NFL draft.

The scout is referencing Hill failing multiple drug tests in college and continued by saying, "He needed a clean, productive season to rehab the perception around him and I felt like he should have gone back to school. He can play. He's a Day 2 talent, but I doubt he goes there." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares him to Steelers safety Sean Davis and projects him to be drafted in rounds 4-5. If a team believes they can change his ways, Hill could be a great value pick in the later rounds as a player with starting abilities but serious off-field concerns.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 8:15 PM

Texas senior S P.J. Locke (stinger) could play in Saturday's Orange and White spring game if his Thursday medical evaluation comes back clean.

Locke (5'10/200) sustained a stinger in practice earlier this month. While Longhorns HC Tom Herman said at the time that it would probably knock the senior safety out of action for the remainder of the spring, it looks like he's closing in on a full recovery. Even if he's cleared for Saturday, though, Herman and staff will likely play matters cautiously in terms of just how much work he sees. Locke notched 36 tackles with a pair of passes defended while making eight starts last season.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 19 - 3:55 PM

Texas junior RB Kyle Porter (ankle) could be able to practice "in team period next Tuesday and Thursday."

Porter badly sprained his ankle in one of the first spring practices this year after struggling with injuries during his 2017 season. Once he returns next week, Porter will have to fight with both Toneil Carter and Daniel Young in order to get more play time in 2018. If he returns to full health he should have a good shot at improving on his poor 2017 yards-per-carry of 3.1.
Source: 247 Sports
Apr 11 - 8:19 PM

Texas freshman CB Caden Sterns is working with the first team during spring practices.

The 2018 four-star commit and an early enrolled player from Cibolo, Texas is getting extra reps with the No. 1 unit largely due to injuries in the Longhorn secondary. Senior P.J. Locke III (stinger), redshirt freshman Montrell Estell (foot), and sophomore Josh Thompson (knee) are all currently sidelined with injuries. Head Coach Tom Herman is trying to look at the injuries in a positive light in terms of player development and said he wouldn't mind to "Give some of those younger guys some reps." Stern will have to make the most of his increased reps to get some play time for the Longhorns in 2018.
Source: 247 Sports
Apr 11 - 8:03 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman said that senior S P.J. Locke will likely miss the remainder of spring practice due to a "really bad stinger."

Locke (5'10/200) suffered the stinger on Saturday. With just over one week of spring practice remaining on the docket for the Longhorns -- they play their spring game on April 21 -- the senior defensive back isn't going to be missing too much additional work in the short term. He should be ready to rock 'n' roll come the start of August camp unless there's something more serious going on than just the stinger. This past season, Locke registered 36 tackles and a pair of passes defensed while starting eight of the nine contests in which he saw the field.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 11 - 2:42 PM

Texas DL Poona Ford visited the Seahawks.

Ford is a sub-6-foot nose tackle, an uncommon size for the position. He was not invited to the NFL Combine but did have a strong Shrine week. He's a third day pick, possibly in the fifth round for Seattle.
Apr 11 - 11:16 AM

Texas LB Malik Jefferson is visiting the Steelers.

The Steelers must add speed to their linebacker group, and few are more athletic in this class than Jefferson. Now, in terms of anticipation, angles, refinement and recognition, Jefferson has a long way to go. But that's what coaching is for.
Apr 5 - 11:35 AM

Texas redshirt junior RB Tristian Houston suffered a hyperextended knee in practice.

A former three-star recruit out of high school, Houston has struggled to find the field in his first three years at Texas recording only three yards in his career. Head coach Tom Herman has expressed his frustration with ball security issues at the position and said there are "open tryouts" for the starting running back. An ankle injury to another scholarship running back, Cameron Townsend, is making life difficult for Herman. With the Longhorn RB corps banged up and largely devoid of talent, Herman has a lot of work to do in preseason if he wants his running game to be adequate.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 4 - 9:16 PM

Texas CB Holton Hill is visiting the Vikings on Wednesday.

The Vikings believe in using their top 30 visits as a large group, that's why you see so many reports of prospects visiting the team. Hill reportedly failed multiple drug tests while in school, but his talent is undeniable. The team likely wants to get a better feel for his personality and determine if he should be a third-day selection.
Apr 4 - 8:40 AM

Pro Football Focus writes that Texas P Michael Dickson could be a "real weapon" in the NFL.

Dickson was the highest graded punter in the history of Pro Football Focus. They go so far as to say that the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder was the "Aaron Donald of punting" in 2017. Wow. Players at this position very rarely go high, but because Dickson is so good at kicking the ball deep with hang time, and can keep the ball inside the 20s, he could be (relative) exception. It wouldn't be a huge upset if we saw Dickson off the board before the end of the fourth round.
Apr 3 - 8:16 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman said OT Mikey Grandy will "be out for a while" with a concussion.

Grandy (6'5/305) joins fellow injured Texas offensive lineman Gary Johnson (groin), Edwin Freeman (triceps), and Kyle Porter (ankle) on the sideline of spring practices. Grandy is a junior college transfer from College of San Mateo (California) who was "expected to push for a spot in the lineup as a guard" and was "working behind Patrick Vahe at left guard." Luckily for the Longhorns, they will have plenty of time to heal as their first game of 2018 is on September 1st against Maryland.
Source: 247 Sports
Apr 2 - 8:09 PM

An NFC regional scout said that Texas DB Deshon Elliott is "going to have problems if he gets isolated in coverage."

"He'll probably make a team because he's big and physical and plays on special teams but I was surprised he came out," the scout said. Per NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, the 6-foot, 210-pounder impresses with his clear love for the game of football -- work ethic is not an issue -- which helps him to at least somewhat minimize his athletic shortcomings. While he's not an elite athlete by any stretch of the imagination, we found his testing work at the NFL Scouting Combine to be solid enough. In Indianapolis, Elliott logged a 4.58-second run through the 40-yard dash and added jumps of 36 inches and 121 inches. Zierlein sees the Longhorns defender home with a grade for Rounds 5-6.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 3:53 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 LB De'Gabriel Floyd.

A strong spring commitment for the Longhorns, who have done tremendous work recruiting the defensive side of the ball since Tom Herman took over as head coach last winter. Sitting at a lofty No. 24 on the ESPN 300 -- he may very well end up vying for five-star status before the cycle's close -- the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Floyd opted for Herman's crew over the likes of Auburn, Oregon, TCU, Georgia, USC and Notre Dame. On the field, Floyd offers up an awesome combination of power, size and acceleration. Physicality is the name of his game. If you're looking for a demerit with the linebacking standout, it comes in his lack of overt size.
Mar 31 - 2:25 PM


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