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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Four downs: Looking at pro day, spring

By Sean Adams

AUSTIN, Texas -- Each week Sean Adams looks at a few topics around the Texas Longhorns and college football.

First down: Trust your eyes

Over the last few years I have grown weary of spring practice reports, even through sources I have talked to who attend practice.

David Ash
Practice reports are great, but the spring game will be a better indicator of where Texas is as a team.
It is difficult to build an opinion of any one player through the occasional eyes of a practice bystander. Saturday's spring game is the only thing that actually matters. I liken it to forgiving the preseason talk and forming an opinion about the team after you see them play.

Your eyes will tell you all that you need to know about where this Texas football team is during the Orange and White Scrimmage on Saturday night.

Reports are great and they will lead you to what you need to watch on Saturday, but trust your eyes and make your own opinion.

Second down: Pro day

Texas' pro day, just like at other schools, is a weird mix of dream-chasing and men ogling other men in underwear.

Days such as pro day are one of the bigger days in the lives of a football player. There are double-digit numbers of family members there in support and hope for that dream.

While pro day is never the end all and be all to working out, it does add perspective to the most important thing, game film.

You could see the pressure on the faces of the athletes born out of nervousness and pressue. It is, however, the best place to be in because their hard work, their performance and play on the field that will be the sole reason for their success in football.

What we all want in life is a shot, and they have it.

Third down: NFL tells the story

Texas, Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida and all of the other top schools in the country can be read like a book by looking at the NFL draft and the schools' impact on it.

Texas is no different in the way that story is told. The better teams have more talent, and thus more NFL draft picks.

While it could be a question of what came first, the chicken or the egg, no team in the country plays at a high level of college football without having a high level of players that impact the NFL draft.

The 2005 championship team had five first-round draft picks, four second-round picks, four third-round picks and 22 draft picks overall in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 drafts.

The NFL will always tell you how well a school is doing. Over the last two years, Texas has had no first-round picks, one second-round pick, one third-round picks and only seven players drafted overall.

The NFL might be the best indicator of talent within a program. The next few years could tell a story again for Texas.

Where do you think the talent on campus is for Texas right now?

Fourth down: Jeremy Hills shows off

I have liked this kid from the time he stepped on campus. I have liked his attitude on the field, in media availabilities and in making the most of his role on the Longhorns.

He came in as a player familiar with the program as the younger brother of former Longhorn Tony Hills. He ran well during pro day and he will kill the interview process.

I'm supposed to be unbiased, but I’m pulling for Jeremy Hills as a man.