NFL Draft

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The NFL's premier Pro Day demands a big stage, so what better place than the University of Texas – probably the most draft-friendly school in league history.<P>

The Longhorns' annual Pro Day, where the school's draft-eligible football players work out for the NFL's scouts, coaches and general managers drew a huge crowd, including Packer personnel. It's no secret that Texas annually places many players in the NFL. The Longhorns have had one of its players drafted into the NFL since 1938. That's the last 64 NFL Drafts, the longest streak of any college or university. Texas also holds the record for the most players taken in a single draft -- 17 in 1984 (under the previous system with more rounds).

Here are some of the highlights:

Who's Who: More than 75 team reps were on hand including the following "heavy hitters:"

Head coaches Jim Haslett (Saints) and Mike Tice (Vikings), Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, Chiefs vice president of football operations Lynn Stiles and Vikings owner Red McCombs. Lots and lots of defensive coordinators were also here, including Mike "Rookie" Nolan from Baltimore, Dale Lindsey from San Diego and George O'Leary from Minnesota. Defensive backs coach Jon Hoak from Houston was in attendance, as was one of the top defensive line coaches in the country, Bill Kollar from the Rams, and Saints quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard.

Players:

A total of 14 players worked out, including three guys who have graduated in the past but are still chasing that NFL dream. The players ran indoors on a very soft Astroturf track, which is known as a slow track.

One Longhorn name that has been linked with the Packers is quarterback Chris Simms. Teams represented at Simms' workout included St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cincinnati and Chicago, although if Simms' stock continues to rise it would be unlikely that the Bears would use a high pick on a QB after signing Kordell Stewart.

Simms threw over 100 passes to Rutgers TE L.J. Smith, Penn WR Rob Milanese and John Fassel, Jim Fassel's son and head coach at New Mexico Highlands University.

According to reports, St. Louis' offensive coordinator and QB coach Steve Fairchild stood behind Simms, and after he finished his drills with NY Giants head coach Jim Fassel, asked the other scouts if there were any other kinds of passes they wanted to see Simms throw. The people there asked for bootlegs and cross-body passes. And Simms did them. Those that were there say he did very well.

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Other players working out at Texas' high-profile Pro Day included OT Robbie Doane, OT Derrick Dockery, LB Lee Jackson, DE Cory Redding. Neither Jackson nor Redding worked out at February's Combine in Indy.

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