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Texas hopes to prove 2016 NFL Draft won’t be a bust

Texas defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Texas defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. AP

Texas’ Pro Day isn’t the same as it used to be when NFL personnel came to campus to poke, prod, time and measure a slew of NFL talent.

Just two years ago, the Longhorns were shutout in the draft for the first time since 1938. Last year saw a solid bounce-back with five players selected, including defensive tackle Malcom Brown going to the New England Patriots with the last pick in the first round, and linebacker Jordan Hicks picked by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round.

So what do the Longhorns have in store for the 2016 draft? Well, things have a real possibility of going dry again. Entering last season, the key prospects to watch were senior cornerback Duke Thomas, junior defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway, who declared for the draft after the season, and senior running back Johnathan Gray.

Other possibilities included wide receivers Marcus Johnson and Daje Johson, and offensive lineman Sedrick Flowers.

Wednesday was every hopeful’s big chance to show NFL personnel what they’ve got with the April 28-30 draft coming up quickly.

Take a peek for yourself inside Texas’ Pro Day, at the drills being run, the dash’s being timed, the weights being lifted and the muscled being measured as Texas’ athletic department, via it’s Twitter feed, gets you inside:

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