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Former Longhorn shines at Kansas pro day

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Cameron L. Bollin

While the college football players’ regular season was over long ago, their job interviews have just begun. After struggling at the NFL combine a couple of weeks ago former Longhorn Dezmon Briscoe had an impressive showing at the University of Kansas pro day on Wednesday. In front of 12 NFL representatives and scouts Briscoe ran times of 4.53 and 4.51 in the forty yard dash confirming his speed. His explosiveness was shown with a 10-4 broad jump and a 34’ vertical leap. Quickness and cutting ability play a crucial role in a receivers success as those attributes are needed to gain separation while running routes. The drills that measure those attributes are the short shuttle in which Briscoe recorded a time of while lateral quickness was measured with a 4.10 seconds and a three cone drill time of 7.20.

Obviously a resume isn’t all about a workout done with no pads, defenders, or helmets so its imperative to review game film and on field production. Briscoe is second to none in those categories as he’s garnered All American recognition each season of his collegiate career. As a freshman he recorded 43 receptions with 496 yards and seven touchdowns starting the final 11 games of the season helping the Jayhawks earn an Orange Bowl victory. As a sophomore he garnered 92 receptions with 1,407 yards and 15 scores earning an All – America honorable mention by Sports Illustrated. The production didn’t stop there though as Briscoe enjoyed personal success in a tough junior season for the Kansas football team. While the Jayhawk offense was up and down Briscoe was steady with 84 receptions for 1,337 and 9 scores.

Most experts expect Briscoe to be drafted between rounds 2 – 4 of the NFL draft which will be held on April 22 – 24. After three grade A statistical seasons on the field Briscoe passed the test Wednesday in front of scouts. With a over a month between an interview and a decision on your next employer angst can set in so this is obviously a critical time. College may be the history but final grades have yet to come in so stay tuned.

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