by Tommy Lawlor – ScoutsNotebook.com
Sam Acho is a Senior DE for the Texas Longhorns. I watched some tape on him to get a feel for what kind of prospect he is. I was surprised to see Sam play the run so well. He gets off the ball quickly and engages the blocker aggressively. He doesn’t care if that’s an OT or TE. Sam only lists at 6’3, 260, but he extends his arms and hits with power. He’s able to push most blockers back a step. That disrupts run plays and is good defense, even if Sam doesn’t always make the actual tackle.
Sam made his share of plays in 2009. He finished the season with 42 tackles, 13 TFLs (9 of them were sacks), and 2 FFs. Those are good numbers. He won’t have Sergio Kindle and Lamarr Houston helping him this year, but Sam should still be a consistently disruptive force. I need to watch more of him to see just how athletic he is. Guys his size need to be really good pass rushers to have premium value. I do think Sam is a quality prospect and he should be fun to watch in 2009.
Texas has a trio of gifted CBs. Aaron Williams is only a Junior, but he has definite NFL potential. He lists at 6’1, 195. Williams has good feet and fluid hips. He’s able to start and stop with receivers and change directions on the move. He has good ball skills and makes his share of big plays. Last year he picked off 3 passes and also was the guy who sacked Sam Bradford in the OU game and knocked him out for the rest of the year. Williams played a lot on STs as a Freshman and blocked 4 punts, a very impressive total.
The Longhorns have a pair of Senior CBs, Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown. Curtis (6’0, 184) has 18 career starts coming into the 2010 season. He isn’t quite the playmaker that Williams is, but Curtis is a talented player. Chykie (6’0, 194) has 20 career starts under his belt. He’s picked off a couple of passes in his career. NFL scouts will keep a close eye on the trio this season.
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Miami will move LG Orlando Franklin to LT this year. He played some at LT last year when Jason Fox went down with an injury. Franklin is big at 6’7, 315. He actually looks heavier than that. That’s good size, but he doesn’t have LT feet. Franklin is okay for college, but he’d get killed in the NFL. I think OG is a better fit for him in the pros. He does have potential, but I’d like to see him play with better pad level.