Vince Young throws at Texas pro day
AUSTIN, Texas -- In front of 30 NFL teams and more than 50 scouts, Vince Young took the first public step in his pro comeback with a good showing at Texas' pro day on Tuesday afternoon.
Young threw around 50 passes to former UT receivers John Chiles and DeSean Hales, as well as Marquise Goodwin and the rest of Texas' draft-eligible receivers and tight ends.
The former Longhorns star did not weigh in, run a 40-yard dash or participate in any other drills. As he made his way through a mob of reporters while leaving Texas' indoor practice facility, Young declined any interviews, saying only that he had a good day.
"I think he did extremely well," agent Jerry Marlatt said. "He showed his footwork and mechanics, and overall it was a very good day. He thought it went well. We received positive feedback from multiple teams."
Young appeared to be in good physical shape and showed that the arm that helped make him the No. 3 overall pick in 2006 by the Tennessee Titans hasn't lost much strength.
"He whips that ball out of there like a cannon," Goodwin said. "He has a great arm. He did really well today and he helped us make some money. I commend him and thank him for coming out. He came out and I think he helped himself as well."
Young, 29, went unsigned for the entire 2012 season after one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and is trying to find his way back onto an NFL roster.
After taking in his performance, Texas coach Mack Brown has no doubt that day is coming soon.
"He's better than a whole lot of people playing out there, and those guys can see it here today," Brown said. "I don't think there is any question. With mobile quarterbacks and what they are doing in the NFL, running options and zone reads, he'll be perfect.
"Someone is going to get lucky. Someone is going to hit the lottery with this one."
Since being cut by the Buffalo Bills in the preseason last August, Young worked with quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr., who trained No. 1 picks Andrew Luck and Cam Newton, in October and got back to his playing weight of 225 pounds.
A roster spot never materialized, and Young has spent this spring finishing his degree at Texas and working out with the Longhorns.
No workouts have been scheduled with any NFL clubs, and those opportunities may not come for Young until after the NFL draft when minicamps begin. But Tuesday was about showing he's ready to help a team.
"He was just seeking to show he's in great shape and he's ready for any workouts he might have in the near future," Marlatt said.
The financial issues and other distractions that cost Young his job in the NFL are behind him, and Brown said his star pupil is more mature and ready for another opportunity to lead a team again.
"He really wants another chance," Brown said. "That's not easy for a guy at his age with his success to come out here and work out. What I saw today is that someone will give him another chance."
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