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2012 NFL Draft: Keenan Robinson, Emmanuel Acho Lead Texas Longhorns Prospects

The past two years have been rough for Texas Longhorns football, though Mack Brown's squad did salvage their 2011 season with a Holiday Bowl win over California. Texas isn't going to have a strong showing at the 2012 NFL Draft, either. Per the National Football Post's big board, Texas' highest rated prospect is OLB Keenan Robinson, who is rated as the No. 101 prospect in the entire draft.

Fellow Longhorns linebacker Emmanuel Acho is rated similarly to Robinson, as the National Football Post has him as the 109th best prospect in this year's draft.

It's certainly conceivable that either or both of Robinson and Acho can slip into the third round somewhere, as defensive players are seemingly a premium in this year's draft.

The National Football Post also believes that Texas' two top prospects could end up being starters in the NFL.

On Robinson:

Impression: An explosive kid with some natural burst to his game. Isn't overly instinctive and doesn't take on blocks overly well, but is a good fit in more of a run and hit scheme because he possesses very good natural range. A potential starter in the NFL .

On Acho:

Impression: Isn't a dynamic straight-line athlete, but plays faster because of instincts. Is a good tackler, can shed blocks and plays stronger than his frame would indicate. Has the versatility to play a number of spots in a 4-3 scheme or get some looks inside in a 34. Looks like a potential starter in the NFL either way.

While it's not a banner year for Texas prospects, Robinson and Acho could help salvage the '12 Longhorns draft class if they develop into starting linebackers.

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