More than Luck at Stanford pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2012 – 10:04 am

While most will be watching QB Andrew Luck throw at Stanford’s pro day today, there’s an offensive tackle that has some work to do as well.

Left tackle Jonathan Martin, considered one of the top three tackles in the draft class, did not bench, do the vertical leap, broad jump, do the shuttle or 3 cone drill at the NFL Combine.

His cited a bout with food poisoning a couple of days before arriving in Indianapolis as the reason for not working out at the Combine last month. A solid performance would solidify him as one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft class with USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowas’ Riley Reiff.

Stanford will also have the top rated guard at their pro day today in David DeCastro as well as one of the top rated TE prospects in Coby Fleener.

“Coby Fleener is my highest-rated tight end right now, but I don’t have a first-round tight end anywhere,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “Fleener has been hurt and couldn’t work out at the Combine. This is a huge day for him – how well does he run, how well does he catch, does he get in and out of breaks? They have two offensive linemen who could go in the first round. Let’s see their position drills. What’s going to happen with Jonathan Martin at left tackle? Is he a first-round left tackle? Certainly we know that David DeCastro is a first-round offensive guard.”

Other pro days of note today (Thursday) are Memphis (DT Dontari Poe) and Boise State which has a handful of draft worthy prospects.


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Baylor pro day big for WR

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2012 – 8:40 am

While all the eyeballs at the Baylor pro day today will gravitate toward Robert Griffin III, NFL scouts will be taking a much more focused look at his go to wide receiver.

Kendall Wright is coming off a Combine workout in which he put up a disappointing 4.61 40-time. The draftniks say Wright plays faster than he times, but there’s no doubt scouts would feel a lot better if Wright put up a better 40 time today. It also couldn’t hurt to see him put up some more reps on the bench after managing just 11. He’s likely to stand on his vertical leap and broad jump numbers of 38 inches and 10 feet, as they help convince talent evaluators of his explosiveness.

“This is a big day for Kendall Wright, a potential first-round wide receiver who ran poorly at the Combine,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “He needs to run a better 40 and needs to catch the ball from Robert Griffin, run routes, run verticals, and get in and out of breaks. It’s also a big day for offensive lineman Philip Blake and tailback Terrance Ganaway.”

Blake is one of the top centers in the draft class. Ganaway is considered a 4th or 5th round RB prospect.

 


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Cincinnati pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2012 – 10:37 am

Cincinnati has their pro day today (Friday). Here are the two most notable prospects.

RB Isaiah Pead and DT Derek Wolfe both participated at the NFL Combine last week.

Pead at 5’10” and 197 pounds ran a 4.47, had a 33-inch vertcial and a 9’8″ broad jump. He didn’t bench however, so it’ll be interesting to see if he chooses to do so today. A north-south runner, Pead was coming off a good Senior Bowl performance in late January. He’s seen as a 2nd or 3rd round prospect.

Wolfe put together a nice Combine as well. He ran just a hair over a 5-flat 40 (5.01) and had 33 reps on the bench along with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. He also had a 9-foot broad jump at 6’5″ 295 pounds. Kind of a tweener DT/DE prospect since he’s a bit narrow in his lower body. He may not hold up well enough against the run on the inside in the NFL. Best fit might be as a 3-4 DE. Wolfe is viewed as a 5th or 6th round pick.


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Mizzou pro day results

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2012 – 9:16 pm

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt was on the scene in Columbia at Missouri’s pro day and has all the particulars.

TE Michael Egnew, who was coming off a big combine workout last week improved on his broad jump and attempted the vertical leap again (37 1/2 inches), but stood on all of his other numbers.

Teammate and sleeper WR Wes Kemp didn’t have a bad showing. Here are the figures Brandt had on him.

Wes Kemp, WR — (6-foot-3 3/8, 223 pounds) — Had two runs of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 34 ½-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-1 broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle run, 6.86 three-cone drill and 18 bench press repetitions. He also took part in position drills.

That’s a pretty good display of athleticism giving Kemp a chance to be a consideration in the late rounds.

 


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Mizzou pro day today

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2012 – 12:31 pm

Missouri kicks off the pro day schedule today with a couple of notable prospects.

It will be interesting to see if TE Michael Egnew, the Tigers’ highest-rated prospect does anything beyond TE position drills after posting a solid workout at the NFL Combine last week. Egnew posted a 4.62 40 at 6’5″ 252 pounds, had a 41-inch vertical, a 10’11” broad jump, a 7.03 time on the 3-cone drill and got 21 reps on the bench. He’s seen as a 3rd or 4th round pick.

The other notable prospects are DE Jacquies Smith, who has been forecast as a 5th or 6th-round pick and two sleeper WRs. Jerrell Jackson, who doesn’t have elite speed, does has short area burst (see: 41-inch vertical, 10’7″ broad jump, 4.11 short shuttle) and a knack for getting behind corners. He was at the Combine and performed well.

Super sleeper WR Wes Kemp is huge at 6’4″ 230 and eyes will be watching closely for his 40 time, which has reportedly been in the high 4.4s. That would help him a lot at that size, especially since his production was limited to 27 catches this past season despite being in a passing offense.


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Rudolph 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2011 – 12:42 pm

Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph ran in the high 4.7s at his pro day in South Bend today (Thursday).

A torn hamstring suffered in the middle of last season kept him from working out at the combine, leaving it all for Rudolph’s pro day. The athletic tight end ran a 4.78 and a 4.8 in the 40 according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mid 4.6s was the goal time Rudolph was shooting for. Even NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said if Rudolph could run in the mid 4.6s he’d be a first-round pick. The folks at Rotoworld also bring up a good point in noting that Zach Miller (Raiders TE) ran in the 4.8s at the combine back in 2007 and wound up being the 38th overall pick.

Coming off a severe hamstring injury however, some NFL clubs might cut him a break. At worst he comes off the board in the first 10 picks of round two by most projections.


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Bowers 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2011 – 9:13 am

Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers has run his two 40-yard dashes and the times might not help him much.

According to DraftInsiders the first time was a 4.92 and the second time was a 4.85. They also report that he had a broad jump of 9’2″ and a 34 1/2 inch vertical. He had a time of 6.95 in the three cone drill.

As we mentioned earlier if Bowers workout proves disappointing, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s going to be taken off the draft boards of NFL clubs. As Bills GM Buddy Nix said, he may just need more time to get healthy.

But without quieting concerns about his recovery from knee surgery it could have teams concerned about risk.


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Mayock says Quinn fits 3-4

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2011 – 8:39 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was in attendance at the North Carolina pro day Thursday and after watching DE Robert Quinn’s workout believes he could be an OLB in a 3-4.

Mayock said that he’s ideally a 4-3 defensive end, but believes he’s capable of playing an OLB role in a 3-4. His reasoning?

“He can do that because 90 percent of the time he’s going to be a rush linebacker in the 3-4 and go after the quarterback and only drop occasionally,” said Mayock.

Mayock has said he wouldn’t be surprised if Quinn is a top 10 pick come draft day.

As for Quinn’s teammate DT Marvin Austin, Mayock believes he could now wind up going in the bottom of the first round, as he’s addressed his off the field concerns satisfactorily in the eyes of NFL personnel executives. Austin was suspended by UNC and did not play in his senior season for accepting improper benefits from an agent. Prior to his suspension Austin was considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the draft class.


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Big day for Bowers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2011 – 8:16 am

It’s the biggest day of the pre-draft process for Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers. He has his personal pro day today (Friday) to show that the torn lateral meniscus in his knee that required surgery at the end of his senior season is 100 percent healed and he’s back to being the top flight pass rushing terror that most NFL clubs believe he is.

Bills GM Buddy Nix and members of his scouting staff will also be on hand for the workout. Nix however, does not feel a poor workout means you pull Bowers off your board.

“I think it’s big for him,” said Nix. “I’m not sure that you would write him off if he’s not completely healthy Friday, but it’s time for him to show he either is healthy or that he needs more work or more time.”

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked on Tuesday during a season ticket holder teleforum if Bowers was a fit for Buffalo’s 3-4 scheme. Knowing the plans are to go to more of a hybrid scheme in 2011, Gailey is confident they could find a place for Bowers.

“I think that if we ended up taking that guy we’d find a place for him,” said Gailey. “We’d make it work. You can’t take a guy that is that good of a player and not make him fit in to what you’re trying to get done defensively. We’re not going to pass up a very, very good football player just because he might not fit perfectly. We’ll adjust to get good football players on our team.”


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Quinn’s pro day numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2011 – 2:54 pm

North Carolina DE Robert Quinn had his last chance to perform for scouts and GMs in attendance at the Tar Heels pro day in Chapel Hill. Here are some of his results.

Quinn at 6’4 3/8″ and 264 pounds ran a 4.59 40 time, had a 33-inch vertical and 10’5 1/2″ broad jump. That according to the University of North Carolina official site. He also had 24 reps on the bench. All of those numbers were superior to the figures he put up at the NFL combine last month. No one will deny Quinn’s pass rush ability. What talent evaluators worry about is Quinn being out of football all last year. Nevertheless his talent will still have him go in the first 15 picks.

His teammate who was also suspended this past year, DT Marvin Austin stood on his numbers from the combine with the exception of the broad jump where he posted a 9’1″ leap. That was three inches shy of his 9’4″ jump at the combine. He’s seen as a second-round pick.

The two inside linebackers Bills GM Buddy Nix wanted to look at were Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter. Sturdivant stood on most of his numbers from the combine, but ran the 40 and posted a slightly slower time of 4.68, from the 4.63 at the combine. Carter, who is coming off of ACL reconstruction in December, went through positional drills according to Gil Brandt, but I don’t know if that’s possible. Most reports out of Chapel Hill had indicated he wouldn’t be football ready until the fall.


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Lombardi calls Locker ‘a project’

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2011 – 9:47 am

Washington QB Jake Locker a year ago was considered a lock to be a top 10 pick had he entered the 2010 NFL draft. A year later he’s expected by most analysts to still be a first-round pick, but NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi paints a much different picture after watching his pro day.

Lombardi called Locker “a project” quarterback after witnessing Locker’s pro day Wednesday.

“I think he’s a project,” Lombardi said. ”I think he’s a potential starter. I don’t think you can believe, if you draft Locker, that he can be the guy to come in and turn your franchise around next year. It’s going to take time, and you must have the patience to handle the project to get him to where he is a pro quarterback.”

Lombardi took it a step further on his twitter account saying that Locker is not a first-round prospect in his book.

Locker’s strength is his elite athleticism, but with accuracy being a consistent knock on his game most likely agree with Lombardi’s assessment that Locker won’t be an instant answer to an NFL team’s quarterback deficiencies. Whether that keeps him from being a first-round pick or not remains to be seen.


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Brandt says Smith a RT only

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2011 – 9:42 am

USC OT Tyron Smith doesn’t have much experience at left tackle, having played on the right side for most of the two years he was a starter for the Trojans. But with his physical skill set and being just 20-years old, there are some NFL clubs that feel he’s athletic enough to play on the left side after his pro day workout Wednesday.  NFL.com’s Gil Brandt feels differently.

Smith is coming off a knee injury that limited him to just the bench press at the combine last month. So he did everything at USC’s pro day Wednesday.

At a ripped 310 pounds the 6’5″ Smith ran a 4.98 40-time, had a 29-inch vertical and topped his bench total at the combine by two putting 225 up 31 times. Brandt interestingly enough did not sound convinced that Smith projects as a left tackle in the league. Here’s what he wrote in his pro day report on NFL.com.

Although his quickness and agility rate well, Smith doesn’t appear to have the natural ability that teams covet in a left tackle… Overall, Smith solidified his status as a top talent. But he should be considered as a right tackle for most offenses.

Change of direction skills seems to be the knock on Smith, which is essential in responding to counter moves by opposing pass rushers. Still with a ton of upside it would be shocking if the USC lineman was not a first-round pick.


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Nix in Chapel Hill

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2011 – 8:26 am

Bills GM Buddy Nix will be one of the many in attendance at the University of North Carolina for the pro day workout of DE Robert Quinn. But that’s not the only guy Nix will have his eye on.

After addressing premium season ticket holders in a State of the Bills event Monday night, Nix said there were a couple of other players he wanted to see up close.

“I’m going Thursday to North Carolina and see Robert Quinn and the two inside backers,” said Nix. “It’s due diligence. We’ve put too much stock in it and it’s our job to do what we’re doing.”

Nix is presumably talking about Tar Heel inside linebacker Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter. Sturdivant has been forecast as a late second or early third round pick, while Carter could come off the board around the same time. He played outside linebacker for the Tar Heels, but projects inside at 6’1 1/2″ and 241 pounds.

Carter is unlikely to do much at the pro day workout. A highly touted linebacker with elite athleticism entering his senior season, a torn ACL this past December threw his draft status into doubt. He had surgery Dec. 14th and likely won’t be ready to perform fully for scouts today.


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Sparse HC turnout for Locker

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2011 – 1:59 pm

The head coaching turnout for Jake Locker’s pro day at Washington is reportedly sparse.

That according to NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, who posted that just one was on hand to this point for Locker’s workout.

michaellombardi So far only 1 head coach—Seattle’s Pete Carroll here at Jake Lockers pro day. Im thinking Locker must have some private workouts scheduled

Going up to the University of Washington is a haul for a good many of the NFL clubs that are in the eastern half of the U.S., so it wouldn’t be surprising if most clubs were satisifed to dispatch their area scout for the workout, or perhaps the GM or college personnel directors are on hand instead. Especially considering the fact that most coaches are hosting prospects for pre-draft visits at their NFL facilities this time of year.


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Heyward pro day numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2011 – 11:25 am

The pro day workout is not complete, but Cameron Heyward has put out the following numbers for his pro day thus far.

According to DraftInsiders, Heyward has run a 4.95 40 time and had a 35-inch vertical leap. More to come later.

Heyward is seen as a late first or early second round pick.


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3 big school pro days

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2011 – 8:52 am

Three big programs will be holding their pro days today (Tuesday).

Texas, UCLA and Utah will all be hosting NFL scouts and personnel executives as their draft prospects work out. Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable prospects at each of the schools.

Texas – OLB Sam Acho, CB Curtis Brown, CB Chykie Brown, CB Aaron Williams
UCLA – OLB Akeem Ayers, S Rahim Moore, K Kai Forbath
Utah – CB Brandon Burton


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Nix on Bowers pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2011 – 9:29 pm

Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers will have his much anticipated pro day this Friday (April 1st). Bills GM Buddy Nix will be in attendance and admits it’s going to carry a lot of weight for the top flight pass rusher.

“I think it’s big for him,” said Nix. “I’m not sure that you would write him off if he’s not completely healthy Friday, but it’s time for him to show he either is healthy or that he needs more work or more time.”

There have been reports in some national publications that Bowers failed a pair of physicals by NFL clubs at the combine last month. At the combine Bowers declared himself fully healthy.

“I am 100 percent,” he said. “It was a small meniscus tear. It hampered me from my first three weeks of training, which is why I was not doing anything at the combine because I feel that I want the same amount of time that everybody else had to train and fully prepare for the combine. I am going to do all my workouts on pro day.”

Bowers was initially going to perform with his college teammates at Clemson’s pro day March 10th, but set his personal pro day back a few weeks to April 1st, which has led to a ton of speculation about his knee.


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Boise St. WR shaves down 40

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2011 – 9:30 am

WR Titus Young had one last shot to prove he was faster than the disappointing 4.53 40-time he ran at the NFL combine last month. At Boise State’s pro day he did not disappoint.

Young, who has been training with former Olympic sprinter Maurice Greene in California, ran a 4.41 and a 4.42 at the pro day. That according to the Idaho Statesman. That would’ve been the fourth fastest 40 time at the combine. Young is seen as a late second or early third round pick. His teammate and fellow receiver, Austin Pettis just ran positional drills after doing everything at the combine.

Broncos RB Jeremy Avery, who wasn’t invited to the combine ran a 4.45 40 time, got 20 reps on the bench, had a broad jump of 10’5″ and a 38-inch vertical.


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Last chance for Titus Young

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2011 – 10:31 am

Boise State WR Titus Young predicted he’d run a 40 time in the 4.2s at the NFL combine. Unfortunately for him he didn’t. Instead he clocked in at an unexpected 4.53. His last chance to make good comes today (Thursday) at Boise State’s pro day.

Young along with fellow Broncos receiver Austin Pettis, Jeron Johnson, Brandyn Thompson and Ryan Winterswyk will perform for pro scouts today.

Other notable pro days with draftable prospects include the following.

Fort Hayes State: WR O.J. Murdock

San Diego State: WR Vincent Brown, WR DeMarco Sampson

South Florida: DT Terrell McClain


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Slate of pro days

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2011 – 11:35 am

A handful of pro days for some of the notable college programs today (Wednesday).

Here’s the run down of schools and top prospects.

Boston College – OT Anthony Castonzo, LB Mark Herzlich
Central Florida – OT Jah Reid
UCONN –  RB Jordan Todman, OLB Lawrence Wilson, G Zach Hurd
East Carolina –  WR Dwayne Harris, OT Willie Smith
Iowa State – SS David Sims
North Carolina State – ILB Nate Irving, WR Owen Spencer
Tennessee-Chattanooga – CB Buster Skrine


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