Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 1:26 pm
Alabama QB Greg McElroy and TE/FB Preston Dial are scheduled to work out in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday along with South Alabama WR Courtney Smith, according to a report by NFL.com.
McElroy, who is rated as a fifth-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, had surgery on his throwing hand for an injury suffered at the Senior Bowl and was unable to throw at the scouting combine or at Alabama's pro day. Dial has been bothered by a sports hernia. Undersized to play a traditional tight end role in the NFL, he's viewed as a potential late-round pick as an H-Back prospect.
McElroy worked with Smith at the Senior Bowl, and it will be a vital workout for the raw wideout. Smith was not invited to the combine and is also viewed as a late-round prospect or priority free agent by NFLDraftScout.com. He has excellent size at 6-feet-4 and 223 pounds, and would benefit greatly if he can improve upon his 4.65 40.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor
Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:10 pm
The Pro Day "season" is coming to a close, but not before two of the more intriguing skill position talents get their chance to work out for scouts.
Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph , NFLDraftScout.com's top rated player at the position , will be among the former Irish players working out on campus this upcoming Thursday, April 7. Unlike many of this year's tight end prospects, at 6-6 and 259 pounds, Rudolph has the size to compete as a blocker, as well as be a security blanket over the middle.
Teams do have questions about his straight-line speed and upper body strength, however, making his Pro Day workout an important element to determining his final grade.
Rudolph missed the final seven games of his junior season after surgery to repair a hamstring avulsion (muscle tears off the bone). As such, he was unable to work out at the Combine.
Though Rudolph has the bigger name, there could wind up being just as many top decision-makers at Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones ' Pro Day a week later.
Unlike the Notre Dame Pro Day, in which Rudolph will be sharing the spotlight with underrated defensive tackle Ian Williams, among others, scouts will be coming to see just Jones at his April 14 workout.
Jones' workout, rather than be scheduled at EWU's campus in the tranquil but remote setting of Cheney, Washington, will take place at Los Medanos Junior College in Antioch, Calif ornia.
Though most athletes choose to work out at their school, prospects do have the option of working out in their home states. Jones was raised in Antioch.
Jones is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9 rated running back. Some teams view the 6-0, 194 pound Jones as a possible converst to cornerback or wide receiver. Jones has struggled with durability throughout his career and has electric speed. As this video suggests , he may wind up being the fastest player in the 2011 draft.
There are 26 NFL teams already scheduled to attend his workout April 14. Jones will be doing all of the measureable drills and may be asked to do positional drills at running back, receiver and cornerback.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:37 pm
Outside linebacker Von Miller told ESPN he will attend the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 22 days after he's scheduled to be in court as a plantiff in the antritrust lawsuit the NFL players have filed against the league.
The former Texas A&M star is one of 20 players that have been invited to the draft, according to the NFL Network.
Other names reportedly on the invite list include defensive tackle Marcel Dareus, wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram from Alabama, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and teammate defensive end Aldon Smith, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan have also been invited, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
All are among NFLDraftScout.com's top 20 overall rated prospects.
Jones told Sirius NFL Radio that he will attend the draft, while Clayborn announced on his Twitter page that he'll be there and Smith told the NFL Network at his pro day that he'll be at Radio City Music Hall. Washington quarterback Jake Locker said at his pro day that he received an invitation, but will watch the event at home with his family.
"I appreciate the invite, but for me, I want to be with the people that have been with me my whole life and helped me get to this point, and I want to share that experience for them," Locker told NFL Network. "Not all of them would be able to come to New York with me."
The NFL Players Trade Association said it will have an event over draft weekend, but that it won't interfere with the draft itself, after weeks of rumors that prospects were being asked not to attend.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 8:17 pm
The Detroit Lions will still lose one pick in the 2012 draft, but have had a seventh-round pick this year reinstated following an appeal on tampering charges, the NFL Network reported.
Commissioner Roger Goodell penalized the Lions on Feb. 18 for comments defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who held the same role with Kansas City from 1995-2000, made about players still under contract with the Chiefs in February 2010.
"(Kansas City) keeps wanting to dump their players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them because I know a couple of those guys," Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press before the start of free agency last offseason.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 7:52 pm
Weslye Saunders' road to the NFL has encountered yet another speed bump with the NFL Network reporting the former South Carolina tight end will undergo surgery to have a pin inserted into his fractured foot Friday.
This type of surgery typically takes six to eight weeks to recover from. Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones turned in a blistering performance at the scouting combine in February despite having a fractured foot, then underwent surgery and is expected to get his walking boot off next week. Saunders went through South Carolina's pro day on Wednesday with the injury.
Saunders was suspended for the entire 2010 season after lying to the NCAA twice regarding details of trips he took to Atlanta and Washington D.C. last summer with friend Marvin Austin, the former North Carolina Tar Heel who was the focal point of an investigation into alleged improper benefits received from agents. Saunders was eventually kicked out of the program by coach Steve Spurrier.
Saunders said he paid his own way, but lied to protect friends, fearing he'd get them in trouble - although he claimed not to know what for.
"I panicked," Saunders said at the combine. "There's no excuse for lying. I wasn't truthful and forthcoming. I did hold back on information in the first two interviews. The third time I laid everything out on the table.
"It felt like they were investigating a murder. It was in the middle of summer, they put me in a hot room in the Carolina Inn and stuck two tape recorders in front of me for four hours."
Saunders said he hopes he can regain his reputation. As for his draft stock, he's unlikely to get back his preseason status -- he was NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked tight end in August.
"At the end of the day, I think everyone realizes I made a mistake, I suffered greatly for that mistake," he said. "I never was arrested. I never failed a drug test. I never was on academic probation. I think we'll get a chance to prove ourselves."
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:17 pm
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson issued a statement Thursday saying he has no relationship with Willie Lyles, who runs a Texas-based recruiting service called Complete Scouting Services that is being looked at by the NCAA. In an ESPN.com report, former Texas A&M coach Van Malone said Lyles told him that other schools were offering Peterson $80,000 and the Aggies would have to "beat" that if they wanted Peterson to commit to Texas A&M.
"I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter," Peterson said in a statement. "He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it's a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest."
Malone is now an assistant defensive coach at Tulsa.
Lyles' agency is also being scrutinized for its relationship with the Oregon Ducks. The school paid Lyes' agency $25,000 a few weeks before Temple, Texas running back Lache Seastrunk signed with the Ducks.
Peterson is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 overall rated player, and these allegations aren't expected to have any affect on his stock with NFL teams.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:29 pm
Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward was timed around 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical at his Wednesday workout, according to multiple reports.
Posted on: March 19, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2011 12:55 pm
Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen has rescheduled his workout for April 5 at the request of NFL teams, according to his agent.
A simple two-sentence release sent out by agent Kenny Zuckerman of Priority Sports and Entertainment reads:
At the request of scouts, his pro-day will be moved up to Tuesday, April 5th @ 8:30am in Lincoln. Scouts wanted to get Allen and Daniel Thomas (Kansas State) done in the same day because many of the scouts were heading to their respective cities for draft meetings on April 6th .Allen had previously had his workout scheduled for April 6.
Both players are holding the late workouts because of injuries that kept them sidelined for the Scouting Combine and their schools' respective Pro Days.
Thomas has struggled with a lingering hamstring injury. Allen's problem has been a right wrist strain and strained right calf muscle.
Thomas, a junior college quarterback who signed with Kansas State and then-head coach Ron Prince largely because Prince promised to keep him at quarterback. Prince's replacement, Bill Snyder, however, convinced Thomas to switch to running back. The move made Thomas an instant star, as he was spectacularly productive for the Wildcats, rushing for a combined 2,850 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns on the ground. He earned First Team All Big-12 honors after each of the past two seasons.
Allen's story isn't as dynamic -- but scouts nonetheless are very intrigued. Allen, 6-3 (and a 1/2) and 273 pounds, is expected to do all of the measureable workouts, as well as perform in DL and/or LB drills, as requested. This position and schematic versatility could result in a top 100 pick.
Though Allen's sack totals dropped from five to 3.5 last season, his tackle numbers improved. As such, he was recognized as a First-Team All Big-12 defender by league coaches with 65 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. Allen was especially productive in the loss to Washington in the Holiday Bowl, racking up a team-high eight tackles (seven solos), including a tackle for loss.
A three-year starter for the Blackshirts, Allen's strength and length make him one of the better of the second tier defensive linemen in this draft and a likely 3rd-4th round pick.