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Posted on: April 6, 2010 7:23 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2010 11:28 pm

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Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:53 am

Three small-schoolers help cause at Pro Day

Sometimes the small school prospects can get a bit lost in the shuffle of a busy Pro Day week. These are three players from relatively small schools, however, that are creating some buzz with scouts.

William and Mary pass rusher Adrian Tracy was the big name on campus -- so much so that I highlighted him back in November in our PDF Draft Slant -- but it was his former teammate, defensive tackle Sean Lissemore who impressed scouts at their recent Pro Day. The 6-3, 297 pounder was twice timed in the low 4.8s in the 40-yard dash, 4.27 in the short shuttle and a 7.57 in the 3-cone drill. He also showed good explosiveness with a 30" vertical jump, 9'3" broad jump and lifting the bar 26 times. Lissemore is hardly a workout warrior. He earned first team all-conference honors with 66 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two interceptions as a senior. He also stood out at the Texas vs. Nation practices. Lissemore has already gained the interest of several clubs, having set up private visits with the Arizona, Atlanta, Jacksonville, both  New York clubs, and Seattle.

Western Illinois cornerback Patrick Stoudamire, Jr. took advantage of another opportunity to work out for scouts at the Northern Illinois Pro Day Friday. Stoudamire, who earned first-team all Gateway conference honors each of the past three seasons and never gave up a touchdown reception, had previously helped his cause with a solid performance at the East-West Shrine game. He was among the highest rated prospects by who was not invited to the Combine. Friday, however, the 5-10, 207 pounder showed the speed (4.43), explosiveness (31.5" vertical) and fluidity in positional drills to warrant a late round selection. He's already scheduled several visits with clubs. The Cardinals, Bears, Colts and Saints seemed to be the most interested during his NIU workout.

Every year there is a D-III prospect that earns a late round selection or makes a club as an undrafted free agent. This year that prospect may be Christopher Newport running back Tunde Ogun .

Ogun burst onto the scene as a junior with 1,794 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning All-American honors. A partially torn meniscus suffered in the season-opener, however, limited Ogun to only 959 yards and 10 scores (in 10 games).

No one can say Ogun isn't dedicated to showing scouts what he can do. Not only did he play through the injury all season long, over the past month, he's traveled to three different Pro Day workouts. His best performance came Wednesday. Ogun, 6-0, 219 pounds was timed at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, 4.24 in the short shuttle, 11.50 in the long shuttle and 6.92 in the 3-cone. He also posted a 30" vertical, 9'1" broad jump and lifted the bar 22 times.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:21 pm

Source confirms: TE Gronkowski's back red-flagged has confirmed that Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski is being red-flagged by teams due to a spinal condition.

The source, a scout with an NFL team, confirmed that his team's doctors were questioning if Gronkowski "would ever be 100%" and that his team was acknowledging the injury by lowering Gronkowski's grade. The scout declined to talk specifically of Gronkowski's condition.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock reported Wednesday evening that Gronkowski had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. The condition is characterized by numbness in the extremities, neck and back and leg cramps and can be hereditary or caused by previous injury, surgery, abnormal bone growth or or deterioration, according to .

Perhaps most frightening, the condition puts the player at a higher risk for suffering paralysis.

This is the same condition which former Pro Bowl offensive tackle Chris Samuels cited as a reason for his sudden retirement from the Washington Redskins and was also believed to be the primary reason why former Auburn star Marcus McNeill, also an offensive tackle, slipped to the second round of the 2006 draft.

McNeill, who found out he had stenosis while in college, said as much in a post-draft interview.

"A lot of teams ended up passing on me because they thought my back would keep me from playing." McNeill said.

What is important to note is that McNeill played four years in college with knowledge of the injury and did not miss any time over his final two seasons with the Tigers. In four seasons with the Chargers, the Pro Bowl-alternate has started 62 of 64 regular season games.

Unlike McNeill, Gronkowski has missed significant time due to spinal issues. He missed the entire 2009 season, in fact, and underwent surgery, a microdiscectomy on his back on Sept. 24. He has unable to workout at the Combine or at Arizona's Pro Day, March 12.

Instead, he'll be working out on campus tomorrow.

Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:29 am

For LeFevour, the pressure is on for Wed. Pro Day

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour surprised (and disappointed) many when he elected not to complete many of the passing drills at the Combine. I watched him throw passes to stationary receivers (his passes were generally on target) but he did not throw the variety of routes scouts will want to see from him Wednesday during his Pro Day at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

LeFevour's decision not to compete at the Combine was a surprising one not only because some felt that he wasn't highly rated enough in the first place to take the risk of alienating scouts, but also because he had built up some momentum with a spectacular performance in the GMAC Bowl victory over Troy and a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

In pushing his workout to Wednesday, LeFevour will have the benefit of scripting his workout, throwing to receivers he's familiar with and in front of a friendly audience. There has been talk that LeFevour wanted to work on his mechanics a bit, as well -- and considering the boost Tim Tebow has recently received with his sleeker throwing motion, that gamble could pay off.

Perhaps most importantly, Lefevour will have the opportunity to get into a rhythm, as quarterbacks throwing in Indianapolis are only asked to throw two passes typically before the getting substituted.

The decision, of course, also carries significant risk. Not only was every team obviously represented at the Combine, the decision-makers were there. It remains to be seen how many scouts will attend Wednesday's throwing session, much less how many head coaches or front office executives.

To win his gamble, LeFevour has to be good - perhaps even great - Wednesday.

If he does so, a second round pick is possible. If not, LeFevour could slide into the deep third round... or lower.

A side note -- LeFevour isn't the only highly touted skill position player with a lot riding on Wednesday's workout. CMU wide receiver Antonio Brown needs to show better speed than the 4.58 second showing in the 40-yard dash he put forth at the Combine.  Wayne State running back Joique Bell also needs a strong performance if he is to assure himself of being drafted.  The 5-11, 217 pound back won the Harlon Hill Trophy and impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl, but hasn't been able to clock faster than a 4.68 second time in the event yet.
Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:53 pm

Clausen at ND Pro Day to cheer on teammates

I've gone on the record on multiple occasions with my feelings on Jimmy Clausen. I feel that he's a potential first round quarterback more due to the value of the position than his ability. I do believe he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but, like Brady Quinn before him, I believe his good talent has been greatly enhanced by extraordinary coaching, giving him limited upside for the NFL.

Besides my occasional rants about him, Clausen has taken the brunt of negative comments from a host of others lately, not the least of which was Cleveland Browns' president Mike Holmgren, who seemed to throw a wet blanket on the idea that the Browns might take the former Irish star with the comment, "I wish I liked him more."

For all of the negativity that has been coming down on Clausen recently, I believe the guy deserves some credit for attending Notre Dame's Pro Day today.

Scouts knew he wasn't working out. He'd long ago scheduled his own personal Pro Day April 9 after undergoing surgery on his toe. As he surprisingly admitted to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, he only began running in preparation for his April 9 workout yesterday .

Whether Clausen will be in proper shape for his upcoming workout is fodder for another blog post.

Deserved or not, among the concerns scouts have expressed to me about Clausen is his leadership ability, or rather his perceived lack thereof. Some in the league believe that Clausen wasn't the greatest of teammates while at Notre Dame.

Perhaps offering some proof that this was not the case, Clausen showed up to root on his former Irish teammates Tuesday. Considering that he feels his toe is "not as strong as I want it" it would have been easy to understand why he'd have remained in training room rather than the cheering section Tuesday.

Sometimes leadership is all about the actions rather than the words. In this case, Clausen's actions showed some of the leadership scouts want to see from a first round quarterback.
Posted on: March 18, 2010 5:12 pm

West coast big backs Gerhart, Blount Pro Days

Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart elected to stand on his Combine performance, choosing only to catch passes Thursday at his Pro Day, according to sources there.

The decision not to work out was a bit surprising considering the faster times that often occur during Pro Day running and that most of the other top backs, including CJ Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Ben Tate have elected to workout again despite strong performances in Indianapolis.

Gerhart was clocked at 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine.

One big back from the west who did take advantage of the scouts on hand to improve his time in the 40-yard dash Thursday was Oregon's LaGarrette Blount.

Blount struggled in Indianapolis, clocking in at a slooow 4.86 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- the slowest of all running backs (and fullbacks) tested at the Combine.

Blount shaved two-tenths of a second off his 40 at Oregon today, however, clocking in between 4.62 and 4.66, according to two separate sources at the scene.

Blount, of course, has more to worry about than just his questionable straight-line speed. According to teams, however, Blount answered all questions, including those about the Boise State incident and his subsequent suspension, openly. 
Posted on: March 17, 2010 12:00 pm

Haden steadies stock, Spikes' dropping at Pro Day

Florida cornerback needed to run in the 4.4s to steady his stock after a pair of disappointing times in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. As I reported earlier, according to scouts in attendance, Haden was successful, timing in the mid 4.4s for both of his attempts Wednesday.

The times are likely to cement Haden's status as the top cornerback in the draft and a certain first round pick.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is inside linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was clocked at 4.99 and 5.03. This time would have placed him ahead of only Kentucky inside linebacker Micah Johnson as the slowest LB tested at the Combine.

Though I like Spikes' ability as a run stuffer in the middle, I've questioned his sideline to sideline speed for quite some time.

Spikes didn't run at the Combine, but did compete in the vertical and broad jumps. Perhaps he shouldn't have. Spikes finished tied with Johnson for last in the vertical (29") and with the third worst total in the broad jump (9'3") among linebackers tested in Indianapolis. 

Spikes' slow, unathletic workouts could have a devastating effect on his draft stock. Currently rated by as a second round prospect, Spikes could in fact slip out of the second day of the draft.

Posted on: March 12, 2010 8:00 pm

Rams top brass meet with Suh for 35 minutes

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh spent only about 15 minutes working out at Nebraska's Pro Day Thursday, but is was the 35 minute sit down session he had with Rams' general manager Billy Devaney and head coach Steve Spagnuola that could have the greater impact on whether he is the first defensive tackle to be drafted first overall since Cincinnati selected Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson in 1994.

I certainly believe the Rams should take Suh with the first pick simply because I believe he is the best player in this draft. Quite frankly, I think he's the best player by a significant margin.

That said, I have recently changed my forecast of the first round to have the Rams taking Oklahoma's Sam Bradford simply because of the greater value teams place on quarterbacks.

More details on Suh and the Rams extensive checks on him can be found by reading Bryan Burwell's fine article for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

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