Tag:Pro Day
Posted on: March 11, 2009 4:09 pm

Andre Smith Pro Day "Disappointing"


 Just got off the phone with an NFL general manager. He was not at the Alabama Pro Day, but relayed to me the report he had been given via phone from one of his scouts. I asked him to characterize the impression he received from the scout regarding Smith with one word. His word: "disappointing."

Smith measured in at 6-4 1/4, 325 pounds and was timed in the high 5.2s to low 5.3s in the 40-yard dash. He also posted only 19 repetitions of 225 pounds, a surprisingly low number considering the strength he shows on the gridiron. The bench press number won't concern scouts too much due to the fact that Smith has very long arms (35 5/8"), but the number is still surprisingly low.

The GM still expected to see Smith ultimately drafted between 10-20 and referred to Smith's film and interviews at the Combine as the reason why. Apparenty, despite sounding unprepared and silly, at times, when fielding questions for the media, Smith was more effective in his conversations with teams.



Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:18 pm

Missouri's William Moore steals show at Pro Day


With receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Chase Coffman not working out until Missouri's second Pro Day, March 19th, scouts attention centered on defenders Evander "Ziggy" Hood and William Moore.

Hood helped his cause by improving on virtually every drill he had performed at the Combine. He elected not to run the 40-yard dash, but improved his efforts in the bench press (35 reps), vertical (34 1/2), broad (9'08"), 20-yard shuttle (4.45) and 3 cone drill (7.32).

The real story, however, was Moore, who not only improved his Combine numbers, but showed the fluidity and explosiveness in position drills to reassure scouts that he can remain at safety. Moore was "officially" timed at a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, but some scouts on hand had his times closer to the early to mid 4.4s. His 6.94 second 3-cone drill showed his ability to change directions quickly and his 37 1/2" vertical showed explosiveness. There remain some concern about Moore's ability to play free safety, but as a strong safety, he likely solidified his stock as a 2nd round prospect. The New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins seemed especially intrigued.



Category: NFL
Posted on: March 6, 2009 5:30 pm

TCU linebacker Phillips Tore Meniscus at Combine


A huge component of TCU's typically stout run defense, inside linebacker Jason Phillips announced to scouts attending the Horned Frogs Pro Day Friday that he has a torn meniscus in his left knee. The injury, which Phillips believes occurred at the Combine, is expected to keep him sidelined for 3-4 months, putting a significant damper on the enthusiasm he had built with an impressive Combine performance. Phillips, a three-time Mountain West conference selection, proved more athletic than expected, turning in a very impressive 4.69 second 40-yard dash. Hodge's injury kept him from participating in most drills, but he did elect to re-do the broad jump and improved upon his Combine performance (10') with a 10'02" effort.

Phillips injury could push him into the late rounds or perhaps even undrafted free agency, at which point the gritty linebacker could qualify as a true steal...

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:04 pm

Beckum Shines at Wisconsin Pro Day

Unable to workout at the NFL Combine after still recovering from the broken leg that sidelined him throughout much of his senior season, tight end Travis Beckum helped his stock Wednesday with an impressive performance at the Wisconsin Pro Day.

Beckum, who measured in at 6-2 3/4 and 239 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash twice, clocking in between 4.58-4.63 seconds. He also posted a 41" vertical jump and caught the ball well during drills, only dropping one pass. Beckum elected not to lift Wednesday, but he didn't have to after leading all tight ends with 28 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine -- the only drill the Badger standout performed for scouts in Indianapolis.

The surprise of the day did not come from Beckum, however, but from junior running back P.J. Hill, who has dropped about 20 pounds since the end of the season and impressed scouts with his new build. At 5-10 1/8 and 218 pounds, Hill was clocked in the mid 4.6s. Unlike Beckum, however, Hill struggled a bit in pass-catching drills.

Linebackers Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy did not workout. Each is coming off of a knee injury and is expected to workout for scouts April 2nd.Reports had between 25-28 teams attending the Pro Day, with the Bengals, Broncos, Bucs, Chargers, Dolphins, Falcons, Giants, Jaguars, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Lions, Redskins, Saints, Seahawks, Texans and Vikings among them.


Posted on: March 3, 2009 8:30 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2009 11:03 am

Underrated OLB Jason Williams wows at Pro Day

On a day when Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith, a potential top 2 pick in the upcoming draft, worked out for scouts at the Baylor Pro Day, the buzz in scouting circles was not the athletic Smith nor any of the other Bears. The buzz was about Western Illinois outside linebacker Jason Williams, whose all-around workout was better than any outside linebacker tested at the NFL Combine -- including Wake Forest's Aaron Curry.

My fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter touted Western Illinois outside linebacker Jason Williams two months ago as among the best players at the East-West Shrine Game. Williams' play that week and the big play potential he showed as a senior (17 tackles for loss and 6 forced fumbles), however, weren't enough to land him an invitation to the NFL Combine.

Williams, who measured at the East-West Shrine Game at 6-1, 241 pounds, clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash, posted a 39" vertical jump and lifted the bar 26 times. The forty time was recorded on a gymnasium floor, rather than a track, so scouts will likely add a tenth of a second to Williams' time, but the results were nonetheless impressive.

Williams could be the first player selected in the 2009 draft that was not invited to the Combine.

Williams wasn't the only legitimate NFL prospect working out. Leatherneck running back Herb Donaldson, who rushed for 1,784 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash, and posted a 32" vertical, 10'2" broad jump and an eye-popping 28 reps. The 28 reps were more than lifted by any running back at the Combine.

There were 14 NFL teams that attended the workout: the Buccaneers, Browns, Chiefs, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Titans and Vikings.




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