Posted on: March 19, 2009 12:54 pm

Early word from Georgia Pro Day... Moreno = 4.60

Every team in the league is likely to be represented at Georgia's Pro Day today, as potential #1 pick Matthew Stafford is going to be throwing. He did not throw at the Combine.

The early word out of the workout is that Knowshon Moreno has again run a disappointingly slow time in the 40-yard dash. Moreno measured in at 5-10 5/8", 217 pounds at the Combine and was electronically timed at 4.62 and 4.68 seconds in his two attempts at the 40 in Indianapolis.

He reportedly weighed in at 210 pounds today, but still clocked a similar time: 4.60 and 4.63 on his two attempts...

More, including a report on Stafford's throwing, to come...

Posted on: March 19, 2009 1:06 am

Florida, Penn State, Illinois, Cal Pro Days


I wrote an article detailing the high profile prospects from these Pro Days, but until the article is up, here are some of the highlights...

At Florida, Percy Harvin was the show. He didn't run the 40 because he ran well at the Combine, but really looked good in positional drills. Running routes and catching passes might seem like an obvious trait required for a receiver, but Florida's offense doesn't utilize many of the pro routes, so Harvin had to show well here. He did...

Louis Murphy and Cornelius Ingram also helped their cause.

The Penn State Pro Day might have been the story of the day, as two big names really boosted their stock with eye-popping performances.

OLB/DE Aaron Maybin trimmed over .25 seconds off of his 40 from the Combine and looked great in drills. Maybin ran in the high 4.5-4.6s at 253 pounds... WR Derrick Williams also shaved considered time off his 40, running in the high 4.3s to low 4.4s. 

Illinois CB Vontae Davis didn't have to run at his Pro Day, but did so and looked great doing it. Some are saying he could jump ahead of Malcolm Jenkins with his performance.

Finally, there were over 50 scouts, including a handful of OL coaches at the Cal Pro Day to see C Alex Mack. He wasn't able to do the workout at the Combine due to an ankle sprain, but looked good in the workout... His 40 and times in other drills would have ranked among the elite at the Combine...





Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:30 pm

Pitt RB LeSean McCoy Pro Day Notes


 Junior running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy was the big name among the dozen or so former Pitt Panthers who worked out for an estimated 20-25 teams at Pitt's Pro Day Tuesday morning.

McCoy, who was unable to workout at the Combine due to a bout with the flu, characterized himself as "a little disappointed" in his 4.48-4.53 times in the 40-yard dash, according to Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

McCoy, according to scouts in attendance, was healthy and weighed in at 204 pounds, up 6 pounds from the 198 he weighed in at in Indianapolis. McCoy battled with the decision to leave Pitt after only two seasons with the program. He had previously spent a year at Milford Academy out of high school. McCoy earned First-team All-Big East accolades after each of his two seasons with the Panthers and left with 2,816 yards and 35 touchdowns rushing while adding 65 receptions for 549 yards.

McCoy is battling with Donald Brown of Connecticut to be the third running back behind Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells. He is viewed as a potential first round prospect, though his inconsistency and lack of prototype size could push him into the middle of the second round. 

Posted on: March 17, 2009 1:36 am

Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill Jailed with DUI, more


 Junior running back P.J. Hill was released from jail Monday after being arrested over the weekend for a slew of alcohol and driving related charges, including drunk driving, reckless driving, driving without headlights, reckless endangerment and fleeing police.

Hill surprised many with his decision to leave school after his junior season, but had been wildly successful with the Badgers, rushing for nearly 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns to rank behind only Ron Dayne and Anthony Davis as Wisconsin's most productive running backs.

Prior to the arrest, Hill had been quietly moving up draft boards after an impressive showing at his Pro Day. Hill's lack of agility and straight-line speed would have kept him in the middle to later rounds, but teams had interest.

Like fellow Big Ten standout Alex Boone of Ohio State, however, Hill's alcohol-related arrest is coming at the worst possible time and could lead to a tumble right out of the draft.



Posted on: March 16, 2009 6:10 pm

LSU Pro Day results


 Few collegiate programs are as accomodating as LSU to the media and fans when it comes to Pro Day results. LSU has actually provided a link from their main athletics page, to the results of today's Pro Day. I've copied the link below.

The most significant statistical improvement from the Pro Day came from inside linebacker Darry Beckwith and safety Curtis Taylor. As the LSU page notes, Beckwith improved upon a 4.77 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine to run a 4.65 Monday. Beckwith's times in Indianapolis were better than those ran by the two top-rated inside linebackers of the draft, USC's Rey Maualuga and Ohio State's James Laurinaitis.Taylor had an ever greater improvement, churning out a 4.49 second 40-yard dash time after registering a 4.64 in Indianapolis.

Defensive end Tyson Jackson will be LSU's highest drafted prospect. He elected to stick with most of his results from the Combine, with the exception of positional drills and the bench press. Jackson, 6-4, 296, was a bit disappointing in the bench press, lifting the bar only 20 times.

Three former LSU players were on hand to take advantage of the estimated 25 teams represented by scouts Monday. Linebacker Trev Faulk was among the former players working out.

The link is:



Posted on: March 13, 2009 12:28 am

Diamond in the Rough? Reed, Toal Pro Days


 Though scouts attended the Boston College and Oregon Pro Days Thursday to see potential Top 50 picks B.J. Raji, Max Unger, Ron Brace and Patrick Chung, among others, the early word out of each workout was that a playmaking, Combine-snub stole some of the show. 

At Oregon, defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Reed, the Pac-10's leading sacker each of the past two seasons, measured in at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds and put up some impressive numbers in the drills: 40-yard Dash: 4.71...Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches...Bench Press Reps (225 pounds): 24...Broad Jump: 9.0 feet...Short Shuttle: 4.27...Three-Cone Drill: 6.96...60-yard Shuttle: 12.02. There were 22 teams on hand. 


At Boston College, one-time iconic linebacker/fullback Brian Toal turned in an impressive Pro Day performance of his own. Toal has struggled throughout his career with injury, including missing most of his senior season with a broken right leg (fibula). At the BC Pro Day Thursday, however, Toal appeared to have his old explosiveness back, registering a 37.5" vertical jump. The vertical would have led all linebackers tested at the Combine, including former ACC star Aaron Curry. Toal showed surprising agility and flexibility throughout linebacker and running back drills. He caught the ball cleanly in running back drills.


Reed and Toal are among the more intriguing "diamond in the rough" prospects of the 2009 draft. Each had been characterized as a try-hard player with limited athleticism, but impressive workout totals could lead to late round or -- at minimum -- free agent consideration.

Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:44 pm

Solid, Unspectacular Pro Day for Freeman


An estimated 15-20 teams attended Kansas State's Pro Day Thursday, mostly to see junior quarterback Josh Freeman. Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, Jacksonville, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Tampa Bay, and Minnesota were among the clubs there. Quarterback coaches for the Lions, Seahawks, Bucs, and Vikings were all present.

 Scouts who viewed Freeman's Pro Day workout today described it in much the same words as I described Freeman's Combine workout.

First, the two scouts' take on today's workout:

AFC Scout "He certainly can throw the ball. He's a little wild, but you knew that going in on film. He's got tools, though. Someone's gonna take him in the first and may end up with the best one of the bunch in a few years."

NFC Scout "Ok, not great workout. Big arm, but erratic. Great tools, but needs some refining."

My comments after scouting Freeman at the Combine:

Freeman has good arm strength, but his accuracy was inconsistent. On many of his shorter and intermediate routes, he often was a bit high or wide with his throws. All in all, it was a solid performance, but not the jaw-dropping one some had projected.




Posted on: March 12, 2009 11:12 am

WRs Heyward-Bey, Collie impress at Pro Days


 Though the dominant subject throughout scouting circles yesterday was the awkward performance put forth by Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith at his Pro Day, two receivers at different ends of the country had scouts taking notes.

Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey elected not to run timed drills at his Pro Day Wednesday, but after leading all Combine invites with a 4.30 40-yard dash, he didn't have anything to prove in this area. Heyward-Bey has struggled with drops, at times, throughout his career, but not on Wednesday, snatching passes out of the air and showing the agility to ultimately be a standout route-runner. Some teams feel Heyward-Bey's unmatched combination of size and speed will ultimately translate into a top ten selection.

BYU's Austin Collie isn't the natural athlete of a Heyward-Bey, but was impressive at his Pro Day, as well. I watched Collie closely at the Combine and was impressed by his precise cuts as a route-runner, range of motion in catching tough passes and consistently sticky hands. He did drop a few passes late in the Combine session and seemed to struggle to put those mistakes out of his mind. I recall his Combine session starting off beautifully, but fizzling... That was not the case Wednesday for Collie, who was timed in the high 4.4s to mid 4.5s by two scouts I spoke to this morning. Collie, like many BYU athletes, is older than most prospects due to an LDS Mission served, but is more mature and pro-ready than many of the better overall athletes at the position.



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