Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 12:29 pm

CB Perrish Cox barred from Oklahoma State Pro Day

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy will not allow star cornerback Perrish Cox to work out at the team facilities for NFL scouts during the Cowboys' Pro Day March 10.

Gundy announced as much publicly during a radio interview yesterday with Al Jerken on the Sports Animal Tulsa network.

Gundy's decision continues a stunning fall from grace for the former All-Big 12 star.

Cox was suspended due to two separate curfew violations while the team prepared in Dallas for the Alamo Bowl against Mississippi. He was not allowed to participate in the bowl game.

Making matters worse, during his session with the media, Cox characterized the questions he received from NFL teams about his suspension from the Cowboys as being "harassed." Cox's term wasn't a slip of the tongue; he repeated the word several times to describe his Q and A sessions with teams.

Cox furthermore hurt his chances with clubs by coming in much slower than expected during drills. Considered one of the top corners in the nation and a big play returner (six career touchdown returns), Cox was timed in the high 4.5s to low 4.6s in the 40-yard dash.

Apparently, he'll need to find another location if he is to work out for scouts prior to the draft. Considering his characterization of their questions, it is difficult to believe scouts will be willing to go out of their way to see him again.

It's too bad. Cox is a talented player worthy of first round consideration. At this point, however, it is questionable if he'll make the second or even third round.

I've spoken to teams who have discussed removing him off their draft board entirely.

Posted on: February 27, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2010 12:48 pm

Mighty mite McCluster ready to "do it all"

Dexter McCluster isn't letting the fact that he was the first player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and gain more than 500 yards receiving in a single season serve as the only proof that he can play both positions in the NFL.

He is electing to both the running back and wide receiver workouts this week at the Combine. McCluster is the only known player who will be working out at two positions

At a time when so many players are waiting for their Pro Days to work out, McCluster's willingness to do both (as well as do his timed drills on the same day) is refreshing.

If his time at running back and receiver isn't enough, McCluster would also like to see time as a returner... And is willing to do any drills coaches want him to do if he is going to get a chance to play the gunner position he'd had early in his career with the Rebels.

Speaking on whether he'd prefer returning punts or kicks in the NFL, McCluster said, "A lot of people ask me... I told them punt return. I love that you have to think a little quicker. I love that. My quickness and my ability to stop and go, I believe, is a big aspect of my game."

McCluster went on to say, "I always want to be a gunner on the punt team. I love doing that. I tried to get on it this year, but coach wouldn't let me do it to save me. But that's something I love.

McCluster's straight-line speed is, surprisingly, one of the questions scouts have about him, McCluster is confident he'll run well tomorrow -- going so far as to predict his time of "something in the 4.3s."

Posted on: February 27, 2010 10:49 am

Watch out, Chris Johnson

LSU running back/wide receiver/return man/track star Trindon Holliday put up the explosive forty yard dash this morning everyone expected. Depending upon whose watch you're looking at, he ran anywhere from a 4.22 to 4.25, which puts him in the same category as Tennessee's Pro Bowl running back.

However, Holliday's 5-5, 161-pound frame and track background made Holliday's run much less surprising than Johnson, who measured in at 5-11, 197 two years ago coming out of East Carolina.

Holliday's lack of size will prevent him from ascending high in the draft after his show of speed (which teams already knew he had, anyway), but look for someone to take a chance on him sometime on Draft Saturday. 

--Chad Reuter
Posted on: February 27, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: February 27, 2010 11:17 am

Saturday at the Combine gets off to a fast start

Welcome to the CBSSports.com NFL Draft Blog for Saturday morning. 

While most of the top offensive tackles ran in the 5.2-5.3 range in their first forty yard dash attempts this morning, Maryland's Bruce Campbell looked like a tight end running an unofficial 4.78. At 6-6, 314 pounds, Campbell's time puts in the conversation for a top ten pick.

Teams are wary of Campbell's lack of consistency, and his pass protection technique is far from polished. But his impressive physical presence behind the lectern at media day Thursday and his performance today are certainly going to weigh heavily on scouts' minds.

The Oakland Raiders, picking at number eight, need to bolster their offensive line. Owner Al Davis appreciates size/speed prospects with upside, making the Silver and Black a logical landing place for Campbell.

--Chad Reuter
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2010 6:14 pm

Michael Johnson Performance Boasts Big Names

I traveled last year to Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona to get a firsthand look at the training that goes on prior the Combine. Following this trip, I also spoke to gold medal winner and world record holder Michael Johnson about the performance center which bears his name and his work with high profile NFL prospects prior to the Combine.

Johnson boasted an impressive class last year, including first round picks Michael Crabtree, Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Pettigrew.

Some of his detractors were quick to point out that Moreno and Pettigrew were disappointingly slow in workouts and that Crabtree, Johnson's most celebrated prospect, never did work out for scouts.

Those detractors must not have carried much weight, however, as Johnson boasts an impressive group of prospects this year -- even more impressive than last's year's crop.

Among those signed up to work with Johnson is Ndamukong Suh, LSU wide receiver Brandon LaFell, Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer, Texas pass rusher Sergio Kindle, Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy and his former teammate, Dexter McCluster, among others.

A strong showing by these athletes in workouts this year not only will boost their own stock, it could further improve Michael Johnson's profile within the pre-combine training community.

Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:39 am
Edited on: February 2, 2010 10:27 am

Crompton, Skinner, Fitzgerald among Combine Snubs

The hardest working guy in the draft analysis business -- my fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter -- wrote the following note regarding a few of the worthy prospects spurned by the Combine committee... He wrote this en route to El Paso, Texas to scout the Texas vs. Nation game.

Every year a few deserving names are not included in the final Combine list, mostly due to space concerns. There are only so many spaces available to make drills and team interviews workable during the six day event, held in Indianapolis.

Last year, 45 players not invited to the Combine were drafted, four of which were selected in the top 100. Oakland and New England selected FS Mike Mitchell and RT Sebastian Vollmer in the second round, respectively, while Dallas picked LB Jason Williams and Tennessee Jacksonville CB Derek Cox in third round.

That was the exception, rather than the rule, as the Combine usually includes all but one or two of the top 100 selections. It is expected that only a one or two prospects not invited to Indy will sneak into the third round this year.

Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton is at the top of the list of those thinking they were snubbed by the National Football Scouting services and its member teams. His improvement from 2008 to 2009 under the tutelage of Lane Kiffin was astounding. He has the physical tools to be an NFL starter and seemed to be destined to prove himself in workouts at the LucasOil Dome.

Receiver Freddie Barnes from Bowling Green State is an impact college player with a legitimate beef after not receiving an invite. His production was unparalleled as a senior, even given the spread offenses prevalent in today's college football. Barnes' lack of speed may have caused him to skip the forty yard dash, anyway, but he deserved to be included as one of the draft's top 300-plus prospects.

Versatile defenders DE/OLB Alex Daniels (Cincinnati) and DT/DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald (Kansas State) could be fourth or fifth round picks for 3-4 teams looking for pass rush help in the front seven. Both players transferred from other major programs, Daniels from Minnesota (off-field incident) and Fitzgerald from Virginia (academics) raising some concerns from scouts that could have been discussed at team interviews.

Interior linemen John Estes (Hawaii) and Sergio Render (Virginia Tech) may not even be fourth-round picks, but performed well enough during their careers and at the East-West Shrine Game practices to be considered for the Combine. Estes lack of size and short arms won't excite some teams, but his bullish strength and solid technique could earn him a starting role eventually. Render is a run-blocking specialist who could be another fifth or sixth round pick with the potential as a starter in the right system. UCLA inside linebacker Reggie Carter and Utah free safety Robert Johnson also seemed to enjoy solid weeks in Orlando, but apparently weren't impressive enough to make the list. Similarly, Maryland free safety Terrell Skinner, who'd flashed during last week's practices in Mobile, didn't the cut.

Other draftable players who were left off the Combine list include intriguing small-school players DE/OLB Danny Batten (South Dakota State) and RB Deji Karim (Southern Illinois) and BCS conference standouts DT Andre Neblett (Temple) and FS Aaron Webster (Cincinnati), all of whom join Crompton and Daniels, along with many other interesting prospects, at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge this week.

Follow our coverage of the week of TvN practices on NFLDraftScout.com!

Posted on: January 31, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2010 2:24 pm

Underclassmen, Late Additions to Combine List

The initial list of players invited to the Combine was given to teams a few weeks ago. The following list is the players that have been added to the list. These players are either underclassmen or seniors who surprised scouts during the all-star game process.

Underclassmen are denoted with an asterisk. The 19 late addition seniors are written in bold. Only three of the 19 seniors added to the list play on the offensive side of the ball.

Here is a position-by-position look at the additions:

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma*
Levi Brown, Troy
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame*
Jevan Snead, Mississippi*

Running Backs/Fullbacks:
Jahvid Best, California*
Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech*
Darius Marshall, Marshall*
Ryan Mathews, Fresno State*
Joe McKnight, USC*
Shawnbrey McNeal, SMU*

Tight Ends:
Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma*
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona*
Aaron Hernandez, Florida*

Wide Receivers:
Chris Bell, Norfolk State*
Arrelious Benn, Illinois*
Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas*
Antonio Brown, Central Michigan*
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State*
Carlton Mitchell, South Florida*
Golden Tate, Notre Dame*
Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech*
Damian Williams, USC*
Mike Williams, Syracuse*

Offensive Linemen:
OG Dorian Brooks, James Madison
OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa*
OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland*
OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers*
C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida*
OT Mike Tepper, Califorinia

Defensive Linemen:
DE Kevin Basped, Nevada*
DE Antonio Coleman, Auburn
DE Carlos Dunlap*
DE Clifton Geathers, South Carolina*
DE Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State*
DE Everson Griffen, USC*
DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina*
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma*
DE Arthur Moats, James Madison
DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech*
DT Aleric Mullins, North Carolina
DT Jeff Owens, Georgia
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida*
DT Brian Price, UCLA*
DE E.J. Wilson, North Carolina
DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech*

OLB Jason Beauchamp, UNLV
OLB Navarro Bowman, Penn State*
ILB Donald Butler, Washington
ILB Lee Campbell, Minnesota
ILB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
OLB Keenan Clayton, Oklahoma
OLB Rennie Curran, Georgia*
OLB Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech
ILB Josh Hull, Penn State
ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama*

Defensive Backs:
S Luciene Antoine, Oklahoma State
S Eric Berry, Tennessee*
CB Cornelius Brown, UTEP
S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech*
CB Crezdon Butler, Clemson
CB Christian Chancellor, Clemson
CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma*
CB Joe Haden, Florida*
CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama*
S Chad Jones, LSU*
S Reshad Jones, Georgia*
CB Joshua Moore, Kansas State*
S Dennis Rogan, Tennessee*
S Earl Thomas, Texas*
CB Donovan Warren, Michigan*
S Major Wright, Florida*

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: January 29, 2010 9:30 pm

Gilyard admits to previous marijunana arrest

Mardy Gilyard is freely admitting to NFL scouts this week at the Senior Bowl the fact that he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute while attending Flagler Palm Coast High School in Palm Coast, Florida, according to reports from NFL.com.

"Character’s a big issue, so I tell them straight-up," Gilyard was quoted as saying. “Everybody goes through mistakes, everybody has their downfalls, pretty much everyone has something that they’re not proud of.” Gilyard said. “And that’s one of the things I’m not proud of. So it’s pretty good (moving forward)."

Moving forward is something Gilyard has had to do before. He signed with Cincinnati as a highly touted athlete, but was dropped from the program due to academics. Without his scholarship, Gilyard was forced to pay back the school over $9,000. He was forced to sleep in his car and work odd jobs to earn the money to pay off the school, before being accepted back into the program by then-new head coach Brian Kelly.

While teams are certainly not going to like Gilyard's prior arrest, his proactive admission, rather than reactive acknowledgement of the past will help him prove to teams that he's learned from his mistakes.
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