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Posted on: March 21, 2009 1:56 am
 

Cornerback DJ Moore Better at WR?

 

 An estimated 20 teams attended the Vanderbilt Pro Day with the hope that cornerback D.J. Moore, who left after his junior season would improve upon his disappointing Combine time of 4.59 and 4.60 seconds (electronically timed). Unfortunately, he only ran slightly faster Friday at the Vanderbilt Pro Day, registering 4.55-4.61 -- and that was with a breeze behind him.

The 5'09, 197 pound Moore has eye-popping athleticism and was considered by many to be the top cornerback in the SEC. The questions about his straightline speed have led to quite a few scouts to wonder if the quick and secure-handed Moore could make the transition to receiver. Moore had 12 interceptions over the past two seasons at Vanderbilt and has rare hand-eye coordination for a cornerback, turning 13 of his 18 career passes defended into turnovers. Moore also proved to be one of the nation's best punt returners while at Vanderbilt, averaging 14.35 yards on 17 returns.Unlike many of the top-ranked returners, Moore's success is not a typical all-or-nothing returner. His average in 2008 is due to the fact that he consistently made the first defender miss and squirted his way through for 10+ yards consistently, rather than breaking one 90 yard touchdown, but averaging 5 yards per return otherwise.

Also, he is no stranger to the receiver position, having manned the spot several times over his career with the Commodores.

Don't let Moore's poor times in the 40-yard dash fool you, he's a talented athlete well worth Top 50 consideration -- it just may not be at the position he typically started at while with the Commodores.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 19, 2009 5:29 pm
 

Chase Coffman Unable to workout today

 

 Tight end Chase Coffman had told scouts previously that he expected to be ready to work out at Missouri's second Pro Day today, after having missed the Senior Bowl, Combine and Missouri's initial Pro Day (March 5th) due to a fractured left foot. 

Coffman does not feel he is back to 100% yet, however, and further pushed off his workout for scouts.

Though it would appear that Coffman has plenty of time to schedule another Pro Day workout (as the draft is still more than 5 weeks away), the reality is, teams hunker down over the final few weeks to set up their draft boards and only rarely are willing to get back on the road once to attend workouts once the draft meetings begin in early April.

Few colleges, in fact, schedule Pro Day workouts later than April 1st...

If Coffman -- who I, personally, believe to be one of this year's best overall tight end prospects isn't able to work out for scouts prior to the draft, he could slip into the middle rounds.When healthy, I believe Coffman is at worst a second round talent.

Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:51 pm
 

Cincinnati Pro Day results coming in...

 

 Despite all of the attention being heaped upon the Georgia Pro Day,  28 of the 32 NFL teams were still represented at the Cincinnati workout today, mostly to see cornerback Mike Mickens and Mr. Versatility Connor Barwin.

Mickens, an All-American, was unable to workout at the Combine due to a left knee injury that sidelined him for a few games this season and hampered him enough at the Senior Bowl that he was forced to leave early. He was only cleared to run three weeks ago and estimated himself at 85%, but still put up respectable numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.53-4.59), short shuttle (4.19), 3-cone (6.96), broad jump (9'-4", 9'-10") and vertical (35.5"). Mickens, when healthy, is among the better cornerbacks in the 2009 draft and a second round talent. How teams view his recovery from the injury, however, will be critical in determining his final grade. 

Connor Barwin will continue to skyrocket up draft boards with another impressive performance. Barwin, a former tight end who switched to defensive end, may ultimately be making the transition to linebacker, considering the eye-popping workouts he's produced at the Combine and now at his Pro Day. Barwin produced two of the more eye-popping results of the defensive ends at the Combine with a 4.66 electronically-timed 40-yard dash and a 40.5" vertical jump. He was even faster Wednesday, posting times ranging from 4.48-4.57, according to those in attendance. He also lifted the bar 23 times and looked good in linebacker, tight end and defensive line drills...

Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:28 pm
 

Stafford "helped himself today."

 

The Georgia Pro Day is wrapping up and the word out of Athens is that Matt Stafford helped his cause to be the first pick of the 2009 draft with a strong showing.

I just got off the phone with a scout from a team selecting in the first half of the draft who indicated that Stafford was "pretty much on throughout the entire workout" and "handled the pressure well."

Stafford threw for approximately 10-15 minutes, completing a variety of throws. His arm strength was obvious to all those attending the workout, but Stafford impressed scouts most with his accuracy, touch and better mobility than he's often given credit for.

The scout still thought it was likely the Lions would be considering one of the two tackles (Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe) with the first pick, but thought that Stafford "helped himself today."

The workout was especially important because Stafford, like Matt Ryan last year and many high-ranking quarterbacks of the past, elected not to work out at the Combine. He has scheduled several private workouts with teams already, with the Lions among them.

 

 

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.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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