Category:NFL
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,lsusports.net 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: http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticl
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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.

 

 

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 9, 2009 7:49 pm
 

Arizona QB Tuitama arrested for "extreme DUI"

 

 Former Arizona Wildcat standout Willie Tuitama damaged his chances at being picked in next month's NFL Draft with the news that he was arrested last night and charged with "extreme DUI."

This is the second alcohol-related offense for Tuitama, who was charged with being a minor in possession two years ago.

Tuitama leaves Arizona as the school's record-holder in passing yards (9,216) and passing touchdowns (67) and was viewed as a potential late round or free agent prospect.

 

Category: NFL
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...

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