Tag:Aaron Hernandez
Posted on: March 20, 2010 4:04 pm
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One not enough? Gators schedule 2nd Pro Day 4/7

For all of the attention that Florida's first Pro Day received, it is hard to believe the team could possibly schedule another.

And yet that is precisely what Florida is doing. Pro Day, part two is scheduled for April 7, 11 am. Like last week's workout, it will take place on the University of Florida campus.

Pass rusher Jermaine Cunningham, who was unable to work out at the Combine or Florida's first Pro Day, March 17 due to a shoulder injury, will be featured. the 6-4, 266 pound Cunningham has 19.5 career sacks. Scouts would like to see him work out to better decide if his best chance at duplicating his collegiate success into the pros will be in remaining at defensive end in the 4-3 or switching to outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment.

Others likely to take advantage of the workout are running back Brandon James and linebacker Ryan Stamper.

Though quarterback Tim Tebow, cornerback Joe Haden, defensive end Carlos Dunlap and tight end Aaron Hernandez aren't likely to workout -- and may elect to not even attend the event -- one highly touted prospect that should consider working out is inside linebacker Brandon Spikes, considering his disappointing workout at the March 17 Pro Day.

Spikes' is slow on film, but isn't 5.05 slow.

Considering the rebound performance Joe Haden saw in his second workout, perhaps Spikes could generate some late buzz with a better time.



 
Posted on: March 17, 2010 11:02 am
 

Gator Pro Day, 40 times for Spikes, Haden

I'm receiving texts from some of the scouts on hand for the Florida Pro Day and thought I'd pass along the results as I get them.

The workouts began about 45 minutes late due to rain. The rain is still coming down and has dampened the enthusiasm of some of the crowd.

The 40-yard dash is one of the first events being run. Here are some early, very important results.

Joe Haden -- 4.48 seconds in the 40 yard dash
Brandon Spikes -- 4.99
Aaron Hernandez -- 4.58

It is important to note that these are not official times. This is from one scout. After the workouts end, the scouts will collaborate and come up with "official" times following the workout.


Posted on: March 12, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2010 8:34 pm
 

Tebow circus even bigger; fans welcome at Pro Day

Those wanting to dissect Tim Tebow's new throwing motion won't have to hope for television coverage of Florida's Pro Day March 17.

That's because the University of Florida is opening up the event for fans to attend.

Obviously expecting large numbers, the doors will open to spectators at 8:30 am (local time) at Ben Hill Griffen Stadium in Gainesville. The on-field workout, itself, however, won't begin until 10 am.

Tebow, is, of course, the main attraction, but cornerback Joe Haden may have just as much on the line. He'll be hoping to turn in a much faster time in the 40-yard dash after running a disappointingly slow 4.58 at the Combine.

The pressure will also be on inside linebacker Brandon Spikes, who surprised some scouts with his decision to only do some portions of the workout in Indianapolis. Plagued by questions about his pure speed, Spikes' time in the 40-yard dash and fluidity in coverage drills could determine whether he makes the second round or falls to the mid third or lower. 

Tight end Aaron Hernandez didn't participate in any of the drills at the Combine, so he, too, has a lot riding on his performance March 17.

Other highly touted Gator players, including defensive end Carlos Dunlap, center Maurkice Pouncey, wide receiver Riley Cooper and safety Major Wright will likely participate in some drills, but did many of the timed drills in Indianapolis. 

Florida's decision to open the event up to fans will make the Pro Day a circus-like atmosphere for scouts.

That said, while many college teams elect to make their Pro Days a private affair for just scouts, players and select media, the move is hardly unprecedented.

Spectators were allowed to watch from the stands at the USC Pro Days I've attended each of the past two years.

Posted on: February 26, 2010 6:12 pm
 

TE Hernandez's "tweaked back" sidelines him

Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez, due to a tweaked back suffered a few weeks ago in training, will wait until Florida's March 17 Pro Day to work out for scouts.

The Mackey Award winner led the nation in receptions (68) and receiving yards (850) from the tight end position, but despite his production certainly has questions to answer with scouts, not the least of which is how his 6-2, 245 pound frame will hold up as a full-time tight end in the NFL.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect about Hernandez's interview was his expectation for himself during the 40-yard dash.

"I'd say at worst, probably a low 4.5," he said.

 That would answer the question of how he'd hold up as a full-time tight-end. He'd do so by leaving linebackers in his wake...
Posted on: February 21, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Gronkowski will only lift at Combine

Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of the real unknowns of the 2010 draft after missing the entire 2009 season due to a back injury and subsequent surgery.

According to Gronkowksi, interviewed last night on Sirius Radio with Howard Balzer, it seems that scouts will have to wait a bit longer to see him perform. Gronkowski is choosing to participate in the bench press only and will save all other drills for his Pro Day (tentatively scheduled for March 12).

Considering that the injury in question was his back, Gronkowski's decision to lift seems odd. Some will presume it as proof that Gronkowski feels he is healthy enough to perform all of the drills, but is electing to buy himself some more time to run the all-important 40-yard dash and go through pass-catching and route-running drills.

Of course, the biggest test Gronkowski has to answer at the Combine, he'll still undergo - proving through the exhaustive medical screening that he is, in fact, 100%.

Despite having only two seasons under his belt, the 20-year old Gronkowski is Arizona's all-time leading tight end in various categories, including the single-game, single-season, and career leader in receptions (75), receiving yards (1,197) and touchdowns (16).


When healthy, Gronkowski is the 2010 draft's best all-around tight end prospect and worthy of a first round pick. Considering the injury questions with Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham and the size limitations of Florida's Aaron Hernandez, Gronkowski has a chance to be the first tight end selected this year. Depending on the scheme, each of these three players may be the top-rated tight end on NFL boards.
Posted on: January 14, 2010 10:32 pm
 

TE Gronkowski expected to leave early

Arizona junior tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing surgery on a herniated disk and nerve damage in his lower back in September, has scheduled a press conference for Friday morning and is expected to announce that he's entering his name in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Though he doesn't have Jermaine Gresham's big name, the 6-6, 265 pound Gronkowski could compete with the former Oklahoma star at the top of tight end rankings if he can prove he's healthy. According to sources, Gronkowski flew on January 6th to Marina del Rey, California to meet with the doctor who performed the surgery on and has since been running and working out in preparation for next season.

Whether next season is with the Wildcats or the NFL, of course, only Gronkowski knows, at this time.

Considering that his older brother, senior H-back Chris Gronkowski will be leaving after this season and the relatively weak class of tight ends, scouts expect the 2008 first-team all-Pac-10 choice to leave early -- assuming he feels secure in the health of his back.

Voted a third-team All-American in 2008 after he caught 47 passes for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing the first three games due to illness (mono), Gronkowski entered the 2009 season on the John Mackey Award watchlist. With only two seasons under his belt, he's Arizona's all-time leading tight end in various categories, including the single game, single season, and career leader in receptions (75), receiving yards (1,197) and touchdowns (16).

Blessed with great size, good athleticism and soft hands, he's a true threat on short and intermediate routes and a better blocker than most give him credit for.

Completely healthy, he'd likely earn a first round grade from teams. Considering that seriousness of his back injury and resulting surgery, however, teams could be hesitant to use a first round pick on him. That said, in a class with only one other true headliner at tight end -- and, of course, Gresham is coming off his own surgery -- and a series of specialists (receiver specialists Aaron Hernandez, Ed Dickson and blocking specialist Anthony McCoy), a spot among the Top 50 certainly seems possible.


Posted on: January 4, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Florida TE Aaron Hernandez going pro

Florida junior tight end Aaron Hernandez is telling teammates that he's leaving school and heading to the NFL draft.

The Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end, Hernandez caught 68 passes for 850 yards and 6 TDs this season, including a game-high 9 grabs for 111 yards and score against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. 

With his size and Florida's scheme not going to change, Hernandez had little to gain by returning for his senior season. In fact, he could have seen a significant loss in numbers with Tim Tebow moving on. One of the knocks on Tebow is that he too often relied on the reliable Hernandez underneath.

Listed at a generous 6-2, 250 pounds Hernandez doesn't have the size to fit every NFL scheme. He lacks the size and strength to be an effective inline blocker, but is a matchup nightmare due to his agility and soft hands. He fits best as an H-back, similar to how the Washington Redskins have used Chris Cooley in the past.

Despite his lack of size and strength, Hernandez had little choice but to take advantage of a position that many feel is among the worst of the draft. Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham is a high first round talent, but is, of course, recovering from the knee surgery that ended his senior season before it even began. USC's Anthony McCoy is a terrific blocker in the mold of 2009 first round pick Brandon Pettigrew, but lacks the speed to challenge defenses and is slipping down boards amid concerns about his reliability. McCoy has twice been suspended due to academics.

He projects as a second to third round pick at this point in the draft. Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham, who is, of course, recovering from knee surgery, might be the only tight end with a significantly higher grade from most clubs than Hernandez.

The second Florida junior has decided to turn pro early. If all indications via scouts, media and Florida teammates are correct, cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Aaron Hernandez won't have to wait long for other Gators to join them.

For more coverage on Hernandez and other Florida information, click here .
Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:49 pm
 

Meyer's decision will lead to underclass exodus

If the preliminary reports are true and Urban Meyer is indeed stepping down as head coach of the University of Florida due to a heart condition, you can expect a mass exodus of underclassmen from the program to look into their own hearts and elect to leave school early.

It has been generally assumed among league insiders that defensive end Carlos Dunlap and cornerback Joe Haden would leave early. Both rank among the truly elite at their positions in the country and will likely earn a top 20 selection in the 2010 draft.

The Pouncey twins, Maurkice and Mike, have earned increasing attention from scouts. Maurkice, the recipient of the Rimington Trophy this year as the nation's top center, has been earning the higher praise from scouts than his brother, the Gators' starting right guard. Both are generating Top 100 talk, with Maurkice earning some hype among scouts as a potential first round pick as the top pure center prospect in the country.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez, at 6-2, 250 pounds, lacks the size teams prefer, but his athleticism and reliable hands make him a matchup nightmare down the seam. Some scouts feel Hernandez could leap up draft boards with a strong workout ala former Purdue receiving specialist Dustin Keller, who, of course, was drafted in the first round by the New York Jets.

The Gators could see even more turnover among their skill position should redshirt sophomore running back Chris Rainey and redshirt junior Emmanuel Moody, a USC transfer, elect to leave early, as well. Both could elect to take advantage of a relatively weak senior class of running backs.


Several other juniors have already turned in requests to the NFL Advisory Committee for grades. Among them are safeties Major Wright and Ahmad Black, offensive linemen Carl Johnson and Marcus Gilbert and defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh.


 
 
 
 
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