Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:25 pm

With QB sidelined, Fuller steps up at A&M Pro Day

With senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill not yet able to work out due to his recovery from a broken foot, the stage was set for several other Aggies to take advantage of the pro scouts on hand for Texas A&M's Pro Day. 

Senior wide receiver Jeff Fuller offered scouts a pleasant surprise by participating in the workout. He had been expected to wait until March 29 (like Tannehill) to work out after it was discovered that he'd suffered a stress fracture in his foot at the Senior Bowl, but he elected to compete anyway. This fact was especially important because unlike most of A&M's other prominent prospects not named Tannehill, Fuller was the only Aggie invited to the Combine who wasn't able to work out in Indianapolis. 

Fuller, measuring in at 6-4, 225 pounds, was clocked between 4.62-4.66 in a pair of attempts at the 40-yard dash and registered a 4.34 second time in the 20-yard short shuttle and a 7.10 second time in the three-cone drill. Fuller also had a 36" vertical jump, according to the official Twitter feed of Texas A&M Aggie Football. Fuller also participated in positional drills. The one drill he had performed in at the Scouting Combine was the bench press, where he lifted the bar 17 times.  

In reality, the times are slower than scouts had hoped for Fuller but considering the fact that he's still getting back into top shape, talent evaluators will be quick to forget these results should the times improve on March 29. 

Fuller is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 18 receiver for the 2012 draft. 

A pair of talented Aggie defensive backs also stepped up to work out despite the fact that each had participated at the Combine. 

Cornerback Coryell Judie entered his senior season highly regarded by scouts but a hamstring injury forced him to miss nearly half of the season. He was clocked at 7.10 in the three-cone drill Wednesday, which is over two-tenths of a second faster than the time he had at the Combine (7.33) in this event. 

A&M's other starting cornerback, Terrence Frederick, also helped himself by shaving nearly a tenth off of the 40-yard dash time he'd posted in Indianapolis. Frederick had been clocked at 4.54 seconds at the Combine but registered times between 4.42-4.46 seconds on Wednesday. 

After posting an impressive 4.47 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, running back Cyrus Gray elected to largely sit on the results he had in Indianapolis. 
Posted on: November 25, 2010 3:29 pm

OLB Miller can lock up 1st round against Texas

Texas A&M pass rusher Von Miller can lock up a first round grade with a strong performance against the Texas Longhorns on Thanksgiving night.

I've spoken to three scouts in the past two weeks regarding Miller. Two of the three believe Miller already may have a spot in the Top 32 secure based on the explosiveness they've seen from him since his early-season struggles with an ankle sprain.

The other steadfastly believes that some of the real reaches in recent draft history have come when teams fall in love with how a player performs when 100%. At this scout notes, players are only 100% for a few weeks in the NFL.

The 6-3, 243 pound Miller lines up in the Joker position for the Aggies. His experience rushing the passer from a stand-up position has led to speculation that teams operating out of the 3-4 would be most interested in him.

While I won't name my sources, I will say one of the two scouts I spoke works for a team that employs (and plans to continue to employ) the 4-3 scheme.

Miller has an explosive burst off the snap. This trait is responsible for many of his most flashiest plays. It is his agility and flexibility, however, that really intrigue scouts. Miller breaks down exceptionally well, showing the balance to make open field tackles.

It is this fluidity (as opposed to stiffness) that scouts are keying in on when determining if a standup pass rusher can make the transition to a full-time outside linebacker position. 

Miller led the nation with 17 sacks as a junior, but was hampered with the ankle sprain to start the 2010 season. His breakout performance against Oklahoma earned him my Prospect of the Week award and the top spot in my Weekly Rewind of the prospects whose stock changed in week 10 of the college football season.
Though the Aggies will move Miller around a bit, he'll often line up against the Longhorns' left tackle Kyle Hix. Hix, a left tackle this season after spending the rest of his career on the right side, could be in for a long night.

This game begins at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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