Posted on: April 25, 2009 6:38 pm
A couple of quick picks have me playing catch-up on the blog.
The Browns decided to actually make a pick and went with Cal center/guard Alex Mack, who has the size, strength and versatility to compete against the physical defenses in the AFC North. Mack is a safe pick, but is a bit anticlimatic considering the high profile names and the repeated trade backs. Still, games in this division are won in the trenches and this move improves Cleveland there.
As I reported on the blog last night, Percy Harvin had been jumping up draft boards over the past few days and goes to the Vikings 22nd overall. His agility and speed make a great deal of sense for an offense needing an infusion of playmakers at receiver and returner. It is a surprising move considering the Vikings preference for high character players after the Loveboat scandal a few years ago...
The Patriots traded back with the Baltimore Ravens, who selected Mississippi OT Michael Oher, a top ten talent who slipped to this point in the draft because teams are so overcome with the concerns about his personality. Ozzie Newsome once again shows why he's one of the NFL's best, aggressively moving up to get a player than should have been taken a long time before.
Posted on: March 19, 2009 1:06 am
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...