NFL scouts weary from the Combine had little time to spend with loved ones before the unofficial kickoff to the Pro Day season began yesterday at Kansas State.
Defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald , one of the players Chad Reuter and I agreed was one of the biggest Combine snubs this year, was the headlining act.
Fitzgerald measured in at 6-3 5/8, 270 pounds -- one pound less than he had at the East-West Shrine Game. According to scouts representing an estimated ten teams on hand, Fitzgerald was clocked in the low 4.8s in the 40-yard dash and was clocked at 4.30 in the short shuttle, which would have placed him among the top ten defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis. Fitzgerald also had 21 repetitions of 225 pounds for the bench press.
Fitzgerald earned Defensive MVP honors for the Wildcats in 2009, posting 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and returned an interception 17 yards for a score against Texas Tech.
Originally signing with Virginia, Fitzgerald impressed early on, earning Freshman All-American honors by posting 64 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and leading the Cavs with 6 sacks. He posted 73 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks a year later, but elected to transfer to Kansas State to play under former Virginia assistant coach Ron Prince after academic problems.
The other notable performance in Manhattan came from junior cornerback Joshua Moore . Moore was invited to the Combine, but struggled in the 40-yard dash, testing out at only in the 4.6s on both attempts, according to scouts.
However, at his Pro Day, Moore helped his cause a bit, churning out a pair of low 4.5s in the drill.
Moore doesn't have a huge name outside of the Big 12, but he's been a solid player for the Wildcats. His willingness to come up and tackle (averaged 70 tackles over past two seasons), quick closing speed and active hands (28 career PBUs) is enough to get him a late round look.