Tag:Wayne State
Posted on: March 24, 2010 2:33 pm

Scout: LeFevour "solid, far from spectacular"

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour was "solid, far from spectacular" during his throwing performance at Central Michigan today, according to one NFL scout.

The scout charactized LeFevour as showing good accuracy and reasonable zip on short and intermediate passes, but that his long passes needed work. LeFevour had to wind up a bit for the longer balls, and though the distance was good, his accuracy was not. Many of his deep passes forced receivers to alter their routes.

Like most workouts, LeFevour performance won't dramatically alter his stock with scouts. LeFevour is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the sixth best quarterback available in the 2010 draft, receiving a 3rd round grade.

Wayne State running Joique Bell, however, may see his stock slip considerably with yet another slow time in the 40-yard dash. Bell, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner and a standout at the Senior Bowl, has been unable to get his time under 4.68 seconds in repeated attempts in the drill. He was again clocked at a slow time Wednesday, timing at 4.76 seconds according to the scout. 
Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:29 am

For LeFevour, the pressure is on for Wed. Pro Day

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour surprised (and disappointed) many when he elected not to complete many of the passing drills at the Combine. I watched him throw passes to stationary receivers (his passes were generally on target) but he did not throw the variety of routes scouts will want to see from him Wednesday during his Pro Day at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

LeFevour's decision not to compete at the Combine was a surprising one not only because some felt that he wasn't highly rated enough in the first place to take the risk of alienating scouts, but also because he had built up some momentum with a spectacular performance in the GMAC Bowl victory over Troy and a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

In pushing his workout to Wednesday, LeFevour will have the benefit of scripting his workout, throwing to receivers he's familiar with and in front of a friendly audience. There has been talk that LeFevour wanted to work on his mechanics a bit, as well -- and considering the boost Tim Tebow has recently received with his sleeker throwing motion, that gamble could pay off.

Perhaps most importantly, Lefevour will have the opportunity to get into a rhythm, as quarterbacks throwing in Indianapolis are only asked to throw two passes typically before the getting substituted.

The decision, of course, also carries significant risk. Not only was every team obviously represented at the Combine, the decision-makers were there. It remains to be seen how many scouts will attend Wednesday's throwing session, much less how many head coaches or front office executives.

To win his gamble, LeFevour has to be good - perhaps even great - Wednesday.

If he does so, a second round pick is possible. If not, LeFevour could slide into the deep third round... or lower.

A side note -- LeFevour isn't the only highly touted skill position player with a lot riding on Wednesday's workout. CMU wide receiver Antonio Brown needs to show better speed than the 4.58 second showing in the 40-yard dash he put forth at the Combine.  Wayne State running back Joique Bell also needs a strong performance if he is to assure himself of being drafted.  The 5-11, 217 pound back won the Harlon Hill Trophy and impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl, but hasn't been able to clock faster than a 4.68 second time in the event yet.
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