Tag:Demaryius Thomas
Posted on: April 16, 2010 12:21 pm
 

S Burnett -- the "wow" workout no one knows

It happens every year. There is a workout or two that slip through the cracks when the Pro Days are going strong that somehow doesn't get the attention it deserves.

This year that workout was the Georgia Tech Pro Day.

While all of the attention on that day was placed upon defensive end Derrick Morgan and running back Jonathan Dwyer, in reality, free safety Morgan Burnett was the star of the show.

His numbers, while all impressive, were led by a 3.92 second short shuttle -- the fastest verified time from any player tested at the Combine or any Pro Day this year. His 11'08 broad jump is also a spectacular number.

As a point of comparison, Fresno State cornerback A.J. Jefferson led all Combine participants with a 4.00 second time in the short shuttle and Virginia cornerback Chris Cook led all in Indianapolis with an 11 foot broad jump. 

Burnett was unable to workout at the Combine due to a strained hamstring.

Measuring in at 6-1 (3/8) and 209 pounds, Burnett was clocked at 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash, among the fastest times of any safety tested this year. He also posted a 39.5" vertical jump, an 11'08" broad jump and a 6.87 second 3-cone drill.

Folks, those are staggering numbers that deserve attention.

I've spoken with teams who feel that Burnett is a lock for the middle of the second round. Based on these numbers, Burnett should have been included in my previous post -- which identified five players who could be surprise first round picks.

In reality, the people who matter -- NFL scouts -- fully know Burnett's impressive workout results. An estimated 20 teams were represented at the workout, including three head coaches. While Gil Brandt and the staff at NFL.com typically do a fabulous job of posting the "official" results from each workout, this one inexplicably was not reported.  
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:29 pm
 

WRs Tate, Thomas slip with Santonio Holmes trade

The shocking deterioration of the love affair between the Pittsburgh Steelers for their Super Bowl XVIII MVP Santonio Holmes resulted in his being traded late Sunday night to the New York Jets.

The action could have a significant impact on the draft stock of 2010 wide receivers Dez Bryant, Golden Tate and Demaryius Thomas.

Bryant, Tate and Thomas are expected to be the first three receivers drafted. There is growing sentiment, however, that none of the three might hear their name called Thursday during the first round. The trade of Holmes may have only made this possibility all the more likely to occur.

Teams strongly considering investing a first round pick (and millions of dollars) into a wide receiver will look at the Steelers as yet another example of a team being burned by a receiver's poor attitude and worse off-field decisions. Considering the questions surrounding Dez Bryant, teams that might have been on the fence regarding taking him could have been pushed over with the Steelers' obvious frustration with their own (now former) star receiver.

As the Bengals, Ravens, and Cowboys are all thought to be very high on Bryant, despite his reputation, he might still make the opening round. Tate and Thomas, however, despite obvious talents, could be another question.

With the Jets now solving their need for a receiver, they are likely eliminated from the surprising small number of teams in the bottom portion of the first round that are actively searching for a wideout.
Posted on: March 15, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Early results from Georgia Tech Pro Day

The highly touted prospects from Georgia Tech are proving well worth the acclaim so far this morning, according to league sources at the scene.

Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the highest rated Yellow Jacket, has looked good in positional drills. His burst upfield and lateral agility have been especially impressive.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer, who may have had the most riding on today's performance after a disappointing workout at the Combine, helped his cause by clocking in at 4.51 and 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. Dwyer, who had dropped several balls at the Combine, was significantly improved as a receiver today. Dwyer's times and improved hands were especially impressive considering it was pretty wind, I am told.

Safety Morgan Burnett also helped himself by clocking in at a 4.43, according to one scout's watch. He also showed great explosiveness with a 40" vertical and 11'0 broad jump.

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, as expected, was unable to participate due to the broken foot he suffered preparing for the Combine. Thomas, who is still in a walking boot, is hoping to work out for scouts prior to the draft.
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Thomas' broken foot robs Combine of great athlete

Few prospects had been earning more buzz in the scouting community in the weeks leading up to the Combine than Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The 6-3, 230 pound Thomas had reportedly been timed in the 4.3s during workouts at Athletes Performance Institute, adding further fuel to the litany of comparisons he's enjoyed over his career to former teammate Calvin Johnson.

Unfortunately, the broken foot he suffered Wednesday will keep him working out for scouts at the Combine, and may keep him from working out for scouts before the draft at all. With some teams operating team drills as soon as a week after the draft, itself, Thomas may not be able to participate until training camp.

Thomas' role in Paul Johnson's triple-option offense was primarily as a deep threat. He was rarely asked to run anything more complicated than a go route or quick slant to take advantage of his size advantage over opposing cornerbacks. Considering his relative inexperience as a route-runner, pre-draft workouts were likely as important to securing Thomas' rightful place in the 2010 receiver class as they were for any other pass-catcher.

Thomas, due to his size and pure athleticism, appeared to be one of the most intriguing stories of the Combine.

He'll still be among the Combine's most intriguing storylines -- due instead with what teams see in the x-rays taken of his left foot.

 
 
 
 
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