Posted on: April 24, 2010 10:12 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 10:36 am
I'll admit that I was one of the media members who bought a little into the hype with workout warriors Everson Griffen and Bruce Campbell, the defensive end and offensive tackle from USC and Maryland, respectively.
Based on the film, however, I've steadily argued that they were being overrated and that some team was going to be disappointed if they invested a top 50 pick in them.
Griffen, in particular, is likely to disappoint. He signed with USC as one of the truly elite prep talents in the country, but had been a significant disappointment until this past season. Even this year, it was obvious that his motor ran hot and cold.
With Campbell, the classic "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" description applies.
Both, however, are well worth a 4th round pick, as they have the prerequisite athleticism and build to play in the NFL.
And after earning so much media hype throughout their respective careers, dropping to the fourth round could provide a very effective serving of humble pie.
Motivated, both players could develop into starters. Considering we're 100 picks into the draft (99, technically, with the selection of Mardy Gilyard by the Rams), the timing is right.
EDIT --- The Minnesota Vikings must have thought so too, taking Griffen with the 100th pick.
EDIT 2 --- The Oakland Raiders used the 106th pick on Campbell.
Posted on: March 12, 2009 11:12 am
Though the dominant subject throughout scouting circles yesterday was the awkward performance put forth by Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith at his Pro Day, two receivers at different ends of the country had scouts taking notes.
Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey elected not to run timed drills at his Pro Day Wednesday, but after leading all Combine invites with a 4.30 40-yard dash, he didn't have anything to prove in this area. Heyward-Bey has struggled with drops, at times, throughout his career, but not on Wednesday, snatching passes out of the air and showing the agility to ultimately be a standout route-runner. Some teams feel Heyward-Bey's unmatched combination of size and speed will ultimately translate into a top ten selection.
BYU's Austin Collie isn't the natural athlete of a Heyward-Bey, but was impressive at his Pro Day, as well. I watched Collie closely at the Combine and was impressed by his precise cuts as a route-runner, range of motion in catching tough passes and consistently sticky hands. He did drop a few passes late in the Combine session and seemed to struggle to put those mistakes out of his mind. I recall his Combine session starting off beautifully, but fizzling... That was not the case Wednesday for Collie, who was timed in the high 4.4s to mid 4.5s by two scouts I spoke to this morning. Collie, like many BYU athletes, is older than most prospects due to an LDS Mission served, but is more mature and pro-ready than many of the better overall athletes at the position.