Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:41 pm
On a day full of interesting results from Pro Days scattered across the country (from UCLA to Illinois to Georgia Tech), it was the workout in Fayetteville, Arkansas that had scouts buzzing Tuesday night.
That's because Arkansas wideout Greg Childs stole the spotlight demonstrating much greater explosiveness in measureable and positional drills from what he showed les than two weeks ago at the Scouting Combine. In doing so Childs helped to prove that perhaps he's regained the explosiveness that made him a star in the SEC before partially injuring the patella tendon in his right knee in 2010 and reinjuring the knee last year.
The 6-3, 212 pound Childs had enjoyed a quietly solid workout at the Combine (where he weighed in seven pounds heavier), including running the 40-yard at 4.55 seconds and posting a 36.5" vertical jump. On Tuesday, Childs was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash and also improved his vertical jump significantly, posting a 41.5" vertical that would have tied Stanford's Chris Owusu for third among all receivers tested in Indianapolis this year.
"It was just mainly showing everybody that I was healthy again; showing everybody I was 100 percent," Childs told reporters following the workout. "I came out here and I had some scouts tell me, 'You look 100 percent. You look as explosive as ever.'"
The league source I spoke to Tuesday night couldn't have agreed more.
"He looked like he was back," a high-ranking official from an NFC team told me. "Honestly, he looked better than he did before. I wouldn't have estimated him as a 4.40 guy based off of tape so this was great workout for him. There was a bit of a buzz about [Childs' workout] as we left."
Childs had looked like a future high round pick early in his career at Arkansas. He led the Razorbacks in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns as a sophomore and junior and appeared destined for All-SEC honors in 2010 before suffering the injury. Though he reportedly didn't actually tear the patella, Childs did undergo surgery. Many expected that he'd miss the 2011 season but Childs returned in the spring and surprised the Arkansas staff and media when he elected to practice without so much as a knee brace. Unfortunately, while his heart was willing, Childs looked like a shadow of himself as a senior. He caught just 21 passes for 240 yards in 2011 and did not score a touchdown.
Childs also helped himself during positional drills. He caught passes cleanly from his former teammate (and current New England Patriot) Ryan Mallett, as did his receiver mates Joe Adams and Jarius Wright. After running well at the Combine (4.42), Wright elected not to run again Tuesday. Adams did run again, but was unable to improve upon the surprisingly disappointing 4.55 time he registered in Indianapolis, clocking in at exactly the same time Tuesday. The scout noted that Adams weighed in at 188 pounds Tuesday, which is nine pounds heavier than he weighed at the Combine.
All three Arkansas receivers are currently viewed as likely Day Three picks by NFLDraftScout.com.
While Arkansas' trio of receivers garnered most of the attention Tuesday, pass rusher Jake Bequette also made news. Bequette informed scouts that he'd injured his pectoral muscle at the Combine and elected not to participate in measureable drills Tuesday. The 6-5, 274 pound defensive end did participate in linebacker drills, however, at the request of scouts from 3-4 teams. Bequette posted solid numbers in drills at the Combine but wasn't able to perform in the bench press drill there, either. He told scouts that he'll be scheduling a workout in which he'll do the bench press prior to the draft.
Finally, two SEC standouts I was surprised wasn't invited to the Combine showed that perhaps they should have been with strong workouts, Tuesday. Safety Tramain Thomas measured in a shade under 6-0 (5-11 7/8) and 200 pounds. He was clocked at 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 38.5" vertical jump. Inside linebacker Jerry Franklin (6-1, 242 pounds) Franklin was not invited to the Combine but was clocked at 4.60 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 6.90 second time in the three-cone drill and a 37.5" vertical jump.
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:44 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 8:49 pm
"They're saying we can't watch for this reason or that reason," Harold Edison, father of Bruins defensive tackle Justin Edison, told the paper. "This is a big day for my son and they are not going to let me watch?"
Edison was told by employees of the UCLA football program that he couldn't even be in the parking structure, and that campus police would be called if parents refused to leave "and it escalates."
UCLA closed the Pro Day under the auspice of limiting "distractions."
Mark Dye, father of safety Tony Dye, was told the closed workout was so the Pro Day would be like "a job interview."
"I think this is all unnecessary," Mark Dye told the Times. "If they have a legitimate reason for keeping parents out, I haven't heard it yet."
Dye is the 18th-rated strong safety prospect and 409th overall, while Sean Westgate is the 42nd-rated outside linebacker in this class by NFLDraftScout.com.
Although Harold Edison said there was some "buzz" around his son after the NFLPA all-star game, he is not currently among NFLDraftScout.com's top 750 prospects. Other former Bruins participating in the Pro Day were Nate Chandler, Derrick Coleman, Taylor Embree, Jamie Graham, Mike Harris, Glenn Love, Kai Maiava, Nelson Rosario and Josh Smith, along with 2011 alum Christian Ramirez and 2007 alum Rodney Van, according to UCLABruins.com.
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:28 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 8:30 pm
With no Cam Newton, no Nick Fairley and just three prospects among NFLDraftScout.com's top 500 rated players for the 2012 draft, Auburn's Pro Day lacked anything close to the sizzle it provided in 2011.
Nine Tigers and North Alabama running back Wes Holland worked out in front of NFL Scouts.
Brandon Mosley, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9-rated offensive tackle, was primarily a spectator while choosing to stand on his results from the Scouting Combine. He posted a 5.21-second 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 30 times, had a 27-inch vertical, a 103-inch broad jump, a 7.43-second three-cone drill and a 4.78-second short shuttle in Indianapolis.
Free safety Neiko Thorpe enjoyed a strong workout, highlighted by an 11-5 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. That type of athleticism could help him sneak into the late rounds or at least become a priority free agent.
Other former Tigers who took part in the workout included quarterback Barrett Trotter, linebacker Eltoro Freeman (28 bench reps, 11-5 broad jump) and running back Eric Smith, who was dismissed from the team before last season but was allowed to come back for the school's Pro Day.
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:49 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 5:56 pm
Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus became the first top prospect to participate in agility tests during the Pro Day season, running an impressive 4.38-second short shuttle and a 7.03-second three-cone drill, according to NFL.com.
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:24 pm
ATLANTA - Tailback Trent Richardson, the consensus top-rated running back and the No. 6 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, will not participate in drills at Alabama's Pro Day on Wednesday, agent Jimmy Sexton confirmed to The Sports Xchange.
--Len Pasquarelli, NFLDraftScout.com/The Sports Xchange.
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 3:15 pm
ATLANTA -- Wide receiver Stephen Hill wanted to leave a specific impression with the NFL coaches who flocked to Georgia Tech's pro day.
Hill didn't run the 40-yard dash at pro day. He is 4.36 at the Combine tied for the fastest showing.
Several Tech seniors try to impress
According to scouts, Peeples ran a 4.50, followed by Jones (4.53), Reid (4.56), Sylvester (4.75) and Peters (4.83).
Peters benched 225 pounds 28 times. Walls did 24 reps, followed by Sylvester (23), Melton (16), Jones (14), Peeples (14) and Reid (11 3/4).
Melton dropped his first pass but redeemed himself with a twisting, leaping grab.
Tech coach Paul Johnson said Jones and Peeples are "probably third-down backs, slot receivers. Clearly they've done some of that, catching the ball in space. It just depends on how teams see them.
"You hope they all get a chance, they all get into camp and see what happens."
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:38 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:42 pm
More than a dozen former Warriors participated in Hawaii's Pro Day workout watched by personnel from 26 NFL teams in Carson, Calif. on Monday. The school moved its annual workout to California in recent years to make it easier for more scouts to attend.
Ironically enough, arguably the the top-rated prospect at the event wasn't even a member of the Hawaii football team.
Another fringe draftable prospect is outside linebacker Corey Paredes, who ran an impressive 4.55-second 40, according to the school's website.
Wide receiver Royce Pollard ran a 4.57 in the 40, while offensive lineman Brett Leonard lifted the 225-pound bench press 25 times.
Hawaii had three players drafted last year and has had at least one in 10 of the past 12 years.
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:13 pm
Thirteen former Blazer players joined prospects from other area schools at UAB's pro day Monday.
Offensive tackle Matt McCants, the only participant on hand who was invited to the Scouting Combine last month, stood on his Indianapolis numbers and did not go through the agility testing. He is the No. 8-rated offensive tackle prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the 84th-rated prospect overall, projected to go in the third round.
Other former UAB players who attended the pro day included tight end Jeffery Anderson, cornerback T.J. Ballou, running back Justin Brooks, offensive lineman Greg Calhoun, offensive lineman Terence Edge, wide receiver Frantrell Forrest, defensive tackle Elliott Henigan, defensive lineman D.J. Reese, running back Pat Shed, offensive lineman Darion Smith, cornerback Terrell Springs and tight end Danny Volk.
Calhoun lifted the 225-pound bench press 30 times, while Springs posted a 34-inch vertical jump, a 4.26-second 20-yard shuttle and a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump, according to the school's website.
Henigan, the 38th-rated defensive tackle and No. 520 overall prospect, is the only other Blazer rated among the top 750 by NFLDraftScout.com for the 2012 draft.