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Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:47 pm
 

Failed drug test could knock McCoy out of draft

According to multiple reports, including this one by Fox's Jay Glazer and Alex Marvez, USC tight end Anthony McCoy and Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer each failed drug tests administered at the Combine.

Dwyer was found to have amphetamines in his system, something that may not have a negative impact on his draft stock due to the fact that many teams knew about his prescription for a pre-existing condition. Furthermore, he has not had any previous off-field problems at Georgia Tech.

The news is much darker, however, for McCoy, who tested positive for marijuana.

McCoy is considered one of the better all-around tight ends in the 2010 class. While he lacks the speed associated with today's hybrid receiving specialists, he's proven to be an effective short to intermediate yardage target and is perhaps this year's best blocker at the position.

McCoy, however, has struggled with discipline throughout his career at USC. He was suspended due to academic violations on multiple occasions, including twice his senior year. McCoy was suspended from the team before the season began and then again for the Emerald Bowl, what would have been his final game in a USC uniform.

On their own, McCoy's academic struggles wouldn't be enough to do more than raise a red flag for most teams. The failed drug test, however, when put in the context of his other issues, will certainly be enough to take him off many teams' boards... enough in fact that some scouts feel he could slip out of the draft entirely. 
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:38 pm
 

WR Demaryius Thomas works out, doesn't run 40


Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas worked out for NFL scouts Sunday, but was unable to run any timed drills or complete the routes of a pro-style offense due to the fact that he's not yet fully recovered from surgery for a broken foot.

The 6-3 (1/4), 229 pound Thomas characterized his recovery from the broken fifth metatarsal as "90 percent healed" according to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

According to a source on hand for the workout, Thomas did not drop any passes during the hour-long workout, but wasn't able to answer some of the questions scouts had about his ability to acclimate to a pro-style offense. The source also characterized Thomas as running the drills at roughly "half speed."
 
Thomas caught 46 passes for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns last year for Georgia Tech, but did so primarily by running go-routes as a deep target in Paul Johnson's run-heavy, triple-option offense. '

Scouts were concerned about the fact that Thomas wasn't able to get timed in drills. While they would have liked to have seen his agility and straight-line speed firsthand, Thomas' speed is not questioned.

Thomas had been timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash while training for the Combine at Athletes Performance. The workout was recorded and when it became apparent that Thomas would be unable to workout for scouts in Indianapolis, his agent, Todd France, sent out DVDs of the workout to all 32 NFL teams.

Thomas' rare combination of size and speed might be enough to convince a team to spend a first round pick on him Thursday. He has been invited to New York by the league and will be in attendance, according to the AJC's article.
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 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: 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: March 1, 2010 1:37 pm
 

ILB McClain, DE Morgan pull out of some drills

Alabama inside linebacker Rolando McClain did not run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis today and will instead wait until his Pro Day, March 10.

Though he informed the media that he would not be working out, scouts were nonetheless disappointed by the Butkus-award winner's decision. While quarterbacks and other "skill" position players often elect to put off their workouts until their Pro Days, linebackers generally participate at the Combine. McClain did participate in the bench press, posting 24 repetitions, but it isn't his strength that teams are potentially concerned with -- its his speed.

Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan, on the other hand, elected not to participate in the bench press drill.

Morgan was one of the few highly touted prospects to not make it into the media room for interviews prior over the weekend. The NFL generally herds as many of the nearly 330 players into the media room as possible and does a good job of getting almost all of the first round prospects before reporters began leaving Sunday.

Because he was not interviewed and given a chance to explain why he wasn't working out at the Combine (or at least doing the bench press), I, for one, was surprised by the news that he wasn't participating. In an interview I conducted just two days before the Combine began, Morgan told me he was planning on working out in Indianapolis...
 
Posted on: February 26, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2010 3:47 pm
 

RB Dwyer's small hands could be a big issue

Too much can be made out of the size and speed shown by prospects at the Combine.

If there is one number that has traditionally scared scouts, however, it has been hand size for ball-carriers -- especially for running backs. Small hands mean less protection of the football, at least theoretically.

For that reason, Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer, who officially only had 5 fumbles in over 550 touches with the 'Jackets, could see his stock slip this week.

The 5-11 1/4, 229 pound Dwyer has the smallest hands of any true tailback measured at the Combine this year. His hands, measured from the end of his thumb to his small (pinkie) finger measured in at only 8 and 5/8 inches. Only diminutive all-purpose back Dexter McCluster (5'8 3/4, 172 pounds) measured in with smaller hands among the 26 backs here. McCluster's hand came in at 8 and 3/8 of an inch.

As a comparison, top rated running back CJ Spiller, who measured in at 5105, 196 pounds, has 10 and 1/4" hands.

Considering that scouts already questioned how well Dwyer would project to a pro offense after playing in Paul Johnson's triple option attack, this is shaping up to be a bad start to the week for a back whose production (nearly 2,800 yards over 2008-09) should warrant plenty of NFL attention.

Posted on: February 23, 2010 1:18 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2010 1:49 pm
 

DE Derrick Morgan plans to work out in Indy

Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan is planning to work out at the Combine in his attempt to secure the title as the top-rated pass rusher of the 2010 draft.

I spoke to Derrick a bit ago in preparation for a future article. The defending ACC Defensive Player of the Year is eager to show off what he can do, especially after a not so-splashy final performance in the 24-14 loss to Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Morgan, who posted 55 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and a 12.5 sacks on the year, was limited to "only" three tackles and .5 tackles for loss against Iowa's stellar offensive line.

Morgan credited Hawkeye left tackle Bryan Bulaga as having a good game, but also was quick to point out that his lack of big numbers wasn't a big concern to either he or those close to the Tech program.

"My not having a monster game, individually, was not a big deal," Morgan said. "Our focus was to play good team defense, which doesn't always result in one player getting big numbers. I think we defended them well. We just came up short in that game."

South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul may pose the biggest challenge to Morgan as the top pass rusher of the draft. The 6-6, 265 pound Pierre-Paul has an explosive first step and very long arms, two qualities which scouts feel make him an ideal weak-side pass rusher. He is also expected to work out exceedingly well -- perhaps better than Morgan.

Where Morgan stands out is in his ability to hold up nicely against the run. Morgan locates the ball quickly and hustles to it, whereas Pierre-Paul, at least at this point, lacks the functional strength and instincts teams are looking for in an everydown defensive end.

Pierre-Paul may have more upside, but Morgan is the more polished player at this point -- which is why he ranks as the No. 1 defensive end on my board.



 
 
 
 
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