Tag:Pro Days
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:38 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:42 pm
 

CB Jackson, DT Meatoga impress at Hawaii Pro Day

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.

Cal-Poly cornerback Asa Jackson was allowed to participate and rewarded scouts with his performance. Jackson, who fully participated in the Scouting Combine, shaved five hundredths of a second off of his 40-yard dash (4.44) from the time he posted in Indianapolis (4.49) and added three inches to his vertical jump (34.5"-37.5"). Jackson is currently rated as the No. 25 cornerback in the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com. He is amongst a strong group of so-called second and third tier prospects that make up arguably the deepest position in the draft.

Of Hawaii's players, defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga was not surprisingly the most impressive prospect. The 6-1, 299-pounder is the 22nd-rated defensive tackle in the 2012 class. He was invited to the Scouting Combine, and stood by those numbers, largely sitting out Monday's agility drills. He did participate in the vertical jump (31") and broad jump (9'2") Monday. He lifted the 225-pound bench press 27 times in Indianapolis, ran a 5.00-second 40-yard dash and was fifth among all defensive linemen with a 4.21-second short shuttle.

According to a source close to Meatoga, two NFL defensive line coaches (Kansas City, Cincinnati) came to the workout to specifically see Meatoga. Meatoga dined Sunday evening with the Kansas City coach.

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
 

UAB's McCants stands on Combine workout

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.
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Penn State DB Lynn ran at Combine with torn calf

Many players cite an old injury as a reason not to work out at the Combine. 

Penn State's D'Anton Lynn is hoping that a disappointing performance at the Combine will be disregarded by scouts due to the fact that he was attempting to compete with a torn calf, at least according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.   

The 6-0, 206 pound Lynn was clocked at 4.77 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- the slowest time recorded by any defensive back at the Combine this year. Though he participated in the bench press (17 reps) and jumps (31.5" in the vertical and 111" in the broad jump), Lynn elected not to participate in any of the other timed events at the Combine after running the 40-yard dash.

According to Schefter's report, Lynn had planned to warm up and then decide whether to participate in drills based on how the calf felt. The injury had originally taken place during Penn State's TicketCity Bowl loss to Houston. Lynn elected to play through the injury at the Senior Bowl. He was beaten badly there, at times, any may have been wiser to take care of the injury immediately following the end of Penn State's season.

As it stands now, Lynn is expected to miss four-six weeks recovering from the injury. This will keep him from running at Penn State's Pro Day March 14, though he's hopeful to work out prior to the draft.

Considering the lack of speed and coverage ability he showed at the Senior Bowl and Combine, it may not matter if scouts were impressed with Lynn's grit in attempting to compete in drills -- only that he failed to do so at a high level when he had the opportunity.     
   
Lynn is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 32 cornerback for the 2012 draft.  
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:03 am
 

Pead, TE Robinson impress at Cincinnati Pro Day

Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead elected not to run the 40-yard dash again at Cincinnati's Pro Day Friday due to the fact that he'd already clocked an impressive time a week previous at the 2012 Scouting Combine but that didn't stop him from helping his cause, according to a source on hand for the workout. 

Cincinnati, like an increasing number of universities, offered a handy synopsis of the Pro Day workout on their official athletic website. According to their report, 28 of the 32 NFL teams attended the workout, which was run largely by the hometown Bengals' head coaches. Head coach Marvin Lewis was not in attendance but several assistant coaches were present, as was the team's director of player personnel, Duke Tobin. Among the other teams in attendance, I've been able to confirm that the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions were among the teams represented. 

Pead, who earned MVP honors in the Senior Bowl, was clocked at 4.25 seconds in the short-shuttle and 6.86 in the three-cone drill. Pead's times in these drills, designed to show burst and change-of-direction ability, were nearly a tenth faster than his times recorded in Indianapolis (4.32, 6.95) and would have ranked among the better times of all running backs tested there. According to the source, Pead also fared well catching passes out of the backfield and when fielding punts.

Pead currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 running back prospect of the 2012 draft. 

While Pead was certainly the biggest name of Cincinnati's prospects, the player who helped his cause the most was 6-4, 264 pound tight end Adrien Robinson, who was clocked at 4.51 and 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Only Oklahoma's James Hanna (4.49) recorded a faster time in the event at the Combine than Robinson's 4.51. Demonstrating that he's an all-around athlete, Robinson also recorded a 39.5" vertical jump and a 11'3" broad jump -- each of which would have led all of the tight ends invited to the Combine this year. Robinson was not as impressive in the short-shuttle (4.37 seconds) and three-cone drill (7.11 seconds), putting up times that would have placed him in the middle of the Combine pack this year.

Considering his size and speed and the relative weak class of tight ends this year, the workout could have been enough to give Robinson a chance at being drafted. Having just emerged as a starter in 2011, Robinson was not invited to the Combine after catching just 12 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns as a senior and just 29 for 434 and five scores over his entire career. 

With Robinson's numbers less than eye-popping, he's definitely a diamond in the rough prospect; one who is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 39 tight end. Considering his workout, expect that ranking to improve significantly. 
 
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:22 am
 

Egnew posts record jump at Mizzou Pro Day

Missouri is a good location to kick off the busy slate of Pro Day workouts, with an easy trip for many of the scouts who wrapped up the Scouting Combine on Tuesday. Representatives from more than two dozen teams showed up to watch 11 players work out Thursday.

St. Louis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Carolina, Tennessee, San Diego, Philadelphia, New England and Tampa Bay all had scouts at the work out, according to the Columbia Tribune.

The Tigers had four players invited to the Combine, and they all stood on their workout numbers from last week: tight end Michael Egnew, defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton, wide receiver Jerrell Jackson and defensive lineman Jacquies Smith.

Egnew, who is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5-ranked tight end - albeit in a week position group this year - weighed in at 251 pounds, a pound lighter than at the Combine. He posted a 37 1/2-inch vertical and an 11-foot, 3-inch broad jump, improving on the 36 and 10-11 he managed in Indianapolis last week. In fact, his broad jump broke his own school record and would have been the best at the Combine, which was an 11-1 by Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill and Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson.

Egnew did take part in passing drills, along with Jackson, a fringe draftable player who is currently the No. 50-ranked prospect in a deep position group this year. They caught passes from former Tigers quarterback Jimmy Costello.

" I just kind of see it as me putting my hard work out there," Egnew told the Kansas City Star. "I work out everyday, so it’s nice to get to do it in front of other people.

"My whole outlook is to put everything I’ve got on the table and hopefully, one team likes it and scoops it up."

Other Tigers to work out included wide receiver Wesley Kemp, long snapper Bo Brinkley, offensive linemen Dan Hoch, Jayson Palmgren and Austin Wuebbels, defensive linemen Terrell Resonno, linebacker Luke Lambert and cornerback Trey Hobson. None were invited to the Combine. Resonno strained his quad running the 40, contributing to Hamilton's decision to sit out.

Kemp ran the 40-yard dash twice in 4.55 seconds, posted a 34 1/2-inch vertical, 10-1 broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle run, 6.86 three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times, according to NFL.com.

Brinkley had 40 times of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds, a 33 1/2-inch vertical, 9-7 broad, 4.24 shuttle run, 7.18 three-cone drill and 17 bench reps.

The most impressive number of the day was the 40 reps Wuebbels pushed up at 225 pounds, according to the Tribune. That would have been the third-most at the Combine, behind only Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe (44) and Michigan offensive lineman David Molk (41).

Missouri has another Pro Day scheduled for March 15, and Hamilton and Jackson said they plan to take part in the agility testing and positional drills then.

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Luck, Griffin won't throw at Combine

The speculation is over, the top two rated quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL draft won't be throwing passes at the Combine. 

Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin each made their announcements during today's media session at the Combine. Luck will do every other athletic drill at the Combine other than throw. Griffin will run. Each is saving their throwing session until they can work with their own receivers during their Pro Days. Stanford's Pro Day is March 22. Baylor's was scheduled for the same day until it was changed so that scouts could see both Luck and Griffin throw. 

While scouts would certainly love to see Luck and Griffin choose to throw this week, their decisions to push back their throwing sessions won't impact their draft stock. Highly regarded quarterbacks often choose to wait until their Pro Day workouts. Cam Newton, last year, was a notable exception.

Luck and Griffin III are NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated prospects for the 2012 draft and are projected as the first two picks in my current mock draft.   
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:55 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Oklahoma WR Broyles hopes for early April Pro Day

Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles characterized his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL and and slight meniscus tear as "going well" and said that he hopes to have a Pro Day in early April to prove as much to NFL teams. His Sooner teammates may be available to work out as his Pro Day as well, though the school already has one Pro Day scheduled for March 14.

Broyles injured his left knee playing against Texas A&M November 5. He was operated on by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida and has already been running.

The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles left Oklahoma the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship. He entered the year considered a possible top 50 selection by NFLDraftScout.com but due to concerns about his health is currently viewed as a 5th round prospect and the No. 23 rated receiver in the 2012 draft.

When healthy, Broyles has shown very good quickness out of his breaks and a keen understanding of where holes are in the defense. Considering his toughness and soft hands, he's viewed as one of this year's better slot receiver prospects.   
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:04 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 10:27 am
 

Griffin, Wright stand tall at Combine weigh-in

Football is a game of inches. And not only on the field.

Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers weighed in at the NFL Combine and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III impressed at 6023 (6-2 3/8) and 223 pounds according to multiple sources.

Listed at 6-2, 220, as a junior at Baylor, reports circulated that the Heisman Trophy winner might be closer to 6-0 and 200-pounds. However, it was best case scenario for Griffin who debunked several rumors just by stepping on a scale and getting measured. Since he decided to forego his senior season in Waco, he has been the No. 2 quarterback in this draft class by NFLDraftScout.com behind only Stanford's Andrew Luck. Fellow draft analyst Rob Rang ranks Griffin as the No. 4 overall prospect on his Big Board.

With his official measureables in the books, all eyes will be on Griffin during workouts, especially for his 40-yard dash, if he decides to run on Sunday with his quarterback group. As a true freshman at Baylor in 2008, he was a Track & Field All-American after finishing third at NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles (49.55). Griffin also won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big 12 track meet with the third-fastest time in school history (49.22).

Although Griffin isn't expected to throw for NFL teams in Indianapolis this week, Griffin has stated he's "excited to wow them in interviews." He will throw and work out at Baylor's Pro Day, which was recently moved up one day to March 21 to not conflict with Stanford's (and Andrew Luck's) Pro Day.

Baylor WR Kendall Wright, projected as a first-round pick and NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked receiver, was 5102 (5-10 1/4), 188 pounds. There had been some doubt that Wright would measure taller than 5 feet 9. He's extremely explosive and his straight-line speed is expected to prove to be near the top of the wide receiver class.

-- Contributed by Dane Brugler, who can be followed on Twitter @dpbrugler
 

 
 
 
 
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