Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 7:16 pm
As I noted last night , Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas would not be working out for scouts during his school's Pro Day workout today.
Thomas is still struggling with the same hamstring problems that kept him out of the Senior Bowl and sidelined for the Scouting Combine in late February.
He has, however, announced a new date for his workout -- April 5 at the Kansas State facility. His workout is scheduled to begin at 2 pm CT.
Thomas, a junior college quarterback, has been spectacularly productive for the Wildcats, rushing for a combined 2,850 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns on the ground. He earned First Team All Big-12 honors after each of the past two seasons.
Despite his production, teams have concerns about the 6-0, 225 pound Thomas' pure speed. He has been estimated by scouts in the 4.55-4.65 range. A significantly faster or slower time could impact his draft grade more severely than most running backs considering that teams have some concerns with how well he'll transfer his natural runnning skills to the NFL. Thomas has played only two seasons at running back and was the obvious focus of Kansas State's offense.
Thomas is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated running back .
Posted on: March 14, 2011 9:11 pm
Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas continues to be plagued by a hamstring pull and has informed teams that he will not be running at his university's Pro Day workout, according to multiple NFL sources.
The 6-0, 230 pound Thomas is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated running backs for the 2011 draft. His size, strength, lateral agility and vision are impressive -- especially considering the fact that he's only played the position for two seasons.
Thomas, who played quarterback at Northwest Mississippi Community College, signed with Kansas State largely because they promised to let him play running back, rather than switch him to defense as most teams wanted to do.
He was an immediate star for the Wildcats, earning the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year with a conference-leading 1,265 rushing yards, including 11 scores. Thomas was even better as a senior, rushing for 1,585 and 19 touchdowns.
Scouts are concerned about Thomas' pure speed, however, making it very important for him to run for teams prior to the draft. Thomas cited left hamstring tightness as the reason why he wasn't able to work out at the Combine or participate in the Senior Bowl.
One league source, flying to Manhattan, Kansas for the workout despite getting the news, was not happy.
"[Kansas State] has some other talent there, but he's the reason I'm going. No one is expecting [Thomas] to run in the 4.4s, but you'd like to get a time on the guy. It is pretty tought to make the argument he's a second or third round guy when you can see on tape that speed is a question."
Neither source had yet been notified of a new Pro Day for Thomas.
Posted on: March 14, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 2:06 pm
The identities of the dozens of NFL representatives that attended LSU's Pro Day we're still waiting for, but the results of the most impactful workout of the day are available.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson, my number one rated prospect available in the draft , not surprisingly chose to sit on his Combine numbers. He was measured and came in at 6-0 (3/8) and 218 pounds -- one pound less than at the Combine.
Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard did run Monday, however. He measured in at 6-2, 250 pounds -- the same height and weight in which he was measured at the Combine and was clocked at 4.76 and 4.82 in the 40-yard dash, according to LSU's official websites' . Sheppard also clocked in at 7.20 in the three-cone drill.
The times are a bit disappointing for Sheppard, who some believed could make the transition from inside linebacker to the outside in the NFL. It is also the first times that scouts have for Sheppard in these drills as a right hamstring kept him running at the Combine.
The going wasn't much better for running back Steven Ridley. Scouts knew that the 5-11, 225 pound Ridley's game was based on power and not speed, but they were hoping for a better time than the ones he put up in Indianapolis. Ridley was clocked between 4.65 and 4.77 in Indianapolis and instead ran about the same at LSU today, timing at 4.70 and 4.73 seconds on his two attempts.
Wide receiver Terrence Toliver is another Tiger whose speed was in question. His fastest time at the Combine was a 4.52 hand-held time (timed at 4.62 electronically). He only ran once Monday and came in at 4.64 seconds.
One player did improve his 40-yard dash time Monday, though considering his position, it might be the least important element of his grade. Defensive tackle Drake Nevis measured in at 6-0 (1/2) and 298 pounds. He didn't do most of the drills today, but did elect to run the 40-yard dash, improving his time significantly. The All-SEC performer's fastest time in Indianapolis was 5.06 in the event. Today, he was timed at 4.90 and 4.96.
Posted on: March 12, 2011 8:07 pm
Louisville running back Bilal Powell's right hamstring lasted one attempt at the 40-yard dash. As it turns out, it may have been enough.
Powell is one of the draft's hottest running back prospects, coming off of a breakout senior season in which he rushed for 1,405 yards (averaging 6.1 yards a clip) and strong Senior Bowl performance. Nagging right knee and right hamstring injuries kept him from working out at the Combine, forcing 20 teams, including eight running back coaches (according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt ) to attend his Pro Day.
A source I contacted following the workout disputed that there were this many running back coaches at the Pro Day, but did note that Steve Logan, the Tampa Bay Bucs' running backs coach and that Jim Anderson, the Cincinnati Bengals' running backs coach, was among those attending the workout. He believed he'd also seen Indianapolis Colts' running backs coach David Walker there, as well.
Brandt listed Powell at 5-10 (1/2) and 207 pounds and being clocked at 4.54 in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash. My source clocked him at 4.50.
Powell pulled his troublesome right hamstring on his second attempt, ending his day early.
Depending on the extent of his new injury, Powell and his representatives may elect to schedule a third workout. With most teams dedicating the final few weeks before the April 28 draft to meetings, however, they are running out of time.
Powell's spectacular 2010 season would serve as plenty of proof for some teams that he has the goods. Considering that he has only one standout season, however, most clubs want more information on him before investing anything more than a third day draft pick. After all, Powell rushed for "only" 933 yards in his three previous seasons, including a then-career high 392 yards (including a 3.6 yard-per-carry average) as a junior.
NFLDraftScout.com rates Powell as the No. 12 running back in the 2011 draft and a 4th round value.
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:02 pm
Kyle Rudolph, the consensus top tight end prospect of the 2011 draft, has healed from the torn hamstring that sidelined him for much of the 2010 season and will be working out for scouts at Notre Dame's April 7 Pro Day, according to a report.
Eric Hansen of the WSBT South Bend Tribune quotes Rudolph as saying, "I finally feel back to my old self, maybe better. I feel that I have the explosiveness back that I used to have. I don't feel the pain anymore. I've gotten my stride back."
Rudolph, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 37th rated player overall , has the physical skills to translate well to the NFL. At 6-6, 259 pounds, the Irish junior has the bulk scouts are looking for in a traditional tight end and Hansen cites sources close to Rudolph who expect him to run in the "neighborhood" of the 4.6s at the workout. The Pro Day workout will be critical to Rudolph's final NFL grade. He wasn't able to work out at the Combine.
While possessing the physical tools to be successful, Rudolph was not particularly productive for the Irish. In three seasons, Rudolph posted the numbers that some of the other top tight ends of the 2011 draft class may have put up in one year (90 catches for 1,032 yards and 8 touchdowns). His sophomore season was his most productive one. Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury, Rudolph caught a career high 33 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.
Scouts love his upside but are worried about his durability. Rudolph has missed nine games over the past two seasons due to the shoulder and hamstring injuries. He was forced to undergo surgery to re-attach his right hamstring, after the muscle and surrounding tendons were ripped from the bone in the fourth game of the year (Stanford).
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:01 pm
Storm showers and lightning cut short the University of Miami's Pro Day Thursday, forcing the Hurricanes to reschedule the event for March 25 at 9 a.m. Eastern.
Miami is expected to allow any players to participate in the drills on March 25 that had not been completed prior to today's weather delay.
Several of Miami's players were able to begin their workouts before the school's lightning detection alarm went off for the second time. Running back Damien Berry was the early "winner" of the abbreviated workout, shaving nearly two-tenths of a second from the 4.6 times he ran in the 40-yard dash at the Combine to a 4.45 today.
Most of the Hurricanes' top stars -- including wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, defensive lineman Allen Bailey and linebacker Colin McCarthy -- had informed teams that they would not be working out in the measurable drills today, instead choosing to rest on their impressive Combine results. Each player was, however, expected to do the positional drills, which brought quite a contingent of scouts, coaches and front office executives, including some of the league's biggest names. Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Raheem Morris and Jack Del Rio were among the representatives of 29 teams listed by the school's official website as having been expected to attend Thursday's Pro Day.
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:30 pm
Some of the early results are coming in from Miami's Pro Day. Here are the highlights:
Running back Damien Berry shaved nearly two-tenths of a second off of his Combine time in the 40-yard dash. Weighing in five pounds less today (206) than he did in Indianapolis, Berry was clocked in at 4.45 seconds, according to the Univerisity of Miami official website. He had been timed between 4.59 and 4.67 at the Combine.
Another Miami running back, Graig Cooper, ran a similar time (4.6) as what he ran at the Combine.
The early results for potential first round cornerback Brandon Harris weren't as positive yet. He attempted to improve upon his 35.5" vertical jump, but dropped to 34.5" today.
The early star of the show has been special teamer Cory Nelms, a reserve defensive back. Nelms may have at least landed himself a PFA grade by clocking in at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, completing 14 reps of 225 pounds and posting a 37" vertical jump. Nelms, 5-11, 191, played in 24 games for the Hurricanes, but finished his career with only 12 total tackles and one pass broken up.
Most of the 'Canes top prospects -- including WR Leonard Hankerson, DL Allen Bailey, LB Colin McCarthy and Combine-star CB DeMarcus Van Dyke are standing on the numbers they put up in Indianapolis.
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:06 pm
Though the top Hurricane prospects invited to the Combine -- cornerback Brandon Harris, defensive lineman Allen Bailey, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, linebacker Colin McCarthy, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, running back Graig Cooper and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, among them -- aren't expected to perform the measurables at today's Pro Day, a virtual Who's Who of NFL personnel is expected to be hand to see them perform their positional drills.
Head coaches Bill Belichick, Jack Del Rio, Tony Sparano, Mike Tomlin and Raheem Morris and high ranking front office personnel Gene Smith (Jaguars), Jeff Ireland (Dolphins), Kevin Colbert (Steelers) and Mark Dominik (Bucs), among many others are expected to attend this morning's workouts, according to Miami's official athletic website . According to Hurricanes' staff, 29 of the 32 NFL teams will be represented, with only the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans not on the list. The Patriots have the largest contingent in Miami, with no less than seven representatives having checked in.
Interestingly enough, the Ravens and Jets have their wide receiver coaches on hand (Jim Hostler, Henry Ellard, respectively). Each club is thought to be high on Hankerson and may be considering the Miami receiver with their first round pick.
There are also a host of former Miami stars on hand to watch the workout, including Warren Sapp, Bernie Kosar, Willis McGahee, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen and DJ Williams.
Keep NFLDraftScout.com refreshed for updates as we get them.