Tag:Scouting Combine
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:34 pm

DE Bowers reportedly aces Combine re-check

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers' knee surgery and subsequent rehabilitation have been the subject of great NFL consternation and plenty of publicity.

After a disappointing Pro Day workout , speculation increased that Bowers' rehabilitation wasn't going as planned. NFL teams were quietly using the terms "career-threatening" and "microfracture" to describe the nation's sack leader.

According to at least one team, however, Bowers' recovery is coming along well.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer cites an anonymous league source who notes that Bowers "didn't even have to undergo another X-ray or MRI because the physical exam went so well, the source said. Stability was good and there was no swelling in the knee."

Cabot also notes that the Cleveland Browns, owners of the No. 6 overall pick, will be hosting Bowers today and tomorrow at their team facility.

The Browns, switching to a 4-3 defense, are thought to strongly considering Bowers and other highly rated defensive linemen with their first round pick. The Browns finished with only 27 sacks last season, tied for the 4th lowest total by any team in the NFL.

Bowers, who measured in at 6-3 (3/8") and 280 pounds at the Combine, is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 rated prospect for the 2011 draft and our No. 2 rated defensive end (behind North Carolina's Robert Quinn).

Posted on: April 11, 2011 5:48 pm

Hawaii RB Alex Green rising as draft approaches

One of the more interesting things about the final few weeks before the draft is watching players move up (or down) draft boards. Often this is the result of surprising workout results or off-field concerns.

Every now and then players start to move up the board simply because teams are dedicating more time to watching the film.

Hawaii running back Alex Green could be the latest prospect to get this late, preferential treatment.

Much of Hawaii's offensive success in recent years has, of course, been through the passing game. The 6-0, 225 pound Green, however, gave the Warriors' their first 1,000 yard rusher since 1992 and surprised scouts with his natural running skills at the East-West Shrine Game and speed (4.45) at the Combine.

Teams are starting to look at Green as a legitimate middle round possibility, ahead of some very big names at the running back position.

The St. Louis Rams have recently been tied to Green as they are looking for a big back to get meaningful snaps behind star Steven Jackson. I've been able to confirm that the Rams are bringing in Green for a visit, but St. Louis is far from the only stop on his schedule.

In fact, the Eagles, Titans, Lions and Falcons have all either already flown Green in or will be doing so over the next few days.

Green is currently rated as a 5th round prospect and the No. 14 rated running back by NFLDraftScout.com -- though it appears that perhaps we are rating him far too low...

Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 2:06 pm

Top-rated TE Kyle Rudolph runs 4.78 at Pro Day

According to a source on the scene, Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph was clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day workout Thursday.

The time will be considered by some to be a disappointing one, considering that Rudolph is viewed as the unquestioned top prospect at his position. As a comparison, nine of the 17 tight ends invited to the Scouting Combine were timed faster in the event.

Though the 40-yard dash time wasn't impressive, it is in line with the straight-line speed (or rather lack thereof) shown by Rudolph on tape.

This isn't to say that I don't believe Rudolph can be an effective player. At 6-6, 259 pounds, Rudolph is an all-around tight capable of making an impact as a receiver and blocker. He is not, however, an explosive player. As I've noted previously , some of his production while at Notre Dame has to be attributed to the wide open offenses instituted by former head coach Charlie Weis and current Notre Dame head coach, Brian Kelly.

His speed is very similar to those run by Zach Miller, John Carlson, Brandon Pettigrew, and others picked in the top 40 in recent drafts at the position.

There's no reason to believe his stock will greatly increase or decrease based on today's workout--through just seeing him perform drills and run routes will ease scouts' minds. A solid medical report from the re-checks in Indianapolis is another key factor in his final grade.

Rudolph's Pro Day workout is critical to his final draft grade because he was unable to participate at the Combine due to his recovery from surgery to repair the torn hamstring that cut short his junior season.

NFLDraftScout.com will keep you updated on Rudolph and other Notre Dame players as their results from their Pro Day come through.

Senior Analyst Chad Reuter contributed to this report.
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:57 pm

All 32 teams represented at Indiana WR's Pro Day

Indiana wideout and kick returner Tandon Doss is considered one of the better "second-tier" prospects in the draft. This much was proven by the fact all 32 teams were represented at his Wednesday Pro Day, according to an NFL source on the scene.

Doss, who left after his junior season, is a two-time All-Big Ten selection who led the conference in all-purpose yards last season (175.8 per game) despite missing the opening game of the season with a groin injury. Doss battled through the injury throughout the season and had surgery on both groins on December 2, keeping him sidelined for the Combine and Indiana's initial Pro Day, March 10.

Doss, according to the source, was given a 2nd-3rd round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

Despite his production and high grade, teams are nervous about his recovery. Doss (6-2, 202 pounds) caught the ball fluidly during his workout Wednesday, but timed slower than hoped. This scout had him at 4.59 and 4.64, though NFL.com's Gil Brandt cites a source who had Doss timing between 4.62 and 4.67. Brandt also lists Doss as having a 32 ½-inch vertical jump , a 9-8 broad jump, and ran a 4.21 short shuttle and 7.04 3-cone drill and notes that these efforts are probably not indicative of Doss' true athleticism as he recovers from the surgery.

When healthy, Doss' ability as a downfield target and kick returner has been proven. Though he lacks true explosiveness, his size, good route-running and reliable hands make him an intriguing fit in the West Coast Offense.

Below is a video of his performance against Michigan in 2009. In it, you can see his versatility and big play ability.

Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:21 pm

Only Seahawks show up for McElroy's Pro Day

The Seattle Seahawks were the only team represented at Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy's Pro Day workout yesterday.

McElroy had been unable to throw at the Combine or the Tide's initial Pro Day after fracturing a bone in his throwing hand during the Senior Bowl. Though his production was impressive for Alabama , scouts worry that he doesn't have the arm strength to make throws outside of the hashes against NFL speed.

Much of the workout can be seen on the video shown below. The video was shot by Michael Casagrande of The Daily Bama Blog:

McElroy measured 6017 (an eighth of an inch under 6-2) and 220 pounds at the Combine. As one would expect based on his play at Alabama, McElroy demonstrates good accuracy on short to intermediate throws, including when on the move. His accuracy falters on deeper passes and his passes arrive with only moderate zip, overall.

Still, the workout provides evidence that McElroy is healing. He is viewed as a 5th-6th round pick as NFLDraftScout.com's 10th rated quarterback . While he lacks the upside of a Josh Portis (Cal-PA) or Nathan Enderle (Idaho), if nothing else McElroy's intelligence and game-management skills make him an ideal backup.

The video shows two representatives for the Seahawks, southeast scout Derrick Jensen and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith.

Here is the video:

Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 4:41 pm

Thomas runs once (4.6), steadies stock in process

Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas needed to run the 40-yard dash to reassure scouts that he had enough speed to translate his collegiate success into the NFL.

As it turns out, he was only able to run it once.

According to Herbie Teope of Time Warner Cable Metro Sports, Thomas was unofficially clocked at 4.60-4.61 seconds in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash. I've since been able to confirm with an NFL source on the scene that Thomas ran in the "low 4.6s."

Citing a strained quad muscle, Thomas was unable to run the event a second time. He was, however, able to make it through the shuttles and positional drills.

Thomas measured in at 6-0, 228 pounds -- two pounds lighter than he had weighed in at the Combine in late February.

Due to hamstring injuries, Thomas had been unable to perform at the Senior Bowl, the Combine or Kansas State's original Pro Day.

For all of his muscle strains suffered since the season ended, it is important to note that Thomas showed excellent durability while with the Wildcats. He started every game during his two seasons at Kansas State, earning First-Team All-Big 12 honors and leading the conference in rushing yards both years.

The time, while certainly not explosive, shows that the powerful and surprisingly agile Thomas does have enough speed to be successful in the NFL. He isn't a breakaway threat, but has the ability to gain yardage in chunks.

Among the teams present for the workout were the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams, according to Teope. 

Thomas is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated running back and No. 72 rated player overall . He's viewed as a 2nd-3rd round prospect.

Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:03 pm

Scouts heading to KSU, 'Bama for late Pro Days

Over the next few hours we can expect to hear the results from late pro days for Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas and Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy .

Regardless of how each performs in shorts, their NFL grade should have largely been already determined by scouts, as Thomas and McElroy's production on the field speaks for itself.

The 6-0, 230 pound Thomas proved a star running back for the Wildcats after a junior college career in which he played quarterback. Thomas was recognized as the Big 12's Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2009 and led the conference in rushing yards each of his two seasons with the Wildcats. He leaves KSU with 2,850 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground in only two seasons.

McElroy led Alabama to a national championship in his junior season and saw his production rise dramatically in 2010. In his two starting seasons in the Tide's pro-style offense, McElroy threw 37 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. McElroy, 6-2 and 220 pounds, threw just 10 interceptions in 658 career attempts or for one every 65.8 attempts, which is the best mark in school and SEC history.

Despite their gaudy production against high caliber competition, each has significant questions to answer -- not the least of which is their health.

Thomas, NFLDraftScout.com's fifth-rated running back of the 2011 draft, was unable to play in the Senior Bowl or perform in either the Combine or KSU's initial Pro Day due to a nagging hamstring injury.

McElroy did play in the Senior Bowl, but cracked a bone in his right (throwing) hand that sidelined him for the Combine throwing session and Alabama's initial Pro Day.

The biggest question scouts have about Thomas is his speed. He has been estimated at anywhere between 4.55 and 4.70 in the 40-yard dash. Obviously, the better he does Tuesday, the higher his stock could raise. Scouts would also like to see Thomas catch passes out of the backfield. Thomas caught 27 passes as a senior, but rarely anything more complicated than screens or simple swing passes.

For McElroy, NFLDraftScout.com's 10th rated quarterback , the question is about his arm strength, or, as the case may be, his lack of it. McElroy has enough zip to fit through windows down the middle, but struggled, at times, putting enough drive on the ball on passes outside of the hashes. Too often his deep passes fluttered, as well.

NFLDraftScout.com will keep you posted on how each all-conference star does in their workouts today.

Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:10 am

UVA CB Dowling boosts stock at late Pro Day

Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling entered his senior campaign as a virtual lock to make the first.

Unfortunately, the 2010 season was unkind to Dowling as he was limited to only two starts due to various leg injuries, including a sprained knee, strained hamstring and a fractured ankle. Previous to his senior year, Dowling had played in 35 of a possible 37 games for the Cavaliers.

The injuries kept him out of the Senior Bowl and sidelined for the much of the Combine. Dowling pulled his hamstring on his first 40-yard dash attempt in Indianapolis and was unable to perform at Virginia's original Pro Day, March 17.

The 6-1 (3/8"), 198 pound corner did work out on Monday, however, posting times ranging from 4.37-4.42, according to an NFL scout on the scene. Dowling also registered a 38" vertical jump and a 10'8" broad jump.

Most important to Dowling's stock was demonstrating that he had the fluidity in his hips during positional drills. The scout characterized Dowling's ability to turn and run as "good enough for his size" and felt that Dowling could remain at cornerback "for a press team."

Dowling did well in ball drills too, showing the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. He did drop one ball, according to the scout.

The scout estimated that 15 teams were represented at Monday's workout.

NFLDraftScout.com currently rates Dowling as a 2nd-3rd round pick and the No. 9 cornerback available in the draft.
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