ASU Pro Day: Burfict struggles (again); Osweiler to throw 3/30
Scouts on hand for Arizona State's Pro Day workout Friday were greeted with the news that the arguably the highest profile player -- quarterback Brock Osweiler -- wouldn't be working out. That fact didn't stop a few Sun Devils from improving on their efforts since the Combine. Unfortunately, that didn't include linebacker Vontaze Burfict, whose nightmarish ride to April continues.
While scouts were disappointed that Osweiler worked out Friday, cornerback Omar Bolden helped prove to scouts that he's recovering from the torn ACL that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season.
The 5-10, 202 pound Bolden told reporters following the workout that he was timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. This number circulated through the internet yesterday. In reality, scouts clocked him in the mid to high 4.5s.
Boldin also participated in the three cone (6.91) and short shuttle (4.61) drills. While these aren't very good times, Bolden's game tape prior to the injury is strong enough that some team might be willing to invest a middle round pick on Bolden's burst and acceleration returning fully with more time. The ASU cornerback has already scheduled private workouts with the New England Patriots, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
Burfict participated in some of the shuttle drills and leaps but surprised scouts with his unwillingness to run the 40-yard dash. Burfict ran in this drill at the Combine. His workout in Indianapolis, however, was terrible. The 6-1, 248 pound linebacker, who had been characterized as a possible first round candidate by some, was clocked at 5.08 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That's not only slowest among all Combine linebackers, it is also slower than 36 of the 48 defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis this year.
The results weren't any better Friday. Burfict was clocked at 4.65 seconds in the short-shuttle, for example. That too would have ranked dead last among linebackers tested in Indianapolis, and folks, it isn't even close. Of the 21 linebackers tested in Indianapolis in this drill, North Carolina State's Terrell Manning was the slowest -- and he was at 4.43 seconds.
Another example of Burfict's struggles came during the bench press drill. For a player whose best asset on tape has been occasional examples of explosiveness, Burfict proved surprisingly weak Friday, lifting the bar just 16 times. That, by comparison, is better than only two of the 29 linebackers who tested in this event in Indianapolis this year.
Center Garth Gerhart on the other hand, who also was invited to the Combine, significantly boosted his total in the bench press Friday. Gerhart had 25 repetitions of 225 pounds in Indianapolis but improved to 33 today.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler and pushed off his workout until March 30. Osweiler had been unable to perform at the Combine a few weeks ago due to an sprained foot suffered during ASU's bowl loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Because Osweiler was unable to throw for scouts, former ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenterwas brought in to throw to the Sun Devil receivers, including Gerell Robinson and Aaron Pflugrad.
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