03/14/2012 - As other prospects began the morning trying to dazzle NFL scouts at the vertical jump station, Eric Page paced alone in the background, focused on making the most of a second opportunity. Page, the University of Toledo star receiver who is bypassing his senior season to turn pro, had one objective in mind Tuesday morning at the school's pro day. The Springfield graduate wanted to improve upon his 40-yard dash from the NFL Combine and dispel any rumblings he might lack the necessary foot speed to play at the next level. He seemed to do that. Depending on whose stop watch was referenced, Page finished the drill in anywhere from 4.51 to 4.55 seconds, trumping the disappointing 4.6 he registered in Indianapolis. Results were kept private, but one NFL scout who wished to not be identified informed The Blade he timed Page at 4.5. Posting a better mark wasn't "the end all, be all," Page said, but trimming even a tenth of a second could bolster his appeal for April's draft. Representatives of roughly 20 NFL teams convened at Fetterman Training Center to get a closer peek at Page, Desmond Marrow, Kenny Stafford, and other draft-eligible players. "I think at the combine, you feel a little nervous going into it. You're out of your element," Page said. "Just coming back to pro day, our teammates are out here rooting us on and I felt a little more comfortable. ... I did real well." Page ran receiving routes and caught passes along with other position players, but he did not compete in other drills, choosing to stand firm with his combine results. - Ryan Autullo, The Toledo Blade
Positives: Has smooth acceleration and deceiving speed. Balanced and very fast with the ball in his hands. Possesses outstanding vision as a returner and is creative after the catch. Has top focus and does a nice job catching the ball in stride. Decisive runner who doesn't go down easily despite his size. Elusive, shifty and could be an impact returner.
Negatives: Doesn't look like much physically with a smallish frame and little room to get much bigger. Lacks much bulk on his body and will be outmuscled at the next level against physical defenders. Needs to be more sharp in and out of his breaks and tighten his routes. Has smaller hands and will drop some easy ones. Lacks elite speed and suddenness.