We are reporting live from two different locations today as crowds of scouts, coaches and general managers have gathered in Austin, Texas for the Longhorn pro-day and Los Angeles, California for the USC event. We will have real time results updated all day. Update: Final Notes from USC
Running back Joe McKnight did nothing to help his cause today. Those at the workout told us McKnight seemed uninterested throughout the session besides looking like he had not been training. It is interesting to note that his 3-cone time of 7.03 seconds was poor, especially for a pro-day.
One player we failed to mention who had a terrific day was cornerback Kevin Thomas. Thomas was timed in the low 4.4’s and looked terrific in terrific drills. Scouts commented it was an improvement over his combine performance. We presently have Thomas graded as a fourth round pick and that may be a round too late from what we are hearing.
Scouts think of all the offensive linemen who worked out today only reserve Nicholas Howell is draftable. This means both Jeff Byers and Alex Parsons are likely UDFA’s.
We hate to beat a dead horse on the Taylor Mays issue but a number of people have commented that the Trojans other safety, Will Harris, showed a better change of direction, quicker footwork and smoother hips. This is not a huge surprise to us as it’s obvious on film Harris is a better sideline-to-sideline safety compared to Mays. Harris, who was not even graded by National Scouting before the season began, presently ranks as our 29th safety. There will be a complete report on Harris posted by next week.
We were surprised Damian Williams did not run the forty today and so were a few of his teammates. According to those we heard from Williams said he was going to run the forty when the day began but later decided not to. As we stated earlier his pass catching workout was terrific.
Everson Griffen again turned in another terrific workout. So why is he not flying up draft boards as most defensive ends would? We’ve always thought Griffen’s instincts were poor but scouts are also concerned about his production, or lack thereof, at USC. As someone plainly put it to us this afternoon, Griffen, “tests like Tarzan but plays like Jane.”
Once again the issue of Brian Price and his poor workout at UCLA yesterday was the topic of conversation today at USC pro-day. Even more people feel the defensive tackle may slide out of the first round and are grading him as an early second rounder. Some have plainly said Price simply plays better than he tests.
For the second time this week a quarterback from the Big Twelve conference stepped up to the plate and hit the ball out of the ballpark. This time is was Colt McCoy’s opportunity and the Texas senior impressed all on hand with his accuracy and surprised them with his arm strength.
McCoy’s passes displayed excellent speed and velocity. His outs were on the mark as receivers were not waiting on the ball as they left their breaks. McCoy’s deep passes were spot on, and he hit pass catchers down the field in stride. Scouts and coaches on hand took note of the way McCoy was able to get the ball downfield and for the most part, did not have receivers slowing up in their routes.
He was also very effective throwing the ball on the move, hitting targets with precise accuracy.
There were a few passes that wobbled as the Longhorn senior was pressing to get extra zip on throws.
All in all is was an incredibly successful day for McCoy and those on hand believe he significantly helped his draft stock. McCoy will now move into the middle part of round two, possibly a bit earlier.
Taylor Mays did not improve in the position drills after poor showings at the Senior Bowl and combine. He was stiff, practiced upright and looked very robotic in his movements. Mays looked uneasy and off balance breaking to the ball. He struggled changing direction at full speed and was asked to repeat drills on a few occasions.
As was the case earlier this year, several scouts repeated that they think a move to linebacker is in the offing for Mays. Scouts are starting to compare Mays to former Dallas Cowboys first round pick Roy Williams; an oversized college safety with poor skills in pass coverage.
Receiver Damian Williams decided against running the forty today but did participate in position drills and looked terrific. He ran crisp routes and caught everything thrown his way. It was an improvement from his practice session at the combine.
Tight end Anthony McCoy went against the recommendation of doctors, who said he needed seven days of rest with tonsillitis, and also participated in position drills. Like Williams the big tight end looked terrific. He also ran good routes and displayed soft, receiver-like hands. We will have a lot more on the USC workout later tonight.
Forty Times from USC:
Charles Brown 5.30
Jeff Byers 5.10
Nicholas Howell 5.0
Stafon Johnson 4.59
Alex Parsons 4.95
Averell Spicer 5.05
Charles Brown 5.30
Jeff Byers 7.47
Everson Griffen 7.12
Will Harris 6.88
Nicholas Howell 7.22
Stafon Johnson 6.98
Taylor Mays 6.90
Joe McKnight 7.03
Alex Parsons 7.50
Averell Spicer 7.72
The Trojans are just now running the forty.
Offensive tackle Charles Brown, who did not run at the combine, hurt his left hamstring during his first running of the forty.
Early results has utility offensive lineman Nick Howell completing 38 reps on the bench, posting a 31.5 inch vertical jump and a 8′11” broad. Howell was never able to break into the starting line-up at USC but saw extensive action as a reserve and he’s a legitimate late round pick next April. Howell ran his first 40 in 5.05 seconds, while the second one was faster at 5.00.
Center/guard Jeff Byers completed 36 reps in the bench and posted a 8′2” broad. Byers first forty was 5.01 seconds.
As expected there’s a huge crowd in Austin for the Longhorns pro-day. It’s been described as a zoo at the facility.
They are in the midst of the position drills and by all accounts Sergio Kindle has looked awesome. Kindle stood on most of his marks from the combine but thus far has been very quick and explosive in linebacker drills. He also successfully participated in defensive line drills.
Lamarr Houston continues to look impressive and move north on draft boards. Like Kindle, he stood on his combine times but has looked quick and fluid in position drills. He’s also easily moving about the field, which is what scouts wanted to see.
The workout just started a while ago but in the early going safety Earl Thomas has been the star. First reports from Texas have the underclassman timing at 4.35 seconds in the 40, a full one-tenth better than his combine mark.
Receiver Jordan Shipley ran his 40 in times which stopped watches in the mid 4.5 (4.54/4.55) area, which is much better than his mark from Indianapolis.
Linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy ran times, which ranged in the high 4.6-area (4.68) to the mid 4.7’s (4.75). This is an improvement from the combine.
Thus far unheralded offensive lineman Charlie Tanner has turned in a terrific workout. Tanner started the day by completing 35 reps on the bench, posted a vertical jump of 36 inches then ran his 40 in times as fast as 5.06 seconds. His official average times for the two runs will be in the range of 5.12 seconds. His ten yard split was 1.72 seconds. Tanner’s short shuttle time was also a very solid 4.55 seconds.
Adam Ulatowski ran his forty in 5.53 seconds with a ten yard split of 1.78 seconds. He did not bench today.
For the most part the top Gamecock prospects participated in drills during this morning’s workout and stood on their combine numbers.
Defensive back Darian Stewart looked terrific and came away a big winner.
The big safety, considered by most primarily a run defender, capitalized on his solid practice session from the combine and again displayed terrific ball skills. His footwork in reverse was smooth and Stewart showed speed moving laterally. More and more Stewart is proving to scouts there are many dimensions to his game.
Defensive lineman Clifton Geathers was also impressive. The 6-foot, 7.5-inch prospect weighed 296 pounds and while his arms measured 37-inches long. His short shuttle time was 4.73 seconds and three cone 7.2 seconds, the latter being a big improvement over his combine mark. Geathers also did well in position drills though he’s a bit rough around the edges. Scouts feel he’s a player with a great amount of upside and a prospect whose best football lay ahead of him. Geathers performances at the combine and today could cement him as a third round pick.
Sources said Eric Norwood did not look all that sharp in drills. They noted a large number of passes that slipped through his hands during ball drills.
Scouts are in Tampa this afternoon as South Florida steps to the forefront on the pro-day schedule. Safety Nate Allen, a potential second round choice who missed combine workouts with a quad injury, is participating today. Cornerback Perrish Cox is holding a private workout for today in Waco, Texas. Finally UCLA also has their workout this afternoon. All told eight possible top 100 players will perform for NFL decision makers today. We start with a few notes. Updates: UCLA numbers
Linebacker Kyle Bosworth was very impressive, posting a 40 time of 4.56 on what was classified as a slow surface. The time represents an improvement of .1 of a second from his fastest hand time at the combine. Bosworth looked very athletic in position drills.
Cornerback Alterraun Verner stood on his numbers from the combine but looked terrific in position drills. Several scouts in attendance claimed Verner’s ball skills were the best of any defensive back they’ve witnessed this year on the pro-day circuit. Verner now ranks towards the top of the second tier of cornerbacks who’ll be selected starting in round two. Verner has already has individual workouts with the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Bucs.
Other solid performances were turned in by H-back Ryan Moya, who posted a 40 time of 4.65 seconds. Linebacker/defensive end Korey Bosworth ran a time of 4.62 seconds as well as 26 reps on the bench.
Evidently defensive lineman Brian Price did not look effective today at all. He was sloppy and looked a bit out of shape. People commented on his poor body conditioning. Some feel who could slip out of round one, an opinion we do not agree with at present time.
Other times from the workout:
Reggie Carter 4.77
Terrance Austin 4.5
Ryan Carew 4.4
Logan Paulsen 4.87
In Waco, Texas, ten teams showed up to watch Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox workout.
Cox tipped the scales at 191-pounds, four less than his combine weight. He completed 12 reps on the bench, same as his combine number. His 40 times ranged as fast as 4.45 seconds with the wind and the 4.57-second area when running into the wind. Those unofficial times represent an improvement from his combine performance. Cox posted times of 6.7 seconds in the three cone as well as 11.62 seconds in the 60 yard shuttle, both solid marks. Cox did not participate in either event at the combine. His short shuttle was 4.22 seconds. Later he looked fluid and effective in position drills with a number of scouts mentioning that Cox looks fit.
Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant finally held his individual workout right down the road from Waco. The word is Bryant looked ill prepared to perform in front of scouts. His 40 times ranged from the mid 4.5-second area to as slow as 4.63 seconds. Bryant was forced to wear a brand new pair of cleats which were not properly broken in because he reportedly forgot to bring the pair he planned to use. As a result has done a lot of slipping and sliding during his forty and shuttle runs. Scouts have reported Bryant seems unmotivated and is not giving a great deal of effort.
Safety Nate Allen, who was hopeful of working today after sitting out the combine with a quad injury, saw a flare up of the muscle ailment during the broad jump and was unable run for scouts during South Florida’s pro-day. Allen later did position drills despite the leg injury. He plans on running for scouts prior to the draft once his quad allows him to.
Jason Pierre-Paul and George Selvie both looked solid when run through defensive line and linebacker drills.
Wind played a factor at the South Florida pro-day.
Defensive end George Selvie slightly improved his forty times from the combine, running in the low-to-mid 4.9 second area.
Receiver Carlton Mitchell made an even greater improvement. Mitchell was swift running with the wind, timing in the low 4.4 second area (4.41/4.42) while his times into the wind were a respectable 4.48 seconds. Mitchell’s fastest official hand time during the combine was 4.46 seconds.
The workout is still continuing as the players are participating in position drills.
Chris DeGeare, who turned in a solid effort in position drills last week during the Wake Forest pro-day, took an official visit to meet with the offensive line starved Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. DeGeare’s ability to play several spots upfront could be in line with what the Steelers are targeting in April.
Sleeper safety prospect Jeremiah Weatherspoon of Florida International has an official visit with the Seattle Seahawks the first week of April.
Another sleeper prospect, tight end Jeff Cottam of Tennessee, is drawing interest around the league. Cottam will be working out for the Detroit Lions in three weeks while the New England Patriots have displayed a lot of interest in the king sized prospect.
The final week of pro-day workouts starts today with a barnburner. Sam Bradford is expected to workout and throw for scouts today in Norman, Oklahoma. Several of his Sooner teammates will also be participating in the workout. Defensive lineman Corey Wootton is also working out for scouts today as he returns to full health from the knee injury he sustained more than one year ago. We’ll also me monitoring the Stephen F. Austin pro-day where small school prospect Tim Knicky works out for scouts. Update: Numbers from Northwestern
Defensive end Corey Wootton ran for scouts today during the Northwestern pro-day.
His times in the 40 ranged from 4.93-to-4.95 seconds. His ten times after each forty were 1.66-seconds and 1.71-seconds respectively. Wootton’s short shuttle time was 4.28 seconds while his three cone time was an unofficial 7-seconds flat, a terrific mark. His other marks included a vertical jump of 32-inches and 9’0’’ in the broad. Wootton measured 6060/272lbs to start the day. He did not bench today and stood on his combine mark.
He was later put through defensive end and linebacker drills. The consensus is Wootto, looked smooth.
Cornerback Sherrick McManis, who did not run at the combine due to injury, was again unable to perform for scouts as sources told us he tweaked something last week. Northwestern officials say they hope to have a pro-day for McManis sometime in April.
Sooner running back Chris Brown was another standout during today’s pro day event. His 40 was timed at 4.55 seconds, much better than his combine mark where he hurt his hamstring. His three cone of 7.07 seconds was also a solid mark. Afterwards Brown looked terrific in pass catching drills.
Earlier Brown told us he was not surprised by the workout Sam Bradford turned in. Said Brown, “Sam was here working with us last week, getting our timing down, and he was throwing the ball incredibly well in practice.”
Tight end/offensive lineman Brody Eldridge ran well today during the OU pro-day. His forty times ranged between 4.70-to-4.77 seconds. His broad jump was 9’4’’.
Sam Bradford’s pro-day ended just a few minutes ago and it will be classified as a success.
Bradford was accurate from start to finish, nicely placing the ball in receiver’s hands. He threw several beautiful strikes downfield, hitting receivers in stride some forty yards from the line of scrimmage. His deep outs, the money throw for any quarterback in these workouts, were also on the mark.
Bradford also displayed good footwork when asked to move outside the pocket then make the throw in motion and was accurate when throwing in motion.
Early on receivers were waiting a bit for the pass to arrive, likely a timing issue as Bradford becomes more accustomed to setting up in the pocket from underneath center. Bradford did not display a rifle arm but showed enough strength to make all the throws.
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Tim Knicky is a late round sleeper to keep an eye on. Half a dozen teams were on hand this morning to watch his workout and Knicky was incredibly impressive. He measured 6041/252lbs, posted a 33.5 inch vertical jump and 9’8’’ broad jump. Knicky then ran the forty in times that ranged between 4.63-to-4.67 seconds. The college defensive end was put through linebacker drills and looked outstanding. Last week Knicky ran the three cone in a time of 6.91-seconds but was unable to rerun today as he tweaked his hamstring. He also completed 17 reps on the bench.
Scouts gathered in Utah today for another workout by the Utes. Offensive lineman Zane Beadles, who has still not run the forty due to a hamstring problem, has put off running until the beginning of April as the situation continues to hamper him.
Kao Misi completed 23 reps on the bench, a number better than his strength coach had expected. Misi weighed in at 249-pounds.