Rather a light pro-day schedule on Tuesday in anticipation of tomorrows full slate of workouts. Sam Bradford won’t be throwing in Norman yet we will still be following the news throughout the day. We start off with the early word from John Skelton in Fordham as well as a number of interesting notes. Update- Fordham Signal Caller Impresses
Though the Cowboys don’t workout for NFL scouts until tomorrow, their pro-day event is making all kinds of headlines today.
It was announced earlier by OSU coach Mike Gundy that cornerback Perrish Cox would not be allowed to use the facilities for tomorrows workout, followed thereafter by the announcement that Dez Bryant would not be participating in the workout tomorrow.
The reasoning for disallowing Cox to use the facilities is an extension of his Cotton Bowl suspension.
Sources have told us that Cox has set a workout date of Match 30th to perform for scouts. The workout will take place at Waco High School in Baylor.
More than two dozen teams were in Bloomington for the Hoosiers pro-day and by all accounts there was a lot of talent on the field.
Ray Fisher, a player we feel is the most underrated NFL prospect in the Big Ten, looked terrific this morning in workouts. The former receiver who moved to cornerback for the 2009 season worked out at both positions today, besides catching punts, and was solid. Unofficially people have told us his forty time clocked in the low 4.3-second area. Fisher weighed 171 pounds, posted 38-inches on the vertical jump and 10′ 2” on the broad. Ironically the pre-season national report listed him at 212-pounds with a forty time of 4.65 seconds.
Linebacker Matt Mayberry also turned a few heads. Mayberry ran in the low 4.5 second area, though some watches had him as fast as 4.48 seconds, after weighing in at 235-pounds. He completed 24 reps on the bench and posted a broad jump of 9′ 11”.
Jammie Kirlew improved slightly on his forty time from the combine running in the high 4.8 second area. He also posted a 34-inch vertical jump and 9′2” broad jump after weighing in at 261 pounds.
Left tackle Rodger Saffold just participated in position drills after his terrific combine numbers. Saffold is drawing a lot of interest lately. The Cincinnati Bengals, St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs have all been monitoring the Hoosier left tackle who could break into the second round when all is said and done.
More than a dozen scouts made their way to Weber State and two players have really stood out.
Cornerback Josh Morris timed the forty in 4.51 second, posted a vertical jump of 40-inches and a 10′7” broad. He also completed ten reps on the bench. Morris measured 5113/186lbs to start the day.
Receiver Tim Toone, known more as possession wide out, posted a time of 4.45 seconds.
Correction on Clapp- we were initially told he weighed in at 228-pound but the official number was 249-pounds. Clapp completed 22 reps on the bench and posted a broad jump of 9′6”. Sources at the workout said he looked terrific in pass catching drills and did not drop a ball.
Numbers are starting to trickle in from the Sooners pro-day in Norman. Thus far the big winner has been underrated fullback Matt Clapp.
Clapp weighed in at 249-pounds, posted a vertical jump of 35.5-inches and ran as fast as 4.57-seconds on a number of watches. His three cone was slightly over seven seconds at 7.02.
Sources have told us cornerback Dominique Franks ran in the low 4.4-second area (4.42).
Sources have told us Skelton threw the ball much better today, displaying improved accuracy on his throws compared to his performances during Shrine Week and at the combine. He threw more than 100 passes during today’s scripted workout and showed the velocity on throws scouts have come accustomed to besides much better placement on passes.
Scouts we spoke with have come away with the feeling most of Skelton’s inaccuracy problems can easily be corrected by reworking some of his fundamentals. In many instances he’s already improved on them. Two teams left the workout at Fordham today saying they have stamped the big signal caller with a third round grade. Skelton will be flying to visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins have also shown a lot of interest.
To the surprise of no one receiver Patrick Simonds put in a good workout. He ran forty times which averages 4.52 seconds, posted a broad jump of 10-feet, 2-inches and had a verticle jump of 36-inches after weighing in over 220-pounds.
Sixteen teams are on hand in the Bronx, New York, including a number of quarterback coaches like Ken Zampese of the Cincinnati Bengals, to watch John Skelton throw the football.
Also taking part in this workout is Colgate receiver Patrick Simonds who’s already completed 24 reps on the bench and posted a 10’2’’ broad jump.
The players are about to run the forty then Skelton will throw to his receivers as well as Skelton.
Two prospects at the Utah workout are still making noise based on their performance yesterday. Safety Robert Johnson’s times in the short shuttle (4.04 seconds) and three cone (6.56 seconds) were better than the times of any defensive back who participated in those events at the combine.
Several people are comparing Kao Misi’s position workout yesterday to the performance turned in by Clay Matthews one year ago. That performance helped Matthews jump into the middle of the first round. And while that may be a bit excessive for Misi, don’t discount him in the late part of the first frame. Misi already has three private workouts set up, which we will let readers know about as the dates get nearer.
Josh Morris has been one of our favorite small school corners throughout this year’s scouting process. NFL scouts told Morris yesterday he could participate in Utah workout. Morris posted a 39.5-inch vertical jump, 10’ 7’’ broad jump and completed double digits on the bench press before someone from Utah informed Morris he could no longer participate in the workout. No reason was given. Morris will be working out today at Weber State’s pro-day.
Today is the pro-day event for Indiana-Pa. Not working out will be cornerback Akwasi Owusa-Ansah who has been given the okay to participate in the Ohio State workout this Friday, March 12th.
One riser up draft boards has been Arthur Moats, the linebacker/defensive end from James Madison. So impressive was Moats combine workout that sources have told us San Francisco 49er head coach Mike Singletary has set a date to personally workout the small school prospect.
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