It’s a very heavy SEC week on the pro-day schedule starting today as 100 scouts, coaches and general managers are expected in Baton Rouge for the LSU event. In Atlanta, pro-day is well underway at Georgia Tech. We’ll be live through the afternoon when EMU signal caller Andy Schmitt throws for scouts as he continues his return from the knee injury which knocked him out for most of the ’09 campaign. Update: LSU & Eastern Michigan
Ten teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions showed up for the Eastern Michigan pro-day, most to watch quarterback Andy Schmitt, who did not disappoint.
Schmitt, barely five months removed from the ACL surgery which ended his season in 2009, measured 6077/230lbs. He threw the ball well into a stiff wind, displaying good velocity on passes and enough accuracy to keep scouts interested. His deep throws were especially solid.
Running back Terrence Blevins, a rather intriguing prospect, also looked good and was especially solid catching the ball out of the backfield.
Unlike his performance in Indianapolis, safety Chad Jones looked terrific in drills today displaying good footwork and lateral movement skills. Sources told us Jones, “looked like a real centerfielder.”
Conerback Chris Hawkins also looked terrific in drills after running the fastest forty time of any defensive back in attendance. Like Jones, his work in position drills was much improved over his combine outing.
Harry Coelman was adequate but did not really standout in position drills while Danny McCrae looked a bit mechanical.
We earlier reported that Brandon LaFell looked to be favoring one leg. That’s because he was wrapped from the knee up after sustaining an injury during the team’s bowl game. One scout told us it was more an illusion because of the wrapping rather than LaFell actually favoring one of his limbs.
Here’s the news coming from LSU as the players are finishing up their workouts.
Running back Charles Scott ran 4.53 in the 40, much better than his combine times which were electronically timed at 4.75 and 4.72.
Cornerback Chris Hawkins, posted 40 times in the very low 4.4-second area an improved his vertical jump to 36.5 inches. Both marks much better than his combine numbers.
Keiland Williams, who did not run at the combine due to an ankle injury, stopped watches in the low 4.5-second area during the 40, with some scouts timing him as fast as 4.51 seconds.
Safety Danny McCrae has been impressive. McCray weighed 214-pounds, completed 24 reps on the bench then ran times of 4.46-seconds in the forty.
Brandon LaFell was only slightly faster today than in Indianapolis last month. Both of his 40 times hovered in the mid 4.5 seconds area (4.55). Sources told us that while LaFell has caught the ball well in drills he seems to be favoring one leg.
Safety Chad Jones also ran similar times and completed just 11 reps on the bench. We’ve heard Jones has not looked good and is slipping all over the place.
Jonathan Dwyer’s official forty time was actually 4.55 seconds. A number of people have told us he looked terrific.
Derrick Morgan completed only defensive line drills today, no linebacker drills and sources told us he looked a bit winded. The Seattle Seahawks ran the drills but the Jacksonville Jaguars also sent a large contingent to watch Morgan.
Morgan Burnett’s official numbers included 4.45 in the forty, 3.94 in the short shuttle, 6.87 in the three cone, 11-feet in the broad and 39.5 in the vert.
Among those in Atlanta for the Georgia Tech pro-day was Chicago Bear head coach Lovie Smoth and Ken Wisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals.
Jonathan Dwyer was significantly faster in the forty today compared to his times at the combine. Sources have told us he’s run as fast as 4.52 seconds today, though the “official” time is likely to be closer to 4.55 seconds.
Safety Morgan Burnett clocked his 40 times in the mid 4.4 second range, with some timing Burnett as fast as 4.42-seconds.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan stood on his solid combine numbers but is participating in position drills.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is at the Georgia Tech pro-day, wearing a boot on the left foot that was surgically repaired but for the most part moving around very well according to sources.
Much like he did at the combine running back Jonathan Dwyer looks solid in drills and is easily moving around the field.
Offensive lineman Cord Howard measured 6-foot 4.5-inches and 314 pounds. He ran 5.1-seconds in the forty, completed 25 reps on the bench and posted a 30-inch vertical jump.
Safety Morgan Burnett started the day with a 40-inch vertical jump and 11-foot broad jump.