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.