The second week of pro-day’s starts off with LSU tomorrow then kicks into gear with Kansas State, Florida State, Maryland and the big one in Missouri on Thursday. Here’s a preview of things to come as well as the buzz still flying around from last week.
– Patrick Peterson is not scheduled to run tomorrow at LSU pro-day and will stand on his combine time. This evening he met with the top brass of the Carolina Panthers and the front office of the Denver Broncos is following him around. Peterson is still hovering around the 219lbs mark.
– Daniel Thomas will not run during the Kansas State pro-day on Tuesday as he is still hampered with hamstring woes. A date as to when Thomas will run could come as early as tomorrow and we will have it for you.
– We hear there’s a chance Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson will run again during pro-day on Wednesday. Despite a best hand time of 4.42s at the combine Wilson has run 4.39s in the past and wants to get under the 4.4s barrier.
– The news goes from bad-to-worse for cornerback Jimmy Smith of Colorado. In our Combine Post Script we mentioned the negative reviews coming in from Smith’s interviews with teams, telling readers that cornerback would fall out of round one. Now comes word that a number of teams have removed Smith from their draft boards altogether as they were so turned off by his character. At hand are issues that Smith made excuses for and would not take direct responsibility when questioned by teams and scouts in Indianapolis.
– One offensive lineman flying up draft boards is James Carpenter of Alabama. We have our reservations about the Bama lineman staying at left tackle but a number of teams disagree and Carpenter has an early second round grade from a number of teams.
– Another tackle prospect that continues to move up boards is Danny Watkins of Baylor. We reported last week that Watkins worked out privately for the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears last Thursday. This week on Thursday Watkins will be working out for the St Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. Again- as we reported immediately after the combine the Rams are specifically targeting wide receivers and interior offensive linemen with their early picks.
– The reviews from the Cam Newton pro-day workout are mixed. One thing we hear is several insiders are concerned that Newton may not be able to handle the criticism that will eventually come his way early in his NFL career. Most feel it would be in Newton’s best interest to play in a city that does not have a media with an attack dog mentality.
– Last week we mentioned Blaine Sumner, the sleeper defensive tackle/nose tackle prospect from Colorado School of Mines. Last week he completed 49 reps on the bench even though he was under the weather. On Monday he hopes to exceed 50-reps when he performs at the Air Force pro-day.