Sources have reported to us this evening that Cameron Heyward underwent surgery on his elbow for an injury which he sustained during the year.  The recovery from the surgery could be a lengthy one according to the source.  We will continue to check out and update the story.  Updated 1-22

Additional sources in Columbus have confirmed our breaking story that Heyward underwent surgery on his injured elbow.  Further, several of his former Buckeye teammates have confirmed the news. We were told initially that it could be up to three months before Heyward will be able to workout, though we’ve yet to receive additional confirmation on that timetable. We reached out to Heyward’s reps yesterday but were unable to connect to them.  More as it comes in.

The first of two big pre-draft scouting All Star events begin this week in Orlando as players gather for the traditional East-West Shrine Game. As TFY did last year, here are the results of the West practice with additional draft impacting news which follows. UPDATE- Wednesday practice

According to sources Matt Szczur (wide receiver, Villanova) told people earlier today he was chosen baseball over football and will play in the major leagues,  not the NFL. Allegedly, the Chicago Cubs tripled their offer to Szczur to $1.5 million.  The Cubs has been moving their offer north from the original contract offer of $400K.  Sources said a contingent from the ball club made the latest offer after visiting with Szczur in the past few days.

JC Brignone OL Mississippi State

Tues: Quick, explosive and blocks with solid fundamentals yet got pushed off the ball by larger defensive linemen.

Wed: Much of the same, though he did hold the point a little better.  Brignone is short and able to naturally get leverage on opponents, which he uses to his advantage.  He’s also very effective in motion.

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Cortez Allen DB Citadel

Tues: Looked terrific in drills, very fluid and smooth yet did not translate those skills into production during one-on-one drills or in scrimmage.

Wed: Again- good in drills but struggled some in scrimmage.  Made a few nice plays but also resorted to holding opposing receivers and would have been flagged during a game.

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Dan Bailey PK Oklahoma State

Tues: Solid kick-off leg.  Booted the ball into the opposing end-zone.

Wed:

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Brandon Bair DL Oregon

Tues: Looked dominant all afternoon to the point that he was being double teamed late in the session.  Showed quickness, athleticism and technique with his hands.

Wed: Not as dominant as yesterday yet still very good.  Showed a lot of athleticism and much better pass rushing skills today.

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Joseph Barksdale OL LSU

Tues: Like what we saw from Barksdale at left tackle today.  Fundamentally sound and cut off the edge in one-on-one drills.  Struggled on the right side.

Wed: Really another solid day and comes out of the past two days as a big winner.  Just did a terrific job all afternoon in pass protection.  Fundamentally sound, uses his hands extremely well and very strong.  Improved his draft stock significantly.

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Nicholas Bellore LB Central Michigan

Tues: Tough, two down defender that struggled making plays outside the box.

Wed: Made some nice plays in the box but struggled in one-on-one coverage drills when he was asked to cover any amount of area.

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Armon Binns WR Cincinnati

Tues: Ran good routes, worked to get separation and usually did.  Also caught the ball well with his hands.  Just shows no quickness or speed in his game.

Wed: Made several nice receptions in the afternoon and battled hard for the ball. Speed and quickness limitations will suppress his draft grade.

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Jordan Cameron TE USC

Tues: Made a lot of athletic plays today.  Fluid getting off the line and caught the ball exceptionally well.

Wed: Looked polished as a pass catcher, easily getting off the line then running good routes.  Caught the ball extremely well.

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Chris Carter LB Fresno State

Tues: Lined up solely at both outside  linebacker spots in the West 4-3 alignment and struggled.  Was late reacting to the action and beaten a number of times.

Wed: Struggled again at linebacker, looking very slow reacting to the action. Used at defensive end for a few snaps in one-on-one drills and was solid.  Terrific job in pass rushing drills against the RB/FB.

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David Carter DL UCLA

Tues: Looked really solid.  Very athletic and beat opponents off the ball a number of times.

Wed: Dominant day.  Very athletic but also flashed power.  Was constantly doubled during the scrimmage.

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Patrick DiMarco FB South Carolina

Tues: Was devastating as a lead blocker, at one point removing Dontay Moch from the action on a running play.  Also caught the ball well.

Wed: Another terrific performance.  Hands down the best blocker on the West squad and again showed good hands catching the ball out of the backfield.

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Ricky Elmore DL Arizona

Tues: Struggled and was handled most of the day.

Wed: Had his moments rushing the passer but pretty quiet for the most part.

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Nathan Enderle QB Idaho

Tues: Has a big time arm but no accuracy whatsoever.  Almost knocked a bystander unconscious at one point with one of his wayward outs.  Big time NFL physical skills though.

Wed: Through the ball a little better but still wild with his passes and all over the place.  Strongest arm of all the QB’s in this game as the ball explodes out of his hands.

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Adam Grant OL Arizona

Tues: Struggled all day and was often beat.  Stiff and does not move well.  On his behalf we were told he is sick.

Wed: Significant improvement.  Looked much better and handled a few of the better guys (Bair/Carter) in drills.  Spoke with him afterward and he confirmed he’s getting over the flu and has been taking IV’s for hydration.

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Alex Green RB Hawaii

Tues: Solid interior ball carrier that was able to pick and choose his spots yet was easily tackled at the point.  Caught the ball well.

Wed: Showed a lot of shiftiness in his ball carrying.

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Virgil Green II TE Nevada

Tues: Natural pass catcher who gave effort blocking.

Wed: Another good day catching the ball.  Shows the ability to sneak it downfield on occasion.

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Andrew Jackson OL Fresno State

Tues: Showed minimal strength at the point and was destroyed by Bair a number of times.

Wed: Big improvement for Jackson.  Effectively got leverage on defenders then controlled them at the point.  Solid outing for the lineman.

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Ben Jacobs LB Fresno State

Tues:

Wed: Two down defender who struggled making plays outside the box.

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Jeron Johnson DB Boise State

Tues: Looked stiff and struggled in drills as well as scrimmage.  We were told he is having issues with his hamstring.

Wed: Another disappointing day.  Was often beat in coverage during scrimmage and in drills.  Did not perform as we expected.

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Jerrod Johnson QB Texas A&M

Tues: Not good- Johnson will make one super throw followed by a dozen duds.  He’s all over the place with his passes and missed several wide open receivers due to his wild accuracy.  Also struggled under the rush.  The belief is the shoulder surgery Johnson underwent during the season my still be affecting him..

Wed: Threw the ball a little better yet still wild on his throws for the most part.

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Shiloh Keo DB Idaho

Tues: We were surprised by the ball skills and footwork Keo showed in drill.  Primarily used at strong safety and made a nice pick late in the session.

Wed: Looks like a conventional strong safety or zone safety.  Cannot cover man to man or really go sideline-to-sideline.

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Karl Klug DL Iowa

Tues: Struggled getting off blocks but worked hard.  One scout went on and on about what a tremendous person and high character, hard worker Klug is.

Wed: Made one nice play in drills but for the most part once blocked, stayed blocked.

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Ted Laurent DL Mississippi

Tues: Showed a lot of straight-ahead, bull rushing power but it ended there.  No moves whatsoever and struggled against fundamentally sound blockers.

Wed: Nothing in the way of playmaking skills.  Really a space eater that occupies blocks.

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Orie Lemon LB Oklahoma State

Tues: Made a few nice plays against the run.  Good job making defensive calls.

Wed: Worked throughout the session.  Solid run defender also very effective up the field.

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Laupepa Letuli OL Hawaii

Tues: Strong, small area blocker used at right tackle today.  Probably better off at guard.  Very jovial during practice and seemed to lack a mean streak.

Wed: Buried a number of opponents all day long.  Really a very good and powerful small area blocker.

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Korey Lindsey DB Southern Illinois

Tues: Really terrific from the get-go.  Terrific mechanics, smooth and fluid all the way (backpedal/hip turn).  Made a lot of positive plays in one-on-one and in drills, breaking up several passes.  Good burst out of his plant and explosive.

Wed: Not as good as yesterday but still solid.  Leaves with improved grade and a chance to get one of the remaining combine invites.

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Alex Linnenkohl OL Oregon State

Tues: Did a real good job as a position blocker today and was applauded by coaches several times.  Not big or dominant but tough and smart.

Wed: Another good day with similar results.

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Jeffrey Maehl WR Oregon

Tues: Did drop one pass today- but only one.  Otherwise made some incredible grabs and ran terrific routes.  Worked hard and was a favorite target all afternoon.

Wed: A lot to like about his game.  Not a burner but is exceptionally quick off the line, runs terrific routes and made the acrobatic receptions look routine.

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Dontay Moch LB Nevada

Tues: Solid day.  Lined up solely at weak side/strong side linebacker and did not look out of place.  Must learn to do a better job shedding blocks and got torched by Jordan Cameron for a long reception but for the most part looks like the light is on.

Wed: Improved and starting to look like he belongs at a conventional outside linebacker spot.  Still struggling in coverage but not awful.

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Michael Mohamed LB California

Tues: Used at outside linebacker and did not look comfortable.

Wed: Had a tough day at outside linebacker and constantly trailed all the tight ends in coverage drills, giving up a lot of receptions.

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OJ Murdock WR Ft. Hays State

Tues: Really looked good.  Super quick, ran great routes and caught the ball well.  Showed a downfield burst.  Not large and did struggle in battles.

Wed: Not as good as yesterday.  One thing we realized about Murdock; he’s going to have trouble handling the jam at the next level.

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Matthew O’Donnell OL Queens, Ontario

Tues: Canadian lineman from Ontario.  Huge and by far the biggest blocker here.  Marginal athlete with limited foot quickness but gave effort and controlled opponents once he got his hands on them.

Wed:

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Cheta Ozougwu DL Rice

Tues: Plays with good fundamentals, breaks down well and very quick.  Fast off the edge but not strong and easily controlled by blocks.  Used solely at defensive end today and we think a move to OLB in a 3-4 is in the offing.

Wed: Looked really solid as a pass rusher today.  Not going to beat any blocks yet does not give up on plays, which is a benefit.

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Anthony Parker WR Calgary

Tues:

Wed: Ran good routes, contorts like a pretzel and worked hard.

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Andrew Rich DB BYU

Tues: Did a solid job and was better than expected in a number of areas.

Wed: Struggled in coverage and was beaten numerous times.  Straight line safety.

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Aldrick Robinson WR Southern Methodist University

Tues: Caught the ball well and very quick.  Struggles in crowds.

Wed: Showed a lot of speed and made some nice downfield receptions.  Has the ability to turn it on in a single step.

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Caleb Schlauderaff OL Utah

Tues: Best offensive linemen from the West this afternoon.  Constantly got leverage on opponents and was beaten just once in one-on-one drills.

Wed: Struggled today and was beat on a number of occasions.

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Da’rel Scott RB Maryland

Tues:

Wed: Had the play of the day when he caught a pass and broke it 70+ yards.  For the most part lacks quickness and does not play with good balance.

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Justin Taplin-Ross DB Utah

Tues: Looks like a man-child in the secondary but a little stiff.  Looked better in scrimmage than he did in the drills.

Wed: Used strictly in the box and struggled.  Poor ball skills and did not make plays even when he had positioning on opponents.

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Vai Taua RB Nevada

Tues: Ran well on the inside, picking and choosing his spots to get through the clearing.  Has a much thinner build than we expected.

Wed: Showed no strength at all in his running and was stopped dead in his tracks a number of times.

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Julius Thomas TE Portland State

Tues: Looks the part and sometimes plays to it.  Made some nice receptions in the open but needs a lot of work on his game.  Struggled handling blocking assignments or getting off jams and often on the ground.

Wed: Starting to improve and really put the pieces together.  Raw but you can see something is there and has a lot of upside.

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Brandyn Thompson DB Boise State

Tues: Really looked good.  Quick pedal, smooth in his hips and made a number of really good pass defenses today.

Wed: Terrific and by far the best and most complete defensive back on the West. Terrific mechanics and top ball skills.  Broke-up a number of passes and came away with a pick, never getting beaten.

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Scott Tolzien QB Wisconsin

Tues: Best signal caller on the West, in part because Enderle and Johnson were so bad.  Accurate in the short and intermediate field.  Made good decisions.  Still throws with a ¾ delivery and cannot get the ball downfield.

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Winston Venable LB Boise State

Tues: Made a few nice plays against the run today.

Wed: Showed skill in coverage- or better said, solid sideline-to-sideline range.  Needs work but has an upside.

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Darrin Walls DB Notre Dame

Tues: Looked great in drills, possibly the best on the West, but failed to show up in one-on-ones and in scrimmage.  Gives a very soft cushion and let up a number of receptions.  Disappointing in a word.

Wed: Finally put the pieces into play and had several nice moments in scrimmage.  He can stay on the hip of a receiver then follow them out of breaks, which is a tough thing todo.

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Ryan Whalen WR Stanford

Tues: Made a number of acrobatic receptions all afternoon, diving around the field and catching the ball.  Worked hard but no speed.

Wed: Made some sensational catches all day.  Fought hard for the ball and showed great concentration.  Also made the catch of the day after a deep pass which was a sure interception for Korey Lindsey bounced off the Southern Illinois corners hands.  Whalen stayed with the action and made the catch.  Edit- with apologies to Korey Lindsey, we had dinner with Whalen this evening and Ryan corrected us- it was not Lindsey who dropped the sure interception it was Cortez Allen of The Citadel.

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Nate Williams DB Washington

Tues: Displayed a good degree of athleticism on the field and was effective on the run.

Wed: Again, athletic and quick but struggled in coverage and looks like a downhill type of DB.

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Zachary Williams OL Washington State

Tues: Struggled all day.  Missed a snap and more than a few blocks.

Wed: Another tough day.  Had another center/quarterback exchange hit the ground.  Also got ragdolled in the middle more than once.

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Ryan Winterswke DL Boise State

Tues:

Wed: Not much of anything.  Could not get off a block in drills and unsuccessfully attempted to speed rush around lineman.  Lined up at defensive tackle during scrimmage.

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Notes

– Sources have told us part of the problem for Scott Tolzien is the Wisconsin quarterback is just not a confident kid.  Working and changing his mechanics have not helped the issue.  Tolzien has been recently working with former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington.

-Remember Tony Washington, the talented offensive tackle prospect from Abilene Christian whose off the field issues were well documented leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft?  Not a single NFL team went near Washington, but several CFL teams have allegedly shown a lot of interest in the athletic pass blocker.  We are told Canadian authorities are holding up the works at this point.

– Finally, the quote of the day.  When someone mentioned that Marvin Austin looked in shape and ready to go during his dominant performance this morning, someone quipped, “Wearing a single digit jersey in college probably made him look fatter than he is!”  Something to think about.

The first of two big pre-draft scouting All Star events begin this week in Orlando as players gather for the traditional East-West Shrine Game.  As TFY did last year, here are the results of the East practice with additional draft impacting news which follows.  Updated:  Wednesday East Practice…more on Szczur…JJ Watt highly praised…more!

David Arkin            OL Missouri State

Tues: Had his moments.  Held up Marvin Austin when he got leverage but also got rag-dolled at times.

Wed:

Marvin Austin DL North Carolina

Tues: Started slow but really picked it up.  Showed a lot of power, quickness and explosion.  Rarely got held up off the line.

Wed: Again, started off dominant and was unstoppable.  Beat opponents with power, quickness and speed.  They resorted to double teaming and holding him in scrimmage.  Did wear down a bit late but definitely on the rise.

Ryan Bartholomew OL Syracuse

Tues: Moves well yet got smoked on a number of plays and on the ground too much.

Wed: Played slightly better and looked effective in motion yet showed limited strength at the point.

Bryant Browning OL Ohio State

Tues: Awful technician; narrow base and does not sink his butt which adversely effected his run blocking ability.  Moved well and solid in pass protection.

Wed: Struggled again.  Did a fine job in pass protection but was beaten numerous times in drills and ineffective run blocking.

Mario Butler        DB Georgia Tech

Tues: Looked good in drills.  Fluid and smooth.  Also made some nice plays facing the action.

Wed: Went backwards today.  Often beaten drills and a non-factor in scrimmage.

Wes Byrum K Auburn

Tues: Kick-offs were not good.

Wed: Much better today.  Got his kick-offs into the opposing end-zone on a number of occasions.

Delone Carter RB Syracuse

Tues: Some shiftiness and a nice burst.  Willingly took it up the middle.

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Graig Cooper RB Miami

Tues: Looked good.  Quick footed and very shifty.  Nice creativity on the inside.  Not wearing a knee brace.

Wed: Solid day.  Showed a lot of shiftiness and displayed a terrific burst through the hole.  Beat defenders to the point before they could get a hand on him.

Akem Dent LB Georgia

Tues:

Wed: Rather non-descript.  Showed ability in the box but struggles getting outside tackle.

Patrick Devlin QB Delaware

Tues: Really struggled to throw the ball.  Passes float and wobble.  Did not look good.

Wed: Another poor result.  Rarely throws tight spirals.  Accuracy downfield is not good.  

Ricky Dobbs QB Navy

Tues:

Wed: Made several nice throws throughout the day.

Charles Gantt TE Michigan State

Tues: Really looked dominant as a blocker.  Jumped offside part of the day but still looked

good.

Wed: Another solid day as a blocker and made a terrific catch in traffic during scrimmage.

Eric Gordon DB Michigan State

Tues: Listed at strong safety.

Wed: Played weak-side linebacker and stood out in coverage.  Made numerous nice plays out to the flanks and never lost his assigned pass catcher.

Christian Hairston OL Clemson

Tues: Average day.  Big guy but not as dominant as you’d think.

Wed: Bends his knees and blocks with leverage.  Did well in pass protection.  Average run blocker.  Really lacks the nasty attitude and does not work to finish.

Jermale Hines DB Ohio State

Tues: Looked best moving up the field.  Slow and mechanical in his peddle.

Wed:Lack of quickness compared to the other DB’s was obvious.  Struggled in man coverage drills, rarely getting his head around to locate the ball and constantly face-guarding.

Douglas Hogue LB Syracuse

Tues:

Wed: Disappointing.  Very athletic yet displayed marginal instincts and too easily caught up in the wash.

Randall Hunt OL Illinois

Tues: Violent blocker that controls opponents once he gets his hands on them.  Then again got beaten bad on a number of occasions when opponents got the first step on him and he had to adjust.  Slightly stiff.

Wed: Very powerful and easily controlled defenders once he got his hands on them.  At one point annihilated Olong Ogbu but struggles if any lineman gets a step on him.

Lestar Jean WR Florida Atlantic

Tues: Tall target.  Gets off the line quickly.  Lost out battling Justin Rogers of Richmond.

Wed: Again, very quick and shows a mild burst.  Goes up and fights for the ball, extending to make the reception away from his frame.  All too often lost out in battles he should win or drops some catchable throws.

Brian Lainhart DB Kent State

Tues: Just looks slow and as though he’s forcing the issue in drills.  Nothing to make us not believe he’s just a straight line safety.

Wed: Struggled all day in coverage situations.  Nothing to make us rethink our opinion that he’s a one-dimensional, straight line defender.

Scott Lutrus LB Connecticut

Tues: Showed a lot of athleticism on the field.

Wed: Looked good.  Played smart, tough football.  Made several nice plays in scrimmage and displayed solid instincts.


Gregory Lloyd II LB Connecticut

Tues: Mentally gets it but lacks quickness and agility.

Wed: Tough and effective inside the box.  Strong against the run but shows no skills scraping laterally or playing outside the tackles.

Terrell McClain DL USF

Tues: Really had a solid day.  Explosive off the snap and great all around quickness.  Not the strongest yet held his own.

Wed: Another good day.  His first step quickness/lower body power combination gave blockers fits all morning.  Slightly short, which makes it easy for big linemen to block down on him.

Josh McNary LB Army

Tues: Looked athletic and forceful.  Made a number of nice plays.

Wed: Did not make many plays yet breaks down well and shows good fundamentals.

Bruce Miller DL UCF

Tues: Solely played defensive end.  Fast off the edge and showed some quickness yet cannot get off blocks.  Really goes hard.

Wed: Took a step back from yesterday.

Jonathan Nelson DB Oklahoma

Tues: Made a nice pick then came back and got beaten badly trying to defend the run (DeLone Carter?).

Wed: Physical and fights hard but looks stiff and lacks quickness.  Displayed marginal ball skills in coverage drills.

Olong Ogbu DL Penn State

Tues: Fires off the snap with a tremendous first step which gave him an advantage over the poor o-linemen of the East.  Fought hard and was not dominated.

Wed: Again- first step defender that struggles getting off blocks.  Went hard all day.

Martin Parker DL Richmond

Tues: Impressive.  Looked quick, athletic and better than average strength. Won out a number of times in one-on-one drills and more than held his own.

Wed: Not as impressive as yesterday but still solid.  Shows a lot of athleticism and went hard all day.  Well spoken young man.

Jah Reid OL UCF

Tues: Big, monstrous right tackle that flashed.  Struggled to adjust but showed some skills.

Wed: Slightly better than yesterday.  Good job bending his knees for such a tall lineman.  Works hands well.  Strictly a strong-side blocker.

Justin Rogers DB Richmond

Tues: Looked good all the way around.  Quick feet, nice burst and fast.  Made a nice break-up against Cecil Shorts in scrimmage.

Wed: Sensational day.  Showed great foot quickness, smooth hips and a burst out of his plant.  Broke up a number of passes all day and really battled hard, coming out victorious more times than not. 

Brian Rolle LB Ohio State

Tues: Made a few nice plays but constantly swallowed by blocks.

Wed: Displayed a lot of athleticism, instincts and skill in coverage.

Evan Royster RB Penn State

Tues: Just a one cut runner yet a very good one-cut runner.

Wed: Solid but not great day.  Caught the ball well.

Anthony Sherman FB Connecticut

Tues: Displayed deceptive speed and on a number of occasions was able to turn the corner carrying the ball.  Blue collar blocker.

Wed: Threw a number of devastating blocks today.  Worked hard and a tough football player.

Cecil Shorts WR Mt. Union

Tues: Ran decent routes.  Made a nice grab on an out with a defender draped on him.  Still leaves his feet unnecessarily at times.

Wed: Did not look good.  Battled but dropped several passes or lost out in battles.

David Sims DB Iowa State

Tues:

Wed: Looks the part and gives effort but stiff.  Really best facing the action.

Greg Smith TE Texas

Tues: Slightly disappointed.  Looked off balance and struggled finishing blocks.

Wed: Better day overall.

Mike Smith OL Nebraska

Tues: Played left tackle and wasn’t awful  Controlled opponents once he gets his hands on them.

Wed: We keep questioning his ability at left tackle, and he keeps proving us wrong.  Not incredibly athletic yet uses all his assets to their maximum.

Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech

Tues: Threw the ball reasonably well but he’s short.  Strains to see over the offensive linemen.

Wed: Had a few nice passes but has has done nothing to make anyone believe he is anything other than a late rounder.

Josh Thomas DB Buffalo

Tues: Slightly disappointing in that we thought his foot quickness and backpedal would be better.

Wed: Another bad day.  Shows minimal quickness and was beaten downfield by Terrence Turner.

Terrence Toliver WR LSU

Tues: Did a good job blocking.

Wed: Had one bad drop, yet  overall looked terrific.  Caught the ball well with his hands.  Physical and beat down defenders.  Stood out compared to all the East receivers.

Justin Trattou DL Florida

Tues: Gave more than we thought; better athlete, pass rusher, etc.

Wed: Showed some speed as a pass rusher but little in the way of moves or ability to shed blocks.

Terrence Turner WR Indiana

Tues:

Wed: Lacks any quickness or speed.   Can’t get off the line and shows no burst.  To his credit, he continues to work hard.

Demarcus Van Dyke DB Miami

Tues: Looked great mechanically in drills.  Flamingo thin legs.

Wed: Again- looked sensational in drills.  Also, physically beat down receivers in drills and scrimmage.  Played heads up football as well, though he does a bit of face guarding.

Kyle Adams TE Purdue

Tues: Worked his blocks.  Technically sound.

Wed: Made several nice catches throughout the session.  Well spoken young man.  Wants to succeed.

Beau Warren OL Virginia Tech

Tues: Quick and got leverage on opponents yet also manhandled by Austin and McClain at times.

Wed:

William Rackley OL Lehigh

Tues: Played right tackle and struggled.  Looked very passive and did too much catching defenders.  Better off at guard.

Wed: Much better day.  Fundamentally superior to any lineman on the East.  Really bends his knees well.  Showed skill in motion.  Still feel he won’t be a right tackle.

Kenny Rowe DL Oregon

Tues: Flashed playmaking skill.  Tall, angular lineman.

Wed: Threw one of the best moves of the day when he spun off Hairston and got into the backfield.  Drew a rise from scouts.  Looks relatively athletic.

Notes:

Wednesday

– More on Matt Szczur.  Evidently the $1.5million figure was the magic number for Szczur to choose the Chicago Cubs over the NFL and he let it be known.  Chicago was not so quick to bump its original offer up to that number.  The clincher came Tuesday when the Cubs sent a contingent of people to Florida Atlantic University, where Szczur was training under the guidance of TEST Football Academy in preparation for the Senior Bowl and combine.  After being wowed by Szczur’s workout, the team finally relented to the $1.5million figure.  Sources have told us Szczur is now headed back to Villanova and will work with the school’s baseball team.

– We spoke at length with Michigan State tight end Charlie Gannt.  Considering the depth of talent on the defensive line position available in April’s draft and how much of it is coming from the Big Ten, one of the question i asked him was, “who was the toughest guy to block in the Big Ten?” Without hesitation Gannt replied JJ Watt of Wisconsin.  We spoke about his athleticism, explosion and motor.

Marvin Austin said he’s not been invited to play in the Senior Bowl as of yet.

– Troy State receiver Jernel Jernigan allegedly suffered an injury in training and sources have told us he’s pulled out of the Senior Bowl.  His replacement is Terrence Tolliver of LSU.

– While the New York Jets continue to prepare for the AFC title game they are also preparing for the future.  The plan for next season is to use second round choice Vladimir Ducasse at the right tackle position.  The Jets brought in former All Pro lineman Will Shields to work with the rookie.

– A lead scout from the Cleveland Browns told us last night he expects the team to revert to a 4-3 alignment on defense next season.  The scout was also confident nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin would have no issues moving to a traditional tackle position and Cleveland would have no issues re-signing the soon to be free agent.

Tuesday

Dontay Moch is listed at outside linebacker for the West and weighed in under 230-pounds yesterday.

– Word is Patrick Peterson is going to lay down a huge workout at the combine with Chris Johnson type speed.  Peterson is in Florida working with Sam Madison on his defensive back skills.

Greg Romeus of Pittsburgh is continuing to rehab his surgically repaired knee and is on schedule to workout/run before the draft.  Romeus is expected to go to the combine for the medical test and will workout somewhere around April 15th.  People here in Orlando speak highly of the defensive end’s character.

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