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Risers and Fallers
Rob Rang · Chad Reuter
By Rob Rang
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The only on-field look scouts will get at prospects between now and the draft is during the 200-plus Pro Day workouts they will criss-cross the country taking in over the next six weeks. For players coming off injury, Pro Days are a critical final test. For others, especially quarterbacks and wide receivers, it's an opportunity to impress scouts in familiar surrounding while working out with teammates.
Risers and Fallers - Rob Rang -- (Updated 3/4/2009)
Rank Change Player Pos. School Summary
1. Stephen McGee QB Texas A&M Someone is going to take a late-round flier on this athletically-gifted quarterback. After running a 4.66-second 40-yard dash at the Combine, McGee was impressive at Texas A&M's March 4 Pro Day.
2. Mike Goodson RB Texas A&M Goodson posted a blistering 4.43-second 40-yard dash at his March 4 Pro Day. That was improved from the 4.54 he ran at the Scouting Combine in late February.
3. Travis Beckum TE Wisconsin Working out at what he called about 80 percent, Beckum participated at Wisconsin's Pro Day March 4 - his first on-field action for scouts since his 2008 season ended with a broken leg at Illinois. Beckum has added about 20 points and caught the ball well, although he clearly hasn't regained his full speed or vertical (which was announced generously at 41 inches).
4. Jason Williams OLB Western Illinois Williams didn't receive a Combine invitation, but 14 scouts did reportedly show up to his March 3 Pro Day, where he was clocked as fast as 4.46 second in the 40-yard dash. Only one small problem - the time came on a basketball court. But he also put up 26 reps at 225 pounds and had a 39-inch vertical jump, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
5. Jason Smith OT Baylor Smith has lept to the forefront of a strong offensive tackle class, and could challenge to be the first overall pick by Detroit. At least 15 NFL teams showed up to Smith's March 3 Pro Day. He didn't work out, choosing to stick with his Combine numbers, but did go through positional drills.
6. Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech NFL teams applaud Crabtree's decision to undergo surgery on his fractured foot now so he'll be ready to go for minicamps. But he won't be able to run for scouts before the draft, and the Seahawks signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh almost assuredly means Crabtree will fall below the No. 4 pick in the draft.
7. Jonathan Casillas OLB Wisconsin Casillas is coming off a knee injury and was not able to participate at Wisconsin's Pro Day on March 4. He won't be able to work out for scouts until April 2. After playing through the injury last season and having surgery before the team's bowl game, Casillas has to prove he's healthy going into the draft.
8. DeAndre Levy OLB Wisconsin Levy also was unable to work out March 4 after straining a hamstring during warm-ups, according to The Journal Sentinel. He did 19 reps at 225 pounds, but he also hopes to run in front of scouts April 2.
9. Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri Maclin injured his knee during positional drills at the Combine, forcing him to skip Missouri's March 5 Pro Day. However, as long as he's able to work out as expected March 19, he could still be a top 10 pick.
10. Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia Moreno and Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells, the top-rated running backs by NFLDraftScout.com, failed to run strong 40s at the Combine and now look to be jockeying for position in the second half of the first round.
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