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  1. RS12

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    Pro day recaps: Smith’s versatility evident

    By National Football Post Mar 13, 2:40 pm EDT

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    Over the next few weeks leading to the NFL draft, the National Football Post will break down and analyze prospects’ pro days at their respective colleges. Scouts recently visited Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Utah, Tulsa and Colorado. Our scouting report:

    Alabama
    OT Andre Smith measured 6-foot-4, 325 pounds and ran his 40 in 5.28 seconds. He had a 25-inch vertical, 4.93 short shuttle and lifted 225 pounds 19 times. Although his numbers aren’t eye popping, Smith looked fluid during position drills and has some of the smoothest feet in the draft. He possesses the coordination, foot speed and power to play left tackle as well as the versatility to play right tackle or kick inside to guard.

    Photo Wilson did nothing to hurt his draft stock.
    (Dave Martin/AP Photo)

    G/C Antoine Caldwell (6-3, 310) and FS Rashad Johnson (5-11, 200) elected to sit on their numbers from the scouting combine in Indianapolis but competed in position drills. Both had impressive workouts and should be in the second/ third-round mix.

    QB John Parker Wilson also kept his numbers from the combine but went through a full passing workout. He was said to be very accurate, displayed impressive footwork and showcased a better than anticipated arm. Overall, Wilson left a strong impression in the minds of NFL scouts.

    Oklahoma
    OT Phil Loadholt (6-8, 332) looked very good during position drills and recorded a low time of 5.45 in the 40. Loadholt has clearly been working on his footwork and technique since the Senior Bowl and may have put himself in position to come off the board some time during the second round.

    OG Duke Robinson (6-5, 330) stood on his 40 time from the combine (5.27) but did run the short shuttle (4.98) and put up 20 reps on the bench. Keep in mind, Robinson has a massive arm length (34¾ inches), which makes benching much more difficult.

    C Jon Cooper (6-2, 290) is continuing to keep his weight up. He ran well (5.09 seconds), posted an impressive 32 reps on the bench and looked fluid during position drills. He is undersized, but Cooper has the athletic ability to make an impact as a zone-blocking scheme center.

    WR Juaquin Iglesias opted to stand on his numbers from the combine but did a great job during position drills. He plucks the ball away from his body as well as any wideout in the draft and may have cemented himself a spot in the second round.

    SS/OLB Nic Harris will likely be forced to make the transition to linebacker at the next level. He posted another pair of slow times in the 40 (4.83, 4.82) and simply doesn’t have the range to play in the deep half of the field at the next level. Harris is a fluid athlete with a smooth backpedal and showed well during position drills, but there’s too much of a concern about his straight-line speed.

    Auburn
    DT Sen’Derrick Marks measured 6-1 and weighed 301 pounds. He elected to keep his 40 time from the combine (5.03), however, he took part in position drills and showcased impressive burst and lateral mobility inside. Marks possesses a 34½-inch reach, which is an impressive number for his size. His combination of burst, athleticism and length make him one of the nation’s top one-gapping defensive tackles. He could sneak into the latter portions of Round 1.

    OG Tyronne Green (6-2, 305) was unable to run the 40 because of a quad strain, but he posted a 28½-inch vertical, 4.80-second short shuttle and 8.12-second three-cone drill.

    RB Brad Lester got his first chance to work out in front of scouts and measured in at 5-10, 190 pounds. He recorded a 4.52 40 time and a 38½-inch vertical and did 18 reps on the bench. Lester has fallen a long way since the start of the year, but he showcases the talent to warrant a contract after the draft.

    CB Jerraud Powers had the kind of workout he needed to generate some interest and improve his stock. The underclassman ran a 4.43 in the 40, recorded a 35-inch vertical and looked smooth and fluid in position drills.

    Georgia Tech
    DE/OLB Michael Johnson was the top player on display at the Georgia Tech pro day and he did little to disappoint. Johnson measured in at 6-7, 266 pounds and did 23 reps on the bench. He flashed impressive athleticism during position drills at both linebacker and defensive end and posted a 4.61 40 time. The tools are there, he just needs to put them all together. However, after a performance like this, I can see a team falling in love with his raw numbers and taking him in the first round.

    OT Andrew Gardner measured in at 6-6, 304 pounds and showcased impressive athleticism running a 4.94 40. He also recorded a 30½-inch vertical and 4.70-second short shuttle. Gardner is a good athlete in space and was forced to do a lot of cut blocking in the Georgia Tech triple-option offense, which should make him an ideal fit for a zone-blocking scheme.

    CB Jahi Word-Daniels had a disappointing day, running his 40 in the 4.6 range.

    Harvard
    QB Chris Pizzotti measured 6-5, 220 pounds but did not feel well during his workout. He ran a 4.83 40 but will throw at the Boston College pro day.

    Making big news was DL Desmond Bryant (6-6, 288), who recorded 35 reps on the bench. What makes that number even more impressive is that Bryant has 35 ½-inch arms. He also ran a 4.92 40 and recorded a 31-inch vertical.

    Arkansas
    C Jonathan Luigs measured in at 6-4, 300 pounds and elected to stand on all his numbers at the combine. He only took part in position drills.

    OT Jose Valdez (6-4, 315) ran an impressive 5.16 40 time but recorded just 16 reps on the bench and needs to add more strength to his overall frame.

    CB Jamar Love (6-0, 191) generated plenty of buzz by recording a 4.35 in the 40. He’s an explosive athlete who also posted a 34½-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and 4.07-second short shuttle. Love’s 40 time could go a long way toward possibly getting him drafted in April.

    Utah
    The story of the day was CB Brice McCain, who, at 5-9, 185 pounds, absolutely blistered his 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds. He posted a 36½-inch vertical, 10-3 broad jump and did 12 reps on the bench. McCain was often overlooked last season because of Utah’s talented secondary, but he’s a good corner in his own right and might have put himself in position to be a late-round pick.

    CB/FS Sean Smith measured in at 6-3½, 214 pounds and was said to look very smooth during position drills. He ran his 40 in the high 4.4 range and posted a 32-inch vertical.

    DE Paul Kruger (6-4½, 263) again ran his 40 in the 4.80 range. He also recorded a 32-inch vertical and finished with 22 reps on the bench.

    Tulsa
    QB David Johnson measured in at 6-2, 219 pounds and participated in the 40-yard dash (4.94), vertical jump (26½), broad jump (8-10), short shuttle (4.44) and the three-cone (7.19). He threw the ball well during position drills and was said to show good accuracy and zip on his underneath and intermediate passes. Johnson is a West Coast-type quarterback who has a shot at coming off the board during the latter portions of the draft.

    Colorado
    DT George Hypolite weighed in at 6-1, 299 pounds and ran his 40 in an impressive 5.04 seconds. He posted a 32-inch vertical and did 32 reps on the bench. Hypolite is trying to create some positive buzz after his stock dropped during his senior season.

    The most intriguing prospect at the Colorado pro day was DE Maurice Lucas, who ran in the high 4.8 range and only had a 28-inch vertical jump. However, the kid weighed in at 6-4, 262 pounds and flashes good burst off the edge. He’s a try-hard player who will find himself competing for a roster spot this summer.

    The National Football Post (www.nationalfootballpost.com) is a unique and premier online source of insight about all sides of football featuring professionals with experience in all facets of the NFL.
  2. RS12

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    The two guys on this list I'm intrigued by are McCain from Utah the CB and Bryant Harvard DL. Both have impressive measurables. Has anybody seen Bryant play? Is he only a workout warrior or can he play. One things sure, if he want to Harvard prolly bright without character issues.
  3. Sitting Bull

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    From NFL.com:

    Britton a popular prospect at Arizona’s pro day
    Posted: Pro Days | NFL.com Staff | Tags: Arizona, Eben Britton, Oregon State

    Arizona
    Wildcats OT Eben Britton is expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft and eight offensive line caoches showed up to watch him work out. In fact, 50 scouts overall came to Tuscon — the largest turnout ever at the school. Britton (6-6 1/2, 310 pounds) had a 28 1/2-inch vertical and did position drills. Sixteen players ran drills indoors on AstroTurf.

    Here are the other notable players who worked out:

    WR Mike Thomas (5-8 5/8, 193 pounds) had a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump and 16 bench press reps. He kept everything else from the combine.

    QB Willie Tuitama (6-2 3/8, 234) ran a 5.01 twice in the 40, had a 26-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.63 short shuttle, a 7.25 three-cone drill and threw the ball very well in position drills.

    S Nate Ness (6-0, 193 pounds) really made name for himself. Largely unknown prior to his pro day, he posted some eye-popping numbers. He ran a 4.46 and 4.49 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump, a 4.16 short shuttle, a 6.63 three-cone drill and had 17 lifts in the bench press.

    Oregon State
    Here are the notable prospects from Corvallis:

    CB Brandon Hughes (5-10 5/8, 181 pounds) had a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and kept everything else from the combine.

    CB Keenan Lewis (6-0 3/4, 191 pounds) came in 17 pounds less than what he weighed at the combine. He told people that he weighed so much more at the combine because he was given creatine at his workouts to his increase his weight. His playing weight is about 194. He ran a 4.49 and 4.51 in the 40, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.42 short short, a 6.89 three-cone drill and has 20 bench press reps.

    G Andy Levitre (6-2 3/8, 307 pounds) had a 7.67 three-cone drill and kept everything else from the combine. He did position drills.

    WR Sammie Stroughter (5-9 1/2, 185 pounds) ran a 4.45 twice in the 40 and had a 30-inch vertical. He kept everything else from the combine.

    DE Victor Butler (6-2 1/8, 239 pounds) ran a 4.72 twice in the 40, had a 33-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump and looked good in the drills

    DE/LB Slade Norris (6-2, 232 pounds) ran a 4.65 in the 40 and pulled a hamstring and was done for the day.

    – Gil Brandt
  4. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    Having watched all of the Utah games, I see McCain as more of a KR or PR myself. Locals will appreciate that he's from Terrell.
  5. Double Trouble

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    I may be wrong about him, but Loadholt has bust written all over him.
  6. 5mics

    5mics Next Year's Champions

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    I would take him, if available in the 3rd, but not w/ our 2nd rounder.
  7. RS12

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    A guy I like on Oregon St list is Victor Butler LB. Had 3 or 4 sacks vs Pitt in that 3-0 Sunbowl game.
  8. cowboysfan31

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    As a LT maybe, but at RT or inside at G I think he would be really good.

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