Risers and Sliders
Within days of the completion of the NFL combine, scouts from around the league began criss-crossing the country to evaluate pro-day workouts. Throughout the month of March, players will test for NFL teams at their respective schools. Here's a look at how the first week went.
Woodson turned in a solid performance under a microscope in Lexington. He ran the 40 in 4.86 seconds and looked physically imposing. Woodson threw the ball well and was accurate with his passes. Scouts said it was obvious the Kentucky signal-caller has been working on his throwing mechanics since the Senior Bowl. He was late with a few passes, as receivers were waiting for the ball and also underthrew a number of deep passes. But overall, Woodson came away with solid grades.
The TCU safety rested on his combine times but stood out in the position drills. Scouts on-hand said Roach turned in one of the most impressive safety workouts they had ever witnessed. He is now being given consideration at cornerback, and a number of teams came away thinking this one-time middle-round choice could slide into the third round.
Hubbard significantly improved on his combine performance. He scorched the track with 40 times that clocked between 4.38 to 4.45 seconds, a full .15 faster than his runs in the RCA Dome. His vertical jump was also at least six inches better. Hubbard kept the momentum going by turning in a terrific pass-catching workout.
The Boise State junior did not participate at the combine but turned in a first-round performance at his pro day. Clady ran times of 5.20 seconds after tipping the scales at 311 pounds. His three-cone time of 7.05 seconds eclipsed that of any offensive linemen at the combine by almost a half-second. He also looked good in position drills.
Bennett stood on most of his combine times and participated in the pass-catching workout, where he looked outstanding. He caught the deep ball well and was fluid in making all the downfield receptions.
The Hoosier cornerback was considerably faster during his pro-day workout. He clocked 4.45 seconds in the RCA Dome, but some watches had Porter as fast as 4.33 seconds in Bloomington.
Vobora was yet another who improved on his combine performance. Vobora's vertical jump of 35.5 inches was 6.5 inches better than his leap at the RCA Dome. He ran his 40 in the 4.58 range, almost two-tenths faster than his combine time.
Parmele is still struggling with a hamstring injury, which slowed him at the combine (even though he ran impressively). He improved his vertical jump significantly at Toledo -- jumping 42 inches, eight better than his Indianapolis performance.
Campbell chose not to compete on the bench press, which surprised many after his poor performance at the combine (16 repetitions). He tried to better his 40 time, yet ran an uninspired 5.06 seconds.
Philips decided not to run as he and his agent,