The final pro day on the official schedule was a long one, as almost 40 players participated in the Hawaii workout. In Dallas, 20 teams showed up for SMU's workout.
The turnout of scouts, coaches and NFL decision-makers to the SMU campus on Thursday was the largest since
Sanders stood on his combine marks but ran routes and caught all types of passes for scouts. Forty balls were thrown to Sanders during the workout and he caught all but two.
Barely registering on scout's radar before the 2009 season, Sanders could be a top 100 selection at the NFL Draft later this month.
Hawaii's pro day was highlighted by a prospect waiting for the NCAA to decide his future.
The NCAA is to decide by the middle of April whether or not they will grant Satele a sixth year of eligibility. If his request is denied, Satele will make himself available for the draft. Today he made his case to be a middle-round pick.
The official pro day schedule reaches a conclusion today after three full weeks of workouts, and that's no April Fools joke.
Many scouts who were at the Texas workout yesterday will travel to Dallas for SMU's pro day. The Mustangs' top prospect, receiver
Hawaii pro day takes place today in Carson, California.
The Hawaii workout will also allow players who live in the Los Angeles but attend other colleges another chance to work out in front of scouts. San Jose State defensive lineman
One player we failed to mention who had a solid workout during the USC pro day yesterday was cornerback
On the other hand, the news is not as bright for UCLA defensive tackle
Some notes and observations from USC's pro day in Los Angeles:
As was the case earlier this year, several scouts said they think a move to linebacker is in the offing for Mays. Scouts in general are starting to compare him to former Dallas Cowboys first round pick
Underrated reserve offensive lineman
As expected, there's a huge crowd in Austin for the Texas Longhorns pro day. Thirty NFL teams have at least on scout on hand.
The workout just started a while ago but in the early going, safety
Players are in the midst of position drills and, by all accounts,
Just two more pro-day events left on the official schedule and today is a big one. As many as 12 players who are likely to be selected during the initial three rounds of the draft are expected to perform for scouts today.Later this morning in Austin, almost one dozen draft eligible Longhorns will be working out for NFL scouts. For the first time since injuring his shoulder in the national title game
One hour later the USC Trojans kickoff their pro day in Los Angeles. Safety
As if that were not enough, top defensive prospects
There was a big turnout in Westwood this afternoon for the UCLA pro day, the first of three consecutive West Coast workouts on the calendar.
Other solid performances were turned in by H-back
In Waco, Texas, ten teams showed up to watch Oklahoma State cornerback
Cox tipped the scales at 191 pounds, four less than his combine weight. His 40-yard times ranged as fast as 4.45 seconds with the wind and around 4.57 when running into the wind. Those unofficial times represent an improvement from his combine performance. Cox posted times of 6.7 seconds in the three cone as well as 11.62 in the 60-yard shuttle, both solid marks. He did not participate in either event at the combine. He was fluid and effective in position drills with a number of scouts mentioning that Cox looks fit.
Not far from Waco, Oklahoma State receiver
Wind played a factor at the South Florida pro day. Defensive end
One day after Sam Bradford's terrific workout there are three big events on the schedule this afternoon.
Scouts are in Tampa as South Florida steps to the forefront . Safety
Finally UCLA also has its workout this afternoon.
He was later put through defensive end and linebacker drills. The consensus is Wootton, who measured 6-feet, 6-inches and 272 pounds to start the day, looked smooth on the field.
Projected as a top-10 pick through much of his college career, Wootton suffered a serious knee injury during the 2008 Alamo Bowl and never fully regained his dominant form last season. He is getting a lot of attention as a two-gap end in a 3-4 alignment and presently grades as a second round pick. Wootton could end up being a steal in the draft if he gets his game back on track.
From the get-go, Bradford seemed loose and was joking around while warming up. Yet once his passing workout commenced, he was all business. He was accurate from start to finish, placing passes into receivers' hands. He rarely had his passcatchers getting vertical or reaching back to grab the ball. Bradford threw several beautiful strikes downfield, hitting receivers in stride some 40 yards from the line of scrimmage an drawing applause from the people on hand. His deep outs, the money throw for any quarterback in these workouts, were also on the mark. Bradford put plenty of air under the ball and let receivers easily run to the pass.
Bradford also displayed good footwork when asked to move outside the pocket and then make the throw in motion. He was accurate and lost little on passes while throwing on the move. He also looked natural when simulating looking off defensive backs from the pocket.
Early on, receivers were waiting a bit for his pass to arrive, likely a timing issue as Bradford becomes more accustomed to setting up in the pocket from underneath center, rather than taking the majority of his snaps from the shotgun, as he did at Oklahoma.
Bradford did not display a rifle arm, yet he showed enough strength to make all the throws.
Will this workout be enough to make him the first pick of the draft? At the very least, the skills Bradford displayed today give the St Louis Rams more justification if they grab the signal caller at the top of round one.
Sooner running back
Earlier, Brown told us he was not surprised by the workout Bradford turned in this morning. "Sam was here working with us last week, getting the timing down, and he was throwing the ball incredibly well in practice," he said.
The final week of pro-day workouts starts today with a barnburner.
South Dakota State had a dozen scouts on hand for their pro-day on Friday, in large part to watch defensive end/outside linebacker
Almost twenty teams were on hand as junior tight end
Gronkowski ran his 40s in 4.66 and 4.65 seconds. Only one tight end that projects in the draft's first two rounds,
There has been much speculation about the health of Gronkowski's back after he participated only in the bench press at the combine, and then passed up Arizona's pro-day workout on March 12. Gronkowski missed the entire 2009 season after he was forced to undergo surgery for a back injury.
Last Thursday Gronkowski denied reports coming from the NFL Network that he was suffering from spinal stenosis, a potentially career-threatening condition. Left tackle
Gronkowski's 40 times confirm he is a legitimate deep threat at the tight end position, something he showed throughout the 2008 season.
Early reports from Boise State have
The top prospects for the Demon Deacons, including cornerback
Underrated defensive lineman
The times, they are a-changin'.
In the past, the Miami Hurricanes' pro day was always one to circle on the calendar. It was usually held the Friday following the completion of the combine and many scouts flew straight from Indianapolis to Miami for the event. Then again, those were the days when the Hurricanes placed five and six players into the draft's first round.
Today's pro day was poorly attended for obvious reasons. The Hurricanes, who had just a single player drafted last April, are likely to have just three selected next month.
The main attraction on Friday's pro-day slate is Boise State, where cornerback
In a rare Saturday pro day, junior tight end
Meanwhile, the times at Mississippi State were fast this morning as the top two prospects from the program improved from their combine performances.
Half a dozen teams were on hand to watch
Rain forced the cancellation of position drills, though it won't matter much as Lane performed well during defensive line and linebacker drills at the combine. He's an intriguing prospect and scouts feel he has a great amount of upside. The middle part of round two is a distinct possibility for the small school defender.
East Carolina, UNLV and Mississippi State highlight a day in which fast-rising defensive end
Foot surgery prevented receiver
Graded as a potential late-round choice before the season began, Satele was sidelined all of 2009 while recovering from shoulder surgery. He hopes to return to Hawaii for the 2010 season and has applied for a sixth year of eligibility. Assuming the NCAA does not give Satele a definitive answer by March 31, the talented linebacker will participate in Hawaii's pro-day event, which takes place in Carson, Calif. the next day. Satele is allowed to workout for NFL scouts, yet could return to play for Hawaii next season if he is declared eligible by the NCAA and does not sign with an agent.
His recent marks in training have been as good as any linebacker that participated in the combine. The 250-pound Satele has been running times of 4.55 seconds in the 40, 6.6 seconds in the three cone and has posted a best of 37.5-inches in the vertical jump.
Several NFL prospects stood out during the UConn pro-day Wednesday, beginning with defensive back
In Nevada, defensive back
The events started early this morning at Central Michigan's pro day, which got underway at 8.
Opinions are mixed on the throwing workout of quarterback
A four year starter at Central Michigan, Anderson left the school ranked second in career receptions (290), first in receiving yards (3648) and first in touchdown receptions (28). He moves towards April as a legitimate fourth receiver on the NFL level and a possible later round selection.
Just a few workouts highlight today's schedule. Defensive end
One week ago Monday, during Georgia Tech's pro-day, we noted receiver
After a stunning performance in the 40 and three-cone sprint,
For the speedy skill player from Ole Miss, it was the end to a trifecta of standout performances since January. After a terrific week of practice at the Senior Bowl, McCluster displayed great football skill at the combine and topped it off with a huge dose of athleticism today. He now moves towards the draft as a second-round choice and is heading into the middle part of the frame.
• Several scouts have mentioned how terrific Notre Dame's
As mentioned earlier quarterback,
Mullins weighed in at 319 pounds then ran 40 times which hovered around 4.9, with some watches reading 4.87 seconds. He completed 35 reps on the bench, which was another solid mark. Mullins was terrific in position drills, displaying a lot of quickness and ease of movement.
The big defensive lineman is getting consideration at nose tackle and as a three technique lineman, thanks to the athleticism he showed today. His pro-day workout could help move Mullins into the draft's initial 75 selections.
• Iowa State offensive lineman
• By all accounts it was a very successful day for Ole Miss QB
The times at the Mississippi pro day have been fast today, even though it's being performed on slippery field turf. Thus far no one has stood out more than
The multi-purpose skill player ran 40 times which hovered in the low 4.4s. Some scouts had McCluster as fast as 4.39 seconds. His three-cone time was also swift at 6.59. McCluster's 40 time represents an improvement of .15 seconds over his combine mark. He did stand on his combine results in the vertical jump, broad jump and short shuttle.
The Rebels are preparing to complete the workout by participating in position drills. We will have the bottom line on
Tuesday's pro-day schedule is highlighted by a number of top programs as players from Notre Dame, Mississippi and North Carolina will work out for NFL scouts and coaches.
• We noted during the combine that Duke defensive tackle
Oghobaase significantly improved his numbers during Monday's pro day. He ran the 40 in a time under 5.25 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.58. The latter is comparable to the time
More than two dozen NFL teams were on hand to watch several Iowa Hawkeyes workout Monday afternoon, and the highest-rated prospects did not disappoint those who made the trip.
Junior offensive tackle
During the Duke pro day, scouts came away impressed with linebacker
Several teams have been showing a lot of interest in the multi-versatile Rey, who was productive at middle linebacker and on the weak side for Duke.
The pro-day week starts off with a light schedule Monday. We'll be watching Iowa, where cornerback
The schedule heats up Tuesday as Notre Dame, Mississippi and North Carolina take the field. Arizona State, Boise State and Central Michigan also have pro-day workouts this week.
Cleaning up a few tidbits from late last week:
• During the San Jose State workout on Friday, receiver
• During the Virginia workout, 240-pound lead blocker
After a full slate of pro days earlier this week, the pace slowed Friday as just a few schools performed workouts for NFL scouts. Players not invited to the combine got an opportunity to shine, while several who were in Indianapolis improved on their performances.
• Missouri State tight end
• Tulane receiver
• Vanderbilt DE
• Middle Tennessee's
In Oregon, the wait was worth it for
The workout at Virginia Tech is finished and junior defender
Meanwhile at Temple,
The times at Florida State were fast today. Cornerback
In Virginia, nearly a dozen scouts and coaches were on hand to watch defensive lineman
Today's workouts will center on the state of Virginia, as both the Cavaliers and Hokies perform for NFL scouts.
One prospect to watch is defensive lineman
Virginia Tech also has a few players not invited to Indianapolis who feel they have a score to settle, primarily offensive guard
Out west, Stanford holds it's pro day, though the word is running back
The Oregon Ducks have their second pro day in a week, with running back
During the mayhem of yesterday's pro day updates, we failed to mention one of the better performances in the nation. Michigan State receiver
A long pro-day schedule has finally come to a close and with it comes the mention of some fine performances at Illinois.
Tennessee's top prospects chose not to participate in today's workout as both DT
• At Fresno State, running back
Mathews' teammate, receiver
Some of the pro-day workouts around the nation, such as Fresno State and Illinois, are still going on.
The position drills have been completed at Florida's pro day.
Scouts are walking away from the workout with a better feeling about
The pass catchers put on a show today.
• Only two Gators participated in linebacker drills:
Doe was quicker, showed better footwork and lateral range. Spikes, on the other hand, practiced with an upright stance and seemed mechanical. His official 40 time is likely to be a little faster than we first reported.
• Scouts in Gainesville have told us they are likely to take .05 seconds off each time run today because of the field conditions. The grass was still a little damp from rain, and the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where the players ran, is not a completely flat surface as they must allow for drainage. When the players ran the second 40 it was moved to a different area of the field to allow for better traction.
The Gators participating in today's pro day have already completed their jumps and bench press. They are presently running the 40 and the early indications are not good for
The celebration of St Patrick's Day takes a back seat to today's pro-day workouts for NFL scouts. The headliner takes place in Gainesville, where
While most in Gainesville will focus on Tebow, Florida's pro day is also important for cornerback
Spikes, who chose not to run in Indianapolis, must post a good 40 time or he will fall into the middle of round two. Scouts have questioned his foot speed all season long and recent word in the scouting community is Spikes has not been diligent about his workouts during the offseason.
The field where the workout will take place is wet from rain, so both players will be at a disadvantage.
Two Gator defenders who won't be working out are defensive end
• In Illinois, another highly considered player won't be taking the field.
• Fresno State running back
At Pittsburgh, cornerback
The Panthers other talented tight end,
• At Bowling Green,
Scouts lined the field in Athens for the Georgia pro day and most of them came away very impressed with the effort put in by the draft eligible Bulldogs.
Scouts said Owens tore it up during drills and has solidified himself as a top 100 choice.
By all accounts, Curran transferred that speed and athleticism onto the field during drills, as he looked terrific in pass coverage and quickly moved from sideline-to-sideline. An NFL team looking for a one-gap linebacker may look to Curran in round three.
• Barry Church raised eyebrows during Toledo's pro day this morning.
The big defensive back weighed 220 pounds, four less than the combine, and ran 40 times which clocked right around the 4.6 range, almost one-tenth faster than his time from Indianapolis. Scouts are torn whether Church projects to outside linebacker or safety in the NFL. He was successful at both spots in college and the athleticism Church displayed this morning will give coaches even more confidence in his abilities.
It is rare for NFL scouts to travel in large numbers to Bowling Green State for a pro day, but that's exactly what's happening. They will be on hand to watch the workout of record-setting receiver
Many are concerned about his speed and quickness so a good athletic workout this afternoon is important for Barnes.
• The Georgia Bulldogs will also be performing for NFL decision makers today in Athens. Junior linebacker
• Monday, afternoon almost a dozen teams traveled to Ypsilanti, Mich., for pro day at Eastern Michigan. Just about all were on hand to watch quarterback
Despite being just five months removed from surgery, Schmitt threw well for scouts Monday. He measured 6-4, 230, threw into a strong wind but displayed a solid arm and was accurate with his deep throws. Schmitt is someone to keep on the radar screen in the very late rounds of next month's draft.
Several LSU Tigers drew rave reviews today after their pro-day workout.
Though he did not run well, safety
For the most part, the 40 times at LSU have been fast this afternoon as a number of players have improved their combine marks. Several sleeper prospects who were not invited to the combine have also impressed scouts.
Of the players not invited to the combine, safety
Others have not fared as well.
The pro-day schedule this week has a decidedly SEC flavor as scouts will be traveling to Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt over the next five days. One of the largest crowds will be on hand in Baton Rouge today as almost 20 LSU seniors will be working out.
It will be an opportunity for two highly considered prospects, receiver
• Another interested group of NFL decision-makers and scouts will be in Atlanta as the Georgia Tech pro day is also on today's schedule.
Scouts also hope to get an update on the progress of receiver
More than two dozen scouts and coaches were on hand for the TCU pro-day and the players they came to see did not disappoint.
During position drills, Washington wowed scouts with his skills in pass coverage. Many on hand felt his footwork was as good as most of the defensive backs they've worked out to date. Finally, scouts were impressed by his physique, and the consensus is that Washington should be able to add an additional 10 pounds to his frame and not lose speed. He has cemented himself as a top 50 choice.
Next week is an important one on the pro-day schedule. Several SEC schools are on the docket including LSU on Monday with Georgia on Tuesday, then
• As reported earlier, Arizona tight end
Arizona defensive tackle
Brown measured just under 6-foot and weighed 212 pounds. His 40 times ranged in the mid-4.4 area while his three cone was an impressive 6.61. Brown's other marks were terrific and included 23 reps on the bench and a vertical jump of 35 inches. Brown, who was moved from his natural position of safety to linebacker last season, led the Wolverines with 80 tackles as a senior and was a top special teams player. He'll be a late-round steal based on his 2008 film, when Brown played in the secondary.
• Getting back to the Ohio State workout from earlier today. The accolades continue to pile up for
Ohio State senior
Small school cornerback
The Ohio State, Michigan, Arizona, TCU and Oregon State pro days are just some of the headliners on today's schedule.
• In Columbus expect some fast times on what is historically a fast track used by the Buckeyes during their workout. Today is very important for a pair of Ohio State seniors who did not run the 40 at the combine.
• During his media appearance at the combine, Arizona tight end
• Late Thursday afternoon in Moscow, Idaho, more than a dozen teams traveled to watch offensive linemen
• UAB receiver
Webb started the day weighing 223 pounds, then completed 21 reps on the bench press. He posted a vertical jump of 42.5 inches then a broad jump of 11 feet, 5½ inches. Webb's 40 times were surprisingly fast, clocking under 4.5, with some watches reading 4.43. His three-cone time of 6.55 and short-shuttle mark of 3.91 represent some of the fastest marks of any receiver who participated in the combine. Webb has now entered the conversation as a top 100 pick with the combination of receiver skills he displayed at the Senior Bowl and athleticism shown at his pro day.
• In Lincoln, scouts came by the dozens to watch
• Bad weather in South Carolina hampered the Clemson pro day as the position drills had to be cut short due to a driving rain. Many of Clemson's top NFL prospects, including
• Southern Illinois record-setting running back
Today is a big day on the pro-day schedule as NFL scouts and coaches will be spread out to watch prospects at Clemson, Nebraska, Boston College, Northwestern as well as another half-dozen universities.
Pro days have been going strong for more than a week and thus far it has been the players that were snubbed by the combine who have stood out. To wit:
• On Monday, Utah safety
• Tuesday saw Oklahoma fullback
• Wednesday, it was
The Cincinnati defensive lineman turned in a monster workout, running times in the low 4.5 area after measuring 6-foot-2, 265 pounds. Daniels other marks included a vertical jump of 36.5 inches, 31 reps on the bench press and a three cone time of 7.08 seconds. He is drawing comparisons to former Bearcat
Ironically, like Barwin, scouts have mixed opinions on where to play Daniels at the next level. Like his former teammate a year ago, Daniels completed drills at defensive line, linebacker and tight end.