Pro Day Tracker
Latest developing news, analysis as prospects prepare for 2010 NFL Draft on April 22-24
SI.com's Tony Pauline checks in daily with news and notes about top prospects participating in pro days.
Thursday, April 1, 8:27 p.m.
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 Eric Dickerson last carried a football wearing the school colors. Most were on hand to watch fast rising prospect Emmanuel Sanders -- and the receiver did not disappoint.
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.
Linebacker Brashton Satele impressed scouts with his athleticism from the very beginning of his workout. Satele weighed 243 pounds then ran his 40 in 4.59 seconds, short shuttle in 4.08 seconds and posted a three cone time of 6.82 seconds.
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.
Offensive lineman Aaron Kia also turned in an impressive performance. Kia weighed just over 280 pounds then timed as fast as 5-flat in the 40 and posted a vertical jump of 35 inches. He was fluid and moved well in drills. Teams in need of a zone-blocking lineman could look to Kia late in the draft.
John Estes, the team's top prospect, was unable to workout after hurting his hamstring during his initial attempt in the 40-yard dash. There remains a possibility that Estes could get a workout in before the NFL Draft.
Thurs., April 1, 11:30 a.m.
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 Emmanuel Sanders, will stand on most of his combine numbers, just catching the football and running routes for the scouts in attendance.
Hawaii pro day takes place today in Carson, California. John Estes, one of the top centers in the nation, did not receive a combine invitation but he will headline the workout. Also participating is linebacker Brashton Satele, who we featured in the March 25 pro day tracker. Satele, you may remember, is awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he will receive a sixth season of eligibility. No final decision has been made yet.
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 Carl Ihenacho is one such player. He's struggled in recent workouts since returning from knee surgery that was performed late last year.
One player we failed to mention who had a solid workout during the USC pro day yesterday was cornerback Kevin Thomas. He was timed in the low 4.4's and looked terrific in drills. Scouts commented that his performance yesterday was an improvement over his combine workout.
On the other hand, the news is not as bright for UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price. The buzz is getting louder that scouts were not impressed with his performance on Tuesday. The word in scouting circles is that Price looked poorly conditioned and he struggled. There's a common opinion that Price, who many thought was a lock to be selected in the first round, could slip into the second frame. Others contend that he is a prospect who plays much better than he tests.
Wed., March 31, 5:30 p.m.
Some notes and observations from USC's pro day in Los Angeles:
Taylor Mays did not improve in the position drills after poor showings at the Senior Bowl and NFL combine. He was stiff, he practiced upright, and he looked very robotic, uneasy and off-balance while breaking to the ball. He struggled changing direction at full speed and was asked to repeat drills on a few occasions.
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 Roy Williams; an oversized college safety with poor skills in pass coverage.
Receiver Damian Williams decided against running the 40 today, but did participate in position drills and he looked terrific. He ran crisp routes and caught everything that was thrown his way. It was an improvement from his practice session at the combine.
Tight end Anthony McCoy went against the recommendation of doctors, who said he needed seven days of rest due to his tonsillitis, and participated in position drills. Like Williams, the big tight end looked terrific. He also ran good routes and displayed soft, wide receiver-like hands.
Offensive tackle Charles Brown, who only participated in the bench press and vertical jump at the combine, ran his first 40 in a time of 5.3 seconds, but hurt his left hamstring.
Defensive end Everson Griffen posted a hand time of 4.60 seconds in the 40 -- that's .05 faster than his best mark at the combine.
Underrated reserve offensive lineman Nick Howell posted a 5-flat in the 40. Howell, who played several positions on the Trojan line as a backup, is getting late-round consideration. Earlier in the day, he completed 38 reps on the bench.
Wed., March 31, 2:25 p.m.
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 Earl Thomas has been the star. First reports from Texas have the underclassman timing at 4.35 seconds in the 40, a full one-tenth better than his combine mark.
Receiver Jordan Shipley ran his 40 in the 4.54 to 4.55 seconds range, which is much better than his mark from Indianapolis. Linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy ran 4.68 to 4.75), also an improvement from the combine. Thus far, unheralded offensive lineman Charlie Tanner has turned in a terrific workout. Tanner started the day by completing 35 reps on the bench, posted a vertical jump of 36 inches, and then ran his 40 in times as fast as 5.06 seconds. His official average for the two runs will be in the range of 5.12 seconds.
Players are in the midst of position drills and, by all accounts, Sergio Kindle has looked awesome. Kindle thus far has been very quick and explosive in linebacker drills. He also successfully participated in defensive line drills.
Lamarr Houston continues to look impressive and move north on draft boards. Like Kindle, he stood on his combine times, but has been quick and fluid in position drills. He's also easily moving about the field, which is what scouts wanted to see.
South Carolina: For the most part, the top Gamecocks prospects participated in drills during this morning's workout and stood on their combine numbers.
Defensive back Darian Stewart looked terrific and came away a big winner. The big safety, considered by most to be primarily a run defender, capitalized on his solid practice session from the combine and again displayed terrific ball skills. His footwork in reverse was smooth and Stewart showed speed moving laterally. More and more, he is proving to scouts that there are many dimensions to his game.
Defensive lineman Clifton Geathers was also impressive. The 6-foot 7˝-inch prospect weighed in at 296 pounds. His arms were measured at 37 inches long. His short shuttle time was 4.73 seconds and his three cone was 7.2, the latter being a big improvement over his combine mark. Geathers also did well in position drills though his form is still a bit rough. Scouts feel he's a player with a great amount of upside. Geathers' performances at the combine and here today could cement him as a third round pick.
Wednesday, March 31, 11:30 a.m.
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 Colt McCoy will throw for scouts. Outside linebacker/defensive end Sergio Kindle and receiver Jordan Shipley stand to benefit from good showings today.
One hour later the USC Trojans kickoff their pro day in Los Angeles. Safety Taylor Mays, receiver Damian Williams and offensive tackle Charles Brown all have a lot riding on today's workout. Poor weather in the southern California area could factor hamper the workout.
As if that were not enough, top defensive prospects Eric Norwood and Clifton Geathers take to the field during South Carolina's pro day.
Tuesday, March 30, 8:23 p.m.
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.
Linebacker Kyle Bosworth was very impressive, posting a 40 time of 4.56 on what was classified as a slow surface. The time represents a one-tenth improvement from his fastest hand time at the combine. Bosworth looked very athletic in position drills.
Cornerback Alterraun Verner stood on his numbers from the combine but looked terrific in position drills. Several scouts in attendance claimed Verner's ball skills were the best of any defensive back they've witnessed this year on the pro-day circuit. Verner now ranks towards the top of the second tier of cornerbacks who'll be selected starting in Round 2.
Other solid performances were turned in by H-back Ryan Moya, who posted a 40 of 4.65 seconds. Linebacker/defensive end Korey Bosworth ran a time of 4.62 seconds, as well as 26 reps on the bench.
Tuesday, March 30, 5:50 p.m.
In Waco, Texas, ten teams showed up to watch Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox work out.
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 Dez Bryant finally held his individual workout. His results were far from spectacular and the word is that he looked ill-prepared to perform in front of scouts. His 40 times ranged from the mid 4.5-second area to as slow as 4.63 seconds. He looked out of sorts during his three cone and shuttle runs, reportedly because he forgot to bring his running cleats to the workout. Bryant was forced to wear a brand new pair of cleats that were not properly broken in and, as a result, he has done a lot of slipping and sliding during his 40 and shuttle runs. Even worse, scouts have reported that Bryant seems unmotivated and is not giving a great deal of effort. This is not going to help his draft stock, which has been in a free fall.
Wind played a factor at the South Florida pro day. Defensive end George Selvie slightly improved his times in the 40 from those he posted in the combine, running in the low-to-mid 4.9 seconds area. Receiver Carlton Mitchell made an even greater improvement. Mitchell was swift running with the wind, timing in 4.41 and 4.42 seconds while his times into the wind were a respectable. His fastest official hand time during the combine was 4.46 seconds.
Safety Nate Allen, who was hopeful of working today after sitting out the combine with a quad injury, suffered a flare-up of the muscle ailment during the broad jump and was unable run for scouts. Allen later did position drills despite the leg injury. He plans on running for scouts prior to the draft once his quad is better.
Jason Pierre-Paul and George Selvie both looked solid when running through defensive line and linebacker drills.
Tuesday, March 30, 1:15 p.m.
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 Nate Allen, a potential second-round choice who missed combine workouts with a quad injury, is participating today. Defensive end George Selvie hopes to improve from his disappointing performance in Indianapolis, while fast rising receiver Carlton Mitchell hopes to better the surprisingly good times he turned in at the combine.
Cornerback Perrish Cox, who also ran poorly at the combine then was disallowed from participating in Oklahoma State's pro-day by head coach Mike Gundy, is holding a private workout today in Waco.
Finally UCLA also has its workout this afternoon.
Monday, March 29, 7:10 p.m.
Defensive end Corey Wootton ran for scouts today during the Northwestern pro-day and turned in a reasonable workout. His times in the 40 ranged from 4.93-to-4.95 seconds. Wootton's short shuttle time was 4.28 while his three-cone time was an unofficial 7-flat, a terrific mark.
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.
Cornerback Sherrick McManis, who did not run at the combine due to injury, was again unable to perform for scouts today due to similar reasons. Northwestern officials say they hope to have a pro-day for McManis sometime in April.
Monday, March 29, 1 p.m.
Sam Bradford's pro-day ended just a few minutes ago and it is surely to be classified as a success. The Oklahoma junior, coming off shoulder surgery that cut short his 2009 season, completed everything that NFL scouts asked of him this morning in Norman.
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 Chris Brown was another standout during today's pro day event. His 40 was timed at 4.55 seconds, much better than his mark at the combine where he hurt his hamstring. His three-cone of 7.07 seconds was also a solid mark. He looked terrific in pass catching drills, too.
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.
Tight end Brody Eldridge ran well today during the OU pro day. His times in the 40 ranged between 4.70 and 4.77 seconds, which are good for the 260-pound prospect. Eldridge, who also saw time on the offensive line for the Sooners last season, is one of the better blocking tight ends in April's draft.
Utah: Scouts gathered in Utah today for a second workout by the Utes. Kao Misi completed 23 reps on the bench, a higher number than his strength coach had expected. Misi weighed in at 249 pounds. After a terrific showing at the Senior Bowl, a fine combine performance, and good pro day workouts, Misi has built momentum up the draft boards.
Stephen F. Austin: Tim Knicky is a late-round sleeper to keep an eye on. A half dozen teams were on hand this morning to watch SFA work out and Knicky was incredibly impressive. The small-school prospect measured 6-feet 4-inches and 252 pounds, posted a 33.5-inch vertical jump, and ran the 40 in times that ranged between 4.63 and 4.67 seconds. The defensive end was later put through linebacker drills and he looked outstanding.
Monday, March 29, noon
The final week of pro-day workouts starts today with a barnburner. Sam Bradford is expected to workout and throw for scouts today in Norman, Oklahoma. Several of his Sooner teammates will also be participating in the workout. Defensive lineman Corey Wootton is also working out for scouts today as he returns to full health from the knee injury he sustained more than one year ago. We'll also be monitoring the Stephen F. Austin pro-day where small school prospect Tim Knicky works out for scouts.
Notes: Lost in the excitement of Kyle Wilson's pro-day performance last week was the fact that he weighed in at 185 pounds, nine less than his combine weight when he completed 25 reps on the bench press.
South Dakota State had a dozen scouts on hand for their pro-day on Friday, in large part to watch defensive end/outside linebacker Danny Batten. Batten measured 6-feet 2-1/2-inches, weighed 244 pounds, posted a 35-inch vertical and ran the 40 in times between 4.66 and 4.72 seconds. Batten's three cone was a very swift 7.04 seconds. He previously completed 30 reps on the bench during his first pro-day workout, which took place on March 23. Batten reminds us of a better version of former Wheaton star Andy Studebaker, a sixth round draft pick in 2008 who is now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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