Sunday, February 25, 2007

Combine Day 2 Notes

The story of the week so far has got to be the best showing why they're the best. Three of my top 4 have worked out, and all have helped themselves considerably. Calvin Johnson clocked a 4.35 today, and Adrian Peterson ran a 4.40. Joe Thomas worked out yesterday and looked like the biggest, most athletic OL out there. He also ran a 4.92. Hopefully all these big names running isn't just a fluke. If you've got nothing to hide, why would you not show your stuff in front of every scout/GM/coach in the NFL?

Wide receivers ran some great times overall, and a couple lesser known players (Laurent Robinson, Jonathan Holland, Yamon Figurs, Mike Walker) all helped themselves out a lot. Figurs ran a 4.3 flat, the fastest time yet, which should sneak him into the 1st day as a KR/slot WR. Holland looked very smooth, athletic and showed good hands. Mike Walker, a former DB, and Laurent Robinson each ran sub-4.4's. All three of those players should get looks later on day 2.

Brian Leonard has said all along that he wants to play RB in the NFL, and he definitely got closer to that goal today. He helped himself at the Senior Bowl, and then ran a 4.5 today. He also posted 28 reps of 225, exactly as many as Joe Thomas.

Jared Zabransky ran a pair of times around 4.5, then tied the fastest time posted by WRs and RBs, at 4.08 in the short shuttle. Teams will likely take a look at him as a WR, but I think he has the tools to play quarterback in the NFL.

It was not a very good day overall for college QB's trying to make position changes. Syvelle Newton, who played some WR and DB at South Carolina, ran an unofficial 4.68, and didn't show natural hands in the gauntlet drill. Reggie Ball ran a couple of times around 4.8, and didn't look real smooth in other drills, either. Paul Thompson, who I have listed as a WR, worked out with the quarterbacks, ran a 4.67. That won't help his chances of playing WR, but he looked pretty good in passing drills and may get a late round look as a developmental type of QB, especially with this year's lack of 3rd-tier QB's.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At the University Nebraska at Omaha pro day the kid's name was "DeSpain" not Spann.
It was scout error.