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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ted Ginn runs a 4.38 40-yard dash

Wide receiver Ted Ginn ran three 40-yard dashes today during a private work out for NFL scouts. His best time was 4.38 seconds. During the drills he slipped on numerous pass routes and ended the workout early. This could indicate he's still having problems with his injured ankle or it could be due to the rainy conditions in Columbus, Ohio.

Ginn has seen his stock fall slightly after missing the combine and Ohio State's Pro Day due to his injury. While 4.38 is a good time, most scouts were expecting a little better number. Ginn will battle Robert Meachem, Dwayne Jarrett, and Dwayne Bowe to be the second receiver taken on draft day.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Stock Watch - Pro Day movers

Impressive Pro Day's have a number of players flying up draft boards.

At Central Michigan's Pro Day, tackle Joe Staley put up a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, a 32-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. His stock has been soaring ever since. He looks to be a first round lock and top 15 is a possibility.

Amobi Okoye, at 305 pounds, ran a 4.85 40 yard dash during his Pro Day and sees his stock continue to rise. He now could go in the top ten.

Houston running back Jackie Battle has emerged as a sleeper candidate after an excellent Pro Day. At 6-2 and 235 pounds, Battle ran a 4.42 40 yard dash, a 41-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-11 long jump, 4.11 short shuttle, 6.51 three-cone drill and 19 bench press reps. He also impressed scouts with his receiving ability.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Pro Day Results - Penn State, Tenn, Texas

Tim Shaw impressed during Penn State's pro day. Shaw ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump and a 6.68 in the three-cone drill.

Robert Meachem ran a 4.41 at Tennessee's pro day. Justin Harrell had 31 repetitions on the bench press.

Defensive backs Aaron Ross and Michael Griffin were the main attractions during the Pro Day at Texas. Griffin improved his combine 40 time with a 4.39. Bears coach Lovie Smith showed a lot of interest in Ross.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Patrick Willis runs a 4.37 40-yard dash

Linebacker Patrick Willis wowed scouts with a 4.37 40-yard dash during Mississippi's Pro Day. Willis, already a first round lock, could see his stock rise even further after this performance. He'll be given serious consideration by some teams in the top ten spots on draft day.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Darrelle Revis runs a 4.38 40

Darrelle Revis ran a 4.38 40-yard dash during Pitt's Pro Day. There had been some rumors floating around that Revis didn't have top end speed for a corner. He put those rumors to rest and has a shot to be the first corner back selected in April's draft.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Staley and Boss impress during Pro Days

Joe Staley and Kevin Boss are moving up draft boards after impressive Pro Days.

At Central Michigan's Pro Day, tackle Joe Staley put up a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, a 32-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. Amazing number for someone weighing in at 6-foot-5 and 305-pounds. One scout said it was the "best all-around workouts I've seen by a big tackle in recent years" and added "that kid (Staley) does not last past the Top-20 picks".

At Western Oregon's Pro Day tight end Kevin Boss improved his stock. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66, better than the 4.74 he ran at the combine, and lifted 225 pounds 15 times.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

LSU Pro Day - Bowe runs a 4.40 40-yard dash

Some early results from today's Pro Day at LSU -

Dwayne Bowe ran a 4.40 and 4.49 40-yard dash. His stock has been on the rise and this will only help.

Receiver Craig Davis put up times of 4.41 and 4.44 in the 40.

Jamarcus Russell ran the 40 in 4.83. He also performed position drills and threw to Bowe and Davis.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pro Day results - Oklahoma, Utah, Auburn

More Pro Day results -

Oklahoma - Adrian Peterson didn't run, but was impressive during the drills. “Adrian is a terrific talent,” Browns Phil Savage said. “He caught the ball well today and showed some versatility."

Utah - The main attraction was Eric Weddle. Weddle only participated in the broad jump, vertical jump and defensive back drills.

Auburn - Offensive lineman Ben Grubbs opened some eyes with a great showing. After a poor performance during the combine, mainly due to an illness, Grubbs was much improved during Auburn's Pro Day. He knocked two-tenths of a second off his 40 and completed 35 reps in the 225-pound bench press.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ohio State's Pro Day

Ohio State's pro day lost a lot of it's excitement when Ted Ginn announced he wasn't going to participate. Ginn's ankle still hasn't healed from the injury he suffered in the National Championship game.

Troy Smith participated in all drills. Smith ran two 40s, in 4.65 and 4.71 seconds. He also posted a 36-½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump. Smith also impressed with his arm strength during passing drills.

Running back Antonio Pittman and receiver Anthony Gonzalez did not run the 40-yard dash.

Seldom used receiver Roy Hall made the biggest impression during the day. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds he ran a 4.35 40.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Pro Day News - Rutgers, UTEP, Purdue, Arizona State

Some links to recent Pro Day news -

Rutgers - Brian Leonard stood by his combine numbers and only participated in RB drills.

Texas El Paso - Johnnie Lee Higgins ran times of 4.3 and a 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash, improving on his disappointing 4.48 at the combine.

Purdue - Anthony Spencer ran a 4.64 40-yard dash, improving on his 4.70 40 at the combine.

Arizona State - Zach Miller ran the 40 in 4.74 seconds compared to 4.87 at the combine. He also performed well during the drills.


Thursday, March 8, 2007

Florida's pro day - Nelson improves stock

According to Gil Brandt of, Reggie Nelson was impressive during Florida's Pro Day and improved his stock.

Nelson ran the 40 once in a time of 4.35 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-6 long jump, ran 4.15 in the short shuttle and 6.70 in the three-cone drill. Nelson looked very good in the drills and may well have improved his stock.

Nelson was overshadowed at the combine by Laron Landry's impressive performance, but still should be a first round pick and has a good chance of being the second safety off the board.

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Notre Dame's pro day - Quinn has good workout has posted Gil Brandt's notes from today's pro day at Notre Dame. According to Brandt, Brady Quinn looked good during passing drills showing good velocity and good anticipation. He didn't run or perform any other drills.

Rhema McKnight, who didn't run at the combine, ran his the 40-yard dash in 4.56 and 4.53.

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Saturday, March 3, 2007

Pro Day workout schedule

After the combine, most universities hold a Pro Day work out for draft eligible players. During this Pro Day, players will perform drills for scouts and NFL personal. has posted the Pro Day workout schedule. Notable workouts:

March 4th - Notre Dame
After skipping the Senior Bowl and combine, Brady Quinn finally takes the field.

March 10th - Ohio State
Ted Ginn skipped the combine workouts and all eyes will be on Columbus to see his 40 time. One thing to keep in mind when you hear Ginn's time... the track at OSU is FAST. How fast? AJ Hawk ran a 4.6 40-time at the combine last year, he ran a 4.38 at OSU's pro day. So don't be surprised when Ginn posts a 4.2 - 4.3 time. Just remember it won't be nearly as impressive as it sounds.

March 14 - LSU
Another top player who didn't take the field during the combine, JaMarcus Russell, will finally workout for scouts at LSU's pro day.

March 28 - USC
Dwayne Jarrett didn't work out at the combine. Some think it was because he was running 4.7 40-yard dash times in pre-combine workouts. He'll have four more weeks to bring his time down.

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