Oklahoma’s pro day features several standouts
The big story to come out of Norman, Okla., on Tuesday was Nic Harris’ continued slow times in the 40-yard dash. The 6-foot-2 and 7/8-inch safety followed up a slow time in the 40 at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine with another slow time at the University of Oklahoma’s pro day. He ran it twice — both in 4.83 seconds.
Working in Harris’ favor is that he has an amazing backpedal — it seems as if he can run the 40 backwards as fast as he can run it forward. But as Mike Mayock pointed out on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft show today, Harris might be better suited as a weakside linebacker in the NFL. He had a 4.23-second short-shuttle run and a 7.0-second three-cone drill, more in line with linebacker times. Harris did positional drills as a safety, not a linebacker.
Four offensive linemen who have NFL potential worked out in Norman. Phil Loadholt (6-7 7/8, 332 pounds), Duke Robinson (6-5 1/4, 330 pounds), Jon Cooper (6-2 1/8, 290 pounds) and Brandon Walker (6-2 7/8, 306 pounds) drew three offensive line coaches to the pro day — Detroit’s Pat Morris, Buffalo’s Sean Kugler and Miami’s Dave DeGuglielmo. Vikings head coach Brad Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman also were there.
Loadholt looked very good in his positional drills. His workout-drill numbers were as follows: 5.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash twice, a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 8-9 broad jump, a 4.77-second short shuttle, a 8.14-second three-cone drill and 26 bench-press repetitions (though it should be taken into account that it is harder for a tall player with long arms to throw up the bar).
Robinson stood on his 40 times from the combine, posted a 31 1/2-inch vertical, a 8-3 broad jump and a 5.0-second short shuttle, and put up 20 bench-press reps.
Cooper, who is a very good player despite his slender frame (for a center), ran a 5.0 flat and 5.03 in the 40, had a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump, an 8-9 broad jump, a 4.50-second short shuttle and a 7.43-second three-cone drill, and posted 32 bench-press lifts.
Walker had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-2 broad jump, and he ran a 5.18-second 40. He also had a 4.88-second short shuttle and an 8.20-second three-cone drill, and he stood on his bench-press reps from the combine.
WR Joaquin Iglesias stood on his combine numbers, but he looked very good catching the ball in positional drills.
I would like to commend Oklahoma director of sports enhancement Jerry Schmidt (known as coach Smitty) for his excellent job in organizing this highly efficient pro day. Scouts love to come to Oklahoma because the whole coaching staff is there, the facilities are great and Schmidt runs the event like clockwork. In fact, he timed things so well that the barbecue that was ordered for scouts came 30 minutes after the workout was done.
Still, there’s no doubt that every scout left five pounds heavier.
Sperry, Bell impress in position drills at Colorado State
Harvard — Six teams attended the March 6 pro day to watch 10 prospects work out indoors on FieldTurf.
* Chris Pizzotti — The quarterback measured 6-foot-5 3/8, 220 pounds. He was sick with food poisoning the week before and lost 8 pounds. He posted a 4.83 and 4.89 40-yard dash, 32.5-inch vertical, a 9-foot-2-inch broad jump, 4.37 short shuttle and a 7.01 three-cone drill. Pizzotti will work out again Thursday at Boston College.
* Desmond Bryant — The defensive lineman measured in at 6-foot-5 5/8, 288 pounds with 11.5-inch hands and 35.5-inch arms. He posted a 4.92 and 4.93 in the 40-yard dash and a 31-inch vertical. Bryant also recorded a 9-foot-10-inch broad jump, 4.45 short shuttle, 7.44 three-cone drill and 35 bench press lifts.
Colorado State — Seven NFL teams came to watch 10 prospects workout indoors on FieldTurf.
* Kory Sperry — The tight end measured 6-foot-4 5/8, 244 pounds and stood on his numbers from the combine. He worked out in position drills and really looked good.
* Gartrell Johnson — The running back measured 5-foot-10 1/2, 218 pounds. He ran a 4.67 and 4.68 in the 40-yard dash, did position drills and stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
* Kyle Bell — The running back measure 6-feet 5/8-inches, 233 pounds. He ran a 4.55 and 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. Bell posted a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-7 broad jump, a 4.26 short shuttle and 6.99 three-cone drill. He put up 20 bench press reps and really looked good catching the ball in position drills.
All 32 teams represented at Auburn Pro Day
This pro day was well organized and run well. It featured a big barbecue after it was over, so there were a lot of fat and happy scouts there.
The players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and Giants scouting director Mark Ross were among the player personnel executives in attendance. Hmmm, wonder if Alabama’s pro day taking place tomorrow had an impact on the number of teams going to Auburn today?
Here are the prospects that merit mentioning:
Sen’Derrick Marks, an underclass defensive lineman, measured in at 6-foot-1 3/8, 301 pounds. He kept his 40 time from the combine. He had a 9-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.76-second short shuttle, a 7.80-second three-cone drill and 16 bench press reps. He participated in position drills.
CB Jerraud Powers checked in at 5-9, 187 pounds. He ran a 4.43 and 4.45 in the 40, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 6.91 three-cone drill. He looked very good in the positional drills.
G Tyronne Green came in at 6-1 1/2, 305 pounds. He didn’t run the 40 due to a quad strain. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical, an 8-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.80 short shuttle and an 8.12 three-cone drill.
RB Brad Lester measured in at 5-9 1/2, 190 pounds. He ran a 4.55 and 4.52 in the 40, had a 38.5-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.36 short shuttle, a 7.06 three-cone drill and 18 bench press reps.
Return specialist Tristan Davis checked in at 5-9 3/8, 212 pounds. He had a 4.43 and 4.43 in the 40, a 31-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump, a 4.43 short shuttle, a 7.27 three-cone drill and 18 lifts in the bench press.
Panthers well represented at Arkansas Pro Day
Twelve prospects ran indoors on FieldTurf for 12 teams. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney and Panthers offensive line coach Dave Magazu were present.
Center Jonathan Luigs measured in at 6-foot-3 3/4, 300 pounds. He stood on his combine results, but did position drills.
OL Jose Valdez checked in at 6-4 5/8, 319 pounds. He ran a 5.16-second 40-yard dash, a 4.64-second short shuttle, a 7.49-second three-cone drill and 16 bench press reps. He stood on his jumps from the combine.
DL Ernest Mitchell came in at 6-1, 305 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.18 and 5.16 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical, an 8-foot, 1/2-inch broad jump, a 4.52-second short shuttle, a 7.93-second three-cone drill and 35 bench press reps.
CB Jamar Love measured in at 6-0 1/8, 191 pounds. He ran a 4.39 and a 4.35 in the 40. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.07 short shuttle, a 6.88 three-cone drill and 10 bench presses.
Interesting to note: Alex Mortensen, ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen’s son, worked out in front of not only the scouts, but also his father. He was 6-1 1/4, 222 pounds. Didn’t run because of a pulled hamstring, but he did do position drills.
Two NFL coaches attend Georgia Tech’s pro day
Georgia Tech’s pro day took place today in Atlanta, and officials from 26 NFL teams attended. That included two head coaches — the Carolina Panthers’ John Fox and the Atlanta Falcons’ Mike Smith.
The players ran outdoors on a very low FieldTurf surface, which produced faster-than-normal times.
Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson was one of the hottest names at the pro day. Johnson, who has been projected as high as a middle to late first-round pick in mock drafts, looked very good working out as a down lineman and a linebacker. He showed he could drop into coverage and play in space.
Johnson measured in at 6-foot-6 7/8 and 266 pounds, and he had 40-yard dash times of 4.61 and 4.64 seconds. He did 23 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds, and he turned in a time of 7.42 seconds in the three-cone drill. He did not participate in the vertical jump or the 20- or 60-yard shuttle.
An offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers helped work out Georgia Tech OT Andrew Gardner. The lineman, who measured 6-6 1/4 and 305 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.99 and 4.96 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical, an 8-11 broad jump, a 4.70-second 20-yard shuttle time and a 7.51-second three-cone drill time. He decided not to participate in the bench press.
Other notable Georgia Tech players who attended the combine included:
» Jahi Word-Daniels: The cornerback, who measured in at 6-0 1/8 and 191 pounds, had 40 times of 4.59 and 4.64 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical leap and a 6.83-second time in the three-cone drill, but he didn’t participate in any other drills because of a left groin problem.
» Vance Walker: The defensive tackle measured in at 6-1 5/8 and 304 pounds, but he didn’t participate in any drills because of a right hamstring injury.
» Darryl Richard: The defensive tackle, who came in at 6-2 1/2 and 297 pounds, didn’t run the 40-yard dash, but he did everything else. He had a 26-inch vertical and put up 19 reps on the bench press. He had an 8-1 broad jump and times of 8.14 seconds in the three-cone drill and 4.97 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.
» Tony Clark: The safety, who’s also being looked at for special teams, measured in at 6-0 1/2 and 207 pounds. His times in the 40 were 4.53 and 4.58 seconds, and he put up 17 reps on the bench press. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical leap and was clocked at 6.98 seconds in the three-cone drill. His times in the 20- and 60-yard shuttle drills were 4.28 and 9.10 seconds, respectively.
Montana S Anderson flashes quicks at pro day
The University of Montana held its pro day Monday, with three schools represented and 11 players participating — five from Montana, four from Montana State and two from Carroll College.
The pro day was held indoors and players ran on a rubber track, though they braved the chilly temperatures outside for the three-cone drill.
Montana, traditionally a powerhouse in what is now the Football Championship Subdivision (or FCS, formerly Division I-AA), has played in four FCS title games since 2000, winning it all in 2001. In fact, Brandon Fisher, the son of Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, plays linebacker for the Grizzlies and will be a senior next season.
One of the more impressive performers at the pro day was Montana S Colt Anderson. Anderson, who measured 5-foot-9 5/8 and 194 pounds, turned in 40-yard dash times of 4.53 and 4.56. He had a very good three-cone drill time of 6.88 seconds and posted a 4.22 time in the 20-yard shuttle on a bad surface. His vertical leap was 36 1/2 inches and his broad jump measured 10-3. He had 15 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds.
Other notables from Montana’s pro day:
» Montana G J.D. Quinn: He measured in at 6-3 1/4 and 299 pounds. He posted times of 5.26 and 5.22 in the 40. He had 19 reps on the bench press and a 27 1/2-inch vertical. He ran a 4.90 20-yard shuttle on a bad surface and an 8.09 three-cone drill, with an 8-0 broad jump.
» Montana C Colin Dow: Dow, who measured 6-5 and 305 pounds, ran 40 times of 5.23 and 5.20. He put up 22 reps on the bench press and had a 26-inch vertical leap. He ran a 4.92 20-yard shuttle on a bad surface and an 8.13 three-cone drill, with an 8-7 broad jump.
» Montana State G Louis Saucedo: He measured 6-4 3/4 and 332 pounds and did 22 reps on the bench press. Saucedo, who has been training in Atlanta, recently suffered a hamstring injury and as a result he wasn’t able to work out.
CB McCain shows off speed at Utah pro day
The University of Utah pro day was held today in Salt Lake City, with 13 players working out and 21 NFL teams represented. Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ron Meeks was among the attendees, as were defensive backfield coaches Todd Bowles of the Miami Dolphins and Clayton Lopez of the Detroit Lions and defensive line coach Dan Quinn of the Seattle Seahawks.
The pro day was held indoors on FieldTurf.
Many eyes were on CB Sean Smith and DE Paul Kruger, though Brice McCain might have stolen the show with his 40-yard dash times, which were faster than any cornerback’s time at the NFL combine.
McCain, who measured in at 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds, ran times of 4.33 and 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical and a 10-foot-3 broad jump. He looked very good in position drills, and he put up 12 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Nicholls State’s Lardarius Webb turned in the fastest time for cornerbacks at the combine at 4.46 seconds.
Smith measured in at 6-3 1/2 and 209 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 and 4.49 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical and a 9-5 broad jump. He participated in position drills but did not do any shuttle drills, save for the 60-yard shuttle.
Kruger, at 6-4 1/2 and 260 pounds, ran 40 times of 4.80 and 4.79. He had a 32-inch vertical leap and a 9-1 broad jump, and he did 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He did not participate in shuttle drills.
Among other notable players working out:
» K Louie Sakoda: Sakoda measured in at 5-8 3/4 and 174 pounds. He kicked off for interested teams but did not do any drills.
» QB Brian Johnson: Johnson, at 6-0 5/8 and 211 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.88 and 4.89 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical and an 8-6 broad jump. He ran the three-cone drill in 4.41 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 7.09 seconds.
Tulsa QB has solid pro day workout
Seventeen NFL teams sent representatives to the University of Tulsa’s Pro Day on Monday. It’s the largest contingent they’ve had for a pro day at Tulsa — mainly because most of these scouts are on their way to Oklahoma’s Pro Day on Tuesday, followed by Oklahoma State’s on Wednesday.
Nine Tulsa players and one prospect from East Central University ran outdoors on FieldTurf. With a 10-mph wind, they ran one 40-yard dash with the wind and one against it. Some of the notables:
» David Johnson, QB: At 6-foot-1 1/2 and 219 pounds, he ran the 40 in 4.93 seconds (with wind) and 4.99 (against), had a 26 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot, 10-inch long jump, and ran 4.44 in the short shuttle and 7.19 in the three-cone drill. Steelers defensive assistant Lou Spanos, a Tulsa alum, ran the position drill and said Johnson worked out pretty well.
» Roy Roberts, S: At 5-9 3/8 and 200 pounds, he ran the 40 in 4.73 and 4.83, ran 4.43 in the short shuttle and 7.41 in the three-cone drill, and had 19 reps in the bench press.
» Dominique Brooks, DB (East Central Oklahoma): At 6-1 1/2 and 204 pounds, he ran the 40 in 4.50 and 4.51, ran 4.40 in the short shuttle and 7.22 in the three-cone drill, and had six reps in the bench press.
» Tulsa WR Brennan Marion, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Conference USA Championship Game, couldn’t work out.
No big prospects, but Colorado still draws attention
Over the past 10 years, the University of Colorado football program has had 28 players drafted, earning the school a spot among the top 25 college producers of NFL talent. Which makes it all the more jarring to note that the Buffaloes might not have a single player taken in this year’s NFL Draft. They did not have any players invited to last month’s combine.
And yet, 13 NFL teams sent representatives to watch 10 players work out at Colorado’s pro day Monday morning. Players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.
Perhaps the most impressive of the group was DB Ryan Walters, whose father played QB for Colorado in the late ’80s. Walters checked in at 5-foot-11, 206 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.62 and 4.65, had a 35-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 5-inch long jump, ran 4.33 in the short shuttle, 7.01 in the three-cone drill and did 27 reps in the bench press.
Others of note:
» George Hypolite, DL: At 6-0 7/8, 299, he ran the 40 in 5.05 and 5.04, had a 32-inch vertical jump, 8-foot, 10-inch long jump, ran 4.72 in the short shuttle, 7.66 in the three-cone drill and did 32 reps in the bench press.
» Maurice Lucas, DE: At 6-3 ¾, 262, he ran the 40 in 4.88 and 4.92, had a 28-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 8-inch long jump, ran 4.77 in the short shuttle, 7.48 in the three-cone drill and did 20 reps in the bench press.
» Pat Williams, WR: At 6-1 ½, 204, he ran the 40 in 4.55 and 4.52, had a 38-inch vertical jump, 11-foot long jump, ran 4.19 in the short shuttle, and 6.93 in the three-cone drill.
Northern Alabama’s Gant posts stunning numbers
Seven players worked outdoors on FieldTurf at North Alabama’s pro day.
The headliner was WR Ed Gant. He measured in at 6-foot-1 1/2, 197 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 and 4.50 seconds, had a 32-inch vertical, a 10-3 broad jump, a 4.12 short shuttle, a 6.77 three-cone drill and put up 18 bench press reps at 225 pounds. This is the kind of player who shows so much athleticism he can be switched to defensive back if it doesn’t work out at wide receiver.
RB Mike McClendon was another notable prospect, and he checked in at 5-8 7/8, 196 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.50 seconds, had a 24-inch vertical jump, a 9-7 broad jump, a 4.68 short shuttle, a 7.54 three-cone drill and put up 22 bench press reps.
Here are notes from other recent pro days:
* Albany State: Three players worked outdoors on AstroTurf. The most notable was offensive tackle Raphael Nguti. He measured in at 6-6 1/4, 333 pounds. He ran a 5.58 and 5.50 40-yard dash, had a vertical of 26 inches, a broad jump of 7-9, a short shuttle of 4.98 seconds, a three-cone drill of 8.26 seconds and 20 bench press reps. He also has impressive reach with 34 1/8-inch arms.
* Syracuse: Eleven players worked indoors on FieldTurf. The two notables were FB Tony Fiammetta and G Ryan Durand. Fiammetta checked in at 6-0 1/4, 242 pounds. He kept his sprint times and jumps from the combines, but did post a 4.33 short shuttle and a 7.03 three-cone drill. Durand measured in at 6-4 5/8, 305 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.10 and 5.13 seconds, had a 27-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.66 short shuttle, a 7.40 three-cone drill and did 28 bench press reps.
* Florida International: Twelve teams came to watch 13 prospects work out on FieldTurf. There was a 15 mph wind. The two notables were TE Moses Hinton and S Marshall McDuffie. Moses measured in at 6-3 3/8, 258 pounds. He ran a 4.86 with wind and a 5.02 against the wind in the 40. He had a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-11 broad jump and 16 bench press reps. He pulled his groin during the workout, so he was unable to do the short shuttle or three-cone drill. McDuffie checked in at 6-0 1/2, 200 pounds. He ran a 4.64 against the wind and a 4.57 with the wind in the 40. He had a 40 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-3 broad jump, a 4.11 short shuttle, a 7.06 three-cone drill and 10 bench press reps.
* Alabama A&M: Five players worked out and ran outdoors on grass.
WR Guice demonstrates blazing speed at workout
The official Northwestern State (La.) pro day is March 19, but one scout showed up on Tuesday, so the school held an impromptu workout.
WR Dudley Guice put up some impressive numbers on the outdoor FieldTurf track. He checked in at 6-foot-2 1/2, 209 pounds and ran a 4.40- and a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. That time would have ranked him among the fastest participants at last month’s combine. He also had a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.01-second short shuttle, a 6.61-second three-cone drill and 12 bench-press reps of 225 pounds. It is also noteworthy that he has 34-inch arms — a good measurement for a wideout.
Here are other schools that held pro days this week:
* North Texas — Twelve NFL teams were represented, watching five players work out. They ran on FieldTurf in the stadium and did the jumps in the weight room. WR Casey Fitzgerald was the most notable player. He measured 5-9 5/8, 188 pounds and ran the 40 in a wind-aided 4.65 seconds, with a 4.74 time against the wind. He had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 9-10 long jump and a 7.06-second cone drill.
* Northeast Oklahoma: WR Jarrett Byers was the only player to work out, and he did so outdoors on FieldTurf. He measured 5-10 1/2, 191 pounds and ran 4.42 seconds in the 40 with the wind, and a 4.47 against the wind. He did the short shuttle in 4.09 seconds, the three-cone drill in 6.80 seconds and had 14 reps on the bench press.
* Ouachita Baptist College: The claim to fame for this Arkansas school is DB Cliff Harris. I signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1970 and he wound up being a six-time Pro Bowl selection in his 10-year career with the Cowboys. That was the last time this small school had a prospect — until now. Two teams came to see WR Julius Pruitt, who put up similarly fast times to Guice, running the 40 in 4.42 and 4.40 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-4 broad jump, a 4.36-second short shuttle and a 7.19-second three-cone drill. His shuttle and cone times were likely affected by a lack of training in those particular drills.
Henderson State’s Lou West, an offensive lineman, also worked out. He ran a 5.53 in the 40, had a 26-inch vertical, an 8-6 broad jump, a 5.06-second short shuttle, an 8.64-second cone and 26 bench-press lifts.
* Colgate: Seven teams came to watch seven players work out from four area schools. The prospects ran indoors on FieldTurf. The most intriguing prospects were:
OL Nick Hennessey came in at 6-5 3/4, 291 pounds. He ran a 5.33 and 5.25 in the 40, had a 30-inch vertical jump, a 9-4 broad jump, a 4.51 short shuttle and a 7.31 three-cone drill. He also put up 21 bench press reps. Bills offensive line coach Sean Kugler is planning to work him out next week.
RB Jordan Scott checked in at 5-9 3/4, 198 pounds. He posted times of 4.82 and 4.85 in the 40, had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle, a 7.22 three-cone drill and had 14 reps in the bench press.
OL Steve Jonas came in at 6-4, 307 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.35 seconds twice, had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump, an 8-2 broad jump, a 4.67 short shuttle, a 7.53 three-cone drill and 24 lifts in the bench press.
QB Jason Boltus from Hardwick College stood on his NFL combine numbers but did individual drills.
* Alabama-Birmingham: Ten teams attended. After the workout the school hosted a big barbecue, making all the scouts happy. The prospects ran outdoors on FieldTurf. K Swayze Waters measured in at 5-11 5/8, 178 pounds. He had a 29-inch vertical, a 9-4 broad jump and six bench-press reps. The other notable prospect, FS Will Dunbar, did not show up to the workout.
* Buffalo: Nine prospects worked out for seven teams indoors on FieldTurf. QB Drew Willy was at the NFL combine and stood on all of his times, except the short shuttle. He ran that in 4.51 seconds. He also did position drills.
Ernest Jackson, a wide receiver, checked in at 6-2 1/8, 215 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.53 seconds, had a 31-inch vertical jump, a 10-0 broad jump, a 4.54 short shuttle, a 7.44 cone drill and put up 18 bench press reps.
TCU’s Schlueter works his way into draft consideration
He entered college as a 236-pound (with his clothes wet) freshman. He left a well-chiseled 290-pound NFL prospect.
And now TCU C Blake Schlueter, who was not invited to last month’s scouting combine, might just have gotten himself into the latter rounds of April’s NFL draft with a pro-day workout on Friday morning that really opened some eyes.
The 40 scouts from all 32 teams came to see a pair of combine invites, linebacker Jason Phillips and strong safety Stephen Hodge. They left talking about Schlueter.
Schlueter (6-2 3/8, 290 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-3-inch long jump, a 4.28-second short shuttle, and a 7.42-second three-cone drill.
He reminds me of Colts C Jeff Saturday when Saturday came out of North Carolina. Same body build, although Schlueter is a little faster. A pure athlete, everything you want out of a center … except maybe size.
I don’t know if a 290-pound guy can play center in the NFL, but he was 236 when he came to TCU and still has room to grow. Probably moved into the seventh round with his performance on Friday. The guy’s a football player.
Schlueter’s an interesting fellow, too. His position coach at TCU, Eddie Williamson, told me he’s from a one-stoplight town named Ganado, Texas. Williamson remembers visiting the area — he goes to every corner of Texas to recruit — in 1999 and asked if they had anyone with D-I potential. Everyone had the same answer: no, but there’s this kid in the ninth grade you should keep your eye on and follow.
That kid was Schlueter, who ended up committing to TCU very early and kept his promise to the university even though he had multiple offers by the time he was a senior. That says a lot about him, that he would honor his word in this day and age.
Friday’s pro day at TCU was run with precision. One of the most efficient and well-organized pro days I’ve seen. I don’t even know if the Pentagon is that well organized.
C.O. Brocato, the Tennessee Titans’ national supervisor of college scouting, orchestrated the event, and it took all of 1 hour and 50 minutes. Everyone was served breakfast by TCU’s End Zone Club, and we were off and running by 8 a.m. on the FieldTurf of TCU’s beautiful new indoor facility. By the way, 10 years ago the Horned Frogs’ facilities — when LaDainian Tomlinson was there — were probably in the bottom 10 percent; now they’re in top 10 percent, and coach Gary Patterson and a generous alumni should be thanked for that.
Among those in attendance were Chargers senior executive Randy Mueller, Panthers GM Marty Hurney, Steelers special assistant Joe Greene, Broncos scouting consultant Cornell Green and Deion Sanders, who brought eight prospects from his Prime U. training program to witness how the pro-day process works.
Thirteen players worked out, but Phillips wasn’t among them. The linebacker revealed for the first time that he has a torn meniscus, an injury he believes he suffered at the combine last month.
Hodge, who measured 5-foot-11 5/8 and weighed 233 pounds, only participated in the broad jump, in which he had a leap of 10-feet, 2 inches.
Linebacker Robert Henson (6-0 1/8, 240) ran the 40 in 4.7 seconds, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-11 long jump, a 4.62-second short shuttle and a 7.38-second three-cone drill. Henson, one of Sanders’ Prime U. guys, seems to have another drill down pat, the old schmooze drill. He walked around and introduced himself to all the scouts in attendance, much to Deion’s liking.
TCU linebacker Phillips has left knee injury
LB Jason Phillips revealed at TCU’s pro day Friday morning that he has a torn meniscus in his left knee, an injury that he believes he suffered at the scouting combine last month.
Phillips, who underwent surgery on Wednesday, is expected to be on crutches for the next eight weeks and in rehabilitation for another four weeks. That takes him well beyond the draft and into minicamps, but he should be ready for training camp.
Phillips’ numbers at the combine were exceptional, so it shouldn’t affect his standing too much in the draft. In Indianapolis two weeks ago, he ran the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.69 seconds), was sixth in the broad jump (10-0) and finished eighth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.32 seconds).
Phillips is the No. 3 inside linebacker on Mike Mayock’s list of top draft prospects.
Missouri has good prospects, great atmosphere
The scouts just love going to Missouri’s pro day. They get lunch, the people are ultra friendly and it’s just a great stop. This year there are also several Tigers prospects worth watching. The offensive stars — QB Chase Daniel, TE Chase Coffman and WR Jeremy Maclin — will work out March 19, but a number of the defensive players ran drills.
One player who performed really well was S William Moore. He looked good in his positional drills and was impressive overall. He measured in at 6-foot and a 1/2-inch, 221 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.49 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.94 seconds. He also posted a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump.
Defensive tackle Evander ‘Ziggy’ Hood kept his 40 time from the combine, but did do the other drills. He ran the short shuttle in 4.45 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.32 seconds. He had 35 reps in the bench press, jumped 34 1/2 inches in the vertical and leaped 9-feet, 8-inches in the broad jump.
Defensive end Stryker Sulak kept all of his combine numbers and did position drills.
Linebacker Brock Christopher checked in at 6-1 5/8, 238 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.92 and 4.93 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.32 seconds, as well as having a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump and 20 bench press reps.
Troy’s Martin has eye-catching Pro Day workout
Sherrod Martin stole the show at Troy’s pro day. The cornerback, who was also at the combine, looked excellent in the positional drills.
He was solid in the workout drills as well, running the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.49 seconds and posting a 36.5-inch vertical jump.
Fifteen teams, and two DB coaches — Baltimore’s Mark Carrier and Miami’s David Carrao — showed up to watch the workout that took place outdoors and featured a number of players, because North Alabama and Concordia prospects were included.
Troy’s Terence Moore, who was not at the combine, also worked out and put up a 39-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.37-second short shuttle, a 7.18-second three-cone drill and 21 bench press reps.