March 28, 2005
NLScouting.com: News and Notes
BY: John Murphy
*In just about three weeks of covering Pro Day events throughout the country, since the Combine, our staff has compiled nearly 460 results, including almost 330 in just the last week of updates, not including the ones that appear in today's report.
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"A NOLAN AT THE HELM... IT'S LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN"...
There will be no Forrest Blue's (Auburn, OL)available when this Coach (Mike) Nolan makes his initial first round selection, as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers... his father, Dick, grabbed the then standout center from Auburn with the #15 pick of the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft... there will also be no waiting for Henry Johnson, as the former Nolan did in his first draft with the 49ers, as Johnson was taken in the 12th round (#315) and hailed from the ever-popular quarterback factory Fisk University in Tennessee... John Brodie (1968-1973) was a strong-arm Pac-10 (Stanford) signal caller who led the San Francisco 49ers back into contention in the old NFC West under the guidance of then head coach Dick Nolan... so by potentially adding California junior quarterback AARON RODGERS with the #1 overall selection, the 49ers will hope they can duplicate those results several generations later... other players that are being considered are Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards and Utah quarterback Alex Smith, but expect the 49ers to have a deal in place before they announce their choice on April 23rd.
PRO DAY SCHEDULE NEWS FOR THIS WEEK:
UT-ARLINGTON (March 28th) some of the players that have notified our staff that they will be in attendance for today's workout at UT-Arlington include TCU senior cornerback MARK WALKER... STEPHEN F. AUSTIN senior linebacker JEREMY DAVIS and running back/return man DEREK FARMER.
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE (March 28th) will be holding another Pro Day today, as senior quarterback MIKE ABATE, who impressed scouts with his arm strength and workout numbers last week, will be available for a full workout once again. According to most accounts he outperformed Yale senior signal caller Alvin Cowan at the team's most recent Pro Day.
Former FLORIDA STATE (March 29th) quarterback ADRIAN MCPHERSON will be holding a private workout at Southeast High School in Bradenton, starting at 11AM... it will also feature FLORIDA A&M wide receiver ROD MILLER... both players will be available for full workouts.
UT-CHATTANOOGA (March 29th) will be holding their Pro Day on Tuesday, March 29th at 1PM, as team's are making their way back to Tennessee for March 30th, senior wide receiver ALONZO NIX will be available for a full workout, as he ran between 4.52 and 4.56 in the 40 last week on a wet grass surface at a local area high school before Southern Mississippi's Pro Day... Chattanooga/McKenzie Arena 720 E. 4th St... please contact his agent for more information... the school's contact person is Scott Brincks...
TOLEDO (March 29th) will be holding a Pro Day on Tuesday, March 29th, that will feature senior defensive end PHIL ALEXANDER (#98) and senior wide receiver/return man LANCE MOORE.
LSU (March 31st) will be holding its second Pro Day, which will feature senior defensive lineman MARCUS SPEARS, senior cornerback COREY WEBSTER and senior offensive lineman BEN WILKERSON... former tight end DEMETRI ROBINSON (#88, 6023, 247)... will be available to workout for scout/coaches prior to that event, starting at 10:00AM inside the LSU Complex... please contact his agent for more information.
AKRON (April 1st) will be holding a private workout day for senior quarterback CHARLIE FRYE... it will also feature one of the school's top senior prospects from last year, wide receiver NICK SPARKS (who himself is a former QB)... the two will be joined by another WR and RB/FB, so that Frye can complete a full positional workout for scouts/coaches.
MIDWESTERN STATE, TX (April 1st) will be holding a Pro Day on April 1st at 3PM, which will follow TCU's second Pro Day... senior offensive lineman AMARIAH FARROW (#72) will be in attendance, as he has not been able to schedule a prior Pro Day to workout for scouts, who had too many other events on the calender... he is 6050, 330 pounds... has recently been timed at 5.21/5.23 in the 40... 21-23 reps of 225 pounds... opened holes for RB Kay-Jay Harris (West Virginia) at the JC level, while the two played at Garden City CC, KS... upon initial review (two tapes) he was able to handle most pass rushers at his level... over-extends at times... but good feet for his size... shows some power as a run blocker; pulled a lot from his right tackle spot... needs some conditioning and upper body strength... staff says he has not allowed a sack the past three years... was recruited as both a football/basketball player to Central Florida out of high school... our staff will be receiving additional game film, East Central and West Texas A&M, on him over the next few days.
VIRGINIA (April 14th) senior defensive lineman CHRIS CANTY will hold a private workout on April 14th in Charlotte, NC... please contact his agent for more information.
COLORADO STATE held their Pro Day on March 24th, but the conditions outside were cold/snow... and several of their top prospects did not workout because of the conditions/medical reasons... senior offensive lineman ERIK PEARS... senior defensive lineman PATRICK GOODPASTER and senior tight end JOEL DREESSEN would be available to work out sometime in April... please contact their agents or our staff to help identify an ideal date/time to schedule this workout.
EAST CENTRAL, OK senior defensive end/linebacker JUSTIN BROWN (#93) has been unable to schedule or get cleared for a Pro Day, as of today... his most recent attempt was denied, as the rules prevented him from scheduling an event at nearby Cameron University, since he is from Ada, OK... weighs 6020, 260 pounds... has been timed between 4.55 and 4.60 in the 40... played mostly LDE in college, but has some experience at OLB... 32 tackles for loss and 27 sacks in his career... had 72 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, as a senior... please contact his agent if you can schedule a time/place for him to work out over the next few weeks.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE senior cornerback DANNY TOLBERT is available to workout for scouts between now and the draft... he recently posted impressive numbers at his Pro Day... ran between 4.40 and 4.45 in the 40... 4.23 short shuttle... 33" vertical... 9'3"/10'2" broad jump and also did 16 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5100, 190 pounds.
NW MISSOURI STATE senior kicker LUIS BERLANGA will be available for private workouts between now (March 28th) and April 1st on-campus in Missouri... he has private workouts already scheduled for March 30th and 31st... please contact his agent for more information.
SW MISSOURI STATE senior wide receiver/return man STEVE RUSH is currently 100% (knee) and ready to run for scouts/coaches upon request, as teams were unable to schedule a representative for him to run last week, please contact his agent for more information.
PRO DAY UPDATES (Through March 28th):
MAINE (March 26th) senior defensive end MARCUS WALTON (#99) ran between 4.52 and 4.55 in the 40... 31" vertical... 9'5" broad jump and also did 18 reps of 225 pounds... weighs 6020, 245 pounds... did only DL drills at his Pro Day, but might be worth a look doing some LB drills due to his size, and background of being a former HS running back... played at between 252-255 pounds at times in college... has been invited to a private workout with the NY Giants next month.
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE (March 25th) senior quarterback MIKE ABATE (#7) ran between 4.71 and 4.75 in the 40... 4.43 short shuttle... 7.59 three-cone... 32" vertical... 9'1" broad jump... weighed in at 6020, 233 pounds... he's a former minor league baseball prospect that returned to football a few years ago... big, strong-armed kid... showed impressive arm strength during his workout... senior linebacker SARTH BENOIT (#44) ran between 4.61 and 4.70 in the 40... 35.5" vertical... 9'11" broad jump and also did 28 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6014, 253 pounds... some teams are evaluating him as an inside guy, while others like his potential as a pass rusher from the outside... he has a private workout with Cleveland (today) and also has private visits with San Diego (3rd) and St. Louis (14th) next month... a total of 5-6 teams were in attendance for this workout, while 8-9 other teams had come into the school earlier last week (Tuesday).
YALE (March 25th) senior tight end/H-Back RALPH PLUMB (#21) ran between 4.72 and 4.76 in the 40... 33" vertical... 9'4" broad jump and also did 20 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6032, 251 pounds... played most of last season between 220-225 pounds... has worked out twice in the past few weeks... he was a wide receiver in college who set or broke many of the receiving records set by Eric Johnson (San Francisco)... has a private workout setup with Philadelphia for later this week.
LAMBUTH, TN (March 25th) senior offensive tackle STEFAN RODGERS (#55) had a private workout late last week after his Pro Day with a total of five teams, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Philadelphia, all in attendance... he proved to be very flexible and athletic during his positional drills... kid can nearly bend to the ground on his "Flex" test... former tight end and basketball player... starting to get a lot of calls for additional game film.
TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE (March 24th) senior cornerback MICHAEL BRAGG (#4) ran between 4.39 and 4.45 in the 40... 36" vertical... 10'3" broad jump... 11.40 60-yard... also did 19 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5116, 190 pounds (189.5 to be exact)... had four interceptions, nine pass breakups and one blocked kick as a senior... one of the best long jumpers (24'3") in college track & field; ranked among the Top 15-20 long jumpers in the country the past few years... terrific natural athlete with man cover skills... needs to work on his hands, as he dropped 5-6 other sure interceptions... his numbers came as part of the workout held at the Home Depot Center... special thanks again to Charlie Wright of API, who with the help of our staff, for getting this kid cleared to work out that day.
SE MISSOURI STATE (March 24th) senior tight end RAY GOODSON (#17) ran between 4.85 and 4.87 in the 40... 4.28 short shuttle... 7.00 three-cone... 11.60 60-yard... 31" vertical... 19 reps of 225 pounds... 32" arms... 9 3/4" hands... weighed in at 6035, 235 pounds... he had lost 10-12 pounds, as he was 248 pounds less than two weeks before his Pro Day (while training in New Orleans), as he was bit by a black widow spider and then suffered a staph infection... has already gained back a few pounds in the days following his Pro Day... also caught passes and ran routes for scouts... a total of three teams, Cleveland, San Francisco and St. Louis, were in attendance... our staff has a full video of his workout if any team was not able to attend this workout.
CONNECTICUT (March 24th) senior cornerback JUSTIN PERKINS ran between 4.45 and 4.51 in the 40... 4.38/4.42 short shuttle... 7.22 three-cone... 35" vertical... 10'0" broad jump and also did 15 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5101, 186 pounds... senior linebacker ALFRED FINCHER was satisfied with his results at the Combine, but did run the 60-yard shuttle in 11.78... weighed in at 6011, 240 pounds... keep an eye on him to be drafted higher than most expect (early-to-mid second round)... with Cincinnati, Green Bay leading the pack... senior defensive end TYLER KING ran beween 4.72 and 4.78 in the 40... also did 22 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6046, 267 pounds... has caught the eye of a number of teams, as a possible pass rusher with 4th-5th round grade... senior wide receiver KERON HENRY ran between 4.56 and 4.60 in the 40... 4.32 short shuttle... 7.48 three-cone... 34.5" vertical... 9'11" broad jump... weighed in at 6013, 218 pounds... a former quarterback who has shown good potential to become a possession-type receiver in the NFL... good strength... should also do well as a blocker and on special teams... senior wide receiver/return man MATT CUTAIA (#17) ran between 4.35 and 4.39 in the 40... weighed in at 5106, 185 pounds... did not stand out as a senior, but may draw in a look in someone's camp as a return man.
NORTHERN IOWA (March 23rd) senior tight end ANDY THORN ran between 4.65 and 4.69 in the 40... 4.41 short shuttle... 7.38/7.42 three-cone... 32" vertical... 9'2" broad jump and also did 16 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6046, 255 pounds... caught the ball very well... and most mentioned that he looked much more athletic in his drills than expected... senior quarterback TOM PETRIE (#13) ran between 4.70 and 4.76 in the 40... 4.40 short shuttle... 7.16 three-cone... 34.5" vertical... 9'5" broad jump... weighed in at 6034, 218 pounds... had a very solid day of passing... showed good arm strength and accuracy while throwing all of the necessary routes... he missed most of his senior due to a left collarbone injury... but had gotten a lot of pre-season interest from several teams, including Denver and Seattle... quality PFA, as he might have earned a late-round grade had he played a full season and gone through the post-season at full strength... senior linebacker DANNY TRIPLETT was not able to perform a full workout, as he continues to recover from a torn ACL in his right knee; had surgery on November 11th... should be full-go by training camp... did 25" vertical... 8'4" broad jump and also did 18 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6014, 241 pounds... senior offensive guard LUKE STIGLER ran between 5.17 and 5.22 in the 40... 4.80 short shuttle... 7.88 three-cone... 28" vertical... 8'6" broad jump and also did 29 reps of 225 pounds... senior linebacker TITUS IVORY ran between 4.62 and 4.68 in the 40... 4.33 short shuttle... 7.16 three-cone... 33.5" vertical... 9'8" broad jump and also did 28 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6024, 235 pounds... senior linebacker/defensive end/tight end BEAU GIBBS ran between 4.72 and 4.75 in the 40... 4.54 short shuttle... 7.30 three-cone... 32" vertical... 9'10" broad jump and also did 25 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6044, 244 pounds... did positional drills, as a linebacker... moved from fullback to tight end to defensive end this past season... was recently notified by the NCAA that he would not get an extra year of eligibilty, since he missed some time earlier in his career due to injuries... all times were recorded on a rubber track surface, which can lead to faster times... two teams, Green Bay and Indianapolis, were in attendance for this workout.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (March 23rd) senior running back TERRY JACKSON ran between 4.54 and 4.58 in the 40... 4.35 short shuttle... 7.04 three-cone... 35" vertical... 9'6" broad jump and also did 14 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5106, 205 pounds... has gained between 10-12 pounds since the end of the season.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN (March 23rd) senior safety JAMES YOUNG (#1) ran between 4.45 and 4.52 in the 40... 4.12 short shuttle... 7.09 three-cone... 33" vertical... 9'10" broad jump and also did 12 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6012, 214 pounds... not as physical as former safety David Young, who was drafted by Jacksonville... but has more range and seems to be a step faster on the field... more of a pure FS type... decent but not overly powerful tackler... shows some good ball skills... not a bad looking PFA, but the DB to evaluate on that team is senior-to-be safety A.J. BRYANT (#13), a former Georgia recruit as a WR/DB.
COLUMBIA (March 22nd) senior quarterback JEFF OTIS (#7) ran between 4.81 and 4.88 in the 40... 4.38 short shuttle... 6.89 three-cone... 30" vertical... 9'3" broad jump... weighed in at 6005, 201 pounds... had a short throwing session of 15-20 passes to a tight end and running back... NY Jets have requested additional game film... if you are looking for games request Brown, Lafayette (2004), Princeton, Cornell or Dartmouth (2003)... his dad, Jim, played in the NFL for several years after playing fullback at Ohio State... senior defensive lineman MICHAEL QUARSHIE (#73) ran between 4.92 and 4.97 in the 40... 4.68/4.75 short shuttle... 7.58/7.62 three-cone... 31.5" vertical... 9'1" broad jump... weighed in at 6032, 299 pounds... impressive athlete for his size... he's got a good bit of upside considering how long he's been playing the sport (grew up in Finland, so he played on military and club teams)... plus his body type is perfect for a guy that can become a solid DE/DT type down the line... has a private workout with the NY Giants scheduled for early April... their results came as part of the Pro Day held at Hofstra, which featured scouts from four teams in attendance.
TEMPLE (March 22nd) junior defensive tackle A.J. LINDSAY ran between 5.03 and 5.08 in the 40... 4.78/4.80 short shuttle (slipped on the rough surface)... 29.5" vertical... 8'6" broad jump and also did 27 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6026, 323 pounds... scored 23 on his initial Wonderlic test... had a private workout with Jacksonville in early March (16th)... junior linebacker RIAN WALLACE ran between 4.72 and 4.75 in the 40... weighed in at 6024, 242 pounds... decided to stick with the rest of the results he posted at the Combine... may have a bit of a shoulder issue, as he did not bench press again after turning in a less-than expected amount at the Combine... scouts for three teams, Atlanta, Detroit and Kansas City, were in attendance for this workout.
MISSISSIPPI (March 22nd) senior wide receiver KERRY JOHNSON ran between 4.51 and 4.55 in the 40... 4.15 short shuttle... 6.72 three-cone... 41.5" vertical... 10'7" broad jump... weighed in at 6023, 202 pounds... most expected him to be more in the low-to-mid 4.6 range... also caught the ball very well during his workout... solid character and intangibles... good blocker and should also do well on special teams.
PRIVATE VISITS, WORKOUTS & OTHER NEWS:
ADAMS, CO senior cornerback CHARLES ALLGOOD has had private workouts with Oakland and Seattle.
ALABAMA senior linebacker CORNELIUS WORTHAM has been getting added attention from Green Bay, Houston, San Diego and Tampa Bay.
AUBURN senior defensive lineman JAY RATLIFF will have a private workout for Miami on March 30th... also has private visits with Atlanta, Green Bay and San Diego planned for early April.
FLORIDA STATE senior defensive end/linebacker ERIC MOORE, who is still available for private workouts, has been getting a lot of additional attention from teams, since his recent Pro Day... there are several teams that see him as an OLB... while others like his increased size, so they are evaluating him as a DE.
FORDHAM senior cornerback/return man TAD KORNEGAY will be working out for San Francisco at Princeton's Pro Day on Thursday, March 31st at 12 noon, as he grew up locally in that area.
GEORGIA junior and senior prospects have a private workout scheduled with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, March 30th.
MICHIGAN senior defensive back MARLIN JACKSON has a private visit scheduled with New England.
MEMPHIS senior fullback ROBERT DOUGLAS has a private visit scheduled with Philadelphia for March 31st.
NEBRASKA junior cornerback/return man FABIAN WASHINGTON has private visits with Jacksonville and Kansas City coming up the next few weeks... with the NY Jets and New Orleans also showing a lot of interest.
NEW MEXICO senior linebacker NICK SPEEGLE has private visits scheduled with Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Francisco and St. Louis.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE senior wide receiver/return man ALLEN BURRELL has had a private workout with Indianapolis.
NORTHWESTERN senior defensive tackle LUIS CASTILLO is in the process of scheduling several private visits, as his eye-opening Combine results have created quite a stir among teams that now believe he will be gone before the mid-point of the second round with Atlanta, Denver and Philadelphia showing a lot of interest.
OKLAHOMA senior wide receiver WILL PEOPLES has private visits planned with Chicago and San Diego.
OREGON STATE junior cornerback BRANDON BROWNER, who has run slower than advertised 40-times, is still getting a lot of attention thanks to his above-average size for a cornerback... played a lot of man coverage in college, and there are a lot of teams still seeing him as a late second-to-third round choice... quick NFL player comparison is Lenny Walls (Denver).
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE senior outside linebacker SARTH BENIOT will be having a private workout with Cleveland later today.
STANFORD senior cornerback STANLEY WILSON has done nearly ten private workouts besides the Combine and his Pro Day and is in the process of scheduling five private visits... with New England, NY Jets and Pittsburgh showing a lot of interest.
TEMPLE junior defensive tackle A.J. LINDSAY will have a private visit with Jacksonville in early April (11th).
TENNESSEE TECH senior offensive tackle FRANK OMIYALE has or will have had a total of ten private workouts by the end of the first week of April with Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Jackonsville, Kansas City, Minnesota, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Tennessee being the list of teams who have come through to visit him.
TEXAS A&M senior wide receiver TERRENCE MURPHY has private visits scheduled with Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
TUSCULUM senior running back/fullback FRED STATON, who ran between 4.5 and 4.6, while running the 40-yard dash at Wake Forest's Pro Day... has received added attention from Carolina, Houston and New England in recent weeks, although Pittsburgh was the first team to review him closely... some or all of the teams mentioned are looking into scheduling private workouts with him, so they can continue to judge his receiving skills.
VANDERBILT junior fullback MATTHEW TANT has a private workout scheduled with Tennessee for early April.
VIRGINIA senior safety MARQUIS WEEKS has a private workout scheduled with Baltimore for Thursday.
WASHINGTON senior offensive tackle KHALIF BARNES has been drawing major interest from Carolina, Houston, Jacksonville and San Diego.
*Special thanks to Carlos Holmes, Josh Buchanan, who have been helping to cover and record results from several of their regionally accessible Pro Days over the past few weeks.
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*Next Level Scouting Staff members Justin Van Fulpen, Dean Zarafonetis and Jared Van Fulpen also contributed to this report.
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