Unless something has changed, Keenan Allen's pro day is April 9th, not tomorrow.
As for Vaccaro, I'm not a doctor, so I'm not going to speculate about whether or not he should have been able to run the forty today. I will say that if he's not 100%, I don't blame him for not running. There's more to lose than to gain if he doesn't think he's able to do his best. I'll be on the look-out for any info on how he looked during positional drills. Apparently Vaccaro said today he has a private meeting with Jerry Jones scheduled for April.
Notre Dame Pro Day: Give Te'o his due, but keep 40 in perspective
By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com
March 26, 2013 1:11 pm ET
As expected, Manti Te'o was more comfortable playing on his home field.
NFLDraftScout.com's second-ranked inside linebacker (39th overall prospect) showed improved speed at Notre Dame's pro day in South Bend, Ind., on Tuesday, recording unofficial 40 times of 4.72 and 4.75 to slice one-tenth of a second off of his pedestrian 4.81 clocking at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis one month ago.
That doesn't mean he's a lock to be drafted in the first round, top 40 or by the Bears or Ravens as others speculate. Keep the sprint in shorts in perspective. In the end, Tuesday's 4.75 seconds is a tiny data point in Te'o's lengthy final evaluation. To suggest, as some have, that Te'o moved up 15 spots in the draft with that improved -- but still average -- effort is unrealistic.
"Forget all the noise, he is what he is, a good football player but he'll never make a Pro
Bowl," one scout in attendance wrote in a text message to NFLDraftScout.com.
Te'o has seen his draft stock put through a simulated spin cycle by media types over the past 100 days. Scouts didn't give Te'o a down arrow, so much as they hit the pause botton and retraced their previous evaluations to research and review whether emotional, psychological and production grades were real or imagined.
One of the most scrutinized players in the 2013 NFL Draft class, Te'o was considered a first-round pick in 2011 as a junior. He opted to return to school and was an All-American for the Fighting Irish, who went undefeated to reach the BCS national championship game against Alabama.
Te'o's poor performance in that game, coupled with the international news story of Te'o being tricked into falling for a girl who didn't exist by childhood friends, put him under the microscope with media and virtually everyone with an opinion.
Speed remains a concern for scouts -- there is no questioning he was a step slow and lost almost every fight at the point of attack with Alabama guard Chance Warmack in the BCS title game -- who also need to be confident Te'o will hold up to any potential for harsh treatment from teammates and the emotional toll of being in the spotlight -- for many reasons -- as a professional.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Te'o as a top-40 pick. Teams in the first round with the most glaring need are Chicago (20th overall) and Baltimore (32nd). The Bears signed veteran D.J. Williams as a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher, but Williams would be considered a stopgap at best. The Ravens' need arises upon losing Ray Lewis (retirement) and Dannell Ellerbe (free agent) from their Super Bowl-winning defense.
Timed speed isn't the only indicator of NFL greatness, though Urlacher (4.5 at 6-4, 260) and Patrick Willis (4.38) are examples of great players who had excellent speed. Both inside linebackers were top-15 draft picks.
Te'o could be a first-round pick, but is far from a lock.
Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, a second-round pick out of Ohio State, ran a 4.82 40 at the during his combine drills.
Vontaze Burfict, a starter for the Bengals last season after running a 5.1 in Indianapolis and going undrafted, are examples of production and instincts being more important measures than straight-line speed in short and T-shirts.
>>>Vontaze Burfict, a starter for the Bengals last season after running a 5.1 in Indianapolis and going undrafted, are examples of production and instincts being more important measures than straight-line speed in short and T-shirts.>>
For every Burfict, who lasted because of his awful off field character, there are 10 more good college guys that bust out who can't run good 40 times.
It's all about RISK. You don't DRAFT a guy in round one that lacks measurables, because you might end up paying a worthless player MILLIONs in guaranteed money.
If you use later picks on such guys, and they HIT, great, but you can't stake your money on long shots in round one.
If you don't think speed is a huge part of being a top pick, at most positions, you haven't been watching many drafts.
STARS can come from all over, but MOST are high picks, because of the their play AND their measurables.
You don't use #a picks on guys who have good stats in college but bad measurables.
You don't want to sepnd a #1 on a guy with immense talent, but no solid college play either, but those guys are FAR more likely to go in round one that the first situation, due to big upside.
I can't believe fans think forty times still have no meaning on draft day.
Just look at the highest picks for years, other than O-linemen and huge d tackles, and see how they ranked at the combine, in the speed measurements.
The proof is really clear. Just start with drafthistory.com, and go from there.
Also, Burfict ran 4.93 at his pro day, and reportedly a 4.83.
I just heard Mel Kiper say about TE'O, "It's ALL about the forty"
Wow, how can that guy get it so "wrong" . I thought he knew about the draft, and the NFL, since he has made many millions off his knowledge.
Manti Te'o a first-round pick in NFL draft, Mayock says
By Marc Sessler
Linebacker Manti Te'o has the chance to make up for a disappointing combine performance at Notre Dame's Pro Day on Tuesday.
Catfishing nonsense aside, it was Te'o's sluggish 4.82- 40-yard time at last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that raised doubts about his potential as a three-down linebacker. NFL Network's Mike Mayock, however, still sees first-round material.
"I believe it," Mayock told "NFL AM" on Tuesday from South Bend, Ind. "Here's what I think is going to happen. I think the interest in (Te'o) will start approximately at 19 with the Giants, 20 with Chicago. The real soft spot is Minnesota -- they have two first-round picks, 23 and 25. They lost their inside linebacker Jasper Brinkley to free agency and their general manager, Rick Spielman, who's here by the way, has a history of drafting Notre Dame players that have played really well. So 23, 25 to me is a logical place, 28 to Denver perhaps, or even Baltimore at 32 because we know they have a big hole in the middle of that defense."
Added Mayock: "You either like this kid and you believe he's a three-down linebacker and hence worthy of a first-round pick, or you don't."
Mayock expects Te'o to produce a pro-day 40 time "somewhere in that 4.75, 4.8 range." That won't silence Te'o's critics, but his field speed -- and his ability to drop back against the pass -- matters most to teams. They also want to know what kind of person they're getting.
Prior to the phantom-girlfriend scandal, Te'o was seen in a different light, a player whose teammates rallied around him. Mayock believes he still can be a "galvanizing force in the locker room." A team like the Baltimore Ravens makes plenty of sense as they replace old soldiers with fresh legs.
Tuesday's pro day obviously is critical for Te'o, but results aside, he needs one team to believe in him come draft day. That's going to happen.
UPDATE: Te'o accomplished what he needed to Tuesday. Mayock reported that Te'o ran an unofficial 4.75 in the 40.
Jonathan Cooper impresses at North Carolina Pro Day
By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: March 26, 2013 at 07:51 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2013 at 10:40 p.m.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock raised a few eyebrows when he called Alabama guard Chance Warmack the best draft prospect he has seen on film this year.
The hype that Warmack is the best college guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson came out of Michigan has overshadowed another potential early first-round prospect in North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks noted on Tuesday's "Path to the Draft" that Cooper exceeded all expectations at Tar Heels Pro Day while turning in the best workout he has seen from a guard in a long time.
Brooks' evaluation meshes with that of NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell, who called Cooper the most athletic guard he has seen since he began studying college tape carefully less than a decade ago.
"Plus I love his playing personality," Cosell added last month on Yahoo's "Shutdown Corner Podcast." "He was tenacious, he was competitive, he initiated contact, he went after people, he had really light feet."
Debating the two guards on "Path to the Draft," NFL.com's Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah favored Cooper, while former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum went for Warmack.
The takeaway, as I see it, isn't if Cooper has a more promising NFL future than Warmack. It's that both players are better prospects than top guards of recent years, including Stanford's David DeCastro, who was billed as a special talent last April.
"If either of those players is on the board at 10," Mayock said last month, "I'd jump all over them."
Texas Pro Day: Vaccaro halted by hip injury
By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
March 27, 2013 12:38 am ET
NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated safety Kenny Vaccaro wanted to run for scouts and improve his 40-yard dash time at the Texas Pro Day on Tuesday, but was limited due to a hip flexor injury. While he stood on his numbers from the combine, he did participate in positional drills, which were led by Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Vaccaro, who ran a 4.63 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, looked athletic during drills and battled through the hip injury, which he suffered during a private workout with the Dallas Cowboys last week. He showed excellent burst and reaction quickness with little hesitation in his movements. Vaccaro did nothing to hurt his status as the draft's top safety prospect and could be drafted in the top half of round one in April.
Wide receiver Marquis Goodwin decided to rest on his blazing 4.27 40-yard dash from the combine, but did impress with a 42-inch vertical jump. He stood out catching the ball as well with the route quickness and vertical speed to make plays underneath and down the field.
Defensive end Alex Okafor didn't work out at the combine due to a right hip injury and produced mediocre results during agility drills on Tuesday. He ran his 40-yard dash times at 4.89 and 4.92 seconds with a 36-inch vertical, 9-foot-4 broad jump and a 4.39 second short shuttle. Okafor worked out as a defensive end and linebacker, but projects best with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 scheme.
It's been seven years since Vince Young took part in a Pro Day, but he also participated on Tuesday, throwing for pro scouts in Austin as he attempts a NFL comeback. The former third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, he looked impressive throwing the ball to all levels of the field, according to on-lookers, and showed the mobility that made him such a hot commodity coming out of college.
After spending five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Young spent a season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and signed with the Buffalo Bills prior to last season, but was cut before the season opener.
Texas pro day observations
March, 26, 2013
4:21 PM CT
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
AUSTIN -- The University of Texas held its annual pro day Tuesday. Here are some observations from the event:
Safety Kenny Vaccaro had an impressive day. He didn't run the 40 because of a hip flexor injury, but he displayed a burst, lateral movement and quickness while performing position drills for Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Vaccaro said he's studied various defenses, including the Tampa 2, and is getting ready for the NFL game from a mental standpoint. Vaccaro said he was disappointed he couldn't run the 40, but indicated that he has run it in the low 4.40s during training. Vaccaro injured the hip while working out but re-injured it during his drill session with the Cowboys last week. After three drills, Vaccaro shut it down so he wouldn't further injure himself. Vacarro said his goal is to be the first safety taken in the draft.
Defensive end Alex Okafor needed a solid pro day to prove to NFL scouts that he's healthy and worthy of a Day 2 draft selection. He declined the bench press, standing on his combine numbers of 21 times at 225 pounds, but he ran a 4.88 and a 4.96 in the 40 and was concerned about being too stiff when he worked on his individual drills. Okafor ran through some of the drills smoothly and looked comfortable, but he still needs some work. Okafor said he believes he can play defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4. Weight could be an issue. He came in at 262 pounds and might have to pick up more bulk to play end.
Vince Young looked slim and seemed to be in good spirits during his pro day. Most, if not all, of his throws were tight spirals and he displayed good arm strength. It seemed that when he threw to a variety of receivers inside and outside, he didn't have that funky shot-put motion. Young is throwing more traditionally and no longer appears to be dropping his elbow low when he throws.
Running back D.J. Moore ran the fastest 40 time of the prospective draft picks in 4.41 and 4.38. One negative: Size. He's listed at 5-foot-9, but he measured at 5-foot-7, 175 pounds. That's not to say little guys can't play in the NFL, but it will be hard for him to get significant playing time at running back unless he impresses an NFL team during training camp. He might be a solid return guy on the next level.
Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin measured in at 5-foot-9, 177 pounds -- good size for a slot receiver. He didn't run the 40, however his three tries at the vertical jump were 41, 42 and 42 inches. Goodwin has the speed it seems to make some plays from the slot at the next level. He just needs to make sure he can be a consistent player.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin attended the pro day. The Cowboys had two scouts, and Denver, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Houston, Miami, Kansas City, Oakland, Cleveland, the New York Jets and San Diego also had reps in attendance. ... Texas coach Mack Brown and former running back Ricky Williams were in attendance. ... Most scouts will either go to LSU's pro day Wednesday or SMU's.
Pro Days: NFL decision-makers flock to Chapel Hill for UNC workout
By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
March 26, 2013 8:05 pm ET
Traditionally, late March means the NCAA tournament at the University of North Carolina, but despite the mens' basketball team getting knocked out by Kansas on March 24, the dozens of NFL representatives on hand for the Tar Heels Pro Day on Wednesday proved that the university remains a hotbed for athletic talent.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley were among the key decision-makers reportedly on hand for Tuesday's workout, which featured 15 former Tar Heels, not the least of whom were two potential first-round prospects: guard/center Jonathan Cooper and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Also present were Detroit Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew and New York Jets' general manager John Idzik, as well as David Caldwell, the Jaguars' GM.
The 6-foot-2 1/4, 308-pound Cooper elected to stand on his combine numbers but was put through a variety of positional drills, including taking snaps at center. According to a source on the scene, Cooper looked "fantastic."
Also boosting his cause was the 6-2 3/8, 311-pound Williams, who has been steadily climbing up draft boards since an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl.
Like Cooper, Williams elected not to participate during the timed drills, but that didn't mean he wasn't put through a litany of tests. The light-footed defensive tackle was asked to participate in linebacker drills, in fact.
Running back Giovani Bernard may have been the biggest name of UNC's flashy skill-position athletes, but the only measured drill he performed Wednesday was in the bench press. He was quite impressive in this test, however, as the 5-8 1/2, 204-pounder lifted the bar 19 times. Bernard also showed superb quickness and burst during his positional drills. According to the source, the Bengals' Lewis seemed to be particularly interested in Bernard's workout.
While Lewis focused on Bernard, many of the other talent evaluators on hand seemed to be focused on the offensive linemen -- and not just Cooper.
Talented offensive tackle Brennan Williams took advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate his athleticism. The 6-5 1/2, 311-pound Williams entered the year as one of the more intriguing right tackle prospects in the country but missed the final four games of his senior season with a torn labrum.
Recovery from the subsequent surgery kept Williams from lifting Wednesday, but he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.20-seconds and recorded a 28.5-inch vertical and a 8-foot, 5-inch broad jump. With only 22 career starts, Williams is unpolished, but he shows intriguing athletic upside on tape and could wind up developing into a better player in the NFL than he was in college. Considering that ACC coaches recognized him with honorable mention accolades despite the fact that he missed a third of the season, that's saying something.
Speaking of players with the raw athleticism to develop, wide receiver Jheranie Boyd only caught four passes for 44 yards and one score in 2012, but he may have earned himself a chance at making an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent with a dazzling workout.
The 6-1 1/8, 187-pound Boyd was clocked in the mid 4.4s and registered a 41.5-inch vertical jump that bystanders believe may have actually been higher. Boyd, according to UNC officials, touched the highest level of the measuring device. This would have tied Southern Miss linebacker Jamie Collins for the second-highest vertical recorded by any player in Indianapolis in 2012. Texas A&M running back Christine Michael led all participants with a 43-inch vertical jump.
Boyd also registered an 11-0 broad jump, which would have tied him with Texas' Marquise Goodwin and Tennessee Tech's Da'Rick Rogers for the second-best broad jump among receivers tested this year in Indianapolis. Tennessee's Justin Hunter recorded an eye-popping 11-4 broad jump to lead all receivers, and the freakishly athletic Collins, all 6-3, 250 pounds of him, led all participants with an 11-7 effort.
Marcus Lattimore earns ovation after pro day workout
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: March 27, 2013 at 03:19 p.m.
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore's pro day wasn't just a normal pro day. It was a celebration.
Lattimore was able to work out Wednesday, less than six months after a devastating ACL/LCL/PCL surgery. 32 teams were in attendance. They burst out in applause after Lattimore was done, according to USA Today's Robert Klemko.
"It was crazy," Lattimore said. "I did not expect that at all. Pretty much every scout came up to me and said that was amazing and inspiring."
Lattimore caught passes and did some agility drills, but he still has a long way to go before he's fully healthy. Still, there is some optimism he could play in 2013. Lattimore told The State he had "no doubt" that he will play in the first half of the 2013.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Lattimore "may have jumped into the first round" with his performance Wednesday. We wouldn't go that far, but there's no question that Lattimore would have been this draft class' top running back before his injury. Teams might be willing to take a risk on Lattimore's injury because of that immense talent, like the Buffalo Bills once did with Willis McGahee, selecting him 23rd overall in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Don't be too surprised if Lattimore goes higher than draftniks project. Just like McGahee.
"I want to be an inspiration," Lattimore said. "To let people know that with hard work, and when you trust in God, you can come back from anything and do anything."
Lattimore shows encouraging signs, but still limited during pro day
By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
March 27, 2013 7:08 pm ET
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Marcus Lattimore hadn't walked onto the field at South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium since Oct. 27, when he suffered a gruesome injury to multiple ligaments in his right knee in a game against Tennessee.
Five months later, the running back who spent three seasons helping to elevate the Gamecocks' program returned to their home field Wednesday to participate in South Carolina's pro day. Although he isn't ready yet to take part in on-field drills such as the 40-yard dash, he did some indoor exercises for NFL scouts to demonstrate the progress of his knee.
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He quickly stepped in and out of the squares on a rope ladder. He jumped from a standing position onto an 18-inch box and did the same with a 24-inch box. He did step-up exercises onto a box. He did lunges, reverse lunges and balanced on one leg and lowered himself as far as he could.
What it means for his NFL Draft status remains to be seen. The draft's third and final day is a month from Wednesday. The fourth through seventh rounds are picked on that day, and Lattimore is currently rated as a fourth- to fifth-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the No. 11 running back available in this class.
Injuries have derailed a prospect once considered a potential first-rounder, but Lattimore maintained his usual upbeat attitude about what he accomplished at his pro day.
"I could be out there doing something (in on-field drills), but it's not smart to be doing that at this time," he said. "I wanted to be out there bad, just get out there and run some routes.
"(But scouts) were able to see me use my feet, use my knee and see that my knee is fine. It felt great, but I know I've got a lot of work to do and I need at least three or four more months before I put on some pads. I feel like my step-ups showed a lot, when I stepped up onto the box with my right leg. Just showing how stable it is, showing that it's still good and it's progressing."
Lattimore said he has been sprinting recently, though not at full speed, and that he still hopes to play in the first half of next season. He will not have a personal pro day, but will go to Indianapolis next Friday and Saturday for a follow-up examination by NFL doctors. They first examined him at last month's combine in Indianapolis.
"Everything has been progressing perfect," he said. "I know I'll be back playing football, no doubt. One team is going to believe in me. I know that."
LSU pro day: Mingo, Mathieu stand on combine times; Minter sparkles
By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
March 27, 2013 8:11 pm ET
With a large contingent of NFL representatives on-hand, 20 draft-eligible Tigers worked out in Baton Rouge at LSU's on-campus pro day on Wednesday. Most of the top prospects like Barkevious Mingo and Tyrann Mathieu decided to stand on their times from the combine, but several other players were able to perform in front of several general managers and head coaches, including the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton.
Mathieu and Mingo participated in positional drills and both impressed throughout the afternoon. Afterward, they were also popular in interviews as well, with the Honey Badger spending extensive time with Tomlin and several of the other NFL assistant coaches on campus. Mathieu is expected to be drafted sometime on the second day of the draft and Mingo is a likely first-round pick. Head coach Les Miles added that he wouldn't be surprised if Mingo is the “first defensive player off the board.”
Linebacker Kevin Minter ran a 4.81 40-yard dash at the combine but was able to improve that number to 4.67 on Wednesday, adding a 34.5-inch vertical jump, 7.37 three-cone drill and 4.47 short shuttle. The potential first-round pick also looked smooth in linebacker drills and only helped his case to be the first player chosen in the draft at his position, ahead of other middle linebackers like Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree.
With double-digit underclassmen leaving early for the NFL, LSU might challenge the record for the number of draft picks in a single year, which stands at 14 (Ohio State, 2004).
Other notes from LSU's Pro Day:
-- Defensive end Lavar Edwards stood on several of his marks from the combine but was able to improve his 40-yard dash (4.78) and bench press (21 reps). Although he hasn't received the same attention as the Tigers' other pass rushers like Mingo and Sam Montgomery, Edwards is very much in the top-100 discussion.
-- Wide receiver Russell Shepard was a late addition to the Senior Bowl but he didn't receive an invitation to the combine. On Wednesday, he turned in average workout results, including a 4.51 40-yard dash, 4.32 short shuttle, 7.04 three-cone drill, 38.5-inch vertical jump and 10-4 broad jump.
-- Cornerback Tharold Simon ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and was able to improve that number at LSU's pro day with times in the 4.44-4.49 range. He also improved his short shuttle (4.41) and three-cone drill (7.00) on Wednesday.
Pro Days: Barkley gets passing grade, but others steal the show
By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
March 27, 2013 6:36 pm ET
LOS ANGELES -- For Matt Barkley, who surprised many with his decision to spurn the NFL and return to Southern Cal for his senior season in 2012, Wednesday's Pro Day was an acceptable culmination for his college career.
Displaying the accuracy in drills showed during 47 career starts with the Trojans, Barkley solidified his first round stock with a strong workout in front of an estimated 60 NFL scouts and coaches.
They included a strong contingent from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, who each may be looking for a quarterback in the 2013 draft.
"Barkley had an outstanding career [at USC], making all the plays you needed to see to know that he can be successful at our level," Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator Norv Turner said following the workout.
"He just confirmed today what anyone who had watched the tape already knew. He's a gifted young player who would be a tremendous addition to any organization."
Barkley completed his passes to fellow 2013 hopefuls Robert Woods and running back Curtis McNeal, as well as former USC wideout Travon Patterson and tight end Dominique Byrd.
Only five of the 60-plus passes Barkley threw hit the ground, with two of those being perfectly thrown passes which slipped through the fingers of Woods and Byrd, respectively.
"I was impressed by the number of passes [Barkley] threw today," said St. Louis general manager Les Snead. "Since he was injured to end his career, this was his recital. It was an overall very good day for him."
Snead was one of three general managers on hand. Chicago's Phil Emery and Jacksonville's David Caldwell also attended.
Caldwell was one of several representatives from the Jaguars, including senior vice president Tony Khan, head coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
While Jacksonville sent a large contingent to the workout, only one scout was on hand for the Arizona Cardinals. The Buffalo Bills, an organization that has been quite transparent in its plans to draft a quarterback, were conspicuous in their apparent absence from the workout.
Although they rate well below what is ascertained in game films, Pro Day workouts do have value. Unlike during a game in which there are multiple moving parts which can distract the eye, scouts are allowed to stand on the sideline and simply focus on the quarterback's throwing motion, gauge his velocity and read the expression on his face from snap to snap.
Putting Barkley's workout in perspective is critical to understanding what impact it might have on his landing spot on draft day. Scouts are as split on the quarterback rankings this year as any in the past 10 years. As such, Barkley's strong effort could lead to a significant jump up draft boards.
Barkley wasn't dynamic. Several of his deeper passes wobbled and he forced wideouts to adjust their routes a few times on in-breaking routes. However, the first part of his passing workout was into a slight wind.
He was very impressive during the "quick game" so critical to the West Coast offense, demonstrating the efficient set-up and delivery and impressive accuracy when rolling out. He was particularly accurate on the wheel and corner routes, two passes considered among the more difficult throws critical to this attack.
Barkley's workout wasn't as good as the one Andrew Luck had a year ago in Palo Alto, some of which was into a stiff breeze. He didn't show the elite combination of velocity and ball placement that Sam Bradford demonstrated inside the Oklahoma practice bubble in 2010.
The Southern Cal passer, however, carried out quarterback guru Chris Weinke's scripted session with efficiency and impressive accuracy, overall. The workout was comparable to recent sessions by Jake Locker and Mark Sanchez, each of whom rode their showings to top-eight selections in their respective draft classes.
Barkley's passing was the critical element to his day but he also boosted his cause by clocking between 4.92 and 4.97-seconds in the 40-yard dash at a solid 230 pounds. The 40-yard dash was the only measured drill Barkley participated in.
That wasn't the case for his primary target, Woods, who shaved nearly a tenth-of-a-second off the 4.47-second 20-yard shuttle drill he'd run at the combine with a time of 4.38 seconds. He was even better in the three-cone drill, where he was timed as fast as 6.84 seconds after being clocked at a disappointing 7.15 seconds in the drill in Indianapolis.
As impressive as Woods was in timed drills, he was even better during the positional drills, exploding out of his breaks and catching nearly every pass thrown to him, including a dazzling one-handed catch deep down the right sideline.
Woods' one drop came on a deep post on Barkley's final throw against the wind in which the receiver simply lost his concentration.
While the hype centered around the "skill position" players Wednesday, the big winner may have been safety, T.J. McDonald, who drew praise from Kansas City Chiefs' scout and defensive backs' coach Drae Harris, who, along with Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive backs coach Carnell Lake, put USC's cornerbacks and safety through extended drills.
"[McDonald] is an explosive athlete who is quickly able to take what we were asking him to do and apply it to the field. He's so explosive out of his cuts and covers such ground."
McDonald, who measured in at 6-3, 213 pounds, led each of the defensive back drills. He caught every pass thrown to him, consistently using his height to his advantage by extending far beyond his frame to secure the ball.
Reserve safety Drew McAllister also helped his cause with a strong effort during positional drills, showing similar ball skills as his more well-known former teammate.
This wasn't the case for cornerback Nickell Robey, however, who dropped several potential "interceptions" in drills. Robey wowed scouts with a 40.5-inch vertical jump Wednesday morning but he didn't use his explosiveness when it mattered most, often leaping as the ball arrived only to catch the ball at chest-level or lower.
It was a similarly disappointing day for USC center Khaled Holmes, who cited a strained pectoral at the combine as the reason why he was unable to lift Wednesday.
Holmes characterized the injury as "not serious" but said he had no plans at this time to lift for scouts before the draft. He did say that he had a number of private workouts lined up in the coming weeks, including a workout on campus Friday with the Philadelphia Eagles.
missed robert woods other than barkley throwing to him
good to hear he performed better...still don't know why he didn't want to try to improve his 40 even if he was happy with his current one...couldn't hurt to try
Kenny Vaccaro’s Workout with Bengals DC Mike Zimmer at Texas Pro Day
Alex Dunlap, Rosterwatch.com
RosterWatch was told by one NFL scout at Texas Pro Day Tuesday that Kenny Vaccaro would not last past the middle of the first round, so it is unlikely that Bengals DC Mike Zimmer and Vaccaro will ever end up working together professionally. Zimmer did, however, lead Vaccaro’s DB drills in front of the 25 NFL teams in attendance.