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 *Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson 2011 DS #5 DE, Projected Round(s): 1
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

4/1/2011 - Da'Quan Bowers holds NFL workout at Clemson - Former Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers made his point to NFL teams on Friday: His right knee is fine. Bowers, the junior lineman who came out early, was considered a top-five NFL draft pick after a year when he led the country with 15 1-2 sacks and won the Nagurski and Ted Hendricks awards. But knee surgery on his meniscus the week after the Tigers' bowl game bred whispers about Bowers physical condition, something he set out to disprove at Death Valley. "I think I had a decent day. I think I got the point across I was trying to get across," Bowers said. Bowers said he had a 40-yard dash time in the "low 4.8s," which was slower than he had hoped. But he said he was a month behind other draft prospects in preparations because of the surgery, which occurred in Clemson's 14-13 victory over North Carolina State on Nov. 6. "The knee is fine, I'm 100 percent," Bowers said. "I still have a lot of work to do. Still strengthening and getting it back to where it needs to be. But it's not...READ MORE
SOURCE: AP Sports, The Washington Examiner

 *Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson 2011 DS #5 DE, Projected Round(s): 1
News/Story Tagged As: Draft, General player information/news

3/31/2011 - One-year wonders Bowers, Newton and Fairley worth the risk? - The most difficult part of evaluating prospects for the draft is forecasting their future potential based on their past production. Scouts and coaches track a player to see if there is a consistent pattern of improvement throughout his career. If there is a steady sign of growth over a three- or four-year period, evaluators are willing to bet that a player's star is on the rise. However, someone with dramatic spikes in production will raise red flags in war rooms and force scouts to ponder if a prospect is a "one-year wonder." This year, Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers joins Auburn's Cam Newton and Nick Fairley as top prospects attempting to shed that perception. Although each player emerged as a dominant force at his respective position for the first time last season, scouts are unsure if they can replicate that production based on their previous track record. The trio enjoyed moderate success early in their careers, but the recent surge in production seemingly...READ MORE
SOURCE: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

 *Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina 2011 DS #1 DE, Projected Round(s): 1
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - Austin, Quinn, Little back on field at crowded N.C. pro day - NFL scouts, coaches and front-office executives took a different look at some of North Carolina's top potential draftees, including highly touted defensive linemen Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn during Thursday's pro day on campus. It was an unusual session given that Austin, Quinn and wide receiver Greg Little were three of the primary participants, yet none of them competed during the 2010 season because of NCAA-related suspensions. Odd circumstances aside, there was no shortage of onlookers. Some of the key observations included NFL evaluators monitoring interaction between the top draft hopefuls and their former teammates because NFL teams want to be sure character issues aren't lingering. One scout representing an NFC team said the attention naturally drifted toward the top-line players who are trying to make up for the missed season. Austin and Quinn, whose natural position is defensive end, had certain objectives during the workout. A position drill for this duo drew considerable attention, with Chicago Bears defensive coordinator...READ MORE
SOURCE: The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com on CBSSports.com

 *Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU 2011 DS #1 CB, Projected Round(s): 1
News/Story Tagged As: Draft, General player information/news

3/31/2011 - New scouting technology could give teams an edge in NFL draft - When it comes to technology, scouting and competition in the NFL, one question almost answers itself. “What would a team pay for one more win?” asked John Pollard, general manager-sports solutions at STATS LLC, a company that provides statistical analysis and information technology for sports teams. The answer is plenty. NFL teams looking for the latest edge are turning to sophisticated computer technology to help compile, organize and access scouting information. The latest is STATS’ ICE platform, which stands for Interactive Collaboration and Evaluation. The system fully computerizes a team’s draft and pro scouting boards, and allows almost instant access to everything from a player’s scouting report to his physical testing to his medical report to game videotape. If the system proves successful and popular, the scouting war room in its current form — magnetized name cards literally comprising a draft board on the wall — could become...READ MORE
SOURCE: Pete Dougherty, The Green Bay Press Gazette

 *Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California 2011 DS #1 OT, Projected Round(s): 1
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - OT Smith helps keep first-round grade at USC pro day - USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith said he will attend the NFL Draft in New York on April 28 and nothing he did during Wednesday's pro day should lessen his chances of being a first-round pick next month. Smith, who gained 30 pounds since December and weighed 310 before the workout, ran the 40-yard dash in an electronically timed 5.0 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 31 times. "It might be a little hard sitting there in New York but I wouldn't want to miss it," Smith said. "I'm hearing first round, I'm just waiting for the day. I want to be surprised." Next week Smith, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 16 overall prospect and second-ranked offensive tackle, flies to Dallas for a workout with the Cowboys, who own the ninth pick. That might explain why Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and director of scouting Tom Ciskowski attended the workout for all USC draft-eligible players. "He's going to make a lot of money," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who also attended the workout. Smith was unable to work out at the scouting combine in February because of a minor knee injury. He moved easily on Wednesday, and most in attendance came away impressed...READ MORE
SOURCE: Scott Wolf, The Sports Xchange

 Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State 2011 DS #7 DT, Projected Round(s): 2
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - Paea showcases talents at individual NFL pro timing day - Stephen Paea was in good spirits Thursday during his NFL pro timing day at the Truax Center. You’d never know that is was a pressure-packed day for the former Oregon State defensive tackle. Paea, who suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during Senior Bowl practice in January, was unable to run for the scouts at February’s NFL combine. But Paea performed speed and agility drills Thursday, turning in a respectable time of 5.15 in the 40-yard dash. His career-best is 4.85. “At least one more month I would have hit under 5. But it’s an acceptable number,” Paea said. Paea set a combine record with 49 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds. His strength has never been in question. Running at full speed for the first time since having knee surgery in January...READ MORE
SOURCE: Gary Horowitz, The Statesman Journal

 Devon Torrence, CB, Ohio State 2011 DS #32 CB, Projected Round(s): 7-FA
News/Story Tagged As: Draft, General player information/news

3/31/2011 - Opinions vary on Devon Torrence's NFL Draft status - Flash back six years to the spring of 2005. Anyone who saw Devon Torrence that night half expected music from “The Natural” to start playing. No one who was there blamed Torrence for chasing a baseball dream. Doing so, however, has left NFL scouts wondering whether he can be a natural at cornerback in their league. “I don’t have a feel for where he will go in the draft,” said one experienced Torrence observer, “but from talking to coaches, I do know a lot of people feel Devon is draftable.” The observer, Taver Johnson, was Torrence’s position coach at Ohio State. Johnson’s travels include a stop with the Cleveland Browns during a tumultuous 2004 season. The Browns’ cornerbacks that year included Anthony Henry, Daylon McCutcheon, Lew Sanders and a second-year prospect named Leigh Bodden. “Now that you mention Leigh,” Johnson said, “that’s probably who Devon most reminds me of. Leigh is a little bigger...READ MORE
SOURCE: Steve Doerschuk, The Canton Repository

 Kealoha Pilares, WR, Hawaii 2011 DS #40 WR, Projected Round(s):
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - 17 from Hawaii geared for pro day - In what is essentially a final exam, 17 former University of Hawaii players will participate today in a skills combine that could determine their football futures. “I’ve worked hard for this,” receiver Kealoha Pilares said of UH’s pro day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Whatever happens, happens.” Representatives from every NFL team will evaluate speed, agility, jumping and weightlifting disciplines. Position drills will be recorded on video, with copies sent to NFL and Canadian Football League teams. “We want to open some eyes,” said cornerback Lametrius Davis, who trained in Portland, Ore., the past two months. Each NCAA school is allowed a “pro day,” a football-skills combine before pro scouts. Because of Hawaii’s isolation, the Warriors are granted an exemption to conduct their pro day at the spacious facility where the U.S. national soccer teams train...READ MORE
SOURCE: Stephen Tsai, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

 Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State 2011 DS #7 DT, Projected Round(s): 2
News/Story Tagged As: Draft, General player information/news

3/31/2011 - DT Paea grounded by island roots - Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea made headlines with his NFL combine record 49 reps on the bench press last month. A low to the ground, run stuffing defensive tackle, Paea’s effectiveness as an interior player are rooted in a land on the other side of the world. Born in New Zealand and raised on the island of Tonga, Paea was quickly exposed to a game that’s just as popular in that part of the world as football is in the United States. Rugby is omnipresent in the island countries in and around New Zealand, and Paea, like most young island natives, longed to be a professional rugby player. “In Tonga, rugby is the number one sport,” Paea said. “Growing up watching the rugby stars in New Zealand, Australia, they're all Tongan. So I wanted to be a rugby star. But once I went to the United State, I wanted to change that and have the same mindset toward football.” Paea’s mother moved to the United States two years prior to the rest of the family’s arrival. When Paea and his siblings arrived he was 16-years old. “It was a big decision for me and my brothers,” he said...READ MORE
SOURCE: Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

 Weslye Saunders, TE, South Carolina 2011 DS #13 TE, Projected Round(s): 7-FA
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - Saunders works out - When tight end Weslye Saunders began walking gingerly after slipping in a pass route Wednesday, he had to wonder whether recent history - all of it bad - was about to repeat itself. But Saunders was able to finish his workout at South Carolina's pro timing day, the first step in a rehabilitation process that has as much to do with improving his image as it does fixing the broken bone in his right foot. Saunders, who pulled out of the NFL combine when the injury flared up, put off surgery until Friday so he could show scouts his physical skills had not eroded while he sat out last fall after the NCAA declared him ineligible. Saunders said he would need four to six weeks to recover after a team physician inserts a screw in the bone. He put no timetable on his image makeover. "I wanted to prove that I have good character. That I'm not a character," Saunders said. "That's the point I'm trying to get across. I don't think...READ MORE
SOURCE: Joseph Person, News & Observer

 Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina 2011 DS #6 DT, Projected Round(s): 2
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - One last 'hurrah' for Tar Heels at pro day - There they were, all of North Carolina's football stars, together on the same field for one last time. UNC's group of NFL hopefuls, which hadn't been seen in its entirety since August, put on a show for a swarm of NFL scouts and coaches on Thursday. Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn, the three players at the center of an NCAA controversy which cost the Tar Heels 14 players for at least one game and seven players for the entire season returned to campus for UNC's pro day, which was a mixture of sprints, NFL tryout, reunion and three-ring circus. "It was like the national championship for me," said Austin, who dismissed from the team and missed the entire season for his role in the agent/benefit portion of the investigation. Austin lined up next to...READ MORE
SOURCE: J.P. Giglio, The Charlotte Observer

 O.J. Murdock, WR, Fort Hays State 2011 DS #44 WR, Projected Round(s):
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/31/2011 - Tigers showcase talent - Senior wide receiver O.J. Murdock has traveled a long and bumpy road to where he is. Now, he is ready for his next step — professional football. Murdock came out of high school as one of the top players in the country and bounced around to different schools due to getting in off-the-field trouble and enduring injuries before landing at Fort Hays. Now, Murdock has turned his life in the right direction and is the 41st-ranked, draft-eligible wide receiver according to ESPN and the 34th-ranked receiver according to NFLDraftScout.com. He is considered a late round pick in the NFL Draft or a free agent signee. He participated in the NFL Scouting Combine and pro days across the country, recording a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, a 34.5-inch vertical leap, 9-feet, 8-inch broad jump and 15 bench reps of 225 pounds at the combine. “It is a storybook,” Murdock said. “It is not ending yet, but it is a fairy tale for the most. I would never have dreamed in a million years that I would be at the combine or having a pro day here or talking to scouts. Every day is a new beginning...READ MORE
SOURCE: Klint Spiller, FHSU University Leader

 *Cam Newton, QB, Auburn 2011 DS #2 QB, Projected Round(s): 1
News/Story Tagged As: Draft, General player information/news

3/31/2011 - Warren Moon: Criticism of Cam Newton is 'blatant racism' - Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon alleged this week that there is racism coloring the perception of top NFL draft prospect Cam Newton. Moon told CBSSports.com that he is upset by depiction of Newton, the defending Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn, as being somehow unfit to run an NFL offense. "A lot of the criticism he's receiving is unfortunate and racially based," Moon told CBS Sports. "I thought we were all past this. I don't see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. "He's being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we're not." Newton is projected as a likely first-round pick, and perhaps the first overall pick in the draft. He is often compared to Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert (who is white), but there is no consensus on who the best player in the draft field is...READ MORE

 *Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech 2011 DS #3 RB, Projected Round(s): 2
News/Story Tagged As: Draft, General player information/news

3/31/2011 - VT Football: Catching up with Ryan Williams, Darren Evans ... - When the Hokies started spring football practice yesterday, all three of their star tailbacks from 2010 were on the field. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech, Ryan Williams and Darren Evans were only there as spectators. That duo, which combined for 4,251 yards and 52 touchdowns in just two seasons each for the Hokies, was back in town for a private workout with the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, cornerback Rashad Carmichael, tight end Andre Smith and defensive tackle John Graves – the other NFL hopefuls who’ve departed Tech’s team – also worked out for the Dolphins’ coaching staff on campus yesterday. Afterward, Evans and Williams wandered over to Rector Fieldhouse, where the Hokies were holding their first spring practice under cover to avoid the rain. Both former Tech tailbacks seemed a little nostalgic watching their old teammates run through drills, but both also seemed very confident that their decisions to leave school early were the right move...READ MORE
SOURCE: Kyle Tucker, The Virginian-Pilot

 Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina 2011 DS #16 DE, Projected Round(s): 4-5
News/Story Tagged As: Pro day, Pro day news/info/results

3/30/2011 - Pro Timing Day Held Wednesday - Fourteen former Gamecock football players showcased their skills for scouts representing 28 of the 32 NFL teams on Wednesday in the University of South Carolina's annual Pro Timing Day. Those who took part in the activities were Ladi Ajiboye, Blake Baxley, Garrett Chisolm, Chris Culliver, Josh Dickerson, Patrick DiMarco, Hutch Eckerson, Tori Gurley, Jarriel King, Spencer Lanning, Brian Maddox, Cliff Matthews, Weslye Saunders and Charles Turner. The event began in the weight room, where the players were measured for height and weight, then went to the bench press where they did as many reps as possible at 225 pounds. Due to the inclement weather, the event then moved to the indoor practice facility where the players did a standing broad jump, vertical leap, 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and the shuttle run before wrapping up with individual position drills...READ MORE
SOURCE: South Carolina, football

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