Without any probably first rounders, Arkansas pro workout day on Tuesday at Walker Pavilion was not well attended by scouts. But there was one nice tidbit for the 15 NFL scouts and three CFL scouts: Andrew Davie can also deep snap.
Davie will likely be a late draft pick, but the fact that he was a deep snapper in high school and displayed those skills at the end of the workout will help him.
"That's a huge deal for Andrew," said Jeremiah Washburn, scout with the Baltimore Ravens. "Anytime you can also help in special teams, that really is a nice plus. He did fine today in all areas."
Davie stumbled at the start in his first attempt at a 40-yard dash time, but he nailed his second attempt. He was clocked at 4.70 by several NFL scouts.
"I feel good about how it went today," Davie said. "I haven't snapped since high school and I've worked on it a little bit. One (of the scouts) showed me three different techniques to work on and I'll try to fine tune it a bit. I was a one-hand snapper in high school, and they want two hand snaps. I'll keep working on it."
Davie passed up his senior year. He would be 26 as a collegiate player next year after also giving professional baseball a four-year try out of high school.
"This was the biggest interview of my life," Davie said. "But you have to stay relaxed. I did about four or five years of these type deals for baseball. I've learned you have to make this like playing in your backyard to keep from getting too tight."
The other main attractions for scouts in Tuesday's workout were center Jonathan Luigs and offensive tackle Jose Valdez. Luigs should be a middle draft pick. Cornerback Jamar Love helped himself with a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash.
Love was relieved to have the day behind him, especially with his quick time.
"I've been stressing over this day for two months," Love said. "Now that it's over, I feel like a monkey's off my back."
Luigs probably didn't need to work out Tuesday after an impressive performance in the combine, but did.
"I think he's probably a third-fourth-fifth guy," one scout said. "He helped himself by coming back for his senior year and playing in more of a pro scheme. He really did well at the Senior Bowl, then his combine was fantastic.
"But this is a good year for centers. There are three or four centers. He's very athletic and will be on a lot of team's board."
Chris Mortensen attended after a long night in Bristol, Conn., to do some work for ESPN. He wanted to see son Alex workout. Unfortunately, Alex pulled a hamstring -- his first such injury ever -- on his first attempt at a 40-yard dash time.
"I told Alex he was a little heavy three or four days ago, so he tried to cut his weight," Mortensen said. "That probably is the reason he pulled the hamstring."
Weight was on Davie's mind the last 48 hours. He weighed on Monday and was stunned that some heavy workouts over the last two months had dropped his weight from 270 to 248.
"That was the deal the last day or so," Davie said. "The big thing is you want to run a great 40 and I've been shedding weight. But I didn't know I had lost that much. I took in a lot of water the last 24 hours and I was at 256 today."
Davie spent most of the winter in Florida working out with a personal performance trainer, but cut that time short because of the ice storm in Northwest Arkansas.
"I came back four weeks before I intended," he said. "We had a lot of tree damage at our house. We had a lot of trees down on our roof and one of them punched a hole through the roof. When my wife called, I knew I had to get back to help her."
The goal was to "lean up" before the pro timing day.
"My weight will go back up to 260," he said. "I'm probably a blocking tight end more than anything else, but I think I showed them today that I can run and I can catch -- maybe better than the (scouts) thought I could.
"But today, it was about what you can run the 40 in. I think we all know that. I ran pretty good."
It wasn't just players from last year's Arkansas team. Also working out were Cedric Cobbs, Marcus Monk, Fred Talley and Matt Hewitt.
"You see that some guys still have a passion for the game," Mortensen said. "And some of them are about like me and some of my friends were at that age -- they still don't know what they are going to do in life.
"Cedric looks about as in as good a shape as he's ever been in. He looked very good. I think he may get an invitation to camp. Running backs in the NFL keep getting recycled. I know a team that wants to bring him in to camp.
"Marcus Monk is probably going to come into a camp, too. I know some teams that want to see him. He wasn't healthy when he went to camp with the Bears or with the Giants last year. I think playing basketball helped him. I remember getting a call from a friend of mine with the Giants last year. They were talking about him limping. I was about ready to call him and tell him to 'lose the limp' and that day he was cut."
Mortensen thought Luigs showed well on Tuesday.
"Jonathan isn't going to be a first day guy, but he's still a fifth or a possbile fourth-round pick," Mortensen said. "I talked to teams that saw him at the combine. They really liked him. They talked about his intelligence and high character, the things we all knew."
Mortensen said Valdez also impressed some teams at the combine and again Tuesday.
"Again, what you have to remember, it's a lean year," Mortensen said. "Offensive and defensive linemen are going to get a chance. You get to camp with the right team, who knows? I know Jose's agent. He's touting him as a sleeper in the draft. This is the same agent who called me last year with Joe Flacco."
"Today was awesome," Valdez said. "I got to see my friends and work out in front of my friends. It was a great experience."
"Working out today really helped me," Valdez said. "A scout from the Rams told me I pushed my stock up a little more by being out here and going through the drills."
Valdez said he wanted to work on his shuttle and agility drills today. At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, linemen did those drills after individual workouts.
"It really helped (focusing on those drills)," Valdez said. "I knocked down my time by a couple of seconds."
Valdez has been working out in Kansas City with former Chiefs Pro Bowl guard Will Shields.
"It's been a grind every day," Valdez said. "I've been doing two workouts a day - full workouts. I'm just glad I'm here and finished it."
Valdez said the pro style offense ran by Bobby Petrino has helped prepare him for the NFL.
"Coach Petrino has a strong and weak system," he said. "Being able to show you can play right tackle and left tackle is a huge upside. The scouts see it and they all like it."
Luigs said working with Petrino helped him, too.
"I got to learn a new system - more of a pro style system," Luigs said. "It gave me more knowledge of the game and different techniques to use. I feel like I got better, but there's still room for improvement."
Like Valdez, Luigs said the scouting process has been difficult.
"They treat you like a piece of meat sometimes," Luigs said. "Especially at the combine with all the medical stuff. But teams are investing a lot of money in you, so they want to know everything about you - what you do good and what you do bad."
Luigs had worked out in New Jersey before recently returning to Little Rock.
Quarterback Casey Dick said a pair of Canadian teams have shown interest in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
"It's an opportunity to play," Dick said. "That can also lead to the NFL. One of the coaches said he had a whole lot of guys that had gone on to play in the NFL."
Dick said not having many receivers at the pro day was an obstacle that had to be overcome.
"You just have to make do with what you've got sometimes," Dick said. "I definitely wasn't going to go out there and not throw the ball. I got to throw the ball in front of those guys and hopefully someone saw something they liked and will give me a chance."
Dick has been working out in Nashville, Tenn., alongside Oregon star running back Jeremiah Johnson and 16 others from around the country.
A recurring theme throughout the day, Dick said being under the tutelage of Bobby Petrino helped his mechanics.
"He opened up the offense a little more," Dick said. "It helped me with throwing the football, getting schemes down and reading defenses. It helped me progress a lot as a player."
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