For some like Burnett, it was a chance to show the scouts what he could do after not being able to test at the combine due to a tweaked hamstring. Morgan sustained the injury while training for the combine in Indianapolis. "I was just glad to be able to come out and participate and be injury free today, said Burnett. "I think I helped myself out a lot." One of Burnett's best results was an explosive 11 feet in the broad jump.
One of Burnett's former teammates that were unable to perform Monday was Demaryius Thomas. "Bay Bay is a great football player," said Burnett. "Just watching his tapes speaks for itself."
Derrick Morgan has a strong performance at the Indy combine but his competitive juices had him out on the field again Monday competing with his former teammates. "That's the competitor in me," said Morgan. "I saw the other guys and didn't want to take a back seat so I jumped in with them." Derrick was able to test on the bench for the first time today and was able to do 21 reps. The 21 reps bettered his mark from the combine. The defensive end may be playing a new position when he begins his career with the NFL. Most teams have been talking to him about playing the outside linebacker position. Teams will be coming to Atlanta to work out Morgan as they take a closer look at him and the linebacker position.
The fourth member of the talented junior class that worked out Monday was Jonathan Dwyer. "I had a lot of fun out there today." Most of the teams talking to Dwyer wanted to see his forty time again. "They wanted to see my forty speed over again since I only had three weeks to train prior to the combine since I hurt my toe." When asked if he did better on Monday than in the combine, Dwyer responded, "a lot better, I'm very pleased." Dwyer had lost 17 pounds coming into Monday's testing. "The weight issue wasn't a problem for me in college." JD now weighs 226.
One of the players performing today that didn't have a chance to compete at the combine was Cord Howard. For that reason, Monday's pro day was extremely important for Cord. "It went pretty good today," said Howard. "I had nice numbers today." Howard has been training with CES in Duluth in preparation for the pro day and the upcoming draft. "I'm hearing I'll be middle to late round pick." Most teams are still in the process of evaluating Cord and he has remained confident throughout the process.
For the six players the hard part is now over. They'll continue to do individual workouts for teams showing interest in them. They'll also continue with their training regime. All are looking for to the big day when they hear their name called in the upcoming draft.