Demaree: NFL Scouts and Agents Chime In

When it's money time intense scrutiny becomes the order of the day at the major combine at Indianapolis and at the various Pro Day's at the many universities and colleges. The players are analyzed on every thing from how fast they are, how smart they are, to what kind of person they are.

When it's money time intense scrutiny becomes the order of the day at the major combine at Indianapolis and at the various Pro Day's at the many universities and colleges. The players are analyzed on every thing from how fast they are, how smart they are, to what kind of person they are.

The players are tested on thirteen different categories. The most attractive event at these functions is the forty-dash that measures in increments of 10, 20, and 40-yards encompassed within the forty yards. This indicates how quickly they explode off the line and how quickly they reach top speed. Then the next popular of these events is the bench press, primarily because it's awesome and eye-popping to see the massive strength of some of the individuals. The Wonderlic test was made popular a couple years ago when the very popular and talented Vince Young scored a 6 on the test. It is an exam, which consist of 50 questions.

Players are given 12-minutes to complete the test. It's been proven that scoring low does not always eliminate success at the pro level and scoring high does not always guarantee success.

Most of the success is documented by what they have accomplished within their football programs and even coaches say you ballet on shorts and you play football in pads. However, for those that haven't quite solidified themselves and have something to prove are negate, the combine and pro day can be very beneficial.

Andre Woodson, who didn't workout at the combine because of a tight hamstring, but after the combine was still rated in the top five quarterbacks in the country and Pro Day at UK gave him an opportunity to elevate his stock to where it once was. His performance on pro day was very impressive and no one knows at this point whether he crawled back into the first round, but he certainly gave the NFL scouts something to think about.

Former UK assistant coach and now NFL scout for the Cleveland Browns Jake Hallum chimed in on some of the Kentucky players. "He is a little under sized but he had a good workout," he said of Wesley Woodyard. "Jacob Tamme is a little undersize, too. We said we weren't going to draft a tight end but he is a Kentucky guy and I'm a Kentucky guy. Prior to the pro day workout, Hallum said he hoped Woodson would bounce back a little because he didn't have a great Senior Bowl.

"The two Kentucky players that helped themselves the most at the combine were Wesley (Woodyard) and Jacob (Tamme)," Hallum said. The fact that Woodyard ran a 4.51, would qualified him to be looked at as a safety? "Even I don't know much about his cover skills. Remember a kid that we had here, Marlon McCree? They're similar type players because they are both over achievers but I think Marlon had a bit more cover skill. Marlon was a little bit better because he had played in the secondary."

Hallum said that ideally they would want like a bigger guy at linebacker but he just makes tackles. Size is often times measured in the chest cavity (how big is his heart). The scout said - "If you bring him on your team you are going to have a hard time cutting because he's going to find some way of getting on to the field. He can be a cover guy (punts and kickoff's) or a special teams guy."

NFL agent Todd France represents Keenan Burton and Wesley Woodyard. "Keenan and I hooked up through Michael Bush and from there I hooked up with Wesley. I've been doing this a long time. Agents don't get access to the combine but I I've heard rumor they are going to start allowing access to the combine and selling tickets to the public. But it is good to get test messages from the inside with some contacts for you have. This (Pro Day) is good for me to get a look at my men" He said he and his clients become family and he becomes almost like a father figure. He doesn't handle money but he makes them a lot of money. He leaves the money end to the financial advisors. "Teams we have spoken to is about nothing linebacker but at the end of the day his productivity speaks for itself. He blew up the Senior Bowl and tore up the combine and he going to have a good day today (pro day). He has great character and I know he will do great at the next level. You don't need to have 32 teams, you just need one to give him a chance."

Stand by for April 26th.

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