Timing Day: Durant Will Get His Shot

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – So what's next for a graduating senior who rewrote the football record books at his major Division I university? Darian Durant is not so sure. However he is confident there will come an opportunity to demonstrate to NFL coaches what he is now showing to their scouts.

Perhaps the only thing the 5-foot-11 quarterback could not accomplish in his four years at North Carolina was becoming a 6-foot-3 prototype passer. Although Durant has never let his height or lack of it slow him down previously, he may now be facing his biggest challenge – overcoming an NFL stereotype of how a quarterback is supposed to look.

"I'm just glad I'm in this position," Durant said following Pro Timing Day at UNC on Tuesday. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to be working out in front of these professional scouts."

Fortunately there has been a noticeable migration of thought that great pro signal callers can also be good running backs, evidenced by the success of Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper, and a continually growing list of others. And Durant has always been a tough runner, maybe not as nimble as his predecessor Ronald Curry, but much harder to bring down.

Reportedly, Durant's best time in the 40-yard dash on Tuesday was 4.6 seconds. He also recorded a 35-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.44 short shuttle and an 11.48 long shuttle, which won't hurt him one bit when it comes to evaluating his overall athletic ability.

He likely won't be converted to another position like Curry was. At least for now, Durant is and will remain a quarterback prospect.

"I'm a quarterback first, so right now I'm focusing on that, but I'm willing to do whatever," he said.

ESPN Draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. says "Durant is undersized and lacks prototypical NFL quarterback measurables, but he is the fastest and the most athletic quarterback in the '05 class."

Still, he is listed as just the 20th best quarterback prospect by Scout.com.

So Durant will just have to wait and see where he will get his shot and then try to capitalize on it.

"I'm not going to think something and put myself into a position to get disappointed," he added when asked where he projected himself on draft day. I know I'm going to get a shot and I'll just have to take advantage of it.

"I don't know too much right now. All they tell you is that they like you, but every team tells you that. I really don't know; I'll just have to get into camp and show what I can do."


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