Among the specific NFL personnel in attendance is Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Below are some reports on the event. Stay tuned to FightOnState.com as more Pro Day event numbers are reported in:
- Senior linebacker Dan Connor ran a 4.70 second 40-yard dash. One observer said, "Dan looked relaxed. He had a good run — some coaches were nodding and and commenting that 'he looks good' after his run." Connor ran individual position drills and "looked good with his hands and showed good agility and coordination."
Connor also ran a 4.71. These were hand-held times, so different scouts could have slightly different numbers.
- Junior cornerback Justin King participated in drills. However, due his blistering 4.31 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, opted to bypass the event today. "Justin said he's made the impression he needs to with his speed. Today he's looking to show agility and footwork."
UPDATE: King participated in all drills except the 40-yard dash. Another observer said he was impressive in coverage drills. "He looked really good. He dropped about two balls total out of 20 thrown at him."
- Anthony Morelli ran his 40s in the 4.9-5.1 range. He also tossed balls in individual drills. "He looked sharp in the pitch and catch drills. Some of the scouts were discussing a Drill 6 (7-on-7) look to see him get some coverage work."
However, there was not enough personnel to run such a drill.
UPDATE: Another observer agreed that Morelli looked good in "fast-ball warm ups," but hurt himself with a lack of consistency during the main portion of his workout. "He just was not crisp at all."
- UPDATE: Running back Austin Scott, who was kicked off the team midway through the 2007 season due to legal troubles, participated Tuesday and was impressive.
"He ran well, and looked sharp and in shape," an observer said. "I'd say he was the star of the day, if only because he was a real question mark coming in."
- UPDATE: Rodney Kinlaw didn't seem to help himself too much today. He ran the 40 in the 4.49-4.50 second range. He probably needed to have a better showing in the speed department given his lack of size. Observers said Scott performed much better overall in the drills.
One expert told us he didn't do enough to get himself into the draft, but that his return skills -- which he did NOT get a chance to display Tuesday -- will get him a look as a free agent
- Nolan McCready, a surprise addition to the event, ran a 4.55-range 40-yard dash.
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