PSU Pro Day: Beyond the Numbers

News and notes that go above and beyond the raw stats from Thursday's session at University Park. See which coach took an interest in Justin King, how Dan Connor did in his workouts and much more as our Pro Day coverage continues.

Penn State Pro Day is not all about the numbers. Sure, NFL scouts pay attention to the performances in events such as the 40-yard dash, bench press and standing broad jump. But they also put players from various positions through different individual workouts. Here are some workout notes from Tuesday's session at Holuba Hall.

  • Linebacker Dan Connor's 40-yard dash time [4.70-4.71] "probably didn't hurt or help him," one observer said. However "Danny looked primed in the [individual] agility drills [the scouts] put him through." One scout was overheard saying of the 234-pounder, "The guy can really move." As another observer said, "The buzz grew after Dan went through the ball and cone drills. One [NFL scout] said, 'That made my trip worth it.'"

    Dan Connor.

  • Although he did not run the 40-yard dash due to his stellar 4.31-second posting at the NFL Combine last month, defensive back Justin King participated in every other drill. The scouts ran King through some coverage and ball drills, having a coach toss him balls. "He dropped about two balls total out of 20 thrown at him," one observer said. Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin and G.M. Kevin Colbert took a particular interest in King, spending a significant amount of time watching the junior corner. "Every time I looked over Tomlin was locked on [King], studying his movements. It sure seemed like he was here to see Justin," an observer shared.

    Justin King.

  • Running back Austin Scott, who was kicked off the team midway through the 2007 season due to legal troubles, participated Tuesday and "really came to make a statement." Scott showed off impressive strength in putting up 27 reps on the 225 bench press. "One [NFL] scout said, 'That's going to make some teams think," but his questionable history [of incidents and injuries] will be a lot to overcome," another observer explained.

    Austin Scott.

  • Running back Rodney Kinlaw was expected to run faster than his 4.49 to 4.50-range 40-yard dash, but some scouts did like his individual drill performance. "A couple of [scouts] commented on his hips and footwork, saying he could be a threat on returns," one observer said. Kinlaw did not have the opportunity to showcase his return skills during the event, though.

    Rodney Kinlaw.

  • Quarterback Anthony Morelli's performance was described as "inconsistent" by several observers. "He let some balls get away from him and showed more brute strength on his passes rather than touch," an observer said. Another explained, "I don't think he made the case today, but I think some scouts were here wondering if they can make him into what they need."

    Anthony Morelli.

  • Wideout Terrell Golden "looked sharp in ball drills — he dropped a few gimmes though." A few scouts commented on his size — 6-foot-2 3/4, 216 pounds. One observer mentioned, "His size could make up for his [lack of] burst. He could get a look as an inside [receiving] threat."

    We caught up with Golden, who reported he ran a 4.52 40, had a 40-inch vertical, a 10 foot, four inch broad jump, 4.25 20-yard shuttle, a 6.79 three-cone and 11.10 60-yard shuttle.

    "It was a very good experience overall," he said. "I'm pretty happy with what I did."

    Terrell Golden.

  • About 25 NFL teams had representatives on hand for the Pro Day event. Among the teams represented were the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals.

  • Running back Matt Hahn participated on a limited basis. "A few scouts commented on his fast progress from the [ACL] injury," one observer said. Another indicated that some scouts feel if Hahn gets back to 100 percent that he should get a tryout based on his film.

  • In terms of Chris Mauriello (LB), Nolan McCready (DB) and Gio Vendemia (DB), "None of them really stood out. It's an uphill battle [for them], so they'd need to have a monster Ethan Kilmer type day to make an impression. At least they took the shot, though."

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