UW Pro Day Quotes - Rob Rang

SEATTLE - After watching 16 former UW prospects go through testing and position drills during UW's annual Pro Day at the Dempsey Indoor Facility, it was time to talk to one of the experts to see what it all meant. Rob Rang, who is one of the analysts for NFLDraftScout.com, part of the CBSSports.com network, was on hand to watch the day's events, and Dawgman.com spoke to him about what he saw.

For those interested in Rob's thoughts, go to Rob Rang's blog on CBSSports.com.

On what Pro Day can mean for these players - "For Chris Polk I don't know if it's necessarily that big of a deal because he's got so much great tape. But it's always good to see a player that does have great tape, does go to the Senior Bowl and does go to the (NFL) Combine - essentially all the drills, and then decides to come here and do a lot of the drills as well…I think that speaks to his competitive spirit, and I've always liked that. At the same time, when you have as much great tape as he does, I don't think he was going to move himself up or down based on how he performed today.

"That said, for some of the other players - like Cort Dennison - to work out and be effective, I think that helps his stock, obviously. To not be able to go to any of those prominent all-star games, obviously wasn't at the combine - that helps him to be able to show his athleticism.

For the most part, any type of Pro Day - you're looking for guys who are going to show some type of amazing athletic ability, and of course you're going to go back and look at the tape to see if that translates onto the field."

On Chris Polk - "I see a guy that is similar, in some ways, to Seattle's Marshawn Lynch. He is a very physical running back. He has two things about him that are special; he runs through contact as well as any back in this draft, including in my opinion Alabama's Trent Richardson, and he catches the ball so well out of the backfield. And that's a very unique combination of skills. So when you consider the fact that as physical as he is - he's a 38-game starter - the tape speaks for itself, really."

On if he helped himself Thursday - "I think he helped himself in the regard that he showed a competitive spirit and he ran well. But at the same time, very few times on tape have I ever seen him caught from behind - I don't know if I ever have, to be honest with you. I don't know if a 40-yard dash in shorts is going to prove that he can beat NFL linebackers to the edge, but at the same time it was a strong workout. It was basically about as expected. He stars as a receiver out of the backfield and showed the willingness to dive to the ground to make some catches and things of that nature, so that again speaks to his competitive spirit."

On what he ran today - "I heard anywhere between 4.45 and 4.48 on his first time and anything between 4.47 and 4.51 on his second time. He was a little bit slow on his second time because he had a poor start; he kind of stumbled out of the blocks. I think he actually accelerated better on the second 40-yard dash time, and again I like that. I like to see a guy where, if things don't go perfectly that he still has the ability to improve - and I thought that he showed that."

On if 16 reps on the bench is a concern - "Of the top of my head I don't remember the combine numbers for some of the other top running backs, but 16 reps to me is not anything that would scare me because I have no questions of his physicality based on tape, and of course that's the most important thing. Would I like to have seen him do better? Sure, but that's anybody that way. But at the same time I didn't think that was going to be anything that would hurt him."

On if this day helped another combine guy in Alameda Ta'amu - "It always helps to do this, but at the same time I don't know if he demonstrated necessarily any type of greater athleticism in this drill that we had seen throughout his career. He was a little inconsistent throughout his career with the Huskies; at the Senior Bowl I thought he was one of the more impressive defensive linemen there. To me, as exciting as that was, it's a little bit of a red flag because if he was so good there against so-called elite competition, why didn't we see that more consistently at Washington?

On Ta'amu not doing the bench - "I knew he was in the 30's (at the combine), and for any type of guy…the most done by anybody this year was 44 (reps), so he was among the top guys at the combine - and you see that on tape. I have some reservations about Ta'amu; I don't have any reservations about his strength."

On having reservations about Jermaine Kearse - "I do. Unfortunately there's nothing he's going to be able to do during a Pro Day workout that's going to answer the question of why he dropped so many passes he did throughout in his career for the Huskies. At the same time, he was a very productive player for the Huskies and has the size and certainly looks the part. I thought he ran pretty well today, looked fluid in and out of his breaks. I thought he had a solid workout as well."

On how he caught passes at the combine - "Actually I don't recall seeing him at the combine; I didn't focus on him specifically, so unfortunately I don't know how many passes he caught or dropped. But unfortunately throughout the season I saw him drop too many passes."

On if that's going to keep him from being drafted - "What hurts him is the fact that he did struggle with drops throughout his career, and the fact that the wide receiver class, in my opinion, is one of the real strengths of this year's draft class. So unfortunately it could just be a numbers game for him. That said, when you have the size he has, it's going to be easier to give him a draft-able grade than some of these guys that are 5-8 and run a 4.4. He's got tape of Pac-12/Pac-10 play over his career that stands out. Any time there's a workout and a guy doesn't do phenomenally, there's a perception out there that he didn't do well; I thought he did fine."

On what draft grade he would give Kearse right now - "I personally would give him a seventh-round grade, but with this year's draft there's the possibility that he could fall out. If he did fall out, I would expect there's a lot of teams out there that would want to give him a chance, because I think there's a perception out there that if you can get him to be a little more consistent, then you have the potential of a real steal, because he has the size and speed that you're looking for."

On Senio Kelemete and testing - "I thought he was a little sluggish, honestly, at the combine from what I had seen on tape and what I saw at the Senior Bowl. He's an athletic guy; obviously playing left tackle for the Huskies speaks to his ability as a pass-blocker. I think he projects best at the NFL as a guard. I like his ability to go out and block on the move. I like the fact that as a former defensive lineman when he came here, he plays with some nastiness. That combination…in terms of national perception I think he might be the most underrated of the Huskies players - at least the draft-eligible players this year. Everybody is talking about Chris Polk or whoever, but they aren't talking about this offensive lineman who's probably going to have to move, but I think is one of the better so-called second-tier offensive linemen throughout the entire country."

On where Senio projects in the draft - "Kelemete, I think there's a lot of people that are going to start to consider him in maybe the third round. He's one of those guys that can come in and play fairly quickly despite the fact that he's going to making a transition from left tackle likely to guard. For me, one of the things that's exciting about him is that he's already shown the ability to make a transition from a different position - so that's not going to be new for him. Of course, he's gone up against some pretty spectacular athletes in this conference."

On Cort Dennison, and if tape trumps Pro Day workouts - "Absolutely. That's the thing; we all get so excited about the combine and Pro Days, but in my opinion - and certainly in talking to scouts - these types of workouts when you're just in shorts, are maybe 10 percent of all the scouting that happens. If a guy comes out and proves himself to be much more athletic than we thought, it forces you to go back to the tape. With Dennison, who has good tape, I think he's a little bit stiff honestly for coverage. I have some reservations about any type of middle linebacker that's going to be a two-down linebacker; we're just seeing that go by the way of the dinosaur in today's NFL being as pass-heavy as it is. I think he's honestly on the outside looking in as far as being a draft pick, but you love the intensity and the consistency by which he's played. I just worry that he might be a little bit of a maxed-out player at this point. But at the same time if you get him on an NFL team, he's going to be one of those hard guys to cut - so he's got a chance."

On where he projects Polk and Ta'amu in the draft - "I think Chris Polk has a chance at the late first, just because I think he's right there in the mix to be the No. 2 running back in the draft. In my opinion, I don't think there's a lock-down No. 2 running back in this draft class. I don't know if there is going to be a second running back go in the first round, and that's why his stock could fluctuate. Now we, at NFLDraftScout, have him as a third-round pick; I have him more as a second-round prospect. I don't feel like the Senior Bowl and Combine - and even to a lesser extent this Pro Day - have been especially kind to him. With Chris' tape, it's been so good for so long, I don't have any reservations about how effective he can be at the NFL level.

"Alameda, I personally have him at more of a 4th or 5th-round grade; he scares me. I see a guy that has first round tape at times, but I also see a guy I wouldn't draft at all, at times. So that type of inconsistency scares me, and obviously with big men you are going to see some lapses that way. Considering what he does well - he holds up the point and is a space-eater - that's a very specific skill set and it's very much lacking in this year's draft, so I think that's what helps him. And that's opposed to Polk, it hurts a little bit because like receiver, running back is one of the better, stronger positions in this year's draft."

On seeing anyone today that would cause him to go back to the tape - "I'd say Quinton Richardson's speed. I thought he would run well, but he ran even better, looked even more explosive than I thought. Richardson made some more plays his junior year than this past season, so I'd have to dig a little deeper into that; why did that happen? Why wasn't he more productive this year? But at the same time, and especially at the cornerback position, you see every year some guys that fall down the board or aren't necessarily expected to be high draft picks - but because of their speed they make a name for themselves. And so he's one of those guys that could do that."

On what Richardson ran - "There were whispers as I was walking around that he ran high 4.3's, low 4.4's. I don't know that for sure, but he certainly looked fast."

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