Results have been slow coming in and well guarded from Eugene but we are getting a few results from Tuesday's Pro-Day at Oregon and the long anticipated workout of Onterio Smith. The Bears were one of three franchises prevalent at the workout.
Overall Smith had a "real good" performance our source told us. Weighing over 216-pounds, Smith ran a pair of forties in the 4.45 range and looked terrific on all the drills. He caught the ball well and displayed the top running skills. Smith's weight has fluctuated between 220 and 216-pounds the past month and scouts were surprised to see he was able to keep his quickness and speed with the added bulk. The source also told us several teams mentioned they are considering using their pick in round one for Smith's services, though that may have been tongue in cheek it was noted.
Note: There are reports filtering around that Smith was times by some in the 4.52-4.54 area. Scouts were also going to add .08 seconds because of the track. Once we get final word we will post.
George Wrighster did not run the forty but took part in other drills. Weighing 255-pounds, the flashy tight end looked seamless catching the ball and word has it Wrighster has dropped only three passes of the almost 60 that have been thrown to him over three separate workouts. Asked about his blocking skills, the concern is not only strength but the system. Wrighster was able to employ positioning type blocking and must now get accustomed to the straight ahead power blocking used at the next level.
Keenan Howry improved his time from the combine running in the low 4.5's and has reportedly run in the mid 4.45's recently during private workouts. He also caught the ball well.
Lastly, one Oregon defender getting some play is David Moretti who has clocked in the 4.65 area. The concern with the middle linebacker is a lack of flexibility and sideline-to-sideline range.
Three franchises most prevalent at the workout were Chicago, Pittsburgh and Seattle.