During yesterday's Baylor pro day, the Washington Redskins sent half the organization to watch Robert Griffin III workout. I picture 25 hunchbacked drooling men surrounding the quarterback, with owner Dan Snyder front and center, rolling the tips of his fingers together and breathing "Eeeeexcellent."
Washington traded away three first round picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up in this year's draft to select RGIII. So it's understandable they wanted to get an up-close look at their investment.
Yet the Baylor player that actually had something to prove was wide receiver Kendall Wright. Considered a surefire first-round selection heading into last month's NFL Scouting Combine, Wright failed to impress. On film, he looks to have to have elite speed, yet he clocked a 4.61 40 time at the combine, which is deathly slow for a 5-10, 196-pound wideout.
The Chicago Bears added Brandon Marshall last week but could use a quicker, shiftier player out of the slot. When Marshall and Jay Cutler were tearing up the league in 2008, Eddie Royal (5-10, 185) filled that slot role and caught 91 passes that season.
If Chicago can find a player that complements Marshall's big frame and downfield ability, it would add another dimension to the club's passing attack.
Which is why Bears head coach Lovie Smith and receivers coach Darryl Drake were on hand to watch Wright workout. He reportedly ran in the low 4.4s, which is what most assumed he'd run at the combine, effectively erasing doubts about his speed.
WR Kendall Wright
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Wright was outstanding last season catching passes from Griffin. The two hooked up 108 times for 1,663 yards and 14 TDs. Wright displayed outstanding speed, quickness and after-the-catch ability. He compares favorably to the Vikings' Percy Harvin.
Wright's stock rose significantly yesterday and puts him back in the conversation as a first-round pick. If the Bears want to truly solidify the team's receiving corps, Wright could be an option when club chooses at 19th overall.
The Bears also got a good look at Baylor RB Terrance Ganaway, who ran a reported 4.47 40 – very good for a 239-pound ball carrier. Running backs coach Tim Spencer scouted Ganaway closely at the Senior Bowl. He's a projected fifth-round pick. The club may consider selecting him and have him challenge Kahlil Bell in training camp.
Also performing at Baylor's pro day was G/C Phillip Blake, a potential third round pick. Blake had a strong showing at the combine and didn't workout on Wednesday. While in college, he played both tackle and center, and played guard at the senior bowl. His versatility could be attractive to the Bears.
Other performers included defensive linemen Nicholas Jean-Baptiste and Tracy Robertson linebacker Reggie Rice and running back Isaac Williams. Bears linebackers coach Bob Babich was in Waco yesterday as well, likely there to look at Rice, a potential undrafted free agent option.
Bears workout Texas linebacker
Lovie Smith and Bob Babich were at the University of Texas pro day on Tuesday. They worked out linebacker Keenan Robinson.
Robinson (6-3, 242) did not stand out at the combine and chose to participate in all the drills on Tuesday. He improved on almost all of his combine numbers.
Robinson is a fluid player with good game speed. He's a good tackler in space and plays sideline to sideline. His biggest asset is in coverage, where he's very good at mirroring tight ends.
He has an effortless style that can lead to laziness. He also has trouble disengaging from offensive linemen. Once he's blocked, he usually stays that way.
Robinson is a solid all-around player with experience at middle linebacker. He projects best at outside linebacker in the pros. He's projected as a third- or fourth-round selection. Due to his athleticism, he should be able to contribute on special teams right away.
Another UT participant was safety Christian Scott, who put on a strong showing. The 6-1, 225-pound strong safety is big and athletic. He could be an option for Chicago as an undrafted free agent.
Lineman from Western Oregon
Chicago had representatives on hand for the pro day of Western Oregon offensive lineman Jason Slowey (6-2, 304). Slowey was impressive during his workout. His marks included 38 reps on the bench press, 9-2 in the broad jump and a short shuttle time of 4.64. Slowey also ran a solid 40, timing 4.96.
He played tackle in college but projects as a guard in the NFL. He's definitely a late-round sleeper candidate.
Missouri tight end
TE Michael Egnew
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The Bears showed up at Missouri's pro day last week to get an up-close look at tight end Michael Egnew. At the combine, Egnew (6-5, 252) was a top 10 performer amongst tight ends in the 40-yard dash (4.62 seconds), vertical jump (36.0 inches), broad jump (131.0 inches), three-cone drill (7.03 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.32 seconds).
Egnew has the frame and skill-set of a wide receiver. He's a pure pass catcher that struggles as a blocker. Athletically, he's top-tier and could make a solid complement to Kellen Davis. He projected as a third- or fourth-round selection.
Kirkpatrick not visiting Chicago
Last season, the junior had 26 tackles, nine pass deflections, returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown and forced two fumbles. Two seasons ago, Kirkpatrick had 53 tackles and three interceptions.
The Bears are not on that list, which means it's unlikely he is on the team's radar. This is an indication that either the club isn't impressed with Kirkpatrick or they have no interest in selecting a cornerback in the first round.
Tice in Oklahoma
Oklahoma held its pro day last week and Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice was in attendance.
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