Bears All Over Tech Pro Day

The Bears were quite interested in the goings on at Pro Day for Georgia Tech, but don't get too excited. Yes, Yellow Jackets receiver Calvin Johnson might be the top prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft, but he's not going to be a Midway Monster any time soon. Nevertheless, defensive lineman Joe Anoai and linebacker KaMichael Hall might be calling Chicago home fairly soon.

GEORGIA TECH
Calvin Johnson's numbers are being well circulated in the media. Johnson turned in a 42-inch vertical jump yet was disappointed with the results to the point of being furious he did not jump higher. He then produced a broadjump of 11'7".

Johnson's pass-catching workout was spectacular. As one scout who was on the scene described, "If he got a hand on the ball, he caught it."

This all adds up to a tougher decision for the Oakland Raiders, who own the draft's first selection.

Defensive lineman Joe Anoai, who was surprisingly not invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, turned in a terrific performance.

Measuring in at over 6'2" and 303 pounds, Anoai clocked as fast as 4.91 and 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash, ran the three-cone in 7.31-seconds, while also producing a vertical jump of 33.5 inches and a broad jump of 9'5".

The Chicago Bears have set up a private workout for Anoai, and the Minnesota Vikings are also interested in bringing the defender in for a workout.

Linebacker KaMichael Hall improved on a poor Combine performance. Hall ran times in the low 4.6s, with the Jacksonville Jaguars timing him at 4.62 seconds on both runs. These times are almost two-tenths faster then his runs on the carpet of the RCA Dome.

Projected as a one-gap weakside linebacker, the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts are expected to individually work out Hall in the coming weeks.

The news was not as good surrounding Reggie Ball.

The former quarterback who projects to receiver in the NFL ran poorly, timing in the 4.7s, which was not much better than his runs at the Combine. Ball then proceeded to drop a number of passes when worked out at receiver. The San Diego Chargers did put Ball through a battery of quarterback drills towards the end of the session.

There was one interesting note from the workout.

The quarterback throwing passes to Johnson during the workout was not Ball but rather former Tech player Damarius Bilbo.

A former signal-caller for the Yellow Jackets, Bilbo moved to receiver as a sophomore and was fairly productive playing in the shadows of Johnson in 2005. Bilbo was signed by Cowboys as an undrafted free agent last year. He did not catch a pass for Dallas during the 2006 campaign, and the team is considering moving Bilbo to safety.

Yet those on hand watching him zip the ball during Georgia Tech's workout feel Bilbo has a future at quarterback.

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TOWSON
One of the better sleeper prospects in the draft is Towson offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. A four-year starter at left tackle, Bushrod put his athletic skills on display for NFL scouts on Wednesday.

Measuring in at over 6'4" and 315 pounds, he turned in times of 4.92 and 4.94 seconds in the 40. During his second run, Bushrod pulled up with a bad hamstring during the final 10 yards. Those in attendance felt he would've run faster than 4.9 seconds had he completed the 40 at full strength. He also turned in a vertical jump of 30.5 inches and completed 23 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench.

The New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals all sent offensive line coaches to watch Bushrod. The New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles have set up private workouts with him.

Interestingly, all the teams on hand project Bushrod as an NFL tackle rather than moving him to guard.

MARYLAND
After a woeful Combine performance, Maryland tackle Stephon Heyer significantly improved during his Pro Day on Wednesday. Heyer measured in at 6'6", 329 pounds, and ran 5.37 in the 40, three-tenths better than his Combine time. He also completed 30 reps on the bench and turned in a 30-inch vertical jump.


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