The University of Tulsa held its Pro Day on March 13th, with 12 NFL teams in attendance: the Bears, Browns, Cowboys, Jets, Saints, Rams, Packers, 49ers, Jaguars, Raiders, Colts and Buccaneers.
Tulsa's top prospect, QB Paul Smith, only participated in passing drills Thursday and stood on his numbers that he produced at the Scouting Combine. The 6-1, 208-pound Smith isn't the biggest or fastest QB, but he's a highly-intelligent, productive quarterback with a lot of potential.
Chicago has an opening on the roster at QB after trading veteran Brian Griese back to Tampa Bay, and Smith is one of four signal-callers the Monsters of the Midway have paid particular attention to leading up to the draft – Michigan's Chad Henne, Delaware's Joe Flacco, and Hawaii's Colt Brennan are the others.
Tulsa installed a new hurry-up, no-huddle offense in 2007, which allowed Smith to enjoy a breakout season. Smith threw 47 touchdowns last year compared to the 35 touchdowns he totaled over the two previous seasons as the Golden Hurricane's starting QB.
But the player who stole the show Thursday was linebacker Chris Chamberlain. Chamberlain measured in at 6-1 and 226 pounds, ran a 4.62 in the 40 and tested well in the short shuttle (4.09) and three-cone drill (6.93). Chamberlain also showed great athleticism with a 36.5-inch vertical leap and a 9-6 broad jump, and he showed good strength in the bench press with 17 reps of 225 pounds.
Chamberlain led Tulsa in tackles with 148 this past season.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.