The Jaguars traveled north to Athens, Georgia to take in UGA's pro day. Dawgpost.com writer David Hale was on the scene and this report—
While Matt Stafford's Pro Day performance did little to change the conventional wisdom of scouts, his fellow underclassman Asher Allen may have worked his way back into the first day of next month's draft.
After Allen ran a disappointing 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper said the cornerback had little chance to be taken in the first two rounds of the draft. So Allen set out to improve the number, working with Georgia trainers to dissect his run and shave some time off the final mark.
That's exactly what he did Thursday, turning in an impressive 4.33 on his second run and turning a few heads of scouts in the process.
"First thing on my mind was my 40," Allen said. "I wanted to run a 4.35 or under, and I did that. A lot of teams just questioned the speed – something that people who know me have no question about – but I think I did a good job with that."
Stafford is a candidate to be the first overall pick in the draft, and if he's available at pick #8, the Jaguars would certainly be interested.
NO SALES PITCH NEEDED
Mark Richt spent plenty of time Thursday shaking hands and chatting up the NFL scouts on hand for the Pro Day festivities, but he said he didn't make any grand sales pitches to try to convince teams to take his players high in the draft. All he did, he said, was tell the truth.
"The one thing about these guys is, you look around and what can you say bad about them?" Richt said. "They're all high character guys, they're great team guys, they've played well, and all I've got to do is tell the truth and it's a good advertisement for them."
AROUND THE HORN
Knowshon Moreno didn't manage to improve on his combine 40 times, turning in official times of 4.58 and 4.64... Ramarcus Brown pulled up lame after his first 40 run after tweaking his hamstring... Defensive end Jeremy Lomax followed Brown's lead and suffered a minor hamstring injury during his workout, too... Demiko Goodman turned in a 4.35 in his 40 and jumped 10 feet, 9 inches in the broad jump, impressing scouts...
Moreno will likely not be a candidate for the Jaguars first-round pick unless they are able to trade back toward the end of the round.
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