Central Florida, Nevada Pro Days

One of the more interesting Pro Days took place last Wednesday in Orlando, where several of the Central Florida Knights ran for scouts. Here are the results.<p>

Receiver Doug Gabriel ran basically the same time as he turned in during the combine, a 4.51. His vertical jump was similar at 35.5 while his broad jump was three inches further at 9-11. While he did not bench, we were informed Gabriel has a personnel best on the bench of 305 pounds. Scouts like his long acceleration as Gabriel's split times were actually a little slow at 1.65 at the 10-yard mark and 2.63 after twenty. Overall, Gabriel caught the ball well afterwards dropping only two passes.

One CFU receiver who surprised was Jimmy Fryzel. Branded a "possession receiver" Fryzel turned in a 4.47 with 10 and 20 splits of 1.62 and 2.53 respectively. Impressive was Fryzel's 36.5 vertical jump and the 19 repetitions he performed on the bench. His top weight on the bench is over 400-pounds.

Asante Samuel turned in an average 4.53-forty with a 36.5 vertical jump. What impressed scouts was Samuel's hip movement and many told us he has the rare ability to "flip his hips" transitioning to run with receivers.

Defensive lineman Elton Patterson measured in at 6-1.5/268 then ran a 4.90-forty, completed 27 reps on the bench press, topped 32 inches for the vertical and 9-2 on the broad. The consensus is Patterson has the frame to comfortably carry 290-pounds and will most likely be used inside at tackle thanks to his quickness.

Offensive lineman Brian Huff turned in a 5.24-forty at 6-5.5/296 pounds and completed 27 reps on the bench. His 4.46 20-yard shuttle was also pretty good. The Browns put Huff through a big workout after the athletic testing.

Finally, we were notified that quarterback Ryan Schneider, who will lead the Knights next season, is in top shape and looked better than he ever has during spring practice.

The workout took place on grass.

Nevada Pro-Day

Nate Burleson has been one of the nation's most prolific pass catcher's the past three seasons. Now leaving college a year early for the draft, what do scouts think of his projection to the next level?

After running a 4.55 at the combine Burleson improved his time earlier this week to a 4.46. Eight teams were on hand to watch the workout, with four (Bengals, Minnesota, Dallas and Miami) specifically sending receiver coaches to drill Burleson and he did not disappoint. Catching everything in sight, Burleson ran crisp routes and was on the mark all day.

In conversations with scouts several interesting facts were presented to us. Our first question was the amount of trepidation teams might have drafting Burleson- our reasoning was simple. The Wolfpack implement a receiver friendly offense where many of the plays are receiver screens, which exaggerate statistics. Factor in former New York Jets second round pick Alex Van Dyke flopping after coming from this program and Trevor Insley never amounting to much and the school is getting a bad rap.

The answer we got surprised us. Many feel Burleson will succeed because he runs extremely well ala Van Dyke yet has the natural receiving skills of Insley. Coupled with that are the off the field habits of Burleson, which are outstanding. A standup individual and pillar in the community, scouts came away impressed after looking into Burleson's character.

When we asked about leaving college a year early after being a partial qualifier in 1999, it was emphatically stated that Burleson transferred from a public school to a private institution prior to his arrival at Nevada, but not all of his credits followed. The fact was he is on course to graduate this summer.

In other news from Nevada, Erick Streelman, who had a terrible combine, improved slightly running a 4.95 then catching the ball well afterward. Also impressive were his long-snapping skills.

For someone who looks so athletic on film Streelman tests poorly and the reasoning is simple; he never participates in spring practice or workouts, rather plays baseball. Likewise his baseball playing suffers as he spends his fall on the gridiron. We were also surprised to hear Streelman has not yet totally decided to give up baseball and choose a career playing pigskin.

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