Patriots Draft: Scouting in Miami

Miami traditionally offers some of the best talent available in the NFL Draft. Such was the reason all 32 NFL clubs sent more than 100 representatives to South Florida for the Hurricane's Pro Day. Many were on hand to get a closer look at a DL who did not work out at the combine. Several teams were very active. Get inside to find out who they were interested in.

The biggest name general managers on hand included A.J. Smith of the San Diego Chargers, the New York Giants Ernie Acorsi and Terry Bradway of the New York Jets.

Here are the highlights:

Marcus Maxey: 41.5-inch vertical jump with a clocking of 4.40 seconds in the 40. Some had Maxey in the 4.3's.

Kelly Jennings: 12 reps on the bench and a 40-inch vertical. Performed very well in position drills and had the Jacksonville Jaguars very interested.

Sinorice Moss: 42-inch vertical and a 10'-3" broad jump. Ran routes and caught punts but did not run the forty as the left quad he hurt at the combine is still a problem. Moss clocked a 4.39 at the combine even though he slowed down at 30-yard mark after pulling his quad.

Devin Hester: Scouts clocked him at 4.41 seconds in the first forty, then 4.28 in his second running. Hester has been telling people he was much faster. Later he was used at both receiver and cornerback. The St. Louis Rams were very interested.

Quadtrine Hill: The Hurricane fullback was used at running back and looked good. He clocked a 4.53 forty, completed 16 reps on the bench and had a 38-inch vertical jump.

Orien Harris: After not working out at the combine, Harris did not distinguish himself today. He completed 25 reps on the bench, ran in the 5.05-second range and posted a 30-inch vertical. Teams are not convinced he can play in a 3-4.

Tony Tella: Ran in the high 5.3's during the forty and posted an impressive 4.8 short shuttle. Both the Washington Redskins and New York Giants spoke with him at length.

Javon Nanton: 4.76 seconds in the forty, 33.5-inch vertical and 22 reps on the bench. Worked out at linebacker and defensive end. The Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams are very interested in Nanton.

Roger McIntosh: 4.55-4.60 in the forty.

Thomas Carroll: 16 reps on the bench and a 33-inch vertical.

Greg Threat: High 4.5's in the forty, 35-inch vertical and just 10 reps on the bench.

Eric Winston: Just 22 reps on the bench with a solid 33-inch vertical.

Leon Williams: 35-inch vertical and 4.54-seconds.

Workout of the day? Kenard Davis, track guy/cornerback. Ran a 4.25 forty, posted 41.5 inches in the vertical and completed 16 reps on the bench.

Other Media Reports:

The Sun-Sentinel reported that Devin Hester ran well in front of family and friends. One friend in particular, former NFL great Deion Sanders was also in attendance. Hester ran a 4.40 at the Combine.

The Sun-Sentinel also reported that Jacksonville's vice president of player personnel James Harris said "Miami is always going to have some real good players to choose from. That's why there are so many scouts here."

The Bradenton Herald reported that Hester was upset with his time at the Combine and came away pleased with his performance on his pro day. ''I was hurting,'' said Hester. "I was almost brought to tears, because I knew I was faster than that."


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