USC Pro Day: LenDale White's Status Sinking

The biggest date on the pro-day schedule arrived with nearly 200 scouts, coaches and general managers who descended on the USC campus. While some prospects helped themselves, one who had been high on the Patriots wish list -- LenDale White -- didn't do himself any favors. He may have actually hurt his chances. See what league sources told about his draft status after today.


Matt Leinart- Throwing session was "okay" by most standards though some were not as impressed.  Threw some nice deep comebacks and was very accurate but did not show a great arm or zip on passes.  Titans are working him out tomorrow as Jeff Fisher, Floyd Reese and Norm Chow were on hand today..  Footwork was effective and Leinart threw well on the run. Earlier today: Just starting to throw.  Passes on the money.  Perfectly hit Dom Byrd down the field.  Curtis Conway, who wants to get back into the NFL, is one of the practice receivers.  

LenDale White: Shockingly White, who did not run the forty at the combine, did not run here at Pro-day.  Sources have just told us White did not run because of a "sore hamstring".  Weighed in at 244-pounds. Plans are being put in place for White to run in about two-weeks.  Had a very bad attitude and left a horrible impression on scouts.  Never took his sweats off all day.  Called by sources "the turd of the day."

Reggie Bush: Forty times- 4.33/4.37.  Used at receiver for almost the entire workout. Did not take a hand-off during the workout and only did a few running back drills towards the very end of the session.  Looked great in everything he did.  Green Bay worked him out individually.

Winston Justice: 38-reps and 39-inch vertical.  Looked exceptional in the drills.  Great feet and showed terrific punch.  Gave no ground in drills.  The Houston Texans, specifically Charlie Casserly  and new head coach Gary Kubiak were all over him as were the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.  Hurt his calf before running the forty, which was one reason why he had such a poor time.  Will probably run again when Lendale White runs in two weeks.

Dominique Bryd: Flawless catching the ball and ran good routes.  Many were very disappointed in his workout numbers.

Fred Matua- Very impressive.  As good if not better in every aspect compared to his combine workout.  Used as a long snapper and did a good job.  On target with all his snaps.  Helped himself significantly.  Word is he may have jumped into the first day.

Darnell Bing:  21- reps on the bench, vertical jump of 38-inches and a broad jump of 10'4".  Did well in the defensive back drills, looking solid. Weighed 225-pounds and people were disappointed in his forty-times.

Taitusi Lutui- Looked strong as an ox.  Had his weight down to about 330-pounds.  Footwork looked significantly better, due to weight loss.

Johnny Walker- Looked terrific in DB drills.  Caught every ball thrown to him.  Excellent footwork Sore ankle from last season is still bothering him.  

Frostee Rucker- Looked horribly disappointing in everything he did.  Looked totally unprepared.

David Kirtman: Ran well and caught ball well but pulled a hamstring on his third route.  Another site has him incorrectly running a 5.15; that's wrong- his time was 4.74.

Two Former Players

Curtis Conway: Only caught about four/five passes yet made some nice deep receptions.  Looked old.

Derrick Deese: Looked undersized.  Looked like he did not belong.

Full NamePos225BJVJ40-140-220-sht3-cone
Darnell BingS2110-4384.634.534.18 
Reggie BushRB2410-840.54.334.37DNR 
Dominique ByrdTE169-8364.814.794.44 
Winston JusticeT38 395.16DNR4.43 
David KirtmanFB269-834.54.74   
Matt LeinartQB 9-537    
Taitusi LutuiG268-5325.425.334.81 
Fred MatuaG258-730.54.995.064.80 
Frostee RuckerDE199-8354.804.81  
John WalkerCB1610-6394.604.58  
Scott WareS   DNR   
LenDale WhiteRB15  DNR   
Justin WyattCB   4.74   
225= Bench Press, BJ= Broad Jump, VJ= Vertical Jump, 40= 40-time



Things have been very late in getting started out at Troy.  Every team in the league is represented and most have sent almost all their position coaches.  It is junior parents day and USC head coach Pete Carroll took advantage of the situation inviting many of the area's top recruits and their parents to witness today's pro-day.

Pro day reports courtesy of TFY Draft Preview and LenDale White was considered to be high on the Patriots "wish list" prior to his appearance at the NFL Combine and the USC pro day.

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