Patriots Scout UK Pro Day

The New England Patriots were one of twenty-plus teams on hand to take a closer look at the top prospects coming out of the University of Kentucky this week. QB Andre Woodson was the top talent on display, but the Patriots have other players in mind, namely those catching Woodson's passes. Get inside for more on UK's Pro Day

The University of Kentucky held its Pro Day on March 5 and all eyes were on QB Andre Woodson. Woodson was at the Scouting Combine, but didn't workout due to a minor hamstring problem. He went through a complete workout on Wednesday and redeemed himself a bit in the eyes of scouts.

Woodson ran an average 4.80 in the 40-yard dash, but he delivered the ball with more velocity on Wednesday than he did at the Senior Bowl. He made minor adjustments with his delivery and is now holding the ball a little lower. His release is still elongated and mechanical, but he threw the ball well on deep routes. He displayed nice touch most of the day and appeared comfortable throwing to his three main receivers, Keenan Burton, Steve Johnson and tight end Jacob Tamme.

Kentucky WR Keenan Burton
AP Photo/Jim Lytle

There were 25 NFL teams in attendance, primarily to watch Woodson, Burton, Johnson, Tamme, LB Wesley Woodyard, and SS Roger Williams. The Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins were the only ones absent. But Atlanta has reportedly scheduled a private workout with Woodson for next week.

Lonny Demarre, at's, reported that Paul Hackett, former quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was impressed by Woodson's exhibition.

"He's like every young guy coming in," Hackett said. "He's got to learn the new offense he's going to be present with. He's got to study it, the speed of the game picks up when you get into the National Football League. He has all the tools and what a wonderful temperament, that's what I like about him.

"I just love the way he handles his guys out there and the way he loves it. You've got to love it. He has quick feet and a strong arm and throws the deep ball beautifully, he drives through the ball as well. He's where he is because of the coaching he's gotten here."

Andre Woodson Scouting Report

Strengths: He's a big, athletic quarterback who shows great poise under pressure. He has good presence in the pocket, feels the rush and steps up and makes big throws. He's patient and makes good decisions. He doesn't force throws. He goes through his progressions well and leads the receiver with an accurate pass. He has good lateral movement and finds throwing lanes for big gains.

Weaknesses: He's a pocket passer with average mobility. He struggles throwing on the run and if defenses get him outside the pocket they can cause turnovers. He has a mechanical release with a hitch that defenses can exploit.

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.

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