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? Here's the inside scoop as well as notes from Nevada's most recent Pro-Day.

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 afterwards. 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.

Tony Pauline
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