Pro Day: San Diego State

San Diego State held its Pro Day on Thursday with Adam Hall, Brenden Darby and Jeff Schoate headlining the event. Coach Tom Craft made a few appearances, but did not stay long. About 25-30 scouts attended the event and we were there to give you the skinny.

Teams represented in San Diego today were the Colts, Chiefs, Saints, Falcons, Niners, Patriots, Ravens, Jaguars, Chargers and Steelers. The most recognizable face in the crowd was Mean Joe Greene, the newest scout from Pittsburgh.

The San Diego State players did not perform very well on Thursday. In fact, a little known wide receiver out of Colorado State stole the show. Darien Hall posted the fastest forty time running into the wind, clocking in at 4.31 and hit 4.27 on more than one scouts watches. Darien looked well built, if small, and may have found himself some suitors as a kickoff specialist in the NFL. He displayed ability to find the ball while it was in the air and looked to be as fast on the field as he was running his forty.

Adam Hall, meanwhile, was terrible.

Many scouts were commenting that he was gripping the ball way too tight and the result was wobbly, off-target passes. A good showing today could have landed Hall a job as a developmental quarterback somewhere, but now he would be lucky if any team takes a flier on him.

Hall even had former San Diego State alum Kassim Osgood to throw to and Hall could not take advantage. His out patterns all went out of bounds and his zip on the ball was rarely seen. Receiver Jermaine Moore was the only other receiver besides Oz and Darien to catch passes. He did not separate himself from the pack with his catching. He did run two forties in the low 4.5's.

Defensive back Jeff Shoate came in well defined and ran a pair of forties that averaged 4.49. He also pounded out 23 reps on the bench press. In positional drills his hands were made of stone and the first pass hit him in the chest and fell to the ground. He commented afterwards, "I was so mad at dropping that ball that I did not notice all the scouts watching."

Shoate did display nice hips in his turns and good lateral movement, but dropping so many easy to catch balls brought his stock down.

Scouts commented that Shoate was "catching the ball behind the eyes" meaning he was allowing the ball to hit his chest rather than going out and getting it with his hands.

Offensive tackle Brenden Darby ran just one forty yard dash, timing in at 5.32 and pulled up lame with a hamstring injury. He did not work out the rest of the way and missed out on positional drills.

Beau Trickey was all out hustle in drills and it resulted in several slips. He ran a 4.78 forty, 6.60 three-cone and 11.63 60-yard shuttle. Still his efforts were not rewarded and he did not partake in any position drills.

Former Aztec Scottie Nicholson came in looking impressive. As an Aztec Nicholson played linebacker before moving to wide receiver and linebacker with the San Diego Riptide. He ran a pair of forties at 4.71 and 4.66.

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