Combine: Wide Out Drills

The pass-catching portion of the workout is almost as important as the actual running for the wide outs. Last year Northern Illinois receiver Justin McCareins improved his stock almost two full rounds he looked so good when the stop-watches were put away so a lot was on the line.

WIDE OUT DRILLS

It was originally announced that Josh Reed would not run but participate in the pass catching drills. It was not to be as Reed just stood on the sidelines all afternoon.

Tim Carter capitalized on a pair of good forty-times by catching the ball nicely. His ability to run full tilt and reach back to grab the errant throw behind him was impressive. He's still a bit rough around the edges and needs to iron out his route running skills as he rounds them off a bit.

To say Florida State's Jevon Walker had the practice of his life would be an understatement as the former-Seminole caught everything in site. His hands were soft and reliable and his feet were fleet early in the day. Now he must improve his route running skills which were less than adequate on Sunday, as they were during Senior Bowl week.

Another that showed himself to be a consistent pass catcher was Kendall Newsome. Newsome ran nice routes, extended and displayed strong hands. He also made a few acrobatic catches; one that was so impressive a scout for the Redskins told him it was the highlight of the practice.

UTEP's Lee Mays is a natural receiver that adjusts well to the pass, looks the ball in and displays strong hands. Mays does not play with good speed.

The same can be said for Ron Johnson. The former Gopher was not timed in the forty but his lack of speed was apparent during drills though he caught the ball well.

James McAddley looked great in practice as was the case in Mobile; he was fast, quick in and out of his routes and caught the ball well. He must now translate those skills onto the football field.

Antwaan Randle-El showed the same terrific skills as he did at the Senior Bowl and coupled with a solid forty-time, has moved into the first day of the draft.

Both receivers from Notre Dame did surprisingly well. Javin Hunter and David Givens practiced with speed, caught the ball well and the pair had an excellent practice.

Iowa's Kalhill Hill displayed nice footwork running routes and caught the ball well, Pete Rebstock had strong hands and though slow, Lawrence Story had a nice day catching the ball. Terry Charles also helped himself.

Reche Caldwell was also consistent and did not drop anything though he seemed to be pressing a bit and practiced out of control. He was always sliding out of his routes and falling to the ground.

Jabar Gaffney had an inconsistent outing. When focused Gaffney is very effective but as we've seen in person the last two year's he loses concentration, takes his eyes off the ball and dropped more than a few during drills.

Ditto for Antonio Bryant. After not running well in the forty, (though to be honest about it, no one expected him to blaze across the carpet) he started the practice dropping several passes. But like Gaffney, when he concentrates and gives effort he displayed strong hands and the ability to pluck the ball out of the air. What does stand out is Bryant's feel for the position and his sixth sense timing and anticipating the throw in either the long or short field.

Andre Davis did not practice with the same speed he showed during the forty, especially on the lateral drills, and lacks the soft hands. RJ English worked hard but does not show the "go get it speed" while TC Taylor displayed adequate hands but is a terrible route runner and does not play under control.


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