UA Pro-Day: Movement at RB? Top Ten trade?

Scouts made their way to Arizona on Saturday to watch the Wildcats workout. And while there was very little to speak of as far as pure numbers are concerned, there was plenty of news buzzing in the air. We are now seeing movement near the top of the running backs chart. There is also news of a trade which could occur in the draft's initial ten picks.

Chris Henry stood on his outstanding combine numbers but the junior ball carrier did participate in drills and received rave reviews.  Scouts in attendance were awed with Henry's hands when asked to catch the ball out of the backfield.  His route running was much better than advertised as was his footwork.

The Cleveland Browns will be flying Henry to their facility in the coming weeks.  The Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots all have dates set-up to fly to Henry's southern California training facility for private workouts.

The feeling coming away from the workout is Henry will now battle to be the third running back drafted after Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.  A feeling we think is justified.

Teams are not completely sold that Kenny Irons of Auburn can hold-up as a feature ball carrier at the next level.  They are not enamored with Michael Bush of Louisville, who's done very little to date.  And many doubt Penn State's Tony Hunt will run faster than 4.6-seconds during his pro-day.  Of course this scenario leaves out Brian Leonard of Rutgers, who may be drafted as either a fullback or feature runner.

This all leaves the door open for Henry, who has created a buzz in the scouting community.  

Some are concerned about his lack of production and playing time at Arizona.  Yet the simple fact is Henry, like a number of Wildcats, fell into the doghouse of coach Mike Stoops. 

On film Henry has a complete game impacting as a runner, blocker and pass catcher, giving scouts another reason to be so upbeat about him.

Look for either Green Bay or Buffalo to possibly roll the dice on Henry in round two, depending on which team does not come away with Marshawn Lynch in the first frame.

Don't come away with Lynch in round one?

The other news swirling around the workout is a potential trade early in round one to acquire Lynch.  

Coming off his splendid performance at Cal's pro-day, coupled with the recent trade of Willis McGahee, the Buffalo Bills are now targeting Lynch with the 12th pick of the draft and have their hearts set on the Cal running back.

Yet the thinking is he may not last that long.  

We can confirm that the Green Bay Packers, who hold the 16th pick, have put out feelers about the potential costs of trading into the top ten.  If they can pull it off the Packers would use that selection to draft Lynch.

While many in the media give the impression that draft day trades happen exactly at that time, on draft day, the reality of the matter is much different.  Most of the deals which go down in round one have been talked about weeks in advance and are only consummated on draft weekend.

That's exactly the process Green Bay is taking part in now.

There was other news to come from Arizona's pro-day.

The Baltimore Ravens had their special-teams coach in attendance to interview place-kicker Nick Folk.  What's more intriguing is Folk did not even workout at Arizona's pro-day.  With 17-year veteran Matt Stover nearing the age of forty, this is completely understandable.  

Folk was the best kicker at the combine, hitting on 13-of-15 field goals including 3-of-3 from 50-yards.  While the Ravens are not looking to replace Stover, some young blood at the position will be needed soon.

The rest of the day was uneventful.

Receiver Syndric Steptoe was unable to improve on his poor combine performance, turning in times near 4.6-seconds in the forty. 

Safety Michael Johnson fared slightly better, though his pedestrian times were just under the 4.6-second mark.

 


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