Pro-Day Workouts: Behind the Numbers

The scouting world is abuzz after some fine performances this week by top prospects. Yet the process continues as teams are individually working out players with some franchises flying prospects to their facilities. Here's the latest on Gaines Adams, Ted Ginn Jr., the Irons brothers and many more.

CLEMSON

Earlier this week defensive end Gaines Adams finished off his impressive postseason workouts by putting up a solid 21 repetitions on the bench, then performing well in position drills.  This, along with his combine numbers, which included 4.74 and 4.66 seconds in the 40, a 35-inch vertical jump and some of the fastest pass-rush speeds in Indianapolis, has Adams poised to be the first defensive lineman drafted.

The intangible teams are trying to gauge is his motivation, something which can be tough to predict.  Adams was known as a player who turned his motor off and on the past two seasons.  That has not steered away many of the franchises who hold early first-round picks.  

The Washington Redskins, who possess the 6th pick of the draft and are set to bring Nebraska lineman Adam Carriker to their facility, are also bringing Adams in.  Sources have told us that trip should take place in the next 10 days. 

The Minnesota Vikings, who select immediately after Washington at pick number seven, will also be flying Adams to their organizational headquarters in the coming weeks.

AUBURN

Both Kenny and David Irons stood on their combine numbers and did not workout during Monday's pro-day at Auburn, yet both were busy.

It was surprising to some David Irons did not run, as his 40 times in Indianapolis were average at 4.54 and 4.60-seconds.  Sources assured us it is not a concern and expect the defensive back to be selected somewhere in round three.  Both the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots have set up dates to individually work him out.

The Patriots have also set up a date to work out David's sibling, running back Kenny Irons.  Coming off a tough senior campaign which was slowed by injuries, the feeling is the Baltimore Ravens were very interested in Kenny Irons prior to the acquisition of Willis McGahee last week.

One of the better stories which went unnoticed from Auburn's pro day was the workout of cornerback Montavis Pitts.  A starter next to Carlos Rogers as a sophomore in '04, Pitts had an up-and-down career in college.  It culminated in a transfer to Jacksonville State prior to his senior season after a DUI arrest in June of '06.

Yet even with that, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville invited Pitts back to campus for the pro-day workout.  

A rare athlete with great physical skill, Pitts knocked off a pair of 40s in the 4.38-second range after measuring in just over 6 feet and 190 pounds. Pitts then looked spectacular in defensive back drills, looking fluid and not dropping a pass thrown to him.

A long shot to get drafted, at least a dozen teams are interested in Pitts, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars readying to set up individual workouts.

TOLEDO

One of the more intriguing prospects this April is Toledo's JP Bekasiak.  A native of Canada, Bekasiak offers great size and athleticism.  Still developing on the field, he did not start playing football until his senior year of high school.  Bekasiak started two-seasons for the Rockets.

At last weekends CFL combine, held in part at Toronto University, Bekasiak clocked a 4.96 forty and completed 33 reps on the bench press after measuring in at 6-feet-6 and 299-pounds.

Coaches from north of the border are trying to get Bekasiak to commit to the CFL Draft, which takes place one week after the NFL Draft, if he is not selected during the seven-round event at Radio City Music Hall.  

The Hamilton Tiger-cats own the first selection of the CFL draft and would use it on Bekasiak if he decides to play in Canada.

That is an unlikely scenario, as multiple NFL teams have shown interest in Bekasiak.  Viewed as a potential two-gap end, both the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets have been closely monitoring him lately.  The Jets have told Bekasiak if he is not selected during the draft they would sign him immediately as a priority free agent.

OHIO STATE

During Ohio State's pro day last, Saturday receiver Roy Hall put up some eye-popping numbers.  The 6-foot-2, 229-pound receiver ran in the low 4.4-second range and turned in a vertical jump of 37 inches. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz has told people Hall is now on the radar screen for the team.

A bit of an underachiever, Hall is considered a good athlete yet marginal football player to this point.  He totaled just 13 receptions as a senior, three less than the prior season.

His most recent claim to fame is whispered about around the Ohio State campus.

On the first play of the BCS National Championship Game, Ted Ginn Jr. returned the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.  

Ginn never returned to the game after spraining his foot during an end-zone celebration.  When asked after the game how the injury occurred, Ginn replied, "the only time I was tackled was by my own teammate in the end zone." 

Video replay showed it was Hall who tackled Ginn in celebration.

Unfortunately for Ginn, the foot injury he suffered is more serious than originally thought.  It is not healing as fast as planned and he did not workout for NFL scouts last weekend. 

Sources have told us tonight that there is serious concern Ginn's injury may prevent him from working at all prior to the draft.  Those around the situation feel it is possible Ginn may enter the draft without ever running for NFL scouts.  We'll update the situation as more news comes in.


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