Pro-Days: Georgia Tech, Towson, Maryland

The football world watched as Calvin Johnson put in another tremendous workout today, further proving he is far and away the best prospect in April's draft. Yet there was plenty more action on the field as teams prepare to individually workout several players after today's results. Here's the latest along with a few notes from the Towson and Maryland pro-days.

Calvin Johnson's numbers are being well circulated in the media.  Johnson turned in a 42-inch vertical jump, yet was disappointed with the results, to the point of being furious he did not jump higher.  He then produced a broad-jump of 11-feet-7-inches.

Johnson's pass catching workout was spectacular.  As one person who was on the scene described, if he got a hand on the ball he caught it.

This all adds up to a tougher decision for Oakland Raiders, who own the draft's first selection.

Defensive lineman Joe Anoai, who was surprisingly not invited to the combine, turned in a terrific performance.  

Measuring in at 6-feet-2.5-inches and 303 pounds, Anoai clocked as fast as 4.91 and 4.95 seconds in the forty, ran the 3-cone in 7.31-seconds while also producing a vertical jump of 33.5-inches and a broad jump of 9-feet-5-inches.

The Chicago Bears have set up a private workout for Anoai and the Minnesota Vikings are also interested in bringing the defender in for a workout.

Linebacker KaMichael Hall improved on a poor combine performance.  Hall ran times in the low 4.6-area, with the Jacksonville Jaguars timing him at 4.62 seconds on both runs. These times are almost .2-tenths faster then his runs on the carpet of the RCA Dome.

Projected as a one-gap, weak-side linebacker, the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts are expected to individually work out Hall in the coming weeks.

The news was not as good surrounding Reggie Ball.  

The former quarterback who projects to receiver in the NFL ran poorly, timing in the 4.7's, which was not much better than his runs at the combine.  Ball then proceeded to drop a number of passes when worked out at receiver.  The San Diego Chargers did put Ball through a battery of quarterback drills towards the end of the session.

There was one interesting note from the workout.  

The quarterback throwing passes to Calvin Johnson during the workout was not Reggie Ball rather former Tech player Damarius Bilbo.  

A former signal caller for the Yellow Jackets, Bilbo moved to receiver as a sophomore and was fairly productive playing in the shadows of Calvin Johnson in 2005.  Bilbo was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent last year.  He did not catch a pass for Dallas during the '06 campaign and the team is considering moving Bilbo to safety.  

Yet those on hand watching him zip the ball during Georgia Tech's workout feel Bilbo has a future at quarterback.


One of the better sleeper prospects in the draft is Towson offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.  A four year starter at left tackle, Bushrod put his athletic skills on display for NFL scouts Wednesday.

Measuring in at 6-feet-4.5-inches and 315-pounds, he turned in times of 4.92 and 4.94 seconds in the forty.  During his second run Bushrod pulled up with a bad hamstring during the final ten yards.  Those in attendance felt he would've run faster than 4.9-seconds had he completed the forty at full strength.  He also turned in a vertical jump of 30.5-inches and completed 23 repetitions on the bench.

The New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals all sent offensive line coaches to watch Bushrod.  The New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles have set up private workouts with him.

Interestingly all the teams on hand project Bushrod as an NFL-tackle rather than moving the 6'-4.5" blocker into guard.


After a woeful combine performance, Maryland tackle Stephon Heyer significantly improved during his pro-day on Wednesday.  Heyer measured in at 6-feet-6-inches, 329-pounds and ran 5.37 in the forty, three-tenths better than his combine time.  He also completed 30-reps on the bench and turned in a 30-inch vertical jump.

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