Tennessee Pro Day

Despite solid performances two weeks ago, Jason Witten and Kelley Washington of Tennessee were among a group of Volunteers that worked out for the second time in a month earlier this week. Inside Tennessee's Nick Grinnell gives us the lowdown.

Kelley Washington seemed a little unhappy with his first timing session 14 days ago, but that was not the case Wednesday. During pass-catching drills, Washington had a couple of great catches. The most notable came on a deep post pass that he stretched out to pull in.

"There was not as much pressure (Wednesday) it seemed like," Washington said. "I had already performed the 40 and some of the other big drills, so it was a little more relaxed. I got to just go out and catch the ball and have fun, which is what I love to do. I feel very confident with what I have been able to do."

Washington said he has a couple of trips to visit NFL teams, but he couldn't recall what cities that he would be traveling to. The only other exercises he did were the 20- and 60-yard shuttles. He timed in at a 4.08 and 11.48 respectively. Washington's 60-yard time was better than track champion and fellow wide receiver Leonard Scott (11.72).

Jason Witten caught the ball very well today. His only exercise this afternoon was to re-attempt the vertical jump. Two weeks ago Witten finished with a 32.5 on both attempts. Today, he closed with a 34-inch jump. That is a tremendous improvement in that short amount of time. He finished the day catching the ball and only dropped one pass, which came on a deep ball. Witten weighed in at a slender 258 pounds, two pounds heavier than his last timing session (256).

He agreed with Washington about the level of pressure being down. "Oh yeah, it was much easier. Not running the 40 took a lot off my mind. We were able to go out and do what we wanted to in front of the scouts."

Witten said that the main interest seems to be coming from the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. Witten did say he liked the closeness that playing in Nashville would provide.

"It would be nice to be that close to home. You know New Orleans has a great offensive setup and the Niners are one of the best franchises in NFL history, so I am really pleased with where I am," he said.

Houston had expressed interest earlier in 2002 and that could be something to keep an eye on as draft day approaches. The trips are more along the lines of a recruiting trip and not a workout session. The team officials (coaches, general manager, owner, etc.) usually take players around their particular city to show them around in addition to the team facilities.

Linebacker Eddie Moore worked out on Tuesday. Moore missed the first timing day because he wasn't 100 percent healthy. Moore had a good workout. He made many nice plays, mostly in the interception drill the scouts put linebackers through. He seemed quicker than he was at season's end. He didn't show as well on the bench press as he would have liked. He pushed up 225 pounds 18 times. In comparison, teammate Keyon Whiteside performed the same drill 28 times. Moore appears to be ticketed as a late-round pick at this point. Here are his numbers for the day: 40-yard dash: 4.61; Height: 6'03; Weight: 231; Vertical jump: 38 inches; Broad jump: 9'10; 20-yard shuttle: 4.39.

Witten, Washington and Leonard Scott were very fortunate two weeks as they had Washington Redskin's quarterback Patrick Ramsey slinging the football their way. This time the three pass catchers were pulling in passes from former Tennessee quarterback Jeff Francis. "It was a little different," Witten said about the change. "Jeff puts a lot of heat into his passes, but he is still very accurate." Last year, Francis threw the ball to eventual first-round pick Donte Stallworth, so this could be a measure of good luck for the three prospects.




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