With NFL scouts from 25 of 32 teams in attendance, including the Minnesota Vikings, Kentucky quarterback Andre’ Woodson reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and showed good accuracy during the passing drills.
Woodson has found his stock dropping since the scrutiny of his senior campaign, the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine a couple weeks ago.
In picking apart game tapes from his senior season with the Wildcats, there’s no question that scouts are beginning to question his decision-making ability due to the unusually high number of sacks he took during his college career. His throwing mechanics have also been much-maligned.
Most did not feel he had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 27 yards with two sacks in the game. He pulled his right hamstring prior to the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last moth and wasn’t able to participate in the physical drills.
Considered a potential high first-round pick at one point, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is now projecting him as a second-round pick instead. Others have speculated he could fall even farther in the draft, as low as the fourth round, according to some.
At some point, he becomes a low-risk, high-reward pick if that should happen.
There was nothing wrong with his arm strength. Working with tight end Jacob Tamme and wide receivers Keenan Burton and Stevie Johnson, Woodson displayed plenty of zip and excellent accuracy, especially on the deep routes, according to those in attendance.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett said that Woodson has a great arm and all the base skills that an NFL quarterback needs.
UK head coach Rich Brooks made it clear that Woodson is “the real deal” and that taking Woodson early in the draft would not be a mistake, telling Lexington reporters, “There's no question Andre Woodson will be a starting quarterback in the NFL.”
Due to his decision-making, consistency and mechanics, Woodson will take time to develop. But he has plenty of NFL tools for some pro team with the patience to develop him.