Monday, March 15, 2010
Johnson's take on NFL combine, pro day
By ESPN.com staff
Georgia Tech is holding its pro day today, which is a second audition for the players who also participated in the NFL combine, and some of them need it.
Coach Paul Johnson was careful not to put too much stock into the combine results from earlier this month. Instead, he said, NFL scouts will likely lean more heavily on game film for his four former juniors -- Derrick Morgan, Jonathan Dwyer, Morgan Burnett and Demaryius Thomas.
“The combine I think has kind of turned into a made-for-tv-deal," Johnson said. "I’m not sure how much emphasis those people put on that stuff, just like the mock drafts and all that stuff. If they don’t change them every day, nobody looks. They’ve got to have something to talk about, but I would imagine the NFL people are going to look at the tape. There’s a lot of tape on those guys, and that’s going to far outweigh whatever happened at the combine."
Morgan really doesn't have much more prove, and will probably just work out, but Dwyer will likely be tested again in the 40-yard dash. Here's what NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks had to say about Dwyer's performance:
The Yellow Jackets' workhorse was expected to make a push for first-round consideration with a strong performance over the weekend, but Dwyer's slow 40-yard dash time and soft body build has undoubtedly hindered his chances. Additionally, Dwyer repeatedly dropped passes throughout the workout.
"I know Jon can run better than that," Johnson said.
Burnett tweaked his hamstring at the combine, so he'll likely run again. Thomas injured his ankle and couldn't participate in the combine drills. Johnson said he had been texting with Thomas, and his cast was off, but he would attend another pro day in April.