Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Who has a shot to impress at pro day?
By Andrea Adelson
Our friends over at Scouts Inc. take a look at players who have a chance to really nail down their draft position during pro day workouts. Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones makes the list.
Jones has his pro day on Thursday in Syracuse. After a good showing at the combine in Indianapolis, Kevin Weidl writes:
Jones could use that workout to prove to teams running 3-4 defenses that he has the ability to play in space and transition to outside linebacker in a three-man front. Jones showed off his athleticism at the combine but looked tight opening his hips and changing directions in space, and he did not catch the ball well. I believe his best fit is at end in a 4-3 scheme, but proving himself in space and putting up another solid set of numbers could help Jones get into the late-first-round conversation.
Weidl also notes Isaiah Pead and Adrien Robinson as two Cincinnati players who had good workouts during their pro day last week. Pead has shown tremendous versatility, going back to his performance at the Senior Bowl, and Weidl believes the running back has secured a spot late on Day 2.
As for Robinson, Weidl notes: "The overall class for tight ends is weak, so Robinson's combination of size and numbers will send scouts back to the tape, and if everything matches up Robinson could be a good find in the later rounds."
Robinson was not invited to the combine, so his showing at pro day last week -- when he ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and had impressive leaps in the vertical and broad jumps -- is of great importance.
Here is the list for the other Big East pro days:
Pitt: March 16
Rutgers: March 21
USF: March 24
UConn: March 28