Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
ATHENS, Ga. -- After choosing not to throw at the NFL combine last month, former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford did his best Thursday to prove that he should be the top pick in April's draft.
A couple of the NFL people I talked with said Stafford certainly did nothing to hurt his chances. His arm looked as strong as it ever has, and he made all the different throws. I only saw a handful of incompletions, and a couple of those looked like they should have been caught.
The thing that's most impressive to me about Stafford is how he's totally reshaped his body. Remember how he almost looked pudgy when he first came to Georgia? Not anymore. He looks like a different guy and said he's in the best shape of his life. Stafford said he really hasn't lost that much weight. He played at 228 pounds last season and said he's now 225, but he's totally redistributed that weight.
Stafford's sidekick in the Georgia backfield last season, tailback Knowshon Moreno, failed in his bid to run a faster 40-yard dash than he did at the NFL combine. Moreno turned in a 4.63, which is slower than I thought he would run.
Then again, Moreno is not one of those guys who simply runs away from everybody. His blend of power and acceleration, along with his endless supply of moves, are what make him so special.
Cornerback Asher Allen helped himself by running a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash. That's after running a 4.47 at the NFL combine.