Pro day recaps: Stafford, Moreno steady

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Over the next few weeks leading up to the NFL draft, the National Football Post will break down and analyze prospects' pro days at their respective colleges. Scouts recently visited Georgia, Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, Florida, Illinois and California.

QB Matthew Stafford had a strong workout Thursday, completing 47 of 50 pass attempts. He displayed a strong arm and better than expected accuracy both from the pocket and on the move. Stafford needed a strong showing to keep his name in the conversation for the first overall pick, and he did just that.


Moreno's 40 was the least impressive aspect of his workout.

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RB Knowshon Moreno (5-foot-11, 210) ran a disappointing 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash but was reported to be sick all week. He looked good in position drills, however, and caught the ball better than many scouts anticipated. This kind of workout shouldn't hurt Moreno's draft stock as we still expect him to come off the board in the first round.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi (6-2, 207) looked very good during position drills and ran his 40 in the low 4.5 range.

DT Corvey Irvin (6-3, 302) posted an impressive 4.99 40 time, 25-inch vertical and a 4.66 short-shuttle time.

Ohio State
ILB James Laurinaitis (6-2, 242) improved on his 4.76 40 time at the scouting combine in Indianapolis with a 4.72. He looked smooth during position drills and also lowered his short-shuttle time to 4.18 seconds.

CB/FS Malcolm Jenkins (6-0, 204) did little to improve his 40 times after registering 4.55 and 4.58 seconds at his pro day. Jenkins reminds us of former Miami Hurricanes first-round pick Antrel Rolle. Like Rolle, I don't think he has the straight-line speed to run with NFL receivers down the field. He will likely need to make a transition to FS.

RB Chris Wells (6-1, 237) had the most impressive workout of Ohio State's top three prospects, running his 40 in 4.38 seconds. Keep in mind, the surface at Ohio State is notoriously fast. However, 4.38 seconds is impressive for a 237-pound back and may help Wells become the first back off the board.

OLB Marcus Freeman (6-1, 239) looks to finally be getting healthy after a nagging ankle injury slowed him significantly during the 2008 season. Freeman looked very fluid during position drills and clocked a 4.51 40. It wouldn't surprise me to see him sneak into the latter half of the second round, but right now he looks like a solid third-round pick.

WR Brian Robiskie (6-3, 205) ran his 40 in a time of 4.52 and looked very smooth and polished during position drills.

Florida State
DE Everette Brown (6-2, 256) posted a 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump but stood on all his other numbers from the combine.

KR/CB Michael Ray Garvin (5-8, 174) created a buzz by running the fastest 40 time (4.24) so far this draft season. Garvin is a world-class sprinter and possesses amazing top-end speed as a kick returner. This type of speed is rare, and it wouldn't surprise me to see his name come off the board toward the end of the draft as a KR/PR specialist.

RB Antone Smith (5-8, 191) also ran very well, posting a time of 4.33 seconds in the 40 and a 32-inch vertical jump.

WR Greg Carr (6-5, 217) ran his two 40s in 4.58 and 4.65 seconds. Carr's lack of top-end speed is apparent, and he will struggle separating at the next level. However, you can't teach size, and Carr could find a niche as a possible red-zone threat.

DE Tyson Jackson (6-4, 296) participated in position drills and elected to only bench (20 reps) at his workout.

ILB Darryl Beckwith (6-0, 234) improved on his 40 at the combine with a time of 4.63. He participated in position drills but elected to stand on all his other times.

G Herman Johnson (6-7, 356) has done a great job losing weight since the Senior Bowl, where he weighed in at 382 pounds. He posted a 26½-inch vertical, a 7-10 broad jump and a 5.01 short-shuttle.

The most impressive performance to come out of LSU belonged to DE Kirston Pittman (6-3, 250). Pittman ran his 40 in the high 4.6 range, had a 30½-inch vertical and put up 28 reps on the bench. With a workout like this, Pittman could have put himself in position to come off the board some time during the latter stages of the draft.

WR Demetrius Byrd (6-0, 196) ran his 40 in a time of 4.43, posted a 35½-inch vertical and a 4.52 short-shuttle drill.

FS Curtis Taylor (6-2, 207) elected to run only the 40 (4.52) and stood on all his other times from the combine.

One of the nation's top fullback prospects, Quinn Johnson (6-1, 250), ran a 4.72 40 and a 7.65 three-cone drill. He elected to stand on the rest of his numbers from the combine.

WR Percy Harvin (6-0, 193) really impressed during position drills and did a nice job catching the ball and getting cleanly out of his breaks. Harvin possesses rare body control and upside for the position.

TE Cornelius Ingram is definitely proving to scouts that he's recovered from a knee injury that caused him to miss last season. Ingram clocked in with 4.69 40 time and looked very good during position drills.

WR Louis Murphy (6-3, 207) ran a 4.45 40, a 6.95 three-cone drill and took part in position drills.

Offensive tackles Jason Watkins (6-6, 319) and Phil Trautwein (6-6, 308) both did nice jobs in position drills, while Trautwein ran his 40 in a time of 5.36 and produced 23 reps on the bench.


Vontae Davis

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CB Vontae Davis (6-0, 201) elected to run his 40 again and posted an impressive 4.40 time. He also recorded a 37½-inch vertical, a 6.80 three-cone drill and took part in position drills.

DE Will Davis (6-2, 260) ran his 40s in the 4.86-4.89 range and posted a 34-inch vertical jump.

A total of 30 NFL teams showed up for the Cal pro day, and the headliner was C Alex Mack (6-4, 307). Mack ran an impressive 5.17 40 time and was tremendous during his position drills. This type of workout likely solidified his spot in the back end of the first round.

OLB Zack Follett (6-2, 238) stood on all his numbers from the combine except the bench, where he put up 21 reps.

LB Worrell Williams (5-11, 241) ran two 40s, both in the 4.75 range, and kept all his other numbers from the combine.

LB Anthony Felder (6-2, 235) ran his first 40 in 4.76 but pulled up lame with a hamstring injury. He was unable to finish the workout.

TE Cameron Morrah (6-3, 242) showcased impressive athleticism with a 4.61 40 and a very good workout. He did a nice job tracking the ball over his outside shoulder and has the vertical speed to make plays down the seam at the next level.

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