Saturday, March 20, 2010

News & Notes

Tulane senior running back Andre Anderson ran between 4.59 and 4.63 in the 40-yard dash to go along with 39" vertical, 10'3" broad jump and 17 reps of 225 pounds... he also caught the ball fairly well during his on-field workout... senior wide receiver Jeremy Williams ran in the high-4.4 range which is a big improvement from the high-4.5 to low-4.6 times he posted at the NFL Combine... Williams versatility on special teams and fine character references have likely earned him a spot in the third-to-fourth round range with Baltimore, Buffalo and Houston being three of the top contenders for his services.

Former West Virginia and NFL standout cornerback/return man Adam Jones ran in the 4.4 range and then did individual and positional drills organized by trainer Duke Rousse. The workout was held at Hahnville High School and attended by at least five NFL teams, including Detroit and San Francisco, who according to one source close to the situation interviewed Jones prior to and after the completion of Friday's workout.

Lindenwood/UT-Martin senior wide receiver/return man Roren Thomas suffered a slightly pulled hamstring while attempting to run the 40-yard dash at Missouri's Pro Day earlier this week, so he could now miss the chance to run for scouts unless he sets up another local Pro Day at his own school or finds a location and available area scouts once he is healthy... most area scouts expect Thomas to run in the 4.4 range or better along with exceptional shuttle drills.

Memphis/U-of-Miami senior tight end DajLeon Farr, a big-time recruit of the U-of-Miami who never really saw it happen for him, transferred to Conference USA after two seasons. This kid was offered by LSU, Texas, Miami and nearly everyone else, and he's from right outside Houston, Texas.

Not a lot of great film on him; had 14 catches for 76 yards and one touchdown as a senior and 24-210-4 are his career numbers. His best games of this season would be Southern Miss and Central Florida, but he has a long, lean frame; does not look 250 pounds on film.

He's roughly 6052, 260 pounds and a trainer contact says this kid has been running in the 4.6 range and 4.10 or better short shuttle; keep an eye on his Pro Day, which is March 26th.

Case Western Reserve senior quarterback Daniel Whalen ran 4.66 in the 40-yard dash and completed 15 reps of 225 pounds as part of his Pro Day workout at Ohio State. He's just under 6'1", 195 pounds, but the small school standout was a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which honors the nation's best DIII player.

Whalen finished with 9,720 yards and 87 touchdowns during his four-year career and has found a mentor in former NFL and college football head coach Sam Rutigliano.

He was not allowed to compete in the on-field portion of Ohio State's Pro Day, but scouts from a handful of teams approached him afterwards, as did Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Jim Zorn.

Concordia (CAN) fourth-year offensive lineman Kristian Matte is receiving a private workout with the Houston Texans as a possible convert from OT/OG to center. He's a better-than-expected athlete for a Canadian kid, having run in the 5.2 range, 31" vertical and mid-20's on the bench at about 6030, 290 pounds.

Bishop's (CAN) fourth-year RB/WR/RT Steven Turner, who has a similar build and physical tools to Pittsburgh Steelers RB/RT Stefan Logan, may now be earning some praise from teams south of the boarder.

At last week's CFL Evaluation Camp in Toronto, he was timed between 4.31 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, 4.03 short shuttle, 43.5" vertical, 10'5" broad jump and completed 20 reps of 225 pounds at just under 5'8", 176 pounds.

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