TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trent Richardson flashed speed and power at Alabama's second pro day.
The former Crimson Tide tailback, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and safety Mark Barron worked out for NFL scouts, general managers and coaches on Thursday. All three are projected first-round draft picks.
The 227-pound Richardson says he bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. NFL.com says he was unofficially clocked from 4.45-4.49 in the 40.
Richardson is considered the top running back available and a potential top 5 pick. He even knocked down Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown in a blocking drill.
The Browns, who have the fourth pick and need a tailback, were also represented by head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert.
Richardson, Upshaw and Barron all were recovering from injuries at the NFL combine.
Andrew Luck had nothing to prove heading into his March 22 pro day at Stanford. But he went out and proved it anyway, completing 47 of 51 passes (three of the incompletions were drops) on a windy day in Palo Alto.
Luck opened and closed his throwing session with deep balls; the primary criticism of Luck -- and it's a slight one, mind you -- is that he doesn't have the arm strength to make all the throws at the NFL level.
"I think it was good," Luck said of the pro day experience. "It was a great opportunity to get out of here with some other draft-eligible guys and put a little showcase on."
Luck attempted 37 passes between 0-20 yards, and 14 passes of 20 yards or more, including a bomb to Chris Owusu that was apparently requested by a scout in the audience, and which traveled more than 70 yards in the air.
The most impressive thing about Luck's pro day, though, was his ability to spin the ball, with near-perfect rotation, through heavy California wind. Not that Luck was worried about it to begin with.
"No, I don't think there were any issues [with the wind]," Luck said. "It's something you play with. You can't tell the wind to stop if it's a Sunday or Saturday and you gotta go out there and play."
Additionally, quarterback guru George Whitfield chased Luck around in the pocket with a broom. While that sounds silly, Luck did make some impressive, into-the-wind, running-while-throwing-against-his-body throws that you might not see without the additional pressure.
"It wasn't perfect by any means," Luck said. "But I thought I completed some balls and showed some different types of drops and some different types of throws."
Also, in case you didn't know, there were a ton of media members present for Luck's pro day. It had to do mainly with him, but also because of the various talented players heading to the draft from Stanford's team. Which Luck won't hesitate to point out.
"I don't know if it's all to watch me -- I think we got a lot of good players on our team," Luck said afterwards. "It is what it is though. That's the state of the NFL culture right now, so you roll with it. Anytime Stanford's getting attention, anytime this program's getting attention, it's a good thing."
Kid's talented and humble. But he's also right: Coby Fleener, the top-ranked tight end by NFLDraftScout.com, did more for his stock than Luck. That's because Luck's already at the top of every board, and also because Fleener ran a 4.45 40. Not bad for a pass-catching tight end who's 6'6" and weighs 245 pounds.
Maybe the Colts should think about drafting him too.
Michael Floyd will be a first-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft—even with some of the off-the-field issues he may bring to the table.
On Sunday, Floyd had his draft status skyrocket after running a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
There haven’t been many wide receivers who were better than Floyd in the past two seasons in college football. He recorded 179 receptions, 2,172 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2010 and 2011. (MORE>>>)
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Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn did not have a great senior season, during which he didn’t appear to be in the best of shape. However, he continues to raise his stock in the offseason, following an impressive Senior Bowl with a strong Scouting Combine.
After measuring at 6-5¾, 345 pounds and having the longest arms among offensive linemen (35¾ inches), Glenn continued to impress teams on Saturday during testing and drills. He showed the body control, coordination, balance and overall quickness that is rarely seen in a huge lineman like him.
For a player who was viewed by many as only a guard prospect when the 2011 season ended, his performance at the Combine has reinforced the view at the Senior Bowl that he can handle playing offensive tackle—most likely right tackle—in the NFL
42. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson. While he is a good blocker and strong receiver, Allen's lack of explosiveness and top-end speed will likely keep him from being a first-round pick.
43. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State. Perhaps the most intriguing defensive player in the draft, Worthy has draft rooms around the league split as teams try to figure out what it takes to get him to play hard on every snap.
44. Mark Barron, S, Alabama. Barron is a highly productive collegian whose strength is run support and violent hits.
45. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.). Miller has the vision to find open space and the explosive burst to hit holes and make big plays. He hasn't consistently shown the aggressive running style and strength to run through hits.
46. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest. Givens had a huge 2011 season where he showed the top speed and burst to get separation deep and make big plays. He reminds us a little of Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.
47. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State. Martin is a smooth athlete who can flip his hips easily to change directions. His speed gives him sideline range against the run and pass.
48. Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina. Jones jumped off the film when evaluated, but struggled at the Senior Bowl. NFL teams are now trying to figure out if he has the speed and desire to be the dynamic big receiver.
49. Nick Perry, DE, Southern Cal. Perry is not an explosive edge rusher, but he is strong and technically sound. He has consistently shown the ability to fight through blocks to pressure quarterbacks and make plays against the run.
50. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU. Randle, who came out early for the draft, impressed on film with his ability to pluck the ball and get free from the initial tackler.
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