Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pro Day Updated Story

Sun Sports Writer

After weeks of criticism from the national media, Wednesday was time for Dan LeFevour to do what he does best, throw the football.
LeFevour worked out his arm as part of CMU’s Pro Day at the Indoor Athletic Complex after choosing not to throw during the NFL Combine late last month.
Scouts from 22 different NFL teams were on hand to watch LeFevour and other CMU seniors from the 2009 team show their skills in hopes to set up a future in the NFL.
LeFevour only took part in throwing as he displayed his ability to take snaps under center, show improved footwork, and complete a variety of throws of difference distances and angles.
LeFevour threw a little over 60 passes, completing all but seven of his throws.
“I think it went pretty well,” LeFevour said of his workout. “I am very critical of myself so I felt it could have went better. I missed a few throws early on and didn’t feel I was as sharp as I was a few days ago, but I still feel I did well. I wish I could do it over again, but that is just what kind of person I am.”
LeFevour focused on being able to roll out of the pocket and make throws across his body and also his ability to hit deep targets and sideline routes. He also exhibiting his ability to hand the ball off under center.
All scouts in attendance were focusing on LeFevour during the event with teams from Cleveland, Seattle, Kansas City, Carolina, and Minnesota seeming to do the most note taking during the workout.
“I think the scouts wanted to see how I flowed under center and I even took some one-handed snaps just to show that I have been working hard on that,” LeFevour said. “I think they just wanted to see that I could make all of the throws quarterbacks need to make. I was glad that I could show them what I have been working on and how I have progressed.”
Kansas City and Seattle spoke in length with LeFevour following the workout and Carolina has a private workout schedule with LeFevour in the upcoming weeks.
There wasn’t a lot of praise for the performance from scouts, but most of the them. keep their evaluations to themselves as they don’t want to give any teams an idea of their interest level in a player. LeFevour’s deep ball throws looked to lack velocity but his short throws were primarily on target.
Charlie Weis, the new Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator, wouldn’t comment on what he thought of LeFevour’s performance but did state that he was at the Pro Day to see LeFevour.
Following his Pro Day LeFevour still felt good about his prospects of being drafted in the first three rounds.
“I am going to be watching the whole draft and I am hoping to be taken somewhere in the first two days of the draft,” LeFevour said. “But, I will be in no way disappointed if I am drafted between the fourth and seventh round. I am just looking for an opportunity to play in the NFL.
One of the other main attractions Wednesday was wide receiver Antonio Brown, who improved his 4.5 40-yard dash time from the NFL Combine by running a 4.45 on Wednesday, according to
Brown also took part in LeFevour’s workout by catching passes and showing his route running ability.
“My routes looked really crispy, I had good burst out of my breaks, had good acceleration out of my cuts, and I had a great day catching the ball and a great 40,” Brown said. “Overall, it was a great day.”
Minnesota, Detroit, and Miami were among some of the teams that spoke with Brown on Wednesday, with the Dolphins going so far as to taking him out to Kelly/Shorts Stadium to work him out individually.
“I have plans to go in the second round,” Brown said. “I have a lot of workouts scheduled and I don’t want to say who they are with, but I feel if I go later than the second round, the team is getting a steal. I bring so much to the table.”
Two others that had solid showings were wide receiver Bryan Anderson and cornerback Josh Gordy.
Anderson posted a 4.49 40-yard dash to help his draft prospects as his speed was a big concern for NFL scouts. Anderson also ran a 6.36 in the 3-cone drill, which would have been one of the top times in the NFL Combine.
Josh Gordy showed his speed by running a 4.32 and 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. Gordy also ran a 6.68 in the 3-cone drill to earn some high praise from scouts.
“I just wanted to come out and perform well and set the bar higher for myself,” Gordy said. “I feel pretty good about how I did. This was my chance to just test well and give myself a chance for the future.”
Defensive end Frank Zombo also took part in workouts, running a 4.71 and 4.69 in the 40-yard dash and a 7.05 in the 3-cone. Zombo also did 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.
Zombo took part in LeFevour’s workout as well, running routes as a tight end, and a few scouts worked him out as a tight end, including Kansas City. Zombo played tight end in high school and came to CMU as a tight end before moving to defensive end.
The NFL Draft will start on Thursday, April 22. The first round will take place that night with second and third rounds taking place on Friday, April 23 and the final four rounds taking place on Saturday, April 24.

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