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Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.

Ozzie Newsome on the Matthews

Posted Feb. 21, 2009 @ midnight
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said it’s difficult to evaluate the sons of his former teammates, especially when he doesn’t think the sons would fit on his team. In the case of USC’s Clay Matthews Jr., the son of Newsome’s teammate from the Browns, Newsome won’t have to worry about offending anyone. “That has happened over the last four or five that several of my teammates’ sons have been draft-eligible players ...

JoePa likes to mix it up with the youngsters

Posted Feb. 21, 2009 @ midnight
Penn State DE Aaron Maybin just left the podium, but not before a reporter asked him for his funniest anecdote about Joe Paterno. “He tries to hop in our workouts occasionally,” Maybin said. “I don’t think the guy knows his age sometimes. He sometimes forgets the fact that he’s not 20 years old and a young football player. He’ll try to hop into a few of our drills and ends up almost ...

TE Cook sees his draft stock rising

Posted Feb. 21, 2009 @ midnight
INDIANAPOLIS -- On the day tight ends were put through the battery of workouts at the NFL Combine, South Carolina TE Jared Cook helped himself out the most. Not only did Cook clock in with the fastest 40-yard dash time -- an impressive 4.50 seconds -- but he also blew away his TE competition in the vertical jump, where his 41.0-inch leap was five inches better than the field. If that weren't enough, he finished ...

Watching the Combine from the "inside"

Posted Feb. 22, 2009 @ midnight
INDIANAPOLIS -- So I just finished sitting in on the first group of QBs and WRs at the NFL Scouting Combine, and it was definitely a cool experience. I was doing a pool report for the PFWA -- the guy I had was Percy Harvin, who ran the 40 but didn't participate in any receiver drills -- which meant I got to watch the all the players in that group do through their workouts. Sitting in the ...

LSU's Jean-Francois, high-school sackmaster

Posted Feb. 22, 2009 @ midnight
LSU DT Ricky Jean-Francois, PFW’s eighth-ranked tackle in our 2009 NFL Draft Guide, currently holds the high-school single-game record for sacks in the state of Florida. He recalled the day he set the record by netting 6.5 sacks during a media session at the Scouting Combine on Sunday morning. “I was playing end and nose tackle that game,” said Jean-Francois. “It was a rainy game, so really people’s feet couldn’t stay ...

Curry closest to sure thing

Posted Feb. 24, 2009 @ midnight
Wake Forest OLB Aaron Curry dominated the Scouting Combine like he did opposing blockers this season. The 2008 Butkus Award winner ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, tops among all linebackers. Sean Leahy of USA Today writes that Curry should have an immediate impact on the team that drafts him. The Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer writes that evaluators are so high on Curry that the Lions may ignore their most glaring need, quarterback, and ...

Crabtree backs off plan to run for scouts

Posted Feb. 24, 2009 @ midnight
Just two days after announcing he would postpone surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot so he could run the 40-yard dash for scouts at his pro day, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree told the NFL Network he’s reconsidering that decision. Crabtree, who was regarded as the best receiver in the draft and a likely top-10 pick, said he’s “50-50” on whether to follow through with running in front of scouts ...

Smith's pro day leaves questions unanswered

Posted March 13, 2009 @ midnight
Alabama OLT Andre Smith's draft stock fell faster than Washington Mutual after his performance or lack thereof at Feburary's NFL Scouting Combine. Once considered a lock to be selected in the top-10 of the 2009 draft, Smith entered Alabama's pro day in need of a stellar performance. Tuscaloosa News writer Chirstopher Walsh says that Smith's pro day didn't change much for those high on him and those down on the ...

'Shady' runs at pro day

Posted March 18, 2009 @ midnight
Pittsburgh third-year sophomore running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy, who did not work out at last month's Combine (flu), ran for scouts yesterday. Tar Heels receivers on displayNorth Carolina also held its pro day yesterday, meaning teams needing receivers flocked to Chapel Hill to get an up-close look at Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Foster and Brandon Tate, who is still recovering from a major knee injury. Stafford not a slam dunk at No. 1?Could ...

Maybin shows well at Penn State pro day

Posted March 18, 2009 @ midnight
Penn State DE Aaron Maybin bulked up considerably at season's end and clocked a disappointing 4.79 40-yard dash at last month's Combine. However, a 4.59 at today's pro day should alleviate concerns and maintain the third-year sophomore's status as a top-tier prospect. Further, by showing he is able to fill out his frame without sacrificing speed, the 21-year-old edge rusher is a viable option for 4-3 teams. Ingram does ...

'Coverability' key for Jenkins

Posted March 19, 2009 @ midnight
Ohio State DB Malcolm Jenkins improved his 40 time at the Buckeyes' pro day, but his speed remains average for the cornerback position. That said, Jenkins' versatility is ideal , given the evolving nature of secondary responsibilities in the pro game. Davis: "...I'll be in Namdi's shoes."At the other end of the cornerback spectrum is Illinois' Vontae Davis, whose size, speed and coverage skills are almost too good to be true. Equally eyebrow-raising ...

Stafford shows off; uh-oh time for Moreno?

Posted March 19, 2009 @ midnight
Georgia held its pro day today and QB Matthew Stafford performed as expected, showcasing his arm in a tailor-made environment. However, RB Knowshon Moreno was unable to improve on his unspectacular Combine 40-yard dash times. After running in the 4.6s, Moreno is becoming an offensive version of James Laurinaitis

Receivers not disappointing

Posted March 20, 2009 @ midnight
A year after no receivers were selected in the first round, several playmakers will be in demand this April. More specifically, the three top speed threats — Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, Florida's Percy Harvin and Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey — have done nothing to tarnish reputations established by routinely burning college defenses. As for Maclin, he plays faster than he times, an impressive trait considering he's established himself as a 4.4 guy. Harvin offers ...

Stafford used to fame

Posted March 23, 2009 @ midnight
Considering he's been dealing with notoriety since his early teenage years, Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is unlikely to buckle under the pro microscope. The fact that most of Stafford's criticisms are limited to on-field skills and not maturity/intelligence concerns bodes well.  Lions begin negotiatingSpeaking of Stafford, he is among the group of potential No. 1 picks the Lions have begun negotiating with. The posturing and smokescreens are in full effect, as ...

Cook explains benching

Posted March 26, 2009 @ midnight
South Carolina junior TE Jared Cook showed his extreme athletic ability at the Combine where he wowed with sub-4.5 speed. However, during South Carolina's pro day scouts were more interested in learning what sparked a sideline argument and subsequent second-half benching against Clemson. Meanwhile, ILB Jasper Brinkley, continued his productive offseason by weighing in at a trim 249 pounds. Brinkley, a good fit inside for 3-4 teams, is ascending and could be the ...