Thursday, April 3, 2008

Pro Day Southern California Style

The much anticipated USC Pro-Day has come and gone. Representatives for all 32 NFL teams were on hand to take a look at a big chunk of the draft class, and 5 possible first round selections.

The story of the day was linebacker Keith Rivers who continually wowed the crowd. Rivers was originally questionable for the amount of activities he would participate in, since he suffered a sprained ankle at the combine. That ankle appeared to be just fine, and Rivers ran 4.51 40 yard dash, and had a vertical leap of 42 1/2.

Quarterback John David Booty was nearly unrecognizable, completing deep passes to receivers in stride. I guess if Pete Carroll would have put him in games without pads, he would have actually been able to stretch the field. The forgotten Chauncey Washington has placed himself back into draft discussions regarding running backs. With a 4.3 in the 40, Washington achieved the best time of the day. I knew Chauncey was strong, but never realized he had sub 4.4 boosties in those legs.

Sedrick Ellis appeared 10 pounds lighter than he did at the Combine, and improved his 40 time to 5.01. Lawrence Jackson was put through linebacker drills by the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, as they consider him for a hybrid position, and Fred Davis ran impressive drills, maybe notching a spot late in the first round.

In all, there were nearly 2 dozen draft eligible Trojans on display, which is by far the most of any school. I'll update with the times and measurements for each player, once the official numbers are posted.

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