By Rock Mayock from San Diego 10:30 p.m. | The pro day excursion through the Midwest and Southwest culminated with ASU’s Friday workouts and Arizona’s Monday workouts. Aside from a wonderful stay at the beautiful historic Arizona Biltmore there was an overindulgence of visual stimuli and I am not talking about the Tempe coeds. I am talking about the on field talent for ASU and Arizona. Here are my notes from the respective workouts.
- The 20 teams in attendance were treated with dry weather for the on field workouts.
- The most notable part about the pro day was who did not participate. QB Brock Osweiler elected to throw and perform on a private workout to allow his foot (sprained during the December 22, 2011, Las Vegas Bowl) to heal. It sounded like a cheap excuse not to throw before QB Ryan Tannehill’s pro day on March, 28.
- LB Vontaze Burfict is still a train wreck. He showed up to the Combine fat and out of shape and he looked exactly the same on Friday. Burfict did not run to improve on his slow as molasses Combine 40 time but decided to participate with the vertical, short shuttle, three-cone drill and bench press (only 16 reps for a 251 lbs. man). Burfict clearly underwhelmed scouts and his draft stock has dropped to the mid to late third round.
- CB Omar Bolden was sidelined for the 2011 season with a torn ACL. He looked healthy albeit a step slow during on field drills. His 40 times (4.59 and 4.60) are not elite but he looked solid during position drills. I like Bolden as a good value pick in the late 3rd or early 4th round.
- Arizona’s Monday pro day did not have the benefit of good weather. It was rainy, windy and cold.
- QB Nick Foles took full advantage of the adverse weather conditions to show off that beautiful throwing motion and even more beautiful flowing blond mane. As always Foles looked crisp and demonstrated the ability to make the core of NFL throws. There were no surprises and Foles only solidified his position as the 4th best QB in the class. Watch him come the board mid second round.
- WR Juron Criner also looked good. Criner is a big WR standing 6’3” and 225 lbs. During position drills during both the Combine and pro day he showed an ability explode off the line crisply and run tight routes. Criner is still raw but can be developed into a good outside possession receiver. He will likely go early 4th round.
Today I was in San Diego for the Aztec’s pro day. Check in tomorrow for my notes on how hunkly Ryan Lindley was. In the mean time I am heading to the Gas Lamp District to expense drinks for the USD and SDSU breezies.