Updates from Florida Gators’ 2010 Pro Day

By Adam Silverstein
March 17, 2010

OGGOA will continue updating this thread – last updated 4:45 p.m.

ESPN’s Todd McShay came away impressed with Tim Tebow:

Tim Tebow Version 2.0:

Florida Gators who participated:
» Quarterback Tim Tebow
– Crowd cheered all of his throws, gave him a lot of support. His dropping back improved considerably, as did his throwing motion (though it still has a little hitch according to some). Holding the ball higher. Got it out quick. Hit most passes, a few overthrows. Very accurate and hit receivers in stride. Tossed to Cooper, Hernandez and Nelson.
» Cornerback Joe Haden
– 4.39, 4.44 40-yard dashes (unconfirmed) [also hearing times from 4.42-4.46]
» Wide receiver Riley Cooper
» Defensive end Carlos Dunlap
– 22 reps of 225 lbs.
– 4.58 40-yard dash
– Improved his bench press, broad jump and position drills.
» Linebacker Brandon Spikes
– 5.0, 5.05 40-yard dashes (unconfirmed) [also heard 4.85]
» Center Maurkice Pouncey
– 25 reps of 225 lbs.
» Tight end Aaron Hernandez
– 4.61 40-yard dash (unconfirmed) [also heard 4.56]
– 30 reps of 225 lbs.
» Safety Major Wright
» Linebacker Ryan Stamper
» Linebacker Dustin Doe
» Cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis
– 4.47 40-yard dash (unconfirmed)
» Wide receiver David Nelson
– [Heard both 4.4 and 4.54 40-yard dashes (unconfirmed)]
» Cornerback Markihe Anderson
» Wide receiver Brandon James (did not work out)

* Scouts may, individually, take 0.05 seconds off each 40-time due to the rain.

Others who participated:
» Former Gators linebacker Earl Everett looking for a job.
» Former Gators punter Eric Wilbur was kicking, hoping to impress.
» Former Gators H-back Eric Rutledge also worked out for scouts.

Current Florida Gators in attendance:
» Head coach Urban Meyer
» Quarterback John Brantley
» Safety Ahmad Black

Former Florida Gators in attendance:
» Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin
» Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson
» San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Ian Scott
» Former quarterback Doug Johnson
» Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong
» Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison

NFL personnel in attendance:
* All 32 NFL teams were represented by 75-100 NFL personnel members.
» Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren
» Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert
» Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini
» Pittsburgh Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert
» Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
» Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney
» Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox
» New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese
» New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin
» Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik
» Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheim Morris
» Green Bay Packers general Ted Thompson
» Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan
» Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith
» Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck

Videos of Tim Tebow and thoughts from an NFL president after the break!

Tebow videos courtesy of Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel:

Browns president Mike Holmgren was asked by Adelson about his perception of Tebow. Portions of his statement can be found below. For the entire conversation in long form, you can read her Orlando Sentinel post.

Holmgren on Tebow:
“Clearly, he’s a special young man. I got a chance to visit with him for the first time and I thought he worked very, very hard. You can tell he’s trying to make adjustments to his motion. That seems to be what people are fired up about, and he’s working very hard to do that. It showed today. I thought he had a pretty good workout. It appears to be that he’s made some adjustments in a very short period of time, and he’s got good guys working with him. I would say this, though. If you look hard enough at anybody […] we can be really pick[y] about stuff. You’ve got to be careful about losing sight of the big picture and what kind of a player he is, what kind of a winner he is and what kind of a person he is. There’s a lot of good about this young man. We’ll see how it goes.”

On Tebow able to read the field: “Oh sure. He has to. He’s a bright guy, a willing guy, he’s very coachable. He’s exactly what you want. But there’s a learning curve. He’s been in a system offense his career here and done very, very well. It’s a very successful offensive philosophy. When you come into the NFL, you see people are trying to do it a little bit at times, but really you’re asking the quarterback to do different things.”

On Tebow’s new mechanics: “I wouldn’t call it dramatic. There are subtle differences, and those of us that know the position a little bit and watch the position and have coached the position – you saw it. You saw he’s worked hard on changing some of his technique, and I root for him. He’s a wonderful young man. I pull for guys like that, and he’s going to make some team very happy.”

17 Comments

  1. Jason T. says:

    Mcshay needs to find another issue to hang his hat on. What an ass.

  2. Denver Gator says:

    Really nice to see Charlie Strong make it down to see his guys workout. Always a class act and one that will be missed at UF.

  3. Joe says:

    Sounds like Tebow backed up the talk today with a consistent release and excellent accuracy. 1st Round is in plain sight for Tim. Someone will drop down to pick him up. I’ve been saying this since last year and it’s nice to see everything I know about Tim still rings true. Hard work pays off.

  4. Tim says:

    Can Spikes possibly be THAT slow?

    That is not good for his draft stock.

  5. A team would trade UP to pick him, not drop down. 🙂

  6. Joe says:

    Yeah that!

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    Heard over 10k in attendance…..just plain sick.

  8. That is extremely exaggerated. I heard 3K as a high number and ‘a few hundred” as the low number. All estimations are just that because there is no way to count.

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    620WDAE here in Tampa said 10k multiple times on the radio this morning

  10. LOL – exactly. First of all, there were only a few hundred people when the event started and the crowd filled in later. Secondly, it is a radio station based out of Tampa. I’ll go with what people on the field and in the crowd told me. 🙂 But you never know…

  11. Don Bailey Jr. says:

    Sounds like one of those UM officials is projecting attendance numbers.

  12. Mr2Bits says:

    Ill never believe Ron/Ian and Derick Sharp ever again, his sport attack updates sound like they have been lies my whole life.

  13. npgator says:

    It sounds like in spite of the weather everyone is doing well except the slow 40 time by Spikes.

  14. Joe says:

    ^^^^
    ouch… low blow… but very funny

  15. brlgator says:

    Everyone’s forty times were a little slower because of the field conditions. If spikes had run in the 4.9s he would have been a top 40 pick easy. If he runs at individual workouts and improves that time he could be fine but honestly I always thought he looked a little slow. He was good on inside plays because of his instincts but was weaker around the edges.

  16. Aligator says:

    SPIKES IS A STEAL, HE IS LOW PROFILE AND KNOWS HE WILL EARN HIS PAYCHECKS ON THE FIELD …

  17. Wingtee says:

    Where was know it all Del Rio ? He is an embarassment as a Head Coach. What would it hurt to drive an hour 1/2 to take a look at all these amazing players. Jack has it all figured out. Dumb azz

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