Spikes, Cunningham, James, DBs at Pro Day

Former Florida Gators defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, kick returner Brandon James and defensive backs Wondy Pierre-Louis and Markihe Anderson all participated in the team’s second Pro Day on Wednesday as linebacker Brandon Spikes looked on and showed his support. The Gainesville Sun‘s Robbie Andreu caught up with each player after their workout was completed though, as per usual, Spikes declined an interview request. Check out some notes and quotes (after the jump):
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Cunningham the focus at second Florida Pro Day

The Florida Gators will host their second Pro Scout Day for football players who have decided to enter the 2010 NFL Draft on Wed., April 7 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Though more than 15 players – including quarterback Tim Tebow, linebacker Brandon Spikes, cornerback Joe Haden, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Aaron Hernandez – participated in the first Pro Day on March 17, only a handful will be present to work out for NFL team representatives this time.

Among those who will make themselves available for evaluation are defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis, kick returner Brandon James and linebacker Ryan Stamper.

Cunningham was unable to participate the first time around due to an injured shoulder, but teams are interested in taking a look at him in order to determine whether he would fit best as a 4-3 DE or an outside linebacker in the 3-4. At 6’3″ and 266 lbs., most teams seem to be leaning toward the latter.

FOX Sports reports that the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams (among others) will be in attendance specifically to watch Cunningham’s workout. Cunningham’s shoulder “hasn’t dimmed the enthusiasm of teams who have seen the three-year starter’s film,” the report states.

The Swamp will once again be open and fans can enter through Gate 2. However, unless the University of Florida states otherwise, do not expect concession stands (or perhaps even restrooms) to be open or any other special things to be done on-site.

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Florida Gators set to hold second Pro Scout Day

The Florida Gators will host their second Pro Scout Day for football players who have decided to enter the 2010 NFL Draft on Wed., April 7 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Though more than 15 players – including quarterback Tim Tebow, linebacker Brandon Spikes, cornerback Joe Haden, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Aaron Hernandez – participated in the first Pro Day on March 17, only a handful will be present to work out for NFL team representatives this time.

Among those who will make themselves available for evaluation, according to CBS Sports, are defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis, kick returner Brandon James and linebacker Ryan Stamper.

Cunningham was unable to participate the first time around due to an injured shoulder, but teams are interested in taking a look at him in order to determine whether he would fit best as a 4-3 DE or perhaps even an outside linebacker in the 3-4.

The Swamp will once again be open and fans can enter through Gate 2. However, unless the University of Florida states otherwise, do not expect concession stands (or perhaps even restrooms) to be open or any other special things to be done on-site.

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Updates from Florida Gators’ 2010 Pro Day

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!
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Gators at 2010 NFL Scouting Combine – Days 6, 7

ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive will be covering the 10 former Florida Gators players who have been officially invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, IN, at Lucas Oil Stadium each day.

Days six and seven of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine featured five former Florida Gators completing their workouts. Monday, linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham completed the combine workout. Cornerback Joe Haden and safety Major Wright closed out the event on Tuesday.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes (Group 09, LB30)
40-yard dash, bench press: N/A
Vertical jump: 29 in.
Broad jump: 9 ft. 2 in.
Measurements: Day 4

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap (Group 07, DL13)
40-yard dash: 4.71 sec.
Vertical jump: 31.5 in.
Broad jump: 9 ft. 3 in.
Bench press: 21 reps of 225 lbs.
Measurements: Day 4

Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham (Group 07, DB09)
Did not workout
Measurements: Day 4

Cornerback Joe Haden (Group 10, DB20)
40-yard dash: 4.57 sec.
Vertical jump: 35 in.
Broad jump: 10 ft. 5 in.
60-yard shuttle: 11.12 sec.
Bench press: 18 reps of 225 lbs.
Measurements: Day 5
- Post-Combine Interview

Safety Major Wright (Group 11, DB58)
40-yard dash: 4.48 sec.
Vertical/broad jump: N/A
Bench press: 14 reps of 225 lbs.
Measurements: Day 5

All 10 Gators have now completed their duties at the combine. They will each return to their respective training facilities across the country before meeting up again in Gainesville, FL, on March 17 for Florida’s Pro Day.

The event, which ran from Feb. 24 to March 2, consisted of more than 300 players being put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance including coaching staffs, executives, player personnel and medical staff looked on and evaluated each of them. It amounts to the final job interview these athletes will participate in before the 2010 NFL Draft commences on April 22.

Gators at the 2010 NFL Combine – Day 5
Gators at the 2010 NFL Combine – Day 4
Gators at the 2010 NFL Combine – Day 3
Gators at the 2010 NFL Combine – Day 2

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Gators at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine – Day 5

ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive will be covering the 10 former Florida Gators players who have been officially invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, IN, at Lucas Oil Stadium each day.

Day five of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine featured the arrivals of Florida Gators cornerback Joe Haden and safety Major Wright. Each was measured, completed exams, met with the media, underwent psychological tests and continued their team interviews. Both players arrived Saturday for registration, pre-exams, x-rays, orientation and the first round of interviews.

Haden and Wright, who will remain on the same schedule throughout the week, have a meeting with the NFLPA on Monday along with more psychological tests and interviews. Tuesday, they will complete the combine workout (timing, stations, skill drills).

Monday, linebacker Brandon Spikes (Group 09, LB30) and defensive ends Carlos Dunlap (Group 07, DL13) and Jermaine Cunningham (Group 07, DL09) will complete the combine workout. Spikes does not plan to participate in the 40-yard dash.

Cornerback Joe Haden (Group 10, DB20)
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 193 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 3/4 in.
Hand Size: 9 1/2 in.

Pre-Combine Overview: One of the best cornerbacks that has ever played for Florida, Haden possesses a great combination of athleticism, size and strength, though most scouts would prefer he be a few inches taller. Agile and quick, he maintains proper body positioning and is balanced no matter where the ball is thrown. Haden is also solid against the run and covers a variety of routes well with top-end ball skills. However, his reaction time has room for improvement.
Strengths: Size, strength, athleticism, speed, competative, productive, durable, instinctive
Weaknesses: Height, reaction time

Safety Major Wright (Group 11, DB58)
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 206 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 in.
Hand Size: 9 3/4 in.

Pre-Combine Overview: Though many scouts believe he came out too early, Wright has solid size and strength and is a ferocious hitter. He is very instinctive and excels at open-field tackling with his physicality and catch-up speed. Wright has shown inconsistencies in zone coverage and struggles with shedding blockers at times.
Strengths: Size, strength, tough, instinctive, productive, durable
Weaknesses: Coverage, agility, blocking

Quarterback Tim Tebow and wide receivers Riley Cooper and Brandon James competed in the workout Sunday; however, Tebow was one of 15 quarterbacks who did not to throw. Instead, he will toss footballs at Florida’s Pro Day on March 17.

Quarterback Tim Tebow (Group 05, QB19)
40-yard dash: 4.72
Vertical jump: 38.5 in.
Broad jump: 9 ft. 7 in.
Three-cone drill: 6.66 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 4.17 sec.
60-yard shuttle: 11.27 sec.
Bench press: N/A
Measurements Day 3

Wide receiver Riley Cooper (Group 04, WO12)
40-yard dash: 4.52
Bench press, Vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill: N/A
Measurements Day 3

Wide receiver Brandon James (Group 04, WO19)
40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill: N/A
Bench press: 14 reps of 225 lbs.
Measurements Day 3

All 10 Gators have now touched down in Indianapolis, IN, and checked into Lucas Oil Stadium. The combine ends on Tuesday, though center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Aaron Hernandez completed their duties on Saturday.

Read about each player’s day-to-day schedule in Indianapolis after the jump!
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Gators at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine – Day 4

ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive will be covering the 10 former Florida Gators players who have been officially invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, IN, at Lucas Oil Stadium each day.

Day four of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine featured the arrival of Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. Each was measured, completed exams, met with the media, underwent psychological tests and continued their team interviews. All three players arrived Friday for registration, pre-exams, x-rays, orientation and the first round of interviews.

Spikes, Dunlap and Cunningham, who will remain on the same schedule throughout the week, have a meeting with the NFLPA on Sunday along with more psychological tests and interviews. Monday, they will complete the workout (timing, stations, skill drills).

Sunday, quarterback Tim Tebow (Group 05, QB19) and wide receivers Riley Cooper (Group 04, WO12) and Brandon James (Group 04, WO19) will complete the combine workout. However, Tebow (and many other quarterbacks) will not throw.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes (Group 09, LB30)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 249 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 3/8 in.
Hand Size: 10 in.

Pre-Combine Overview: The leader of the Gators’ defense the last two seasons, Spikes is bring, strong and physical. He was hampered by a variety of injuries including an Achilles in 2009 and was suspended for one game because of an eye gouge. Spikes is great against the run inside and is quick enough to make open field tackles with his arms, though he is not fast. He is strong enough to get by blockers, uses his instincts to track down the ball but has some difficulties in coverage.
Strengths: Size, strength, tough, competitive, productive, athletic, instinctive
Weaknesses: Character, emotions, speed, coverage, blitzing

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap (Group 07, DL13)
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 277 lbs.
Arm Length: 34 5/8 in.
Hand Size: 10 in.

Pre-Combine Overview: Large and quick enough to play defensive end in a 4-3 or 3-4, Dunlap excels against the run but is also capable of rushing the quarterback. Many point inconsistencies in regards to his motor, footwork and technique, but he is naturally athletic and powerful with long arms and solid awareness of his position on the field.
Strengths: Size, strength, speed, power, hands, penetration
Weaknesses: Character, work ethic, other inconsistencies

Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham (Group 07, DL09)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 266 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 3/4 in.
Hand Size: 10 3/8 in.

Pre-Combine Overview: Though he did not receive the accolades, Cunningham was one of Florida’s best defenders in 2009. He is quick, agile and athletic but not overtly fast. Cunningham has been projected as both a defensive end and outside linebacker but must develop as a pass-rusher. His motor and work ethic make up for a lack of bulk.
Strengths: Athletic, agile, productive, quick, durable, tough
Weaknesses: Instincts, size, strength, power

Center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Aaron Hernandez (Group 03, TE13) were scheduled to compete in the workout Saturday; however, each encountered difficulties with injuries. Pouncey skipped the bench press while Hernandez decided to skip the entire combine workout, which he will make up at Florida’s Pro Day on March 17.

Center Maurkice Pouncey (Group 07, DL09)
40-yard dash: 5.23
Broad jump: 7 ft. 11 in.
Vertical jump, 3-cone drill, shuttle run, kick-slide, bench press: N/A
Measurements Day 3

Touching down in Indianapolis, IN, and checking into Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday were cornerback Joe Haden (Group 10, DB20) and safety Major Wright. They will take their measurements Sunday.

Read about each player’s day-to-day schedule in Indianapolis after the jump!
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Gator Bites for Feb. 27 – NFL Combine Edition

From time to time, OGGOA will come across a plethora of news and notes that we wish to share with our readers. In those instances, we present a special post: Gator Bites. Enjoy.

» Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow stepped to the podium Friday at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine for media interviews. Though OGGOA has the full audio version, here are some individual notes from his press conference:

  • A writer handed Tebow a pad and pen as a joke, to which he signed it and gave it back to him. Apparently this was unexpected by said writer.
  • “People don’t realize there have been a lot of hurdles in my life. Scrutiny is something you have to deal with. I just have a little more motivation added on top. For so many people to care, I look at it as a blessing.”
  • Tebow once again mentioned that he only wishes to play quarterback in the NFL.
  • On changing his throwing motion at Florida; “It was something we talked about, but we had some success there the first two years. I worked on it for sure with the great coaching I had at Florida. But we were running a different system. It doesn’t correlate to what I’m doing now.”
  • “I’ll do whatever you ask me to do. And I’ll do it with all my heart. And I’ll do it over and over again.”
  • On his new throwing motion: “I’m just trying not to have that long loop in my delivery. The release point is no different. I talked to a lot of quarterback coaches, and some of them told me I should wait until after the draft or the combine. But I’m someone who is raring to go. I’m not scared about what anybody has to say.”

Much more on Tebow, Cooper, James, Pouncey and Hernandez after the break!
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