[SIZE="5"][B]Three Topics Heading Into UF Pro Day[/B][/SIZE]
[SIZE="3"]by Tom Zebold
The Florida Gatorís Pro Scout Day is Wednesday in Gainesville.[/SIZE]
Ledger reporter Rick Brown and I will be attending what should be a media frenzy. Florida has made the event free to fans. Combine them with writers and TV people and itís going to be crazy!
Before the madness happens, letís examine three key stories heading into the workout.
[B]1. Tim Tebow[/B] Ė OK, so heíll be unveiling his new throwing motion in front of scouts. The big question will be if it makes a difference in how high he gets drafted. Many writers say no, but I certainly donít think it can hurt. A quick release in the NFL is a very good thing and Iím very interested to see how the ball comes out of Tebowís hand in person. Some people say heíll go in the third of fourth round, but I say keep your eyes glued to the TV during round No. 2.
[B]2. Joe Haden[/B] Ė The star cornerback didnít wow the world when he ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Heís promised a time of under 4.4 seconds in Wednesdayís event. If he does, it could solidify his place in the top 10 of the draft.
[B]3. Maurkice Pouncey [/B]Ė I think this guy is a first- or second-round pick in the draft and heís high up on Mel Kiper Jr.ís Big Board. This is just another chance for him to stay there as many teams should be taking a good look at the former Lakeland High School standout.
I can see it. His raw numbers, and his production when he bothers to turn on the motor, are all top-5. What hurts him is his attitude, which needs some tweakage. Hard to say how far it will cause him to fall, but Mike is probably right. Someone will take a shot on him before we do.
[QUOTE=Paradis;3529702]^really? look at the players in the first, and try to imagine him going before guys like Williams, Thomas, Bryant, Wilson, Graham... can't see it.[/QUOTE]
Wilson, Graham, Williams are nice players. But they are limited in terms of upside.
Dunlap, Bryant and Demaryius are prototypes at their positions. And teams tend to take prototypes in the 1st round. If a coach can figure out a way to get through to Dunlap, to motivate him to play hard, he can be a perennial All-Pro.
That's a risk guys like Singletary and Tomlin don't mind taking. Look at Vernon Davis. He finally figured it out and he's now one of the best TEs in the game.
[QUOTE=Beerfish;3529786]He was still rated much higher before the combine or any pro day last year than this year by most accounts.[/QUOTE]
The draft process is designed to expose flaws, the same reasons he's falling now would have been discovered at some point during the draft process last year. Granted, he may have gone slightly higher last year because it was a thinner draft, but I don't think things would have played out all that much differently for him if he came out last year.