Pro Daze

As we mentioned earlier this week, it’s a big week for Pro Day workouts on college campuses for some the most notable players in this year’s draft pool.

Here’s a rundown on how some of them fared:

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (Monday)

Gil Brandt, NFL.com: As the whispers of Patrick Peterson being worth the No. 1 overall draft pick get louder, teams are definitely taking notice of LSU’s standout cornerback — beginning with, who else, but the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers, who hold the top selection, made their presence known at LSU’s Pro Day, sending head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney to watch the Tigers’ workout indoors on FieldTurf.

In fact, all 32 teams were present in some form, including Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert, Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, and Cardinals general manager Rod Graves.

After watching Peterson put on a show again on Monday (as he did at the NFL scouting combine), the Denver Broncos, who pick No. 2 overall, have scheduled a private workout with Peterson at a date and time to be determined.

You can’t go wrong with Peterson. Whoever drafts this guy is getting a stud. A lot of people call him the safest player in the draft, and I would agree with that. He has size (measured in at 6-foot-0 3/8, 218 pounds on Monday), he has height, he has return ability. He basically has everything it takes to be a shutdown corner, which everybody is looking for in today’s NFL.

Peterson just might end up being the first defensive back ever taken No. 1 overall. He’s definitely worth it.

Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida (Tuesday)

Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: All 32 NFL teams were on hand to see Mike Pouncey and the rest of the Florida Gators go through their Pro Day in Gainesville.

Pouncey was the unquestioned center attraction at the event, as numerous offensive line coaches attended the event, as well as general managers (Jacksonville’s Gene Smith) and head coaches (New England’s Bill Belichick). The Jaguars’ Andy Heck, Bears’ Mike Tice, and Steelers’ Sean Kugler were among the offensive line coaches in attendance.

Pouncey did not do any of the timed drills after a strong performance at the scouting combine, but did do 24 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

He also performed very well in positional drills, according to a scout on hand for the workout. The scout characterized Pouncey as “a star” and said, “He is everything you’re looking for in an interior lineman. He’s a carbon copy of his brother.”

Mike’s brother, of course, is the Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey, who earned a spot on the Pro Bowl team with a standout rookie season at center for the AFC Champions.

Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State (Wednesday)

Tony Pauline, SI.com: Ponder had another fine throwing session at Florida State’s Pro Day. Ponder, who has been hampered by injuries since the middle of his junior season, is a sure good bet to be selected in the middle of Round 2.

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Thursday)

Gabbert doesn’t go until tomorrow, but it’s an important workout because he opted not to throw at the combine in February. SI.com’s Don Banks has Gabbert’s situation covered in this preview piece.

 


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