More from pro day

Good morning, all-

Hopefully you read my colleague D. Orlando Ledbetter’s story on Michael Johnson’s workout from Georgia Tech’s pro day Monday. If you haven’t, it should. D-Led, as everyone calls him, talked to a lot of folks and has some good stuff in there, including this blurb from Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: “Things will work out very well for him well in the National Football League, not to mention a number of other players on the Georgia Tech football team.”

(There’s also a photo gallery from Johnny Crawford. Excellent stuff, per usual.)

As for those other players, a number of players turned in some good performances. It was particularly important for offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels, as injuries had precluded them from doing workouts up until now.

Some numbers, according to a pro day summary from Gil Brandt at nfl.com: Gardner ran the 40 in 4.96 seconds, had a 30.5 inch vertical, an 8-11 broad jump, a 4.70-second 20-yard shuttle, a 7.51-second three-cone dril.

Some context: That would have been the second-fastest 40 time for o-linemen at the combine, tied for ninth in the vertical, tied for ninth in the broad jump, would not have been top 10 in the 20-yard shuttle (10th was 4.65) and sixth in the three-cone drill. He didn’t do the bench because of his shoulder.

It’s obviously a noteworthy performance, but I’d give it some caution, at least the 40, as all 40 times are not the same. The surfaces aren’t the same, the people doing the timing aren’t the same. Brandt, in his blog, noted that Tech’s FieldTurf surface was “low,” as opposed to higher fake blades of grass on other fields, which could help with speed. Some published times are averages, some might be the fastest recorded time. That said, for a guy who hasn’t played since November and has been rehabbing a shoulder that still inhibits his arm swing a little, Gardner likely opened some eyes.

Said Gardner, “I’ve been waiting this for awhile, so I was glad to go ahead and get it done.”

Word-Daniels’ scores: 40 times of 4.59 and 4.64, a 38-inch vertical and a 6.84-second time in the three-cone drill. He didn’t do other drills because of his hamstring, which he injured way back in October against Clemson. He missed the remainder of the season and wasn’t able to play in any all-star games in January. NFL.com lists only the top five cornerback 40’s – the slowest was 4.52. He would have tied for seventh in the vertical. For three-cone drill, the site lists seven corners, the slowest of which was 6.77.

He was pretty happy with how he ran. He felt like he was finally able to open up and run without holding back. The vertical, he said, was his personal best by about an inch and a half.

Darryl Richard: 26-inch vertical, 19 reps on the bench, 8-1 broad jump, 8.14 seconds in the three-cone drill, 4.97 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. He didn’t run the 40. Not great numbers, but not terribly surprising. He looked pretty good in position drills that he did with Johnson and Elris Anyaibe. In one, they ran in a straight line, did a 360, kept running and did a 360 in the opposite direction. Richard said he’d never done or seen that drill, and others they were asked to do.

Richard’s unique take: “You don’t see too many d-linemen doing 360’s on the football field and if they are, that’s not good for the football team. So being able to adjust to a drill like that – they want to see how your hips move – I think I showed I’m wiling to take coaching and then produce based off that coaching.”

Tony Clark: 4.53 and 4.58 in the 40, 17 bench-press reps, 32.5 vertical, 6.98-second three-cone drill, 4.28-second 20-yard shuttle, 9.10 60-yard shuttle, according to the site. I’m going to say that the 60-yard shuttle is suspect, in that the fastest time at the combine was 10.92 seconds. That said, the faster 40 time would actually be the fastest 40 for linebackers, so a good score for Clark, who will need all the help he can get to get noticed.

Others who were there whose scores aren’t listed on the nfl.com site were Anyaibe, long snapper Bret White, linebacker Travis Chambers, guard A.J. Smith and Adamm Oliver, whose last season was 2007. And also, as I’d mentioned in the online story Monday, Taylor Bennett threw afterwards, along with Calvin Booker. Bennett mostly threw to Calvin Johnson.

I found this interesting. There are rules on where a player can do his pro day – it has to be at or near his college campus or at or near his hometown. So to work out at Tech – Bennett is from St. Louis and he said he had no receivers to throw to at Louisiana Tech, where he transferred to from Tech – he had to arrange a private workout separate from the host school’s pro day (meaning he couldn’t do the drills with the Tech players).

Bennett said his agent sent flyers to all the NFL teams telling them he’d be working out after Tech’s pro day. Obviously, for a guy like Bennett who is just hoping somehow to get into a camp, it helps to arrange a private workout where you know there will already be eyeballs. Bennett and Booker’s workout was conducted by Mike Hagen, a scout from the Chiefs, who, as you know, employ Chan Gailey. A few scouts stuck around to watch them throw.

Bennett said he begged Johnson to be his receiving partner when he found out he was in town and figured he’ll have to wash Johnson’s cars as repayment.

Said Bennett, “I’m trying to get the best guy, maybe look as good as possible. I think that was him.”

I didn’t watch terribly closely, but it looked like he showed accuracy and arm strength.

Johnson: “He did good today. I know the Kansas City coach was coaching him up. He liked what [Bennett] did. He’s going to have a good shot.”

41 comments Add your comment

Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
9:42 am

Gardner is a fat tub of lard.

Hi Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
11:36 am

45-42. Sore loser! You lost to your rival so this is how you respond. Pretty sad dude. Get over it man. UGAy will have their chance again…Hey Keith, I can’t wait to see y’all lose your opener in OK State! Now that’ll be comedy. If only UGAy would have beaten Tech you wouldn’t have to sink to this level to make yourself feel better. Oh well little guy…good luck with your gay trash talking. So far, pretty boring..but maybe you’ll get funnier. I’ll bet your friends really think your jokes are lame but they never tell you because they feel kinda bad for you huh? Either way, good job lil’ guy. You’re “special”…no matter what anyone tells you. And you are “funny” in a “special” kinda way. GO DAWGS! Sick’em…wuf wuf!

Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
11:40 am

Hey bro. My jokes are too funny! So I like the Dawgs. So what? I like a winning team that doesn’t need rings to prove it. And my Dawgs beat LSU this year and LSU killed y’all so technically WE BEAT TECH! HAHAHAHA! Yep I said it. Through them killing y’all I sorta feel like we KILLED Y’ALL NERDS! My “KEITH IN MIDTOWN” bit has been killing it here in the blogs. There are people who’ve written back and said they liked it and thought it was funny. Joe Cox is gonna kill Tech this year. He’ll be even better than Stafford! We won’t even miss Knowshon either. Y’all will be begging for mercy by the 3rd quarter. If you don’t like my “Keith in Midtown” bit then don’t read my comments NERD! GO DAWGS!

Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
11:41 am

sounds like someone needs a hug.

Atlanta Jackets

March 10th, 2009
11:59 am

Ken, why didn’t Nesbot work out?

I think the Robot will be big in the NFL! Just like he was in Athens. Right mutts? LOL! Burn!

Ken Sugiura

March 10th, 2009
12:01 pm

Seriously?
Come on – we can do better than this.

Huh?

March 10th, 2009
12:04 pm

Tech has a Pro Day? Awwwwwww, that’s so cute.

Ken Sugiura

March 10th, 2009
12:18 pm

Jackets- i’m assuming you’re kidding, but Josh Nesbitt didn’t work out because he isn’t entering the draft. He was watching, as were Derrick Morgan, Bay Bay Thomas, Morgan Burnett, Greg Smith and several other current players. Former Jacket Keyaron Fox was also there. He was talking about how much pressure he felt at pro day and how he actually didn’t do very well in his drills. Interesting.

Nesbot – that’s a good one.

Just a Fan

March 10th, 2009
12:28 pm

hahaha I like how more ugay fans write on tech blogs. They’re still scared. Or they don’t have real jobs. Hey Keith, How’s the McDonalds internet treating you?

Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
12:47 pm

ben

March 10th, 2009
1:09 pm

Hope Gardner’s draft status moved up considerably since he quit on his his college team to improve it.

Kyle

March 10th, 2009
1:13 pm

Only Bulldogs in midtown like to get it in the rear. Just like Keith. lol.
when was the last NC for UGA? How many overall do they have? thanks, come again. Go back to Walmart and find another UGAy shirt. Pretty soon they will have more GT shirts there and you wont know who to root for.

Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
1:26 pm

Hey man, quit talking trash about my dawgs. We own tech!

Ken - Is there any way you could help us?

March 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

UGA fans have over taken our blogs. Apparently their still upset about the game this past November. The only way they feel better about the loss is to talk trash on our blog. Is there any way to remove these comments? It’s getting ridiculous.

GoAwayHewitt

March 10th, 2009
2:25 pm

Solution: ignore the comments and don’t respond. The more you react, the more fun it is.

anonymous

March 10th, 2009
2:31 pm

sometimes, anonymous posting capability doesn’t seem like such a good idea

UGa fans suffer from NSFD...

March 10th, 2009
2:37 pm

Non Seasonal Fanatic Disorder…it happens when their team goes from first in the nation to second in their own state by the large portion of three points! LOL

The best part, they did not correct the problem…the lack of “D”.
And the second best part, their “O” left the team.

Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
2:57 pm

So you caught me. I’m a bored Dawg fan tearing you techies a new one. So what?!?! What are y’all gonna do? I ain’t neva scared!

Karl

March 10th, 2009
3:11 pm

I like Tech and french fried potaters…..

Karl

March 10th, 2009
3:12 pm

Tech’s players look like they are covered in mustard. I love mustard. Especially on buscuits….

mmmmmmmmmmm……..

Karl

March 10th, 2009
3:20 pm

hehe…did y’all get that?… I was doin a Slingbade impression. my friends think’s it is funny cause it’s so current and no one’s done it before. slingblade came out this year right?

Karl

March 10th, 2009
3:21 pm

Let’s Go Dawgs! To hell with Tech!

razerGT

March 10th, 2009
3:31 pm

Keith, did you really said ‘technically uga beat Tech’? Um, nice try buddy, except for the part where Tech ACTUALLY beat uga. On the field. On national television.

Hi Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
3:31 pm

I made you look like a fool and all you could say was “sounds like someone needs a hug”? That’s it? Your weak dude….if you’re gonna talk trash at least be good at it. Quick question – Did you cry when Staffy and Know-show left your beloved Dawgs?

Born2Buzz

March 10th, 2009
3:41 pm

UGA fans are trolling the blogs because they have nothing better to do. Tech fans are actually gainfully employed. We might find a 10 minute window to read stuff while at work.

Would love to see Michael J slip all the way to the Falcons but I don’t think that will happen.

MinnesotaJacket

March 10th, 2009
3:45 pm

Born2Buzz….couldn’t say it better myself…but hey someone has to take welfare money right?? I do like seeing MJ increasing in the pecking order for the NFL I really think he got a bad rep with a lot of things. I really do hope though that Vance and Gardner do respectively well in the draft and go onto great careers in the NFL.

MinnesotaJacket

March 10th, 2009
3:46 pm

Also Keith…how are you tearing us Techie’s a new one??? Im confused are you admitting that your gay or something because I don’t swing that way and it creaps me out?

Atlanta Jackets

March 10th, 2009
4:19 pm

Get out of here mutts. Go back to Pizza Hut, you have a delivery to make. LOL! Burn!

Ken, you’re right. I forgot that the Robot Nesbit has another year to play. That’s good news for the Jackets and bad news for the doggies. The Robot just scored again! LOL!! ROTFLAMO!!

Hey - Keith in Midtown

March 10th, 2009
4:29 pm

Take a knee Keith just like your team did and bow out….YOU LOSE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXzW-oP2mq4

Atlanta Jackets

March 10th, 2009
4:30 pm

Born2Buzz, some of us are our own bosses. So we have time to cruise the blogs! The mutts are delivering pizzas!

I said I wanted a large with black olives and turkey sausage! Get out of here you mutts! LOL!

So Key Fox was there too! How cool is that. I missed him this past season. Was he hurt? We could have used him in the ACC race.

Hey There's my buddy - "Huh?"

March 10th, 2009
4:54 pm

the complete tool who will never reveal why he trolls a TECH message board every day of his life even though he worships coach richt and the dawgs. what a douchebag. own up to the fact you’re obsessed with TECH you freakin loser.

Jimmy

March 10th, 2009
10:31 pm

The only thing worse than someone who obsesses w/ his team’s main rival(on a blog), is a fan of said team who obsesses over THAT SAME PERSON(on a blog noless)!

TONY SHUMPERT

March 10th, 2009
10:35 pm

Ken, anyway we can get some pics of Michael Johnson lifting weights?

Hey Atlanta Jackets

March 10th, 2009
10:40 pm

Clean up on aisle 4, now get go mop it up custodial engineer. Be proud of running that cleaning crew toolbag. Make sure you vacuum well too little girl!

Hey Atlanta Jackets

March 10th, 2009
10:41 pm

Oh I forgot….BURN! You are pathetic.

409 Rushing Yards

March 10th, 2009
11:03 pm

Must be sad to be a UGA fan. They spend all their time NOW worrying about their rival and never think about THEIR OWN TEAM. I never visit the UGA blog. No need to. I’m not a fan…therefor no reason to read up on what their up to. Not worried about them either. Staffy and Knowshow gone = 2 in a row. No question. They come over here and make gay jokes. Freakin gay jokes. Are you kidding me? How old are we? 12? Step up your trash talk a little bit. At least to an 8th grade level. Sheesh. November 29th still pains you doesn’t it. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading what I’m writing. What will you say when we beat you next year. “2 outta 9 works just fine!”?? Keep talking about the past and making excuses and we’ll keep talking about the present and lookin forward to the future. BUT ASK YOURSELF ONE QUESTION….WHY AM I ON A GEORGIA TECH BLOG? Once you’ve answered that you’ll understand. Otherwise you’ll continue to be little lame ass kids in our eyes. Good luck in life losers.

Willie Martinez

March 10th, 2009
11:05 pm

Hey Guys! Coach Richt decided to keep me another year. Could you and Paul take it easy on me this time. Last time I cried for weeks and was fearful I’d lose my job. I can’t figure out that blasted option. Even with a bye week. Oh well…I guess like all Georgia fans I’m just a big dumb idiot. Seya in November fellas.

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
9:07 am

Could you guys please find a polo shirt that fits your sloppy coach? Oh, and when you were at Tech, you had very little sex with very ugly women.

Whatsup doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
10:14 am

Cause what your coach looks like is all that matters. Not the final score (45-42). I love that you Georgia fans hate Paul Johnson. Keep on hating buddy. Winning brings on envy. Also fear brings on hate. So they only reason your on this blog is because your scared of the jackets. Poor poor little man. Also, could you tell coach richt to turn the tan level down at his salon. He’s starting to look like my leather breifcase. Thanks!

bluecole

March 11th, 2009
11:06 am

Idiots, all of you.

B.

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

Still no retort to your sparse encounters with succubus like women. Also why all the Oprah we are the world crap with hate and envy and fear?

YOUR TECH; YOU CANNOT BRING ON FEELINGS LIKE THAT!!!!!! ESPECIALLY WITH JUST ONE LITTLE WIN!!!!