Georgia’s Pro Day attracts NFL Who’s Who

Editor’s Note: Chip Towers provided updates throughout UGA’s Pro Day and all of them are listed below. Some of the notables: RB Knowshon Moreno turned in a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash while DB Asher Allen turned in a blazing 4.33. QB Matthew Stafford ended the day with several impressive throws. DB C.J. Byrd, LB Dannell Ellerbe and WR Mohamed Massaqoui helped themselves with fast times in the 40.

Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno will be on the field again for Georgia today. Check that: They’ll be on Georgia’s fields but it will be for themselves.

Representatives of all 32 NFL teams — and in some cases three or four from each team — will be on hand as the Bulldogs’ two offensive stars from this past season, along with 12 other UGA players, show off their wares for NFL scouts.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said it may be the Bulldogs’ biggest Pro Day since he and his staff came to Athens. Strength and conditioning director Dave Van Halanger, who organizes and oversees the event, wasn’t so sure. He remembers the first year, when Georgia had Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud and Kendrell Bell, as being a well-attended event. And certainly there was a lot of buzz when David Pollack and David Greene and Thomas Davis came out in 2004.

But in Stafford and Moreno the Bulldogs have produced two players that could be early first-round picks. And in the case of Stafford, VERY early. Some have projected him as the No. 1 overall pick.

The main reason for the incredible turnout is Stafford chose not to throw at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. He chose to throw to his own recivers — Mohamed Massaquoi, Demiko Goodman and Kenneth Harris — on his own fields. And the beneficiaries of that decision, including Stafford and Moreno, are Georgia and the 12 other players hoping to get their name called during the NFL draft.

“Matthew’s decision to throw here and not there, that was up to him. . . . I don’t get into the middle of that decision,” coach Mark Richt said. “But the fact that Matthew is doing it here is a big deal because he will attract a big crowd. Even if those guys weren’t here we’d have a solid Pro Day. But with both those guys being here it’s going to be a bigger crowd than we normally get.”

Because Stafford is being considered for the top spot, more actual NFL coaches and executives are expected to be in town rather than just scouts.

Said Richt: “I can’t predict who’s coming but I’m sure there are going to be some big-name coaches, head coaches and position coaches. I would think GMs will be here. I think you’ll see a great representation of the NFL coming to our campus, which is super.”

Richt is encouraging the current Bulldogs to come out and watch their former teammates for motivation if nothing else.

“It’s a job interview for the dream of their lifetime,” Richt said. “So I told our guys to come watch their teammates interview for a job in the NFL. I want that to motivate them. I them to be excited about it.”

Other UGA players showing off for the scouts Thursday: Receivers Mohamed Massaquoi, Kenneth Harris and Demiko Goodman; cornerbacks Asher Allen and Ramarcus Brown; fullback Brannan Southerland; linebacker Dannell Ellerbe; defensive tackle Corvey Irvin; defensive ends Jeremy Lomax and Jarius Wynn; safety CJ Byrd; and punter Brian Mimbs.

292 comments Add your comment

Andy in Ohio

March 19th, 2009
10:03 am

Event is starting right now, according to your previous post. Will the live updates be on this entry? Hopefully you guys can put out some videos or photos of the event. Sounds like there will be quite a few people there between all the NFL teams and media.

Deangelo Falls

March 19th, 2009
10:06 am

My predictions
Knowshon – 4.48 forty
Asher – 4.33 forty

UGABOZ

March 19th, 2009
10:07 am

lets get the updates rolling

UGABOZ

March 19th, 2009
10:07 am

cant wait to here asher’s 40 and MOmass

Bulldog Ellis

March 19th, 2009
10:15 am

Chip put us in the know.

UGABOZ

March 19th, 2009
10:16 am

got word deion sanders is there

Too Easy

March 19th, 2009
10:17 am

Maybe the defenders would run faster and wrap up better if Roddy Jones and Jonathan Dwyer agreed to carry the ball for them.

No, bad idea – never mind.

45-42.

marseilles mutt

March 19th, 2009
10:21 am

I am somewhat curious. Since the event is not open to the public in general, can UGA still invite recruits? If so, would it include those in the 2010 class as well as those in this years class that have already signed LOI with UGA?

UGABOZ

March 19th, 2009
10:21 am

too easy too funny not

NRBQ

March 19th, 2009
10:23 am

Too Bad, Too Easy…….

….that nothing like this happens on the Flats, and you have nothing to do but waste our time on a Dawg’s blog.

alabamadawg

March 19th, 2009
10:30 am

UGA Football…just doesn’t get any better than this!!! Go DAwgs!!

JB

March 19th, 2009
10:30 am

Tech has a blue chipper once in a blue moon, and their 7 touchdown win…err I mean 3 point win was a Damn fluke….and they know it. It will help us going forward to take them as a serious Div. 1 team, not like the last 7 or 8 years with a automatic W.

Chas

March 19th, 2009
10:31 am

show them what you made of Stafford!!

G8R H8R 92

March 19th, 2009
10:31 am

Too Easy, the only thing that’s “too easy” is your sister. Go play video games nerd…

Boston Williams

March 19th, 2009
10:36 am

According to LV odds for 09 FB Champs, UGA is tied for 13th place with UNC in terms of odds (50/1) to win championship.

Andy in Ohio

March 19th, 2009
10:37 am

@Boston Williams, nice to know. A championship should be the last thing on anyone’s mind for next year with Joe Cox as our QB and a mostly unproven running back (whoever it ends up being). If we win the SEC East that would be huge in and of itself. Anything else would be a bonus.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
10:39 am

Unbelievable scene over here at the Butts-Mehre Building. Hundreds of people, agents, trainers, families, media. Never seen anything like it. . . .

Deion Sanders is here. Remarcus Brown is training with his group “Train U.” . . .

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff hanging out by the broad jump. Jarius Wynn was best of big men at 9 feet, 7 inches. Biggest buzz was over CJ Byrd. Officially he got 10-4 but he literally jumped off the mat on one jump but fell back, so it was a scratch. But would’ve been 11 feet! . . . I believe MoMass and Jeremy Lomax scratched despite long jumps. Stafford and Moreno didn’t jump and went with their combine numbers.

Boston Williams

March 19th, 2009
10:42 am

Sounds like UGA fans are groupies. Being seen with the stars strokes their egos. Where’s the substance?

gdawginkalamazoo

March 19th, 2009
10:43 am

Suprised that Calvin Johnson isn’t there. It would be a good warm up for next year in Motown.

Halsey

March 19th, 2009
10:44 am

Stafford to Calvin Johnson is gonna be fun to watch for the next decade or so. The Lions will become my second favorite team if they’re smart enough to draft Stafford. They are the Lions and haven’t been relevant since the last time they had a star QB 50 years ago, so you never know.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 19th, 2009
10:45 am

Chip, send you $5 if you go mess up Kiper’s hair. You can wear a glove if you don’t want to get your hand greasy.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
10:46 am

Just so you know our D. Orlando Ledbetter — affectionately, “D-Led,” is here and feeding me info as it happens. . . .

They’ve moved to bench press now and that’s taken the intensity through the roof. Everybody is cheering on the players. Kenneth Harris on the bench first — did 12 — and now CJ Byrd. Byrd apparently just wowed them based on the cheers. I can’t see from where I am. Too many folks crowded around. . . .

Remarcus Brown going now. 13 reps of what I think is 225 pounds.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
10:55 am

Just met Thomas Dimitroff for the first time. Nice guy. Very accommodating. Said the turnout here today was one of the best he’s seen, right up there with Texas and Southern Cal. . . . Dimitroff, of course, started in the scouting ranks. He said he feels “like an outsider” because he’s not up there in the middle of the bench press. . . .

Speaking of bench press, Corvey Irvin did 24 but wasn’t happy with it. . . .

Lot of current and former Georgia players around. Just talked to Randall Godfrey. Antavious Coates making the rounds. Fairly certain I saw George Foster, who’s rocking dreads these days. . . .

Talked to Stafford for a minute. Said he’s been practicing with MoMass and Harris and Goodman the last few days in the early afternoon. They don’t throw until about 12:15 p.m. but it’s looking like it may run late.

BULLDOG

March 19th, 2009
10:55 am

Updates.

Moreno just cut back, had scouts impressed.

Andy in Ohio

March 19th, 2009
10:56 am

For Stafford’s sake, I hope he doesn’t get drafted by Detroit. That will ruin his career. His best bet IMO is to go to the 49ers. Much less pressure there to perform right away, a great program there instead of a horrible one at Detroit, and good coaching.

Obviously he would like to be #1 pick, but the odds are so far against him making it there that it’d be better for him in the long term to go to a different team.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
10:56 am

CORRECTION: Deion’s group is “Prime U.” Of course.

BULLDOG

March 19th, 2009
10:57 am

Contracts are being drawn up right now. Possible UGA mutiny regarding the draft. I smell a lawsuit.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
10:57 am

Heading outside now. Going to run on the 40 on the turf.

Halsey

March 19th, 2009
11:01 am

Any chance football nerds like me can watch Stafford throw from outside the practice field fence?

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:04 am

While Detroit is well represented here I’m told they’ll put much more stock in their private workout for Stafford, which will be done secretly under the cloak of darkness. . . . A reporter for the Detroit News told me they’ll draft Stafford “if they have any sense.”

Brandon

March 19th, 2009
11:06 am

UGA produces great NFL talent every year.

Boston Williams

March 19th, 2009
11:07 am

Moreno farts, crown swoons.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:07 am

Here for the Falcons along with Dimitroff are Les Snead, David Caldwell, Lionel Viltthalle, the top three personnel in the organization. . . . For D-Led: Greg Knapp, Seattle’s offensive coordinator, said it is a big day for Stafford since he didn’t throw at the combine and they want to se his accuracy and mechanics and how the ball comes off his hands.

Mike Bobo has showed up and is shaking hands and hugging a bunch of former players.

DG

March 19th, 2009
11:12 am

hey, andy in ohio, quit hatin on my lions you idiot. and whoever the detroit news reporter is that said the lions should draft stafford is a an even bigger idiot. stafFORD is NOT the answer for the lions with the first pick. gotta build up the lines FIRST and THEN get our QB next year if peppy and stanton don’t pan out and we don’t get cutler.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:14 am

PLayers still warming up for the 40. Going to take a minute to get you any times as I’m set up in the open-air trainers building in the middle of the practice fields. D-Led and his nephews will be letting me know times as soon as we can get them. . . .

Team Moreno well represented. A bunch of Knowshon’s family is here and they’re all rocking black No. 24 Georgia jerseys.

DG

March 19th, 2009
11:14 am

or we could draft curry, switch to a 3-4, and then grab our OT with #20. then grab another QB at #33 and then draft defense the rest of the way. thanks for the updates btw, chip.

bullfrog

March 19th, 2009
11:15 am

Too Easy,
Winning a contest once in 8 years is not “too easy”, Winning a game in which you were dominated the entire first half by 3 points is not “too easy”. You sure are dumb to be associated with Tech.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:17 am

Falcons coach Mike Smith is on the scene now. . . . Starting the 40s. . . .

Talked to Brian Mimbs, who punted for a handful of scouts on the middle grass field. Mimbs said he didn’t have a very good day and was clearly disappointed. “Oh well,” he said as he walked away.

Andy in Ohio

March 19th, 2009
11:17 am

DG- No offense, but the Lions have sucked for many years. They’ve had great QB’s come in there and get ruined by the program. I agree with you that they’d be better off getting a good lineman. A good QB will not solve all their problems.

I’m just saying it’s better for Detroit and Stafford if he doesn’t go there. I do give you credit for standing by your team when they’ve done as poorly as they have for quite some time now. Browns fans here in Ohio are the same way. Very loyal to their team.

Lions in 2012

March 19th, 2009
11:19 am

Chip – you are the man. Keep the updates rollin’!!!!

Halsey

March 19th, 2009
11:19 am

The Lions would be….the same ole Lions if they take Curry at #1 and don’t get a QB in rnd 1. Look at the NFL: the last 4 Super Bowl winners started first round QB’s. 8 of the 12 teams in the playoffs last year started first round QB’s. Golden Rule of the NFL Draft: “If a team doesn’t have a franchise QB or a young QB with serious franchise potential, they shouldn’t pass on one.” The Lions do not have a franchise QB or a QB with franchise potential.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:19 am

Asher Allen just ran. Went in nothing but some athletic briefs. Looked like he was flying. They’re not calling out times so we’rre going to have to scramble to get some.

Lions in 2012

March 19th, 2009
11:20 am

No fans in any sport or any town are as loyal as lions fans.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:22 am

Asher was a 4.41. . . . CJ Byrd really helping himself today. Just ran a 4.38. . . . Holding for a Demiko Goodman time. He was wearing lime green sprinters shoes so he sure did look fast!

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:23 am

Corvey Irvin just went. That’s a big load moving down the road. Still waiting on times. . . .

Lions in 2012

March 19th, 2009
11:23 am

If someone else is at the UGA Pro Day – look for Chip and buy this man a beer for me.

Mitch

March 19th, 2009
11:26 am

Right on Halsey. And the fact the Lions have another pick in the first, this is the year to draft a QB.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 19th, 2009
11:26 am

DG, I will have to agree to disagree with you on the Stafford pick. With 10%+ umemployment in Michigan, a new headcoach and supposedly new attitude with the Lions I think Stafford first, for the pure spark of excitement and a new franchise foundation, then get some linemen later. Plenty of those cats out there to be picked. Detroit isn’t even close to being in the situation like the Dolphins when they drafted Long. Remember they got Pennington in right away to help that cause. Peppy is a crutch player and Stanton is a great career back-up QB. Knowing Detroit if they don’t pick the QB this year they will win 8 games and not be in a position to get Bradford, McCoy or any of the other QB’s coming out. Being a fan of the team/management that ran the greastest RB in the history of the NFL out early I will just watch in amazement on draft day when they probably do something they shouldn’t. BTW, I don’t think Cutler is the answer either. Just a little bit too high on himself. Not the attitude that Detroit needs. All this is just my opinion though, right or wrong.

DG

March 19th, 2009
11:27 am

i know they’ve sucked since ford bought the team [with the exception of barry sanders and a handful of others]. i really think/hope/pray/believe that they’re FINALLY….FINALLY headed in the right direction with schwartz at the helm. i like what mayhew has done thus far since he took over for millen too.

fun fact – mayhew ran down barry sanders FROM BEHIND twice [that i've seen] and caught him before he scored after he left everyone in the dust. how many people can you say have done that? i’m guessing only a handful, if that.

Chip Towers

March 19th, 2009
11:27 am

Demiko a disappointing 4.46. . . . Coach Richt just walked out to the field with Dimitroff in conversation. . . .

And the moment everybody was waiting for, Knowshon just ran. He was in sprinters pants and no shirt. I’ll get you his time as soon as I can.