Stafford, Moreno energize UGA’s Pro Day

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I have been covering Georgia Pro Days off and on since the early 1990s — I remember watching Garrison Hearst and Andre Hastings run the 40 up on the track in 1992 — and I have to say that Thursday’s had to be the biggest “event” of all of them I’ve personally witnessed.

The 2001 Pro Day was well attended, with Marcus Stroud and Richard Seymour and Kendrell Bell and pretty much the whole of that defense getting drafted. There were a bunch in 2002, such as George Foster, Jon Stinchcomb, Boss Bailey and Musa Smith. Then there was 2004 with David Greene, David Pollack, Reggie Brown and Odell Thurman, among others. But in terms of creating buzz and attracting NFL and media attention, 2009 took the cake.

That comes as no surprise as Georgia may have the top players drafted at two positions in quarterback Matthew Stafford and tailback Knowshon Moreno. There were 13 other Bulldogs that worked out for the scouts, too, so they had both a quality and quantity representation. And there were tons of media around to chronicle everything.

So what did I think of the actually proceedings?

Hard to tell. The way I look at it and the way these NFL types view it are totally different. And you can’t get a whole lot out of the NFL people because they’re all holding their cards close to their vest this close to the actual draft. Some execs from a team not drafting a quarterback told us that Stafford “didn’t hurt himself; might have helped himself a little.” That is a relative dump truck of praise in their ultra competitive world.

Here’s what we do know: Stafford threw 50 scripted passes in 10 minutes. Based on my unofficial accounting, he completed 45 of those with three incompletions and two drops. Stafford was pleased but not thrilled.

“If you miss a guy here it looks bad because there is nobody [covering] him,” Stafford said. “I just wanted to throw. I know these people wanted to see me throw. I think I did fine. I just wish that I could have completed all of them.”

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who oversaw and scripted the session with Stafford. “I thought he did good,” Bobo said. “I wish I could’ve gotten him to slow down a little. He likes to go fast and the receivers got a little tired. But I thought he made some nice throws and showed them a good arm and good mechanics.”

Two of Stafford’s three misses were high sailers on deep outs to the left. Bobo said outs to the left are actually Stafford’s favorite because he can really put some heat on them. Probably just put a little too much on those two.

As for Moreno, he didn’t seem at all dejected afterward despite not breaking 4.6 in the 40. In his typical Knowshon style he just kind of shrugged off the whole production. “It’s whatever they want,” Moreno said. “You definitely get a lot out of the running back drills and things like that. . . . But all my stuff is really on tape. They can see what I can do.”

A few guys who definitely helped themselves were CB Asher Allen (4.33 40), DB CJ Byrd (4.38 40, 10-4 broad jump, good bench performance), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (4.47 40) and WR Kenneth Harris (4.47). I was told after the fact that Demiko Goodman ran a 4.35. Hard to tell a lot about the linemen, though I thought Corvey Irvin looked pretty good. Word is the Falcons may be interested in Allen and LB Dannell Ellerbe.

But, again, there wasn’t a lot of feedback to go on. What did y’all think?

In the meantime, be sure to check out Brant Sanderlin’s photo gallery of the day.

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CG

March 19th, 2009
11:37 pm

Any word on how Southerland looked????

Thomas Brown

March 20th, 2009
3:15 am

It is a Big Day at UGA, Pro Day 2009.

Everyone was on hand.

Scripted passes by Matthew Stafford after refusing to throw at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis a few weeks ago, where he ran a 4.84 in the 40-Yard Dash February 23, 2009.

Linemen are not that slow. That is stuck in the mud slow.

You do not have 18 fumbles in his 39 games played here at UGA and 33 Interceptions for 51 total between the two in 39 games played to only 51 Touchdown Passes thrown, and go to a Scripted Pro Day in Athens today and show anything different.

ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay said that Matthew Stafford sailed multiple scripted passes and was antsy.

But, that is not the telling statement.

That is just exactly what we watched in his 3-Year NFL Interview at UGA where he accomplished nothing. No National Championship. No SEC Championship. No SEC East Championship even. Quarterback Rating of 129 for his 39-game career here. No All America. No even All-SEC Quarterback.

The telling statement is afterwards, they interviewed Matthew Stafford and he said he thought that it went pretty well, that he said he missed a few that he felt like he should have hit, but that other than that he felt like he was putting it in good spots.

The guy never paid attention to consistently not having long stretches of many games, exactly like this.

Georgia was on a big-time roll in the Coach Richt Era when he came here. We were Number 3 and Number 7 and Number 7 and Number 10 in the Final AP Poll every single solitary year. We won SEC East Championships. SEC Championships. Played in Sugar Bowl Games.

In his first season, he promptly took that and his 7 TD passes and 13 interceptions in which only he played all 13 games as QB, and left UGA not ranked in any final poll except the Final AP Poll at Number 23.

His second season, Matthew Stafford took virtually every snap and led UGA to the Number 83 Official NCAA Passing team of the 119 teams.

In his Final Season, after which he declared himself fit to play in the NFL, had he not started out Number 1 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, he would not have been ranked in any poll this season either. He Lost to Every Team who beat another Final AP Poll team this season who was in fact ranked in the Final AP Poll. He not only Lost to them all, but disappeared for Long Stretches of each of the 3 games against Georgia Tech (threw Pick 6 that cost us the game) where he let Tech put up 29 unanswered points, Alabama where he let them take a 31 to Nothing Lead to Half Time, and Florida where he let Florida take a 49-3 lead before he was finally benched in favor of Joe Cox.

And now we hear him Interview for the NFL Draft and try to tell the NFL, and all of them were there, that hey I hit a couple of passes and well a couple went sailing. He’s gone. Despite having Knowshon Moreno to hand the football to, Stafford had 4 carries a game for 39 games himself and fumbled the football 13 percent of his carries with 6 rushing touchdowns. We were a lot better team before he got here with lip service from Mike Bobo before every practice and after every game for 3 years that Matthew Stafford had the value the football more.

And, we will be a lot better football team, now that he is gone. Goodbye. They have videos of Pro Day Athens March 19, 2009. It wasn’t anything that you did not see any of his 39 games here.

FloridaDawg

March 20th, 2009
5:38 am

Matt Stafford will make a great pro quarterback…first to go in the draft.

Baba O'Riley

March 20th, 2009
7:32 am

Nobody wants the #1 pick this year. I know there’s a lot of guaranteed money involved, but if teams thought there was a player worth it, they would try to move up. I feel bad for Detroit. They go 0-16 and have the first pick. no player in this draft is worthy of being #1 overall.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 20th, 2009
7:59 am

Oh the media hype! He’s #1. Then he is not. Then he is. Then eh let’s look at crybaby Cutler. Then yeah great arm, then not mature enough. Then hey what a student of the game. The media has to yank the chains of the public to keep all this interesting till draft day. I gues they are just doing their job. Too bad there isn’t a Manning getting drafted this year to cry about getting picked by a team that needs him.

GeoffDawg

March 20th, 2009
8:04 am

Thomas Brown (the blogger above, not the tailback) is the epitome of quantity over quality. With that much spin though, he could have a future in politics.

uga_b

March 20th, 2009
8:23 am

Honestly, true Freshman QBs shouldn’t be expected to finish in the top 10 in the country–especially in the SEC. What you miss about Stafford is the atheletic tools, which cannot be taught. He has learned and grown as a player and if you look at this last year UGA had one of its most prolific offenses ever. Yes me made bad throws in the UF and Tech game. But he won the UK game, which I was at. The 2 things that killed us against Bama was the no fumble recovery after penalty and the dropped pass that became an INT.

But, the pros love intelligent super-atheletic guys. They believe in their player development. From a pro standpoint, he has all the physical tools, is a smart kid and likes X and Os, and is still young and getting better. I have no idea why you wouldn’t draft him. The only real knocks are occassionally sloppy mechanics (like many current pros) and he’s laid back and doesnt scream and cry like Tebow. Well, neither does Joe Flacco and that seems to be going pretty well.

He may be a bust, but all the elements for success are there and you can’t blame anyone for taking him. All signs point to YES.

jefferson street joe

March 20th, 2009
8:29 am

Thomas Brown’s full of hot air. Completed 45 out of 50, but our boy Thomas reports multiple overthrows. Maybe Thomas, if he was there, was watching another QB on another field. Think Ole Thomas would know the difference. Agree that Thomas might make a good politician, because you can say whatever you want to get elected, but never follow through with the action. Wonder if Dan Marino or Peyton Manning could run a 4.8? Thomas probably knows that also…

Ted Striker

March 20th, 2009
8:56 am

Thomas Brown: Who is this ‘we’ and ‘us’ you keep tossing out, kemo sabe?

Brock D

March 20th, 2009
8:59 am

Thomas, go root for Tech. They welcome self loathers.

Phoneguy

March 20th, 2009
9:05 am

I agree with Thomas ALMOST.
To say that Stafford was sperratic is an understatement. He’s missing whats necessary between the ears. Physically- all world potential. Mentally- Can’t cut it. He disappears in tough games. WE WILL be better without him.

Michelle

March 20th, 2009
9:09 am

LOL. I love the way Thomas Brown conveniently manipulated data. For instance, spouting the 83 passing ranking 2nd season, but conveniently missing the fact that we ended up ranked #2 in the nation that year after we kicked Hawaii’s rear end in the Sugar Bowl. Also, that he played his third year behind an inexperienced line, which can be vital for pass protection when you’re a passing QB.
It was quite entertaining though. Thanks for the laugh!

Crimedog

March 20th, 2009
9:16 am

I think that the Falcons learned their lesson with Mike Vick. I will be very surprised if Allen and Ellerbe end up in Falcons’ uniforms.

Too Easy

March 20th, 2009
9:34 am

Please remember that Thomas Brown is ………BuLLDawg. He remains consistent in his ’suppport’ for Stafford.

Gen Neyland

March 20th, 2009
9:56 am

It’s the swell recap from ‘Thomas Brown’ that keeps us enemy bloggers reading. Really, ‘Thomas Brown’ is entitled to his opinion. That’s the beauty of the gray zone in life. You know, you can put lipstick on a BuLLdawg, but it’s still a BuLLdawg…

zoodawg : Please put your Manning statement in the form of a Jeopardy answer and I’ll give you the question. BTW, send a quick note over to Ann Arbor and tell ‘em thanks. I went 12-4 yesterday and fully expect to go 1-15 today…

gdawginkalamazoo

March 20th, 2009
10:16 am

General, “I was selected by the Chargers in the first of the draft and cried my way to New York”

I had Michigan on that one. Minnesota and Illinois killed me yesterday. Rumor has it that “Georgia on My Mind” was blaring from the Gophers locker room.

Gen Neyland

March 20th, 2009
11:17 am

zoo : What has happened to you is you’ve fallen for the Big 10 mumbo jumbo. ‘Course, I fully understand that trap by residing in the Twin Cities area for over 7 years. You know, I still like the Queens and the Cheeseheads but loathe Da Bears. I’ve got WI going as far as meeting Pitt… Alas, I too had MN but I took WK over IL. For the record, it’ll be easier to give you my losers for yesterday. Tomorrow, it’ll be easier for me to give you my winner…Lost MN, BYU, VCU,and Butler on Thursday. VCU and Butler should have pulled out the upset…If you get back to this specific blog tomorrow, I’ll give you my Friday’s results…It’ll be ugly but honest…

Gen Neyland

March 20th, 2009
11:21 am

And the question is, “Who is Miss Eli Manning”

gdawginkalamazoo

March 20th, 2009
11:57 am

Gen, no I see the Big Ten for what it is. Whatever that is. And I guess that would depend on what the meaning of the word is is.

Congrats, that was a daily double.

I will try to look back on here Sat to see how you did. I will probably lose a few today too.

Chip Towers

March 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

CG: Brannan Southerland looked good. The only thing he did was position drills, however. He stuck with all his combine numbers as far as the testing. . . .

Crimedog: Comparing Asher Allen and/or Dannell Ellerbe is asinine. Allen has never been in a lick of trouble and your insinuation is off base. Ellerbe has been in trouble but it fell into the category of “young and stupid” (drunk driving). . . .

Cuz

March 20th, 2009
1:10 pm

General did you copy my bracket? Vol alert, put up a fence around the state of Georgia. No good, he lives in Georgia. Oh wait a minute, I did not have the Latter Day Saints.

Gen Neyland

March 20th, 2009
1:38 pm

Cuz : I figured if anybody could do it, John Smith could. Heckfire, I had an ancestor that was a part the Donner Party. They had enough respect for him as not to make him a main course, soup or appetizer after he went snow-blind and fell out. Just left him for the wolves. What the haze does that have to do with anything, you ask..? Nothing, I guess. After UT/OK ST, the beer drinking and yard work begins anew…

zoo : One of our granddaughters has a soccer game at 0900 hrs Saturday, a hour and 1/2 away from our foothill compound. I may not be able to put my winner and losers up until later in the day, but put them up I will..

zoo :

Chip Towers

March 20th, 2009
5:22 pm

Beautiful day for football. Beautiful day for anything outside for that matter. Dogs taking on MIss. State in baseball at Foley Field right across the street from the practice fields. . . .

Serious football fans will appreciate this: The No. 1 offensive line at this moment — LT Boling, LG Glenn, C Jones, RG Strickland, RT Anderson.

Chip Towers

March 20th, 2009
6:51 pm

Very spirited workout today at Woodruff Practice Fields. It was the first day in shoulder pads and helmets and they were doing a lot more than “thud” as CMR calls the half-hitting-type practices. . . . Intense competition between the No. 1 O and No. 1 D during 11-on-11. Jeff Owens. even though still out injured, really fired up the defensive players by getting all the defensive guys to yell from before the snap count until the end of the play. He was jumping up and down, waving his arms, firing them up. He’s a real difference maker even when not on the field. . . . A.J. Green and Justin Houston got into a fight that ended with Green getting his helmet ripped off before it was broken up. . . . Later Kiante Tripp and Ben Jones locked up and ended up on the ground. . . . The coaches and players would just peel them apart and the scrimmage would keep going. Fun to watch.

Gen Neyland

March 21st, 2009
6:50 am

12-4 again. Cleveland St. Good for them…Off to the soccer match.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 21st, 2009
12:53 pm

Congrats General, my west is still all good. Didn’t see Cleveland State, USC, or Dayton coming so that hurt. Hope you enjoy the soccer game. Good luck in the brackets today.