Notes From The Maryland Pro Day

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2011 – 1:26 pm

Some notes and observations from the University of Maryland’s Pro Day Wednesday.

A Quick Pro Day Overview

For those who are unfamiliar with the whole concept, Pro Days are essentially miniaturized scouting combines held by schools as a way of making their football talent available to pro scouts at a specific, organized time. There are a few theories behind the practice — athletes may perform better on their home practice fields is one that you hear a lot — but there’s another, more tangible reason: the scouts will come out to see the big ticket players — in this case WR Torrey Smith, RB Da’Rel Scott, and LB Adrian Moten — and might get a chance to see some less-touted players as well.

Smith, Scott, and Moten had all been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianpolis and had performed well there (Scott had the fastest 40 time for a running back at that event), but each came in to Wednesday with something to prove. Meanwhile, guys like CB Michael Carter, OL Paul Pinegar, WR Emani Lee-Odai, and plenty of others hoped to show enough to catch some attention and start carving out a pro career.

Da’Rel Scott’s Hands

Scott may have run a 4.34 40 at the Combine — good enough that he didn’t feel compelled to run again on Wednesday — but he still knew perfectly well what the knock on him is … and, by extension, what he had to show. “Catching out of the backfield,” he said. “Yeah, that was definitely my focus.”

It’s something he’s been working on since the Combine. Read more »

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