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McKnight's time comes at CU Pro Day

Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:19 pm

Scouts from more than a dozen teams (including New England, Seattle, Buffalo, Cleveland, NY Jets, and Philladephia) came to Boulder, Colorado to see Buffs' hopefuls work out at the school's pro day.

Though OT Nate Solder and CB Jimmy Smith are the Buffslikely to go in the first round, WR Scotty McKnight had the most to prove today because he was not afforded a chance to attend the Scouting Combine two weeks ago.

The fact he had New York Jets quarterback -- and high school friend -- Mark Sanchez throwing him passes in front of scouts at CU's practice bubble also didn't hurt.

McKnight measured at 5-10 1/2, 184 pounds with short arms (29 3/8) and average-sized hands (9 inches). His 13 reps, 34" vertical, and 10'0" broad jump would have put him in the bottom-third of receivers at the Combine, as well, making the likelihood of his being drafted fairly slim.

He displayed nice short-area quickness with his 6.68 three-cone time, however, and well as his routes when receiving passes from the accurate Sanchez. McKnight's ability to flash over the middle and make a move after the catch were on display for scouts to see. He caught everything thrown his way using his hands, extending away from his frame when "The Sanchise" threw the occasional high or low ball (some purposefully, some not).

Solder looked good in positional drills, as you would expect, because of his supreme athleticism. He showed good knee bend and an explosive punch, even sending Denver Broncos Director of College Scouting (and former CU linebacker) Matt Russell to the carpet on a drill simulating hitting an incoming linebacker at the second level. Scouts razzed, then cheered, Russell for his work in drills before Colorado DE Marques Herrod took his place for safety reasons.

Smith corner Jalil Brown looked relatively smooth in the typical defensive back "W" and other drills. The 6-0 5/8, 206-pound Brown helped his stock by running low 4.4 40s and turned his hips a bit more fluidly than Smith during drills, though teams know Smith's forte will be locking down outside receivers in man coverage. Both had multiple drops when adjusting to the ball when simulating corner routes, however.

Smith increased his vertical jump from 36" at the Combine to 37"and ran a 11.19 long shuttle (which is good for his 6-2 3/8, 210-pound fram) in the only measurable times he recorded.

Solder had the worst news of the draftable prospects here, however, when he weighed in at 307 pounds -- 12 pounds lighter than he weighed in Indianapolis. Teams were already wondering if he could add or maintain weight during the season, and that quick loss won't give him a good feeling.

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

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