Tag:Kevin Colbert
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Pryor dazzles 17 teams w/speed. Less so w/ arm?

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor proved both dazzling and perhaps a bit disappointing Saturday in hastily organized "Pro Day" workout at a Hempfield (Pa) high school in front of a collection of scouts, front office executives, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin and even Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay.

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was also on hand for the workout, showing his support for the player some blame for the program's recent troubles.

Measuring in at 6-5, 232 pounds Pryor wowed onlookers with his straight-line speed early in the workout, posting times between 4.38-4.41 seconds on a soft FieldTurf surface, according to Zac Jackson's Twitter feed. The soft turf generally slows a player down, at least in comparison to a hard turf or track surface. Therefore, these are lightning fast times for Pryor; ones certain to boost the intrigue of teams considering the playmaker.

As impressive as Pryor was running for the stopwatch, he did not run routes or catch passes as a receiver and was apparently less impressive when throwing the ball. While he threw a tight spiral on many of his throws, he also threw a "duck" after instructing one of his four receivers on hand which route to run and there were several incompletions, according to Jackson.

According to The NFL Network's Albert Breer, Pryor completed 27 of 39 passes. Of the 12 incompletions, Breer counted four drops.

Having not been at Pryor's workout, myself, I can't fairly grade his performance during the throwing session. I have been to multiple Pro Day workouts from quarterbacks, most notably Sam Bradford's, Mark Sanchez's and Jake Locker's. Passes rarely hit the ground during these orchestrated workouts with no defenders.

There were 17 teams present at the workout: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington.

While the fact that more than half of the league's teams were represented at the Pro Day shows that there is a great deal of interest in the former Buckeye, it also should be noted that there were only a few decision-makers on hand. Most of the scouts in attendance were lower-level area scouts, likely close by due to their normal scouting responsibilities at local colleges during the late summer months. The Steelers, not surprisingly given their close proximity, were well represented. Besides Tomlin, Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert was also reportedly at the workout. Irsay tweeted that his Colts are "not taking Pryor" though he also mentioned that his team is "evaluating the QB [situation]."

The workout, while exciting, isn't likely to change the opinions of teams heading towards Monday's supplemental draft. I've argued for a long time that Pryor is quite an intriguing prospect at wide receiver. He, however, has indicated a strong preference for remaining at quarterback, though he did tell teams and the assembled media at the workout today that he'd play any position asked.

As a quarterback, Pryor's average accuracy and decision-making means that he's at minimum a two-year project for playing the traditional quarterback role. He could, however, make a significant and exciting contribution early in his career as a glorified Wildcat option for a club.

His athleticism and size are such a unique combination that Pryor most likely will earn a middle to late round pick. Most expect that it will come in the 4th to 5th round.
Posted on: February 25, 2010 5:05 pm
 

Pittsburgh's Kevin Colbert a Combine star (again)

Two years ago at the Combine Pittsburgh Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert characterized the 2008 class of offensive tackles as "the best group I've seen in 24 years collectively." Considering that an NFL record eight offensive tackles were drafted in the first round, at least in one sense, he was proven correct.

Colbert again was willing to quantify a uniquely gifted lineman class. This time, however, he was describing the 2010 defensive line class.

"This draft, there are more defensive linemen than any draft I can remember in really 26 years I've been doing this," Colbert told the media at the Combine this morning. "It's not only depth, but the quality of the depth, as well."

I believe Colbert to be correct -- and wrote as much long ago.

We currently rate 9 defensive linemen among our top 32 prospects. They are, in order, Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy, Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan, Florida DE Carlos Dunlap, USC DE Everson Griffen, Tennessee DT Dan Williams, South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Michigan DE Brandon Graham, Penn State DT Jared Odrick and UCLA DT Brian Price.

Few front office executives are as willing to go on the record with strong statements as Colbert.

Considering the accuracy of his past statement (and his teams' success in finding defensive linemen), perhaps more should adopt his honesty.

Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:45 am
 

Upcoming NFL personnel podium schedule

As mentioned in a previous post, San Francisco GM Scot McCloughan and head coach Mike Singletary led off today's interviews.

They will be followed by:

  • Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz
  • Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey
  • Pittsburgh Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert
  • Miami General Manager Jeff Ireland
  • Kansas City General Manager Scott Pioli

 
 
 
 
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