March 21, 2013

Pro Day evaluations

One of the first things that stood out at the Georgia Pro Day was how the bodies of the former UGA players have changed.

John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers looked to be much more trim than they were in the 2012 season, and it paid off as both looked to be moving very well.

Linebacker Mike Gilliard, who did not work out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. recently, measured in at 6-foot-1, 236-pounds on Thursday.

Gilliard, who said that he played in the 220 to 225 pound range for the Bulldogs looked as if he had gained most of his weight in the upper body, and was clocked in the 4.6 second range in the 40-yard dash.

Safeties Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo didn't look as if they had lost or put on much mass, and linebackers Christian Robinson, Alec Ogletree, and Jarvis Jones seemed to be the same size as they were during the 2012 season.

Jones' day

Jarvis Jones is thought to be a top 10 to 15 pick my most draft analysts, and that probably won't change after Thursday's performance despite a disappointing 40-yard dash time.

Jones told UGASports during interviews that he was somewhere in 4.8 second range for his 40 time, but many believe that the two-time All-American has game film that can't be ignored.

During pass rush drills, Jones looked extremely explosive and used his feet to perfection. He is likely quicker than he is fast, but most teams are going to love his motor and his ability to use his hands to shed blocks.

Jenkins shows off

After weighing in at 343 pounds on Thursday, Jenkins also had a strong showing in the defensive lineman bag drills.

The two-year starter at UGA showed excellent footwork, and the quick hands that can make him so tough to block in one-on-one situations.

NFL head coaches Mike Tomlin and Rex Ryan were watching Jenkins closely, and many believe the star nose tackle could go as early as the end of the first round or as late as the third round.

Washington keeps momentum

Cornelius Washington started to make a name for himself at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and then took it to another level with a strong combine showing.

He kept the ball rolling on Thursday with a solid showing in linebacker and pass rushing drills.

Washington isn't as fluid in space as his former teammates in Ogletree or Jones, but he does a nice job of flipping his hips and exploding out of his turns. At this point, it appears that a number of teams like his potential as a pass rusher, and that may be where he makes a name for himself in the NFL.

The Burke County High School product measured in a 263 pounds on Thursday and said that he is getting looks from 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker and from 4-3 teams as a defensive end.

Ogletree improves

Some draft analysts still see Ogletree as a first round pick while others believe that off the field issues might push the Newnan native into the second or third round.

No matter where he is picked, Ogletree set himself a part in the linebacker drills at Pro Day. The former safety has an elite ability to change direction for a linebacker, and closes on the football as well as any linebacker in this draft class according to draft experts.

Ogletree ran 4.7-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, but improved upon that number with a 4.6-second time on Thursday.

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