By Rob Staton
This is an important week in the context of the NFL Draft. Today, Sam Bradford will work out for the first time. A good performance likely confirms he'll be taken first overall by the St. Louis Rams. The nature of these pro-days is to best show the prospect in a comfortable environment. It would surprise me if Bradford doesn't perform to a high standard. Still - it'll be interesting to see how he gets on.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma State wide out Dez Bryant will work out. He missed the combine through injury and skipped the Cowboys pro-day. Having not participated in game action for some months and not worked out for scouts, there's some concern Bryant is out of shape. Throw in the character concerns and some have started to predict a heavy fall on draft day. If Bryant runs in the 4.4's - that will soon be forgotten. However, if he runs a bad time (4.6's) and looks sluggish - paired with the off the field issues - he may drop like a stone.
Also on Tuesday - Anthony Davis will hold a private work out. He didn't perform at the Rutgers pro-day, which apparently angered some scouts. For me, Davis remains the most likely to go off the board first from the 2010 tackle class. Pass protection rules the day and Davis is superior to Okung, Williams, Bulaga et al in that aspect. He's young (only 20 years old) and needs to mature, whilst questions remain about his work ethic (and rightly so). However, when all is said and done I expect Davis to remain a top ten pick the same way that Andre Smith maintained his position amongst the top picks last year.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will throw for scouts on Wednesday. He took part in most drills at the combine. He's been nursing a minor injury since the BCS Championship. I don't expect McCoy to impress too many people when he throws - the tape has shown a lack of arm strength or accuracy throwing deep. I'm not sure what he can do throwing on Wednesday to significantly improve his stock. However, a lot of these suggestions he'll go in the late first round or early second will be put to bed if he performs badly. I just don't see a NFL starting caliber QB in McCoy, despite his superb college career.
The USC pro-day will also take place on Wednesday, with a number of big names likely to participate. It could be another opportunity for offensive lineman Charles Brown to impress, not to mention the likes of Everson Griffen, Taylor Mays, Damian Williams, Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson.