I just finished watching the second group workout inside the stadium here at Indianapolis.
Traditionally, reporters are allowed to watch one group workout during the week, with the duty or writing a pool report on an individual player.
I was given Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, who actually threw the ball better than expected today. Snead was kind of a surprise entry into this year’s draft because of his struggles on the field, throwing as many interceptions (20) as touchdowns in 2009.
Here’s what I wrote:
Overall, Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead had a good showing during his Saturday afternoon workout at the NFL scouting combine. Sneed showed solid footwork in his drops, displayed good, overall accuracy throwing the ball on all of the routes, and appeared to generate good pace on his throws with ease.
In particular, Sneed excelled throwing the deep ball, putting the ball right on the receiver in stride on all of his go routes. He appeared to carry the ball low on his drop backs, but got the ball in the traditional throwing position at his setup and showed a quick release throughout all of the throwing drills.
I thought Golden Tate struggled somewhat catching the ball today, specifically in the gauntlet drill. However, he wasn’t helped by the quarterbacks throwing the ball to him. Tate also seemed to leave his feet at times catching the ball when he didn’t have to.
But anyone who watched Tate plays this season knows he’s the real deal and will be successful at the next level. Tate also helped himself by running a 4.42 40-yard time.
USC receiver Damian Williams was a good as advertised, looking smooth running routes and overall catching the ball well. I don’t have an official time on Williams, but I believe he ran in the high 4.4s.
Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson also appeared to have a good day throwing the ball. Robinson also ran a 4.71, 40-yard time.
Andre Roberts from Citadal also is another receiver who could move up the draft board. He ran a 4.46 40-yard time, and showed good route-running ability in the Senior Bowl.
I didn’t watch the first group throw, but apparently Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield struggled throwing the ball.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has more on today’s first session here.