Report from Rutgers Pro Day

Written by Will Spencer on March 11, 2010


By my count, 23 NFL teams were represented at the Rutgers pro day event including; Raiders, Saints, Ravens, Colts, Browns, Jaguars, Eagles, Redskins, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bucs, Vikings, Packers, Chargers, Giants, Patriots, Jets, Bears, Dolphins, 49ers, Falcons, Texans and Bills.

The Baltimore Ravens seemed to bring the biggest names as Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and defensive backs coach Chuck Pagano were in attendance. The Eagles also sent their defensive backs coach and former Bills head coach, Dick Jauron.

OT and possible top 10 pick, Anthony Davis, decided NOT to work out today as he “wasn’t feeling well” and apparently had a hamstring issue. Scouts were not happy.

CB Devin McCourty decided to stand on his Combine numbers and did not participate in any timed events. However, McCourty did participate in position drills. More on that in a minute.

Damaso Munoz, the undersized strong side linebacker, may have been the star of the measured events. Munoz had a vertical leap of 35″ and was clocked by several scouts in the 40 yard dash at 4.52 and 4.55. Munoz looked very fluid in positional drills, especially the bag drills. At 6’0″ 220 lbs, Munoz may benefit from a position change to safety. He apparently has the speed to do so. I overheard scouts from the Jets discussing Munoz, saying they’d like to get him in for a workout on the 9th of April. This may be the Jets “local prospects day” as they were talking about other Rutgers players getting to the workout. However, the Jets scout indicated that Munoz may be going to Chicago on the 8th of April for a workout. I’ll be working to verify that.

DE George Johnson was also a point of interest with scouts. At 6’4″ 265 lbs, scouts were looking to see Johnson’s footwork to evaluate whether or not he could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Johnson looked quicker than expected in drills, and some scouts had him clocked at 4.78 and 4.82 in the 40 yard dash.

The star of the show was CB Devin McCourty. Defensive back drills were conducted by Ravens DB coach Chuck Pagano, and he put McCourty through the works. It was clear that Pagano was attempting to see very specific things from McCourty in the drills. At times, he would throw the ball in spots where McCourty shouldn’t be able to grab it so he could see him stretch out for the ball. Pagano was also testing McCourty’s range, throwing one ball to the corner of the endzone when McCourty was on the opposite hash. When McCourty was able to chase down the ball and make the catch, Pagano turned to Ravens Director of Scouting Joe Hortiz with a big smile on his face saying, “yeah, I guess you could say his range is pretty good!” Pagano also had the defensive backs run drills that involved multiple changes of direction and sometimes making complete 360 degree turns. McCourty excelled, looking very smooth in his transitions and showing quick feet. McCourty has an impressive back pedal and flips his hips with ease. Given McCourty’s experience on special teams, not just as a return man but as a gunner, McCourty’s stock is sure to rise….especially with a team that has a special teams oriented head coach like Ravens HC John Harbaugh.

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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