Mayock: Tebow not lone star in Gainesville


 

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spent the day in Gainesville on Wednesday at Florida’s pro day. He filed his thoughts with NFL.com, and believe it or not, Tim Tebow wasn’t the only player who showcased his skills. Here are his impressions of the Florida prospects who worked out:

» Interior OL Maurkice Pouncey did positional drills only. Looked great. Very solid late first-round pick. Immediate starter who won’t be overwhelmed.

» DE Carlos Dunlap had an exceptional combine. At 6-foot-5 3/4 and 277 pounds, he ran a 4.69-second 40 and a 1.64-second 10-yard split. At Florida’s pro day, most scouts expected he would do positional drills only due to the strength of his measurables at the combine. To our surprise, he ran again, and I had him at 4.59 and 4.69. Great numbers for a DE that size. I give him a ton of credit for working out again and showcasing his athleticism. His problem is he has a lot of average tape. I don’t see him going in the first round due to his lack of consistency.

» Joe Haden ran 4.45 and 4.41 and had a very strong positional workout. He’s a first-round talent and should be the first cornerback off the board.

» TE Aaron Hernandez ran 4.58 and 4.63. He did 30 reps at 225 and ran good routes and caught the ball like a wide receiver. He lacks in-line blocking ability and has some off-the-field issues.

» Brandon Spikes ran 5.03 and 5.10, extremely slow times for an NFL linebacker. His tape is good but those times will significantly hurt his draft stock.

» Tim Tebow made more progress than I expected between the Senior Bowl and his pro day. His delivery is more compact and his footwork is much tighter. Still, he’s a project, but don’t bet against this kid.

» Riley Cooper stood on his 40 from the combine (4.55) and did positional work with Tebow. He has great size (6-3 3/8, 222) and is an extremely athletic kid that tracks the football and makes the hard catch look easy. One of the best blocking wide receivers in the draft also has a history on special teams as a jammer and gunner. Has to eliminate the “easy” drop.

» WR Brandon James and DE Jermaine Cunningham couldn’t work out because of injuries.

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