Arizona pro day sees WR Criner improve status

Prospects ran indoors on Astroturf at the Arizona pro day on Monday. They did not have ideal running conditions; the track was approximately 50-yards long, and they had just 10 yards to pull up before running into a wall. Consequently, the 40-yard-dash times aren’t ideal.

Representatives from 22 NFL teams were there, including Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and some Cardinals coaches.

Juron Criner, WR (6-foot-2 5/8, 223 pounds) — Criner, who was at the NFL Scouting Combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.62 seconds. If Criner had more room to run, he probably would have lowered his speed, likely finishing it in about 4.57 or 4.56 seconds. He registered a 38-1/2 inch vertical and a 9-foot-1 broad jump. He is described as being similar to Ravens WR Anquan Boldin. Criner was an outstanding AAU basketball player. He has rare ability as far as catching passes is concerned. He has great body control and does a good job catching the ball in traffic. He definitely improved his status on Monday. There are so many receivers that will be available in the draft, but I think Criner is probably a second-round pick.

Nick Foles, QB (6-5, 238) — Foles ran the 40-yard dash in 5.04 and 5.03 seconds. He had a 33-1/2-inch vertical and a 9-0 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.60 seconds and did the three-cone in 7.27 seconds. Foles was nothing special; he was okay in his quarterback workout.

Trevin Wade, DB (5-10 3/8, 191) — Wade, who was at the combine, recorded a 34-1/2 inch vertical and did not do the broad jump. His positional workout was abbreviated because of bad weather. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Wade selected at the end of the second or beginning of the third round in April.

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