Prospects shine in spotlight at Baylor pro day

As I alluded to Wednesday, Baylor’s event was the most energized pro day that I’ve ever been to. I asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder if he’d ever been to anything like it; he said that Penn State’s pro day some years ago was the only thing close to this.

Baylor held the workouts Wednesday at its indoor facility. Bleachers were set up on one end for about 1,000 people. The school had media tables set up, and they had, I think, over 100 credentials offered, as far as the media was concerned.

There were over 100 people there representing NFL teams. I counted representatives there from every pro organization, including Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Colts coach Chuck Pagano, and Bears coach Lovie Smith. The Bears were one of about 25 teams with multiple representatives, also bringing receivers coach Darryl Drake and linebackers coach Bob Babich. The Redskins had several people in attendance, including two of Snyder’s partners and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, while the Browns had receivers coach Mike Wilson watching, among others.

Ten players worked out on the field turf in the facility.

Robert Griffin III, QB — He arrived late, so he did not get measured or weighed, and only participated in the workouts. Of the 51 passes that were scripted for his workout, he completed 49. He had an outstanding workout; I now think there’s a decision to be made at the top of the draft in terms of whether the Colts should take Griffin or Stanford’s Andrew Luck. The discussion will get a lot of attention between now and April 26. Both are very good quarterbacks.

Philip Blake, C (6-foot-2 3/4, 317 pounds) — Blake worked out at the NFL Combine, and he stood on everything he did there. He did position drills. An older player, the 26-year-old was originally a tackle and has moved to center. He’s good, and will probably be taken in the fifth or sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s a very, very good, solid player.

Terrance Ganaway, RB (5-11 5/8, 241) — Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 and 4.60 seconds. He only did position drills. Last season, when he gained 1,556 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground, was really his only productive season in college; he’s leaving school with just 2,600 yards total. He’s not a good receiver; he doesn’t have good hands. But he’s a strong inside runner who will move the chains.

Kendall Wright, WR (5-10 3/4, 197) — He ran the 40 in 4.44 and 4.41 seconds. On the run that he finished in 4.41, Wright rolled a little on the start, and he probably should have been made to begin again, but he wasn’t. He has very good speed, and is very strong. Wright will run as fast with a uniform on as he does in shorts. He made two really unbelievable catches Wednesday. He’s got very small hands; they measure just 8 3/8 inches, which usually wouldn’t lend themselves to making spectacular catches. But he did on Wednesday. With his performance, and the fact he ran the 40 in around 4.4 seconds, I think Wright will likely be taken toward the end of the first round, somewhere around the 25th overall pick.

Again, I don’ t know if there’s ever been a pro day like the one that Baylor held Wednesday. It was very well organized by Baylor assistant athletic director Kaz Kazadi. They had a large staff working the event; everyone in attendance was given a thick book. Everything was mapped out and right on time, and at the end, the school had lunch for the scouts. Baylor had two former first-round picks in attendance, Phil Taylor (taken by the Browns in the 2011 draft) and Jason Smith (taken by the Rams with the second overall pick in 2009). The atmosphere was unbelievable.

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