2009 NFL Draft Pro Day Watch List
At the NFL Scouting Combine, there are the benefits of getting to see all of the top prospects at once, but it comes with the drawbacks of having too much to look at.
When you visit a player's on-campus Pro Day, you get to see what they are really like after sleeping in their own bed, playing in a comfortable surrounding, and you can really key in on the player you are interested in.
Baylor, Auburn, Oklahoma, Miami, Georgia Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, Utah, and Western Michigan have all held their Pro Days with very good results overall.
Here's the list, with notes on who else to watch:
Alabama - This will be the most impactful Pro Day of them all. Andre Smith (OT) really needs to dominate every test and drill he participates in. Rashad Johnson (S), Glen Coffee (RB), and John Parker Wilson (QB) all have something to prove too.
Maryland - It will be hard for Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR) to do anything that will positively impact his draft status after a blazing 40 at the combine.
Oklahoma State - Brandon Perrigrew (TE) will need to show scouts he has enough speed to be a receiving option at all levels.
Tennessee - Robert Ayers (DE) was a riser after the Senior Bowl but faded at the combine, his Pro Day will have the final say on if he sneaks into the first round.
Boston College - Defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace will continue to display why they are the cream of the DT crop.
Kansas State - Quarterbacks often use their Pro Days to put their arm strength on display, and Josh Freeman might have the strongest arm in the draft.
Nebraska - Marlon Lucky (RB) will need to show he can be an all-around back and Lydon Murtha (OL) will prove his athletic combine wasn't a fluke.
Oregon - Patrick Chung (S) needs to show off his coverage skills while Max Unger (OL) should display is versatility across the line.
West Virginia - He has refused to play wide receiver during the whole draft process so don't expect Pat White (QB) to give up on his NFL quarterbacking dream.
Texas Tech - The Red Raiders have some solid draft prospects, but all eyes will be on Michael Crabtree's (WR) foot.
Michigan - The weakest draft class from the Wolverines possibly ever.
Ohio State - The most star-studded Pro Day by far. Alex Boone (OT), Malcolm Jenkins (DB), and James Laurinaitis (LB) want to improve on their combines while Brian Robiskie (WR), Beenie Wells (RB), Marcus Freeman (LB), and Donald Washington (CB) want to keep the positive juices flowing.
Oregon State - Guard Andy Levitre was a top prospect all season and needs to make a final impact on the scouts.
Purdue - Offensive trio Curtis Painter (QB), Greg Orton (WR), and Kory Sheets (RB) will work hard to move up draft boards around the league.
South Florida - Sleeper Tyrone McKenzie (LB) might be the best backer you've never herd of.
Arizona - Eben Britton (OT) wants to show he should be the fifth tackle taken and Mike Thomas (WR) is the hardest worker in this draft.
Florida State - Scouts will be looking to see if Everette Brown (DE) can play in the 3-4 and Graham Gano (K) just wants to get drafted.
LSU - Defensive linemen Tyson Jackson and Ricky Jean-Franciois need to show their versatility, Herman Johnson (OG) needs to be in shape, and Demetrius Byrd (WR) might be the best receiver no one is talking about.
North Carolina - Receiving duo Hakeem Nicks (WR) and Brandon Tate (WR) must execute crisp routes and field awareness.
Pittsburgh - LeSean McCoy (RB) must break the 4.50 mark if he wants to break into the first round.
California - Linebackers Anthony Felder and Zack Follett are looking to upgrade their status, while Alex Mac (C) is making up for what he missed out on at the combine.
Florida - The ball will be flying as Percy Harvin (WR), Louis Murphy (WR), and Cornelius Ingram (TE) display their elite athleticism.
Illinois - Vontae Davis (CB) had a good-but-not-great combine; he needs to have an immaculate Pro Day to solidify his spot as the No. 2 corner prospect in the draft.
Michigan State - Javon Ringer (RB) is much more dynamic than people think, when all eyes are on him he will show off what he can do.
Penn State - The Nittany Lions didn't have a great combine, Aaron Maybin (DE) and Derrick Williams (WR) could really use an impressive Pro Day.
Cincinnati - Connor Barwin (LB) is on the bubble for the first round, one more showing of his versatility and athletic ability could put him over the edge.
Georgia - Matthew Stafford (QB) should feel comfortable tossing the ball around to Mohamed Massaquoi (WR) and Knowshon Moreno (RB), which will give him a chance to show off the gun.
Missouri - The defensive prospects have already shined in the show-me state, now it's Jeremy Maclin's (WR) turn to run again.
Richmond - Lawerence Sidbury Jr. (DE) had a great combine and a great Pro Day could make him a first day pick.
Virginia - Clint Sintim (LB) has seen his stock fall into the middle of the second round while Eugene Monroe (OT) continues to rise.
Virginia Tech - Victor Harris (DB) will show scouts his excellent ball skills in the defensive backfield.
San Jose State - Workout warrior Jarron Gilbert is looking to add to the legend of the pool jump with an explosive Pro Day.
Iowa - Shonn Greene (RB) was slower at the combine than most scouts would have liked and had poor flexibility. If he wants to get into the second round, he needs to be more than a pounder.
Wake Forest - First rounders Aaron Curry (LB) and Alphonso Smith (CB) should be able to cruise through their Pro Day on their way to the draft.
Clemson - Aaron Kelly (WR) needs to have an intense workout and James Davis (RB) needs to prove his more than average.
Connecticut - Darius Butler (CB), Donald Brown (RB), and William Beatty (OT) head the best UCONN class of all-time.
South Carolina - Jared Cook (TE) is doing everything in his power to sneak into the first round and this Pro Day will determine whether Jamon Meredith (OL) is a tackle or guard.
Southern Miss - Tight end Shawn Nelson has been adding weight, but will it hurt his athleticism?
Texas - Brian Orakpo (DE) destroyed the combine tests but scouts want to see him finish linebacker drills.
Central Florida - Return man Joe Burnett (CB) can keep his stock rising by continuing to show scouts whatever they want to see.
Mississippi - Michael Oher (OT) wants to move into the top-15 and Peria Jerry (DT) wants to land in the bottom of the first round.
Rice - They didn't get my attention during the season but offensive weapons James Casey (TE) and Jarett Dillard (WR) are two of the top pass catchers in the draft.
Northern Illinois - Larry English (LB) looks to finish on a high note after a great Senior Bowl and below average combine.
USC - The Trojans take the "save the best for last" mentality with the Pro Day, every player is worth watching at this one.
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