NFL Draft Pro Day Updates: Stafford Shines at Georgia Pro Day

Chris MaierCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford of USC passes the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

After passing on working out at the scouting combine, quarterback Matthew Stafford had a lot riding on today's workout.  Based on the early returns, today has to be considered a positive for Stafford but whether or not the Lions are convinced he is the No. 1 overall pick remains to be seen although he may be making the decision a little easier.  He are some thoughts seen around the web:

Chip Towers of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution saying he "ended the day with several impressive throws."  

Great Blue North Draft Report says "QB Matthew Stafford threw the ball reasonably well. There still were some accuracy issues but Stafford showed plenty of arm strength."  

CBS Sportsline's Rob Rang said Stafford "impressed scouts most with his accuracy, touch and better mobility than he's often given credit for." He also spoke to a scout who said he was "pretty much on throughout the entire workout...handled the pressure well." and "he helped himself today."

NFL.com's Steve Wyche says the "Lions need to ignore history and give the keys of franchise to Stafford".  In the article Wyche spoke to scouts who said: "He can make all the same throws (Ryan can) except he has a stronger arm, what sets (Ryan) apart from just about any other quarterback in the NFL is he is so cerebral. Still, (Stafford) has got 'it.' "

NFLN's Mike Mayock said the following of Stafford: "He did as expected....this is an elite quarterback".

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Overall, Stafford's pro day workout was expected to go well considering his biggest strengths is his measureables and he met expectations.  Whether he is able to answer questions about his decision making and inconsistency will ultimately determine whether he is drafted No. 1 or not. 

Knowshon Moreno has to be disappointed with a reported 40 time of 4.63.  While in line with his combine times (4.55/4.61 unofficial), 4.5+ 40 speed generally does not get a 210 pound running back drafted in the first round. 

Moreno flashed as expected in the drills show good quickness and catching ability.  Moreno has excellent quickness, toughness, vision and balance but the lack of breakaway speed is a concern. 

Donald Brown could be closing the gap on Moreno based on both having similar styles but Brown being considered the faster back of the two.

As a side note, today's workouts ranked he most highly anticipated workouts draft season and a surprise winner of the day was CB Asher Allen

Thanks to teammates Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno all 32 teams were in attendance to see Allen, the physical yet undersized cornerback run a 4.33 40 and then perform in the skill drills.  

It is worth mentioning that Allen was among NFL Draft 101's combine winners after excellent skills workout.

Chris Maier is senior editor for NFLDraft101.com.  He can be reached at cmaier@nfldraft101.com.


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