THUNDERING BLURB » Pac 10 ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 Cal Pro Day Wrap Up Thu, 19 Mar 2009 04:32:00 +0000 admin Today I had the pleasure to be a media rep covering the NFL Pro Day at the University of California – Berkley. It was a beautiful day at California Memorial Stadium. Great weather, sunny, not windy and cool.

I arrived as the athletes were working in the weight room, and happened to be there when top Center Alex Mack was getting ready to lift. For what it’s worth, he did not lift the 225 bar 40 times. It was 20. That was already corrected in the article that quoted, as well as on Rotoworld. But as good a day as Mack had – and it was very good – he didn’t become Superman.

Back to the broad picture though. All 32 teams were represented by 50 scouts, coaches and various personnel. Largely, they were there to see Mack and Zach Follett. Follett was nursing a bad hamstring though and only lifted, pulling a 21 rep bench press.

Follett told me he was disappointed, as he wanted to take another shot at his Combine numbers. However, he already has talked to some teams and will be scheduling some workouts. While I was there, I saw him chatting with representatives from several teams, among them the Colts, Chiefs and Browns.

How interested those teams are is anyone’s guess – they could have just been chatting. Or they could be hoping he’ll tumble enough to be there when thy come back around. He also mentioned the Raiders were sniffing around as well. Any of those teams could use him and I’m sure there are more who will take a look at him prior to late April.

Back to Mack. He ran a nice 5.17 40, looked good in his other workout drills and great in his positional drills. He held the rapt attention of nearly everyone who was there and when he was done, I’d say 75% of the people there took off.

That’s not to say there was no interest in anyone else. But Mack was the biggest target for attention there and clearly someone who won’t drop too far in April’s draft. I get the sense that he could go anywhere from the middle of the first to the end, but I don’t think he gets out of it unclaimed.

Mack ended his day in a film room working some chalk and going over tape with representatives from three teams. He was easily in there for two hours, maybe more. It was great to talk to him afterwards and he was definitely pleased with his day and ready to stop training for Pro Days and Combines and start training for actual football again.

After Mack was finished, the remaining scouts were treated to a pretty sharp workout by quarterback Nate Longshore. Longshore ran around a 4.7/5.1 40 yard dash (I timed it by hand, but was unable to verify afterwards) earlier in the day.

Warming up he seemed a bit off but once the drills started, Longshore was sharp throwing the ball with good arm strength, accuracy and touch. I was impressed the way he worked and not only made himself look good, but his receivers as well.

This draft is filled with project quarterbacks and in my opinion once you get past Stafford and Sanchez, there are a ton of question marks. As Sigmund Bloom, one half of the pair from who were on my show Wednesday night said, guys like Pat White and Josh Freeman are riding a bit of a wave from the fact that this class is weak.

So when you get past the first few solid quarterbacks, and you’re looking for a project it’s really just about whom you fall for. Longshore is far from a sure thing. But as a project?

Why not?

A few other notes from the day.

Linebacker Anthony Felder pulled a hamstring during his first 40 yard dash. It was a shame, he definitely had high hopes for the day. Before the end of the day, he had already set up a session with one team and was looking forward to getting back on track prior to the Draft.

I liked what I saw from tight end Cameron Morrah, who ran a 4.5/4.6 in the 40 and looked solid in receiving drills. He too has some interest already from teams and has scheduled multiple workouts.

Finally, Burl Toler stopped by for a workout and looked good in receiving drills. Toler is a free agent journeyman who has bumped around various NFL and AFL teams since he was signed as a street free agent with the Oakland Raiders back in 2006. He most recently played on the practice squad for the Washington Redskins in 2007-2008 and the San Jose SabreCats from 2008 until the AFL dissolved.

It’s always interesting to me to see a guy like this work out. He’s clearly willing and definitely looked good and while teams tend to try and think about getting the freshest talent in the Draft, there’s always guys like Toler who are still young and able, but carry experiance that most rookies take a long time to gather and some never get.

Could Toler find a home again within the NFL? It will be interesting to see.

Overall, it was a great day for most of the athletes present and with the extra attention guys like Mack and Follett brought to the day, some of the more fringe projects might have gotten a tad more exposure than they might have otherwise.

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Pac-10 Preview Up at Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:49:00 +0000 admin Hey folks – busy day here but am hoping to post the ESPN Radio bit later on, maybe tonight. Meanwhile, here is my weekly breakdown of the football games in the Pac-10 conference on

Not many games this weekend there, but all rivalries and as they are rivalry games, they can always go any way. I know USC may be cheering on Arizona this week but Bill I think it was Plaschke this week in the LA Times who pointed out that in terms of exposure and level of competition, as well as an outside shot to get a better ranking, USC would be better served not winning the Rose Bowl. As he put it, this year the ‘Grandaddy of them all’ really won’t mean as much as some other bids.

We’ll see. The Oregon State loss stings already, having them win the Conference title might be too much for USC to bear.

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College Football Insiders – Pac 10 Preview Sat, 01 Nov 2008 17:09:00 +0000 admin They posted my Pac 10 preview here over at College Football Insiders – check it out!

Don’t forget to check out my appearance on their Tailgate show on yesterday – you can find it a few posts below this one, under the updated WR rankings.

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PAc 10 Review Week 9 & Site Note Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:51:00 +0000 admin Hey folks

Catch my Pac 10 Review on College Football Insider today.

Also I have moved the day I post the top Fantasy Players from Monday to Tuesday – I have more time on Tuesdays to do it right and I would rather include Monday’s performers as well.

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Pac 10 Preview for Week 9 Sat, 25 Oct 2008 01:00:00 +0000 admin Check out my take on this week’s matchups at either the College Football Insider or

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Pac 10 Review Tue, 14 Oct 2008 14:58:00 +0000 admin Hey folks

NFLDraftbible has posted the Pac 10 review for this past weekend – check it out here!

While you’re there, check out some of the other content at – if you’re a football fan, college fan or a dynasty fantasy owner, there’s good stuff there for you.

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Pac 10 Review up Tue, 07 Oct 2008 13:58:00 +0000 admin Hey folks – my look at the Pac 10 action this weekend is up over at College Football Insiders and

Check it out here or here.

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Pac 10 Week 6 Preview Sat, 04 Oct 2008 04:03:00 +0000 admin Check it out over at here. Should be on College Football Insider as well soon.

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Pac 10 Review Week 5 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 13:39:00 +0000 admin Had this posted over at College Football Insiders yesterday – my review of the Pac 10 action from last weekend. Should have a breakdown of tonight’s game between ##15 Utah and Oregon State on there later today.


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Pac 10 Preview at College Football Insider and NFLDraftbible Sat, 20 Sep 2008 03:04:00 +0000 admin My thoughts on the relatively light schedule this weekend in the Pac 10. HUGE game for the Sun Devils and Rudy Carpenter against Georgia. HUGE.

Did I say HUGE?

Read the details HERE and HERE.

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