Pro day update
- DB Kevin Hobbs, who played sparingly at Auburn, put up some great numbers. He had an 11-1 broad jump (tops among players) and a 4.34 time in the 40-yard dash. Pretty impressive stuff. He'll get in someone's camp based on what he did today.
- WR Ben Obomanu posted a 4.37 in the 40, and hit a 41-inch vertical jump. He said he's gotten as high as 42" before, but seemed happy with the 41".
- DT Wayne Dickens wasn't spectacular, but he bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times. It's amazing how strong kids can get.
- Former Tigers Junior Rosegreen, Travaris Robinson and Philip Yost were on hand as well, trying again to woo scouts. Kendall Simmons, a starting guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was there. He's already a millionaire, though. Street clothes for him!
- DE Stanley McClover opted out of most drills. He said his work at the NFL Combine was his statement. McClover participated in a position-specific exercises later in the day.
- OL Marcus McNeill also opted out of most drills, but participated in some shuttle runs and position-specific exercises. He's expected to go in the first or second round.
- There were dozens of scouts there. Attendance was off from 2005, when Auburn had four players go in the first round, but the dropoff wasn't as significant as I expected. This program clearly has plenty of prestige in the eyes of NFL executives.
Saw two of my favorite former Auburn players today: Adlai Trone and Kendall Simmons. They were there to watch the Pro Day goings-on. Here's a quote from each.
- Trone, who now is a financial planner in Atlanta, on how the program has changed since he graduated in 2001: ``(Tuberville) has taken that long-term prestige of this program to another level. Four guys went in the first round last year. If we get four or five more guys drafted, that'll just add to it."
- Simmons said he's glad he doesn't have to go through the combine process again: ``I had a hard time sleeping during those weeks before the draft. I didn't know what was going to happen and nobody could tell me with any certainty what would happen to me. I'm glad to have what I have. I don't miss the worry."
The list (remember that I've been on this beat since 10/23/98):
- 1.) Adlai Trone, football, 1999-2001. Self-made man. Walk-on who became an important part of Auburn's secondary. Always willing to talk. Always had a good quote. I think he's the guy who should be in the videos that promote Auburn athletics. He's a star.
- 2.) Marquis Daniels, basketball, 2000-03. Another self-made man. Came in as an academic risk. Graduated in 3.5 years. Always played intelligently, never got into trouble, always a gracious guy to interview. I always felt like he was thankful that Auburn took a chance on him -- even after it became obvious Daniels was going to be a star.
- 3.) Hayden Gliemmo, baseball, 1997-2000. Really nice person. Got hurt and never complained about it. Even as it became apparent that he'd never be the great player everyone expected based on his great freshman season, Hayden remained a happy person who cared about everyone around him.
- 4.) Tommy Slater, Auburn baseball coach, 2005-. The guy always seems content with his life and the job he's doing. He tells things straight without a bunch of nonsense. Coaches don't play that game very often, but it's not a game with Slater. He's just that way.
- 5.) Eddie Gran, Auburn football assistant, 1998-. He is unfairly maligned at times for what some people interpret as a disinterested approach. I think people just misunderstand his delivery. Gran is a cool guy who has handled some serious personal adversity with a grace that a lot of people find inspiring. Count me in that group. He also is direct with his answers, and takes credit when something in his control goes awry.