Saturday, March 24, 2007

Deceptively fast | by Pat

It seems that Jeff Samardzija wasn't the only Notre Dame player last year who was deceptively fast. At the second Notre Dame pro day, Brady Quinn finally lined up and ran the 40, along with a number of other agility tests, and had great performances in all of them. Here's the take from

Quinn weighed in 233 pounds. He ran indoors on FieldTurf. He ran his 40s faster than expected (4.82 and 4.73). He also ran the short shuttle in 4.22 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.79 (with tiny cones, not tall ones). In addition, he had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump.
Now, the 40 is largely a silly measurement for quarterbacks. Sure, ND fans will note that Quinn's 40 is faster than JaMarcus Russell's (4.83) and about the same as Troy Smith's (4.72), but ultimately that doesn't matter much. QB's are paid to read defenses and throw the ball, not run in straight lines for 40 yards. Still, Quinn's times, especially his short shuttle and three-cone times, are impressive. Personally, I think a bit of credit for that goes to Quinn's specialized combine training out in Arizona, where he specifically worked on lowering his time on combine drills. But to some degree impressive times are also a reflection on individual work ethic, which is probably about the only thing the more savvy NFL teams take away from QB agility drills.

Quinn likely isn't going to overtake Russell for the top spot in the draft -- which I think is a good thing as long as Kiffin and the Raiders hold onto it -- but with a second straight impressive pro day, he's really going to make it tough on teams like the Lions and Browns to pass on him.

Derek Landri also performed running drills for scouts for the first time since hurting his knee against LSU in the Sugar Bowl. Results again thanks to
Landri (288 pounds) ran his 40s in 5.00 and 5.00. He also had a 32-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-1 long jump, 4.32 short shuttle, 7.08 three-cone drill and 26 bench presses.
Pretty decent agility numbers for Landri. He also increased his bench press result by two from the first pro day, which can't hurt. It will be very interesting to see where Landri ultimately winds up on draft day. He's not the ideal size for the NFL, but he's a good athlete with solid production on the college level.