3. Michigan: Denard Robinson, RB/WR (5104, 199 and 4.42), William Campbell, DT/OG (6047, 318 and 5.30 E) and Jordan Kovacs, SAF (5110, 202 and 4.61):
After showing dramatic improvement at the Combine, Denard showed NFL teams that he has continued working very hard at making the transition from quarterback to receiver. He not only went through receiver drills, but also was put through running back drills as many teams believe that while his long term future is as a slot receiver, the fastest way for him to get on the field as a rookie will be as a third down back. During the workout, Denard displayed the explosive, game breaking athleticism that has NFL teams excited. After looking like a quarterback trying to play receiver at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Denard looked like a receiver at the workout and showed the confidence catching the ball that he had not before. He not only caught every pass thrown his way during the workout, but did so with hands and did not allow the ball to get into his body where he had to battle the ball.
Many NFL scouts were shocked that defensive tackle Williams Campbell was not invited to the Combine after a strong senior season and an impressive week of practice at the East West Shrine Game. A massive man with outstanding natural strength, NFL personnel in attendance were shocked at how smooth and easily he moved in drills. He not only went through defensive line drills, but also offensive line drills as some teams feel he has great potential as a guard. After his pro day performance we expect Campbell to be drafted, but what position he will be asked to play in the NFL will be determined by the team that selects him.
Still not assured of being drafted, safety Jordan Kovacs’ good all-around workout made his odds better than 50% of being selected. Not only did Kovacs run significantly faster than expected, but he also vertical jumped 35 and broad jumped 10. He is still not viewed as a potential starter, but after his workout NFL personnel told us they think he could be an excellent backup who excels on special teams.
Link Here. Also discusses CMU's Fisher, a WR from GVSU, and MSU's three early entrees in another post (Bell and Sims looked really good, Gholston really bad).
FWIW: Russ Lande is a former scout for the Rams and Browns. Not really sure about what connections he still has or if he's any good at predicting these kinds of things, so take it for what it's worth.
The Daily has a fun piece about a competition between Denard Robinson and Jordan Kovacs, with the winner getting a steak dinner. The competition involves preparing for the NFL draft.
As a heads-up to everyone here, four former football players from last year will be signing autographs at Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor (admission $2/car) from 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, 3/17:
- Will Campbell ($10/autograph)
- Vincent Smith ($10)
- Jordan Kovacs ($10)
- Roy Roundtree ($15)
They're offering a great deal where you can get all four guys for $30, meaning you save $15.
I've acquired a decent number of in-person autographs there through the years, and while it's a pretty rednecky kind of place, it's worth it to meet these four guys for sure. The signings will be going on during their usual monthly card show, which is also worth checking out.
This is my first thread so if I make a mistake, I'm sorry, I'll banish myself.
Yesterday I had the honor to meet and talk to Jordan Kovacs, Kevin Koger and Elliot Mealer at a Toledo Walleye hockey game. All of them were very nice and very willing to take pictures with myself and my girlfriend as well as sign things for us and make time to have down to earth conversations with us. It was a very small group or people (probably 12-15 people) that got to sit down and eat with them which surprised me, as I thought there would be many more. Anyways, just thought I'd share the information with you guys and a few pictures taken with the guys.
I apologized to Mealer for being the only one unable to stand with his arm around a girl.
http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y465/Jordan_Wray/mich4_zps6ff96d49.jpg http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y465/Jordan_Wray/mich3_zps4c953f04.jpg http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y465/Jordan_Wray/mich2_zpsc179b792.jpg
EDIT: Links should work. Best I can do, sorry.