Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Quarterbacks Ready for NFL Pro Days

Today marks the beginning of NFL pro days on college campuses across the country. The annual event, where NFL head coaches, executives and scouts visit various schools to watch potential draftees perform, starts with a bang right away.

Both Auburn and Arkansas will hold their pro days today, giving teams the opportunity to evaluate quarterbacks Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett. Some teams, including the Carolina Panthers, are expected to send team representatives to both locations to scout the players.

As Doug Farrar from Yahoo Sports writes, pro days usually help the players and rarely hurt them. Players are in a controlled environment and they're practicing with players who they've played with for months. These factors should help Newton, especially after struggling during the NFL Combine while throwing to unfamiliar receivers.

As for Mallett, he has done almost everything he can on the field to prove he's an exceptional talent. He needs to prove to teams that his off the field behavior has been exaggerated and he's committed to being a leader.

Pro days usually answer many of the lingering questions teams have about players. Here is a list of pro days coming up for the quarterbacks:

Today: Auburn (Newton), Arkansas (Mallett)
Friday: Texas Christian (Andy Dalton)
March 16: Florida State (Christian Ponder)
March 17: Missouri (Blaine Gabbert)
March 21: Iowa (Ricky Stanzi)
March 22: Nevada (Colin Kaepernick)
March 30: Washington (Jake Locker)

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