DeLone Carter Has Monster Performance At Syracuse Football's Pro Day

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Delone Carter Runs 4.43 40 At Syracuse Pro Day

Syracuse running back DeLone Carter had a “monster performance” during the Syracuse Pro Day, according to SB Nation New York’s own Jared Smith. Well, how exactly do you measure a “monster performance?”

Try this way. According to the National Football Post Carter improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.54 at the Combine to 4.43 and 4.46 during the Pro Day. NFP also reported that Carter showcased good skills as a pass receiver.

Carter’s speed has been one of the biggest question marks dogging him throughout the run-up to the NFL Draft [full profile]. Carter is currently viewed as a second-day pick in the draft, coming up this April.

Several other Syracuse players, including outside linebacker Doug Hogue, center Ryan Bartholomew and inside linebacker Derrill Smith, also worked out for scouts during the Pro Day. At this time, no numbers have been reported from workouts done by those draft hopefuls. If anything useful becomes available we will be sure to pass it along.

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NFL Draft Prospects And Projections 2011: DeLone Carter Has A Monster Performance At Syracuse Football's Pro Day

The Syracuse football program's Pro Day for NFL scouts, coaches and general managers took place Wednesday at SU's Manley Field House. 16 former Orange football players lifted weights, ran the 40-yard dash and performed drills to try and improve their NFL Draft stock. Out of the dozen or so participants one, running back DeLone Carter, seemed to get the most attention by NFL decision makers.

"Delone did exceptionally well today," said William Hicks -- SU's Director Of Athletic Performance. "He upped his (NFL Combine) numbers today and did well in the position work."

However, it seems that Carter's position work was an afterthought as the East-West Shrine Game MVP, who is listed at 5-foot-7, 225 pounds, entered the showcase appearing bigger and stronger than he was just a few weeks ago.

"I've been just saying in touch with coach Hicks and continuing to work out where I was training in Florida -- API -- and came back here to keep working with coach Hicks and was prepared for today," said Carter when asked about his secret of bulking up.

"(At the Combine) I did what I expected to do and a little bit better and the coaches were pleased," Carter said. "(My goals today were to) just to improve what I did in Indy and, you know, show these coaches I am willing to learn how to take criticism and get better."

The voice of the Orange, Matt Park, wrote this about Carter's physique.

"Carter has been big from the time he stepped on campus. He is now officially huuuuuuge, Tom. If the National Football League or its Players Association either had the willingness to stretch as much the workout shirt he was wearing today, the lockout would be over."

After watching the video posted at SUathletics.com, there's no debating that Carter is a monster ready to turn NFL middle linebackers into dust. Currently, Carter is ranked the ninth-best running back on the Nation Football Posts Big Board.

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NFL Draft Projections 2011: Ryan Bartholomew, Rob Long Have Positive Showings At Syracuse Football Pro Day

The Syracuse football Pro Day attracted 20-plus NFL coaches and scouts, who witnessed 16 former SU football players lift weights, run the 40-yard dash and perform drills Wednesday at Manley Field House. Four of those 16 player were ones who had already participated in the NFL Combine, April 24-March 1, in Indianapolis - center Ryan Bartholomew, running back DeLone Carter, inside linebacker Derrell Smith and outside linebacker Doug Hogue.

Bartholomew, a 6-foot-2, 298-pound redshirt senior, impressed scouts at the Combine by bench pressing the most 225-pound reps (34) of any lineman. Currently, the National Football Post has him ranked as the 12th best center on their big board.

"I think I am doing a pretty good job so far," Bartholomew said after the Pro Day. "I mean, my goal wasn't to go out (to the Combine) and put up those numbers just to show I was a good football player."

"(Today) my goal was just to show that I got better at some things I did at the Combine. I tried to demonstrate that I could play both guard and center. I mean, that's key in the (NFL) because you can only have some many guys on the team. It helps that I have that experience at both positions."

Meanwhile, Smith, who said he felt a bit nervous Wednesday night, thought being a part of the Combine and the Pro Day was a blessing:

"I thought I was in shape until I got out here today. I am going to have to go back to the field and get some sprints in," said Smith after his Pro Day workout. "You got to do a lot more mental preparation for the test they're going to put you through. But the preparation, as far as, going as hard as you can is the same."

The National Football Post has Smith as the 15th-best middle linebacker on its Big Board.

Also participating in drill was senior punter Rob Long, who just underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a brain tumor, which was found in December.

"Above all, though," wrote Matt Park, the voice of the Orange, in his blog Thursday. "It was great to see all-Big East punter, Rob Long grinning ear-to-ear.

"'It’s one of those things you work for all of college, and the day has finally come," Long said. "After everything, it feels great to be back. I feel healthy." Long referred to his kicking as "a work in progress" as he nears regaining his regular season form.'"

-- View the Syracuse Orange All-Access video here at SUAthletics.com. Click here to find out how running back DeLone Carter looked during SU's Pro Day.

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Syracuse Football Pro Day: Doug Houge, DeLone Carter, Ryan Bartholomew Try To Impress NFL Scouts

The Syracuse football program's Pro Day for NFL scouts, coaches and general managers will be held Wednesday afternoon at Syracuse University's Manley Field House.  Center Ryan Bartholomew, running back DeLone Carter, inside linebacker Derrell Smith and outside linebacker Doug Hogue, who each participated in the NFL Scoring Combine, Feb. 24-March 1, will be four of the 18 participants in the showcase.

There will be a lot of pressure on these players to perform well, especially with scouts seeing them in a more intimate setting, which is much different than the Combine's 300-plus player setting.
"Right now is our chance. It’s like do or die, all or nothing," said All-Big East linebacker Hogue. "A lot of guys have got butterflies in their stomachs. We’ve played in front of thousands of people, but in this room with a couple of scouts and it’s that fresh feeling again."

Hogue showed good speed at the Combine, running a 4.63 40-yard dash and could be a late-round pick.

Also at the Combine, Bartholomew did 34 reps of the 225-pound bench press, ran a 4.97 40-yard dash and improved his draft status with an impressive work. Carter, the MVP in both the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game, is likely considered a mid-round pick in the draft at this point, but that could change with a solid work out Wednesday.

Others notable SU players participating are: Defensive tackle Bud Tribbey and punter Rob Long. Long is trying to battle back from six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a brain tumor, which was found in December. Long, who was unable to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, has been working out since February and will more than likely get his shot at the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

-- Later on in the day, SB Nation New York will update fans on how well the SU players did.

 

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Rutgers Pro Day: Joe Lefeged, Brandon Bing Impress

Joe Lefeged and Brandon Bing are the two former Rutgers University players who have the best chances of finding themselves in an NFL training camp later this year — if, of course, there are training camps. Both players appeared to help themselves Wednesday during the Rutgers Pro Day.

Lefeged, a safety and kick returner, appears to be a probably mid- to late-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.. He did the three-cone drill and positional drills during the Pro Day.

“I don’t really hear too much right now (feedback-wise from scouts),” said Lefeged, who is expected to get a look sometime after the third round in next month’s NFL Draft. “You can only worry about what you can control. Keep working hard, show a positive attitude, and that’s all I’m trying to do.”

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano thinks Lefeged can be an ‘in the box’ safety in the NFL.

“I think he can definitely be an effective player in that league,” head coach Greg Schiano said. “The thing that always impressed me was as he became the starting safety as a sophomore, we kept putting him down as a nickel back because he’s such a good blitzer and such a good underneath player. That’s valuable.”

Bing, a 5-foot-11, 181-pound cornerback, has been looked at as a player whose best shot would likely be an an undrafted free agent. After running a 4.33 40-yard dash Wednesday he appears to have intrigued at least some of the NFL scouts in attendance. The Star-Ledger reported that at least two teams invited him for private workouts after the Pro Day.

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Fordham Pro Day: Stephen Skelton, Isa Abdul-Quddus Get Their Shot

Pro Day workouts by highly-regarded quarterbacks Cam Newton (Auburn) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) got all the publicity from the NFL draft analysts on Tuesday. Around the New York area, almost all eyes in the sporting world were focused on Madison Square Garden for the opening games in the Big East Conference Basketball Tournament.

With all of that going on, did you even know that Fordham University held its own Pro Day on Tuesday, where 31 small-school hopefuls tried to impress NFL scouts and earn a shot at an NFL dream? According to the Fordham website, six Rams players were joined by 25 other players from schools like Columbia, Yale, Stony Brook and UAlbany.

The group was led by Fordham tight end Stephen Skelton and defensive back Isa Abdul Quddus, who would appear to have the best chances among the Fordham contingent of winding up in an NFL camp. ESPN New York reported that there were three New York Jets scouts and one New York Giants scout among the 15 teams at the workout.

A quick check of the National Football Post prospect database shows that Skelton rates as a potential late-round pick for teams in need of a pass-catching tight end. Abdul-Quddus is likely looking for an invitation to someone's camp as an undrafted free agent.

Former Fordham quarterback John Skelton, Stephen's older brother who started four games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, was also in attendance at the Pro Day. Since he is living the dream, he knows the opportunity the players were presented with.

"A lot of the big-school guys get the hype," the elder Skelton said. "Some deserve it and some get it because the media needs something to write about, but you see guys from the smaller schools that have talent. These are guys that no one ever heard of, but they come to something like this and it's an opportunity to get in front of an NFL scout."

-- The Fordham website lists a breakdown of the top performances, and all of the measurables for the Fordham players.

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Joe Lefeged Aims To Impress At Rutgers Pro Day

Cam Newton of Auburn and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas worked out amidst much fanfare at their respective NFL Pro Days Tuesday. When Rutgers University holds its Pro Day Wedneday the fanfare will be non-existent. Big East Conference fans won't even be paying attention with the Big East Conference Basketball Tournament in full swing.

The event will be important for Scarlet Knights safety Joe Lefeged, however. The Rutgers safety will be among 13 former Scarlet Knights to work out at the school's Pro Day.

If you are really interested, you will be able to watch the Pro Day live beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET on ScarletKnight.com.

In addition to Lefeged, participants include Howard Barbieri, Sorie Bayoh, Brandon Bing, Jonathan Freeny, Antonio Lowery, Charlie Noonan, Alex Silvestro and Teddy Dellaganna. In addition, former Scarlet Knights Andrew DePaola,Shamar Graves, Julian Hayes and Andres Morales.

Lefeged is considered a somewhat marginal NFL prospect who will be helped by his speed and kick return skills. Here is a scouting report from NFL.com:

Lefeged is an in-the-box safety that does not tackle well enough to assume this role at the next level. He gets good depth when dropping into coverage, but lacks the speed to be a center fielder. He also struggles to locate the ball carrier in run support and does not show the ability to shed and wade through traffic. He is aggressive at the point of attack, but he is not a strong tackler and is run through far too often. Lefeged is a tough football player that could contribute on special teams in the NFL and might be a rookie free agent.

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Joe Lefeged Main Attraction At Rutgers Pro Day

Joe Lefeged is the only Rutgers University football player scheduled to work out when the school holds its Pro Day for NFL scouts, coaches and general managers on March 9. Lefeged was also the only member of the Scarlet Knights to be invited to the recently-concluded NFL Scouting Combine.

Lefeged is a strong safety/kick returner and he ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all the safeties at the Combine, a 4.43. Prior to the Combine, reports on Lefeged were mixed, indicating that he likely would be a later draft pick and may not have the ability to start at the NFL level.

During the past two seasons Lefeged return 49 kickoffs for 1,304 yards, a 26.6-yard average. He also returned six punts for 18 yards.

The NFL can always find room for guys with speed and special teams ability — especially kick return ability — so there is sure to be some interest in the Rutgers prospect.

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