Cavaliers, Hokies try to impress during pro days

Cavaliers, Hokies try to impress during pro days
March 19, 2014, 11:45 pm
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(Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Virginia and Virginia Tech both held their pro days this week giving players a chance to impress NFL scouts on their home turf.

Virginia’s pro day was held on Monday with scouts from 26 NFL teams in attendance. The most draft buzz coming out of Charlottesville is centered on OT Morgan Moses and NFL teams swarmed from all over the country to get yet another look at him.

Moses has been projected to go as high as the mid-first round of the NFL Draft and he showed why he was so sought after as he improved on almost every test and measurement from the combine. That improvement is thanks in large part to his new slimmer frame.

At the end of UVa’s season, Moses weighed over 330 pounds but had slimmed down significantly to 314 at the combine. On Monday, he showed he had managed to keep the weight off, weighing in at a svelte 311.

Unfortunately, Moses was not able to complete all of his workouts after he pulled a hamstring during the event, but at this point most teams already have a pretty good idea of what he can do.

Luke Bowanko, Tim Smith, Jake Snyder, Brent Urban and Perry Jones also attended though Urban did not participate due to a foot injury suffered during the season.

Virginia Tech’s pro day took place Wednesday with all 32 NFL teams represented. Among those in attendance were Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly and San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Fourteen former Virginia Tech players including Kyle Fuller, James Gayle, Antone Exum and D.J. Coles as well as several players from smaller Virginia schools participated.

Much of the focus centered on quarterback Logan Thomas, who at 6’6”, 248 pounds is built like an NFL player, but struggled in his past two seasons with the Hokies causing some to question whether he would be better served by a position change to tight end.

Thomas performed several throws in drills run by his personal coach George Whitfield, who has worked with other notable quarterbacks in the past such as Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck and is also coaching Johnny Manziel in preparation for this year’s draft.

Reaction to Thomas’ performance Wednesday has been largely positive. Whether or not it was good enough to solidify him as an NFL quarterback in the minds of the scouts in attendance, however, remains to be seen.