Virginia Cavaliers are on the rise. Three starters from the 2005 Virginia offense spent the past weekend in Indianapolis at the NFL Rookie Combine. While the three men participating entered Indy with different expectations, each left pleased with their performances, and knowing they will need to continue to show improvement heading into the April Draft.
Tailback Wali Lundy tested out at tailback on Saturday. His speed was surprising running a 4.43 40-yard dash time. This was a good enough time to catch the eye of several NFL scouts. All of his field agility test scores were also impressive. Lundy was a standout tailback every season he was at Virginia. Despite sharing time most of his career with now Jaguars RB Alvin Perman; Lundy was able to establish himself as a threat in the Virginia attack. Lundy was a touchdown machine during his time at Virginia setting an ACC record of 52 career touchdowns. What will hurt Lundy this most in this years draft is the depth of the RB pool. The 2006 draft will probably see four or more RB’s taken in the first round. With names like Bush, White, and Williams ahead of him it is easy to overlook the talents of a Wali Lundy. The combine was a success for Lundy he was able to show off his skill and more importantly his potential. Look for him to go in the mid rounds of the draft, my prediction is early day two; fourth or fifth round.
Quarterback Marcus Hagans worked out this past weekend, and he is attempting the make the transition from QB to wideout. This is a position switch that has become common in recent years. It may be a good time for Hagans to enter the draft and make the position switch. Super Bowl XL MVP Antwan Randle-El spent his colligate years at Indiana playing QB, and made the position switch to receiver once being picked up by the Steelers, Hines Ward was also a former college QB who has become a standout receiver. NFL teams are looking for players who can add that extra wrinkle into their offense, by being able to run a gadget play successfully. Hagans is fully aware of the potential and the productiveness of a gadget play. Virginia much like the Steelers had run a trick plays almost once every game. During his time at UVA Hagans returned punts, played WR, RB, and started 24 games as a QB. His ability to play multiple positions will not go unnoticed. Marcus Hagans will need to workout again for NFL scouts, if he wants to improve his draft stock. Hagans ran a 4.61 40-yard dash, which was surprisingly slow. His route running ability was impressive it did not hurt that he Jay Cutler throwing him the ball. Hagans will be a second day draft pick.
D’Brickashaw Ferguson went into the NFL Combine as a top prospect, and that status never wavered through the weekend. Ferguson is without a doubt the best offensive tackle in the 2006 draft. He tested strong in the strength test, and ran in the low 5’s for his 40- yard dash time. The best number Ferguson put up at the combine had nothing to do with strength or speed, it was 312. The only knock against him throughout his career was his weight. Playing most of his colligate career under 300 pnds, Ferguson was thought to be an undersized NFL Lineman. At the Senior Bowl he weighed in at 298, but by the time last Friday Ferguson was a solid 312 pnds. He put on the weight, and it does not appear to slow him down, and his frame can definitely support the extra padding also a very important factor. D’Brickashaw Ferguson will be a first round draft picks, probably a top 10. If not for Reggie Bush, there is a good chance Ferguson could have been the first pick. Houston needs a lineman more than they need a QB, or a tailback; however a talent like Bush or Young is too great to pass on.
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