Tuesday, March 31, 2009

All Access: Louisville Pro Day Notes

QB Hunter Cantwell (6-4 3/8, 236 pounds) did position drills but otherwise stood on his numbers from the Combine. RB/FB Brock Bolen (5-11 1/2, 233 pounds) ran the 40 in times of 4.77 and 4.80 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump. He did the short-shuttle drill in 4.35 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds, and did 24 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press. DT Adrian Grady (6-1 1/4, 303 pounds) ran the 40 in 5.20 and 5.18 seconds with a 33-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He put up times of 4.63 in the short shuttle and 7.52 in the three-cone drill, and he didn’t participate in the bench press.

Mandel's Take: I'm not a Cant(play)well believer. He was flat out terrible in his senior season, one which he'd been waiting for seemingly forever behind Brian Brohm. Some may blame his miserable senior season on a lack of weaponry, but it's his lack of accuracy/awareness and awkward mechanics that have me saying "nay". He just doesn't show good judgment out there. His arm strength warrants a late-round pick, but no more than that to me considering his many shortcomings. Bolen suffered through the team's poor offensive season, but he can grind out a tough yard and block effectively. He is on the cusp of the top 10, as far as fullbacks go. Grady is quick but lacks size and his durability is a question mark. Some team will take a chance on him, bulk him up, and see if his quickness can be maintained. He's a big effort player who could end up being a productive player in the right system.

Mancini's Take: Cantwell is your prototypical drop-back passer with a plus arm and ability to make all the throws. Where Brohm's former understudy falls short is in his mechanics and decision making. He takes too many chances by too often forcing the big play. The guy has a little Brett Favre in him---and that's not a good thing. Right now, Cantwell is a developmental passer, who has the tools to become a productive pro if he refines his technique and becomes a more cerebral player. Bolen's 40 times screams fullback to me. He'll be nothing more than a special teams/role player at the next level. Ross said all you need to know about Grady. He's limited, but he's strong and quick off the snap. The former Cardinal can gain penetration into the backfield from time to time, but isn't a massive run stuffer.

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