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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scouting Combine 2011: Specialists

The specialists arrive in Indianapolis next Wednesday. The NFL draft eligible players are part of the first batch of participants in this year's Scouting Combine. The itinerary for the group, which also includes offensive lineman and tight ends, spans four days:
  • Wednesday 23rd: Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
  • Thursday 24th: Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
  • Friday 25th:  NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, PK/ST Workout, Interviews
  • Saturday 26th: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
Kickers: 

East West Shrine Game practice: "You could see most of the NFL scouts, etc. with an annoyed look on their face, especially because the West's kicker, Dan Bailey of Oklahoma State, kept booting the kickoff out of the endzone."
Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza winner for the nation's best kicker, has a strong accurate leg and should develop into a quality place kicker at the next level. He has the leg strength to hit field goals of over 50 yards. His greatest strength is his accuracy, as he is nearly automatic from under 40 yards and connects on a high percentage of longer field goal attempts.
So while others might be worried about 40-yard dash times and other testing drills that will mean a bunch at the NFL Combine, Henery has stayed in Lincoln since the Holiday Bowl and tinkered with things such as technique and approach steps. "It's something I've been working on pretty hard," Henery said. "That's probably the big thing I have to work on and improve. I don't feel pressure about it, just something I have to work on."
Senior Bowl practice report: "In Mobile, he adjusted to the size and compression of the NFL ball compared to the college version. Kickers often wind up being invited to camps as free agents after the draft, but Jasper hopes to hear his name called in the later rounds. He remains enrolled at LSU, but he has hired an agent."
"Rogers handled the kicking duties the past four seasons, and in the process is the all time leading scorer in Cincinnati history with 335 points. He hit a 54 yarder against Connecticut last season, which is the third longest in Cincinnati history. Jake has twice been the Big East special teams player of the week in his career. He also punted last season, holding down a 41.6 average."
Punters:

"Bosher has the experience, versatility and talent to contribute in the NFL. Probably more of a placekicking prospect than punting prospect at this time. Has enough kicking power to make some long field goals and drive some punts down the field. Very accurate on shorter field goal attempts. Good athlete who can help coral a returner who breaks free. Stayed healthy in college while shouldering a big special teams load."
East-West Shrine Game: "Ryan Donahue had the play of the night. After a bad snap, the former Hawkeye punter was able to gather the ball, sidestep the rush, scramble toward the sideline and barely get off a rugby-style boomer that ended up about 40 or 45 yards downfield.... It's difficult for punters to get noticed, so plays like these help."
Prior to his senior season: "He's got a chance to play at the next level," said WSU first-year coach Dave Ungerer, who has coached special teams around the nation for more than two decades. "He's got a really strong leg, good hang time and he's a really good athlete. Those are things they look for."
While Chas Henry's former teammates are working on lowering their 40 times and weights as the NFL draft nears, the former Gators punter has done much of the training on his own.... He splits his time between his family's home near Atlanta, Gainesville and Montgomery, Ala., where he works with a kicking coach. Henry works alone most of the time, said his father, David. "He's still weight training and staying in shape and doing their cardiovascular," said David Henry. "It's a little different than the other guys."
Long snapper:

Aiken represented Virginia in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from FUMA in 2006, Aiken saw action in every game throughout his four-year Cavalier career, and says he enjoys getting feedback from the NFL coaches on areas of improvement, "I talked to a few coaches, and they say strength, for my certain position, accuracy, things like that. It's good to hear the feedback, to know what I need to work on, to hopefully make it at the next level."

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