USC held their pro day on Wednesday, giving NFL scouts a chance to see the likes of Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, Khaled Holmes, Wes Horton, T.J. McDonald, Nickell Robey, Jawanza Starling and more up close. Attention centered on Barkley, who threw in front of a crowd for the first time since the regular season.
The most important thing about USC's Pro Day was Barkley's throws, 62 scripted passes for scouts. He hadn't passed since a shoulder injury before the final regular-season game of the year, and was unable to participate in the NFL Combine. That made his performance in front of scouts Wednesday hyper-important for his draft stock, and he didn't disappoint. Throwing into the wind, Barkley completed the vast majority of his throws, including deep throws and outs. NFL Network analysts noted that although his arm strength wasn't necessarily elite on deep passes, the accuracy was there:
Matt Barkley throwing for the scouts at USC Pro Day vine.co/v/bjJ7YAmtZEI— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) March 27, 2013
Barkley was less impressive in the 40-yard dash, though he wasn't exactly out to prove he could run the read option. Thankfully for all of us, USC documented his 5.02-second run on Twitter:
USC QB Matt Barkley runs a 5.02 in his first 40. Video... vine.co/v/bj5hK6jzA3t— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) March 27, 2013
The 40-yard dash does matter for Robert Woods, and although he was expected to run, there were no official times posted. There was a tweet from Marcellus Wiley that Woods ran a 4.87, but there's no evidence that actually happened, and Woods is definitely faster than a 4.87. It would seem he's sitting on his 4.51 from the combine, which isn't so bad considering his route-running skills and ability to catch the ball that he put on display Wednesday. He made a one-handed snag on a throw by Barkley to prevent the quarterback's first incompletion:
Matt Barkley putting the long ball on display at #USCProDay with Robert Woods vine.co/v/bjJ7z3X9UDX— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) March 27, 2013
Roby was the fastest man on the day, clocking in at 4.44 seconds according to the official Twitter feed of the USC athletic department. Robey also had a vertical of 40.5 inches, which would have been tied for the best result among cornerbacks at the NFL Combine. In the dash, he just beat out defensive backfield teammate Starling, who went 4.51. McDonald did not run the 40, but did post a respectable 10'11" broad jump.
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