NFL Scouts Check Out AU Prospects in Detail
Auburn, Ala.--Although senior offensive linemen Marcus McNeill and Troy Reddick participated in the NFL Combine and were players who broke into the starting lineup as true freshmen at Auburn, NFL scouts wanted to see more from the former Tigers at Thursday's Auburn Pro Day. McNeill and Reddick, the main men at tackle for the Tigers in recent years, are both expected to be drafted later this spring. The big question for each is how soon they will be selected. One of the scouts who spent a lot of time working out Reddick and McNeill after the testing was completed says that there were specific things he and other scouts were looking for from the linemen. "You come out here to test their flexibility, test what kind of timing they have on their blocks, how quick they are off the line of scrimmage," says Aaron Kromer of the Tampa Bay Bucs. "You check to see how strong they are," he notes. "Even though there are no pads on, you can tell some things about how strong they are. Marcus McNeill (in white) and Troy Reddick (in black) listen to instructions from Aaron Kromer at the Auburn football complex on Thursday. "In general, some things you see on tape that you would like to evaluate and look at are what we test to see if they can be coached to do it better. You want to see them move in certain areas you may be concerned they have a deficiency in, which is something you can tell by these workouts." After testing for the standard 40-yard dash times, vertical jump and other combine style tests, pro scouts worked out prospects by position. "The pro days are important for everybody," Kromer says. "The best player in the NFL has flaws and so do the best players in college. You are trying to find out if it is a true flaw or if it is something that they can't get rid of and overcome." Pro scouts aren't going to tip their hands before the draft on what they think about specific players, but Tampa Bay's Kromer isn't hesitate to comment on former Auburn star tailback Carnell Williams, who put together a terrific rookie season for the Bucs. "It is very easy to be pleased with Carnell Williams," Kromer says. "He is a guy who is very unselfish, very humble. It is hard to find a guy who is that talented and humble at the same time. He made difference in our football team this year--a big difference."