Young puts on clinic for NFL Scouts
by Yolande Y. Lezine
Vince Young erased any doubts by NFL Scouts on
Wednesday afternoon as he put on a clinic completing
50-of-55 passes during a 40-minute span under the
watchful eye of over 200 NFL scouts, General Managers, Head Coaches, and team
owners at the University of Texas "Pro-Timing Day" in Austin.
The former Texas quarterback took snaps under center
and showed off his footwork as he dropped back to
throw a variety of passes. Young threw sideline
passes, deep routes and passes across the middle of
Former Longhorn teammates David Thomas(TE), Armad
Hall(RB), Brian Carter(WR), along with former Madison
High School teammate and University of Idaho wide
receiver Daniel Smith were all on the receiving end of
Young, under the tutelage of quarterback coach Jerry
Rhome, added a little zest to the drills when he and
receiver Brian Carter ran a trick play, with the
flanker throwing a touchdown pass to the quarterback.
After Young caught the ball, he spiked it in
Young even ran the 40-yard dash(4.4-4.5), although he
wasn't scheduled to do so. "I feel like I did a good
job today," Young said. "You hear so much about Vince
isn't working out, Vince not doing this. I just wanted
to go out there and show them that I had been working.
That was the biggest key."
As a quarterback who can run and throw, Young is the
most intriguing player in the draft, scheduled for
April 29-30 in New York.
During the season, Young often wore his CD player and
headset during pregame warm-ups. On Wednesday, there
was no music, but Young kept things loose by clapping
his hands and chatting with family members who were
seated in the bleachers. He shouted "Hi grandma!,
after one pass and smiled." He even teased former UT
coach Greg Davis about the fact that "all of this
work is making me hungry!"
According to NFL.com, Young measured 6-foot4 5/8 and
228 pounds. He ran one 40-yard dash, timing 4.57
seconds; however, he was told that he was timed
between 4.4 and 4.5.
Longtime Dallas Cowboys personnel director and current NFL.com draft analyst,
said Young performed well infront of the crowd.
"I think he really helped himself today," Brandt said.
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WHAT THE NFL SCOUTS HAD TO SAY ABOUT VINCE YOUNG:
"He's a great athlete. He's been working underneath the center, you can tell.
That was really impressive, because he didn't do that too much in college. But
he definitely did it very well right here.
He was very accurate, very strong-armed. He threw well on the move. He handles
himself well, too. He has a blast in what he's doing. You could tell. That as
very evident today."
Gary Kukiak- Head Coach
"Young showed that he's got the arm and that's the big thing".
C .O. Brocato-Tennessee Titans
of College Scouting
"I like what I saw -good footwork, good arm strength. The guy was
impressive. It's a very valuable pick. We all want to make a good decision."
Bob McNair- Owner Houston Texans
"Vince Young is three-dimensional. He can beat you
running, he can beat you passing, and he's fearless.
Jerry Rhome- Vince Young
"I have no doubt that Vince Young will do well in the
National Football League. Today he gave people a
better feel o this size, because it is hard to tell on
t.v.. The power that he has, his ability to throw ,
his accuracy, his leadership skills and his ability to
interact with other players definitely keeps him at
Mack Brown-Head Football Coach University of Texas
"There was no doubt in my mind that Vince would do
well today. I wish him the best on the next level.'
Ray Seals- Head Football Coach Madison High School
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FROM AN AGENT'S PERSPECTIVE:
"Vince was just being Vince today. He just got himself
geared up to do well and he did. He takes football in
a business-like approach. I feel that after today he
will be the number one pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. I
think that he's the best player in college football.
He's a competitor and when he's competing, he's always
at his best."
Major Adams-Agent for Vince Young
QUOTES FROM VINCE YOUNG:
On Pro Timing Day-
"I just wanted to show the coaches
that I can make all the throws that they wanted me to
do. I wanted to showcase all of my talent and I think
that I did that today.
On Which Team will draft him-
"I love playing football. I really don't have a preference on which
team drafts me. Wherever I go, I just want to get in
there, learn my role and be patient. That is the
On his overall feelings of how the day went-
"It was a blessing. Just getting out here, getting my steps
right and throwing the ball pretty good; it was just a blessing."
On how important Pro-Timing Day was-
"People wanted to see my personality and how I interact with other
players. They wanted to see me run, so I went out
there and ran for them. Whatever it takes, this is my
life right here. This is my job. If they want me to do something, I'm going to
On being nervous about the upcoming Draft:
"I'm not really nervous about the upcoming draft. I am having a
good time being around my family members and enjoying
them. You never know what team I'm going to be
drafted to, so I want to enjoy the time right now with
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS 2006 PRO-TIMING DAY NOTABLES:
*Vince Young had 18 members of his family in attendance including his mother,
Felicia Young, his
two grandmothers- Bonnie King and Betty Young, his girlfriend-Candice Johnson,
as well as members of the Vince Young Team- Yolande Lezine-Media
Specialist/Godmother; Keith Young-Business Manager/Uncle; Major
Adams-Agent/Attorney; Ivory Young-Assistant Manager, Mary Wynne-Aunt, and high
school friends- Austin Pitre, Brian Dudley, and Daniel Smith along with others.
*There were 31 of the 32 NFL teams in attendance at Texas Pro-Day. *There were
150-200 coaches, general managers and scouts in attendance. *Key personnel in
attendance included: Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Texans Head Coach Gary
Kubiak and General Manager Charley Casserly; Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike
McCarthy; Miami Dolphins Head Coach Nick Saban and general manager Randy
Mueller; Tennessee Titans General Manager-Floyd Reese and Offensive
Coordinator-Norm Chow; Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel and
new Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer. *Tennessee Titans head coach
Jeff Fisher came down to Austin, Texas later to visit with Young and hold a
private workout featuring Young throwing to current Titans receivers. *Following
the workout in the bubble, Young went into the main meeting room with Texas
offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Greg Davis for a Chalkboard
Session, where team representatives got the chance to ask Young questions about
his on-field decision-making process in different situations. *This was the
biggest crowd in UT history to ever attend and watch Pro-Day in Austin. *Former
University of Texas players and current NFL Stars were in attendance such as:
Derrick Johnson(Kansas City Chiefs), Marcus Tubbs(Seattle Seahawks), Cedric
Benson(Chicago Bears), and former running back for the Cleveland Browns(Eric
Metcalf). *Young has upcoming visits and interviews with the following teams:
Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, and the Baltimore Ravens. He
met with the Arizona Cardinals personnel on Tuesday night.