LeFevour to miss showcase opportunity at Indy
This morning, the NFP’s Jack Bechta discussed whether or not rookie prospects should run in Indianapolis at the annual NFL Combine, and throughout this week, we will all hear about players opting not to showcase their skills for the NFL’s elite.
But, if a player like Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh — the clear No. 1 overall prospect in this year’s draft class — is going to complete his entire workout for scouts, why would a marginal player — a second-day player — opt to sit in certain areas?
That player I am talking about is Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour — a quarterback who was impressive while on campus, but a quarterback who has plenty of question marks attached to his name when it comes to the pro game.
Quarterbacks are known for this. They want to throw to their own receivers on their own campuses. They like to dress in their own locker rooms and wear their own team-issued gear. It is comfortable and it is, well, stress free compared to the intensity of Indianapolis.
But — and this is something I will get into more tomorrow — that is exactly what the NFL does not want. They want to see quarterbacks throw in the most difficult situations to see how they respond.
It is part of the initiation process of the combine.
And with LeFevour, we can’t talk about this guy like we would with Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen — the top two QB prospects.
A great college career, yes, but when talking to NFP scout Wes Bunting, LeFevour is a third-round talent at best. He has a marginal skill set when it comes to prospective NFL QBs and will most likely develop into a backup caliber player in the pros. Plus, there are plenty of scouts who believe that LeFevour cannot make all of the throws.
Add in the fact that LeFevour played in the MAC, and there is no reason that he shouldn’t put everything he has on display — including his arm — at the combine. This is his chance to showcase what he can do in that pressure environment.
Yes, LeFevour will throw better on campus at his own personal workout, but scouts, coaches and GMs know that. Instead, they are now going to wonder what the Central Michigan quarterback is hiding.
They want to see him throw on their stage — and LeFevour is losing that opportunity by watching from the sidelines.
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