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Some observations and announced weight/height.

Asher Allen 5-9/195

Blake Barnes 6-2/228

Ramarcus Brown 5-11/179

CJ Byrd 6-1/202

Tripp Chandler 6-5/270

Dannell Ellerbe 6-1/237

Demiko Goodman 6-2.5/189

Kenneth Harris 6-2.5/205

Corvey Irvin 6-3/302

Jermey Lomax 6-4/251

Mohamed Massaqoui 6-0/207

Brian Mimbs 5-10.5/200

Knowshon Moreno 5-10.5/210

Matthew Stafford 6-2.5/225

Jarious Wynn 6-3/272

Here are the verticals

Lomax 35 in

Barnes 27 in

Stafford 30.5 in (Combine)

Coleman Watson 28 in

Wynn 29 in

Brown 35 in

Allen 35 in (combine)

Byrd 41 in

Chandler 31 in

Goodman 35 in

Harris 39 in

Bench

Harris (13-1) 12 clean

Byrd 19 clean

Brown 13 clean

Irvin (24-7) 17 clean

Wynn 21 clean

A new start with his technique on the 40-yard dash helped Asher Allen open some eyes during Thursday's Pro Day at Georgia's Woodruff Practice Facility.

"After the combine they told me I needed to work on my start but I had no idea what they were talking about," Allen said. "But after I saw it on film, I was like 'Oh, I see it now' and I was able to correct what I was doing wrong."

The results speak for themselves.

Asher Allen

At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Allen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. This time, on the same artificial turf surface, Allen ran a 4.33.

"I used to run that a lot of the time up here, but at the Combine we were rushed, waited 30 minutes before running again and that makes your legs kind of tired," Allen said. "I'm not making excuses, but (the start change) did make a difference."

Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitrov was apparently impressed. Dimitrov was seen talking to Allen for some time after his 40-yard effort.

"Man, if I knew where I was going, I'd pack my bags right now," Allen said. "I'm just ready to play."

Harris makes impression

While many experts don't expect Kenneth Harris to get drafted this April, the North Carolina native isn't giving up on a pro career.

"I really think I've got a future," Harris said. "I definitely like my chances a lot better after today."

Harris was apparently quite impressive

"I think I did real good," he said. "I just came out and tried to have some fun. There were a little jitters but I settled down, just went out and played some football."

Harris, along with fellow receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Demiko Goodman spent the past week working out with quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"(Stafford) got here last Friday and we started working out together Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, skipped Wednesday before coming out today," Harris said. "I think the extra time helped us all."

Barnes returns for tryout

Among the former Bulldogs returning to Athens for Thursday's Pro Day were quarterback Blake Barnes, who transferred to Delta State prior to last year.

"It was great being back," Barnes said. "I was awesome seeing everyone again. I had a great time."

Barnes didn't enjoy the type of season he hoped last year at Delta State after breaking his leg in the opening game before coming back late in the year.

However, he doesn't regret the route he made in the least.

"I really enjoyed my time here, no hard feelings at all," Barnes said. "It just didn't work out. But I've never regretted anything about coming to Georgia at all."

This and that

All 32 NFL teams had representatives at Thursday's Pro Day, many with at least five. … Former Bulldogs Verron Haynes, Marcus Howard, Tim Jennings and Randall Godfrey were among the former Georgia lettermen in attendance. … Former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, brother-in-law of head coach Mark Richt, was also in attendance. … Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith also attended the four-hour session. … The NFL is tentatively scheduled to release the official results of Georgia's Pro Day on Friday.

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford showed off his strong arm Thursday for NFL scouts, an important step if he wants to realize his dream of being the No. 1 pick in next month's draft.

With representatives for each of the 32 professional teams watching, Stafford completed 45 of his 50 passes to four receivers on Georgia's pro day.

In a script of plays he said he wrote, Stafford zipped passes to each sideline, he threw deep routes -- including one completion of at least 50 yards -- and he threw while rolling to his right and left.

The workout was important because Stafford did not throw at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

"I wanted to be able to throw a bunch of balls," Stafford said. "At Indy you get to throw about 10 to 15 and it was a good chance for me to get out here and throw 50 and let people see."

Stafford didn't give himself a grade but said "I think I did pretty good."

"I missed one or two that I just threw high but other than that I think I did well," he said. "This is how well you can throw in your shorts to a guy in a T-shirt with nobody guarding him, so it's important I guess for people to see the physical attributes, but it's not real football."

Stafford is projected by draft analysts as the possible top draft pick by Detroit. The Lions had five representatives at the workout, including general manager Martin Mayhew.

"It was a great workout, a great pro day," said Mayhew, who would not speak specifically about Stafford.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula said he was impressed by Stafford's throws.

"I think he's got a bright mind," Shula said. "I think he's a fast thinker and I think he has all the tools that an NFL quarterback is going to need to be successful."

Shula said Stafford's draft status should not be hurt by not throwing at the NFL combine.

"I think, especially with a guy who supposedly has a chance to be a very, very high pick, it's understandable," Shula said. "I think maybe guys down the line need that. We respect all that. Do we want everyone to work out at the combine? Yeah. We respect that, especially with someone who is in the position he's in."

Stafford was the star of the workout, but he wasn't the only Georgia player who is expected to be picked in the first round. Knowshon Moreno, who could be the first running back taken in the draft, also attracted much attention while posting times of 4.60 and 4.63 in the 40-yard dash.

"This atmosphere is not really as stressful as the combine," Moreno said. "It was good to get here and be with your teammates. It's more relaxed, but it's still a work day."

Georgia receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and cornerback Asher Allen also are projected as possible picks on the first day of the draft.

Stafford threw to Massaquoi, Kenneth Harris, Demiko Goodman and tight end Tripp Chandler.

Even with all the NFL executives on the Georgia practice fields, Moreno noted that Stafford still looked calm.

"He's always relaxed," Moreno said. "He's not feeling any pressure. He knows what his capabilities are."

Said Stafford: "It's been about what I expected. It's crazy but it's a lot of fun, too."

Stafford said he wouldn't worry about being drafted by a Detroit team that didn't win a game last season and has already visited with the Lions.

"I think it'd be an honor to be able to be picked No. 1 and also I want to get a chance to turn something around," he said. "It'd be a heck of a place for me to be able to go."

Southern Cal's Mark Sanchez joins Stafford as the highest rated quarterbacks in the draft.

When asked what he can bring to an NFL team, Stafford gave a quick response: "A guy who is physically gifted and mentally as well, and I'm a guy that they know what they're getting. I'm going to be the same every day no matter what's going on around me and that's accountable."

Stafford was a three-year starter at Georgia before bypassing his senior year to enter the draft.

He completed 235 of 383 passes (61.4 percent) for 3,459 yards with a school-record 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and was 27-7 as a starter in his career.

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I think Asher Allen is at least going to be on our list going into the draft. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we get him... he could end up being a very good pick. If he had stayed his Senior year he would have been a 1st rounder.

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I think Asher Allen is at least going to be on our list going into the draft. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we get him... he could end up being a very good pick. If he had stayed his Senior year he would have been a 1st rounder.

the other advantage he has is he is a great returner.. the reason why he wasn't used that much last year was due to cb depth.. they couldn't risk him getting hurt.

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the other advantage he has is he is a great returner.. the reason why he wasn't used that much last year was due to cb depth.. they couldn't risk him getting hurt.

If we can get him to be our #4 CB and PR/KR... I would consider it a win. He can be developed slowly, and get HD off the field on PR, and keep him fresh for more reps with the offense.

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the other advantage he has is he is a great returner.. the reason why he wasn't used that much last year was due to cb depth.. they couldn't risk him getting hurt.

Yep he's a really good returner. If we get him he would join Thomas Brown as two guys that played for my high school. Tucker, the 2008 AAAA State Champions. lol. TD likes Tucker boys too because NE drafted Patrick Pass, who I actually played with at Tucker, too. He now has 3 Super Bowl rings. I wish I'd have been friends with him. lol. He could even be a return specialist and just depth at CB. Who knows.

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ATHENS – Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno were the stars of the show, but it was Georgia’s supporting cast that made the most of its opportunity during the Bulldogs’ annual Pro Day on Thursday.

Hordes of former players, media and NFL coaches and scouts invaded Georgia’s practice facilities to clock Moreno’s latest 40-yard dash and get their first live glimpse of Stafford’s cannon arm, but more than a dozen other players used the opportunity to improve their draft stock, too.

“It was a good opportunity because it puts the spotlight on you when it’s actually on somebody else, and you have to take full advantage of it,” said wide receiver Demiko Goodman, whose impressive 40 time and nearly 11-foot broad jump turned the heads of some NFL scouts Thursday. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

While the crowd came for Stafford and Moreno, the two Georgia superstars didn’t do much Thursday, participating in just a few of the day’s workouts. Both players garnered plenty of attention during the NFL combine a month ago, and neither was likely to drastically alter scouts’ perceptions of their games with their Pro Day performance.

The multitude of Bulldogs hoping to work their way from late-round selections or undrafted free agents, however, used the day to open the eyes of NFL decision makers who came to see Stafford and Moreno.

“We all knew Matthew and Knowshon would have a lot of people and media attention, and all you can do is just feed off that,” said wide receiver Kenneth Harris, who earned some oohs and aahs from onlookers while hauling in passes from Stafford at the end of Thursday’s festivities. “Coming from the bottom where I’m going to have to come from, it can only help you.”

Georgia head coach Mark Richt called Thursday a job interview for the dream of a lifetime. Stafford and Moreno, however, were already all but hired for the job. The only question was where their office would be.

For Goodman and Harris, however, Pro Day was the first look they had gotten from many NFL teams. Neither was invited to the combine, and they weren’t expected to hear their names called on draft day. After showing their skills tracking down Stafford’s passes in front of a massive audience that included NFL head coaches and general managers, that could change.

Safety CJ Byrd started every game for the Bulldogs last season, but he hadn’t created much buzz among scouts since wrapping up his college career in January. With a brilliant 41-inch vertical jump and impressive agility workouts, Byrd may have helped himself more than anyone on the field Thursday.

"He was the one guy that jumped out at me,” said ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay. “He's not the best turn-and-run safety, but when you look at those numbers, there's obviously potential there. He probably went from being a possible undrafted guy to someone that could move up to the fifth round."

Beyond the on-field opportunities, many players simply used Thursday as a chance to shake hands with coaches and spend some time talking with scouts.

At the combine, hundreds of draft hopefuls flock to Indianapolis in hopes of impressing NFL scouts, but with so many players on the field, it’s easy to fade into the background.

“I felt like I met just about every team at the combine, but it’s so quick, so every time you get a chance to talk to somebody and meet them again, it can really help you,” said fullback Brannan Southerland.

Richt said Thursday’s event was the most attended Pro Day since he arrived at Georgia in 2001, and Stafford and Moreno deserved the credit for bringing so much fanfare to Athens.

But strength and conditioning coach Dave Van Halanger used the hype surrounding his superstars to create buzz for everyone else, so he held Stafford’s throwing routine until the end of the day’s workouts to ensure everyone had a chance to show off.

“I wanted all our guys to be seen by everybody,” Van Halanger said. “When our guys had the opportunity, they competed. In the weight room, in the 40, in the position drills, they brought their game up to another level.”

After Stafford finished throwing 50 passes to Goodman, Harris, Mohamed Massaquoi and Tripp Chandler, a sea of media members flocked to meet him at midfield. He stood in the middle, surrounded by cameras and answered dozens of questions about his arm strength and draft stock with little emotion.

Stafford had gotten used to being the center of attention. He was just happy to have a chance to divert a bit of it to his former teammates for a few hours.

“It’s great for them and I’m happy to do it,” Stafford said. “Those are my boys, and I wouldn’t have anybody else catching for me. If somebody stuck around to see me throw and they got to see Kenneth or Demiko or got another look at Mo, that’s great.”

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