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Info on Matt Ryan's Pro-Day Workout

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Here's what I've been able to find about Matt Ryan's pro-day workout up in Chestnut Hill, MA.

First of all, the Dolphins had two representatives at the workout.  They are Chris Grier, the team's director of college scouting, and David Lee, their QB coach.

According to a Boston College official, Ryan threw 52 passes, completing 48 of them.  The associated press reports, though, that 3 of those incompletions were drops.  The other was an overthrow.

It'll be impossible to get any quotes out of Dolphin officials, for obvious reasons.  But Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, who was present at the workout, had the following to say about Matt's performance:

"I thought he pressed a couple times, trying to throw the ball a little too hard. That's generally what happens with quarterbacks, when you get the media there. It used to be 10-15 years ago, the workouts, five people were there. Now, depending who you are, what school you're at, and where people slate you being drafted, it becomes this. Which is kind of good, because it puts a lot of pressure on the kids, and the game everyone plays, there is going to be pressure on them. You look at that, and also understand that they're going to press some. He pressed some throws, but the thing this guy has is his ability to win. That's the thing you like about quarterbacks -- some guys win, some guys don't. You can look at all the stats, arm strength, you can look at all the different things, but at the end, can he win games? This guy has done that."

Also of note for Dolphin fans, the Sun-Sentinel reports that BC offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus also performed well at the workout. Cherilus is a guy who could very well be on Miami's radar withthe #32 pick if they do not select Jake Long with their 1st pick.

Update [2008-3-18 21:43:55 by Matty I]: The Palm Beach Post offers up this quote by Matt Ryan following his pro-day workout:

"I made every throw you need to make in the NFL. I thought it went well. It was the first opportunity I’ve had to throw in front of the scouts live."

Meanwhile, Armando Salguero had the following to say about Matt Ryan's workout:

Kansas City coach Herm Edwards, whose club has the fifth pick in the draft said Ryan, "pressed a couple of times, trying to throw the ball a little too hard. That's generally what happens with quarterbacks, when you get the media there. Again, he pressed some throws, but the thing this guy has is his ability to win."

Vikings personnel man Rick Spielman ('memba him?) also agreed Ryan was pressing.

Question: So some quarterbacks, including Ryan, throw too hard when the media is watching? I have news for the kid and that is the media watches practices, scrimmages and games. So he better get over it.

Bottom line is I would not draw too many conclusions from what happened Tuesday because Ryan, along with the Longs and possibly others will be scrutinized some more by the Dolphins. And as to what the Dolphins will do, nobody knows.