Pro Day March 14: Youngstown State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

There was a large crowd of coaches on hand for Youngstown State's pro day, as NFL teams worked the program's top two prospects, Derek Rivers and Avery Moss, for almost 40 minutes and came away impressed.

Kevin Greene of the New York Jets, Joey Porter of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Phillip Daniels of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacob Burney of the Cincinnati Bengals and Kris Kocurek of the Detroit Lions were the big names on hand.

Derek Rivers, who measured 6037 and 249 ponds and met with the Detroit Lions last night, re-ran the short shuttle and timed 4.39s, slightly better than his combine mark.

Greene ran most of Rivers’ drills, and the defensive end/outside linebacker looked terrific not only rushing the passer but also dropping into space. He was smooth flipping his hips and effortlessly moved about the field. Much of this comes from the fact Rivers played tight end in high school and is comfortable moving in all directions.

If you followed our Senior Bowl practice page, we mentioned how impressive Rivers looked throughout the week standing over tackle. I’m told Greene and Jets came away impressed, and this could be the second-day pass rusher the team is looking for.

Avery Moss was also worked hard and looked good in all his drills. Throughout the day Moss, who had a solid week of Shrine practice, met with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans. Moss has set himself up as a solid middle-round pick.

And while both players worked hard, some felt today’s pro day was over the top.

Several different sources believe today’s workout went too far, especially considering the injury sustained by Sidney Jones last week. While the players are expected to go through position drills, a source at the workout called today’s display “gross negligence,” as it went well beyond working prospects on position drills -- instead it was an effort to break the players.

The team’s other defensive prospect, David Rivers III, also fared well. The cornerback measured over 6-feet tall, timed 4.53s in the 40 and touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot-6 in the broad jump while looking good in position drills.