Most football fans have been focused on free agency over the last week, but teams are still doing plenty of work to get ready for the 2012 NFL Draft. The St. Louis Rams missed out on their free agent targets at wide receiver, but they might be able to find some help in the draft. A couple pro day events on Monday were notable, including one attended by Rams receivers coach Ray Sherman.
Sherman was on hand for the Wake Forest pro day on Monday. He likely had his eyes on wide receiver Chris Givens.
Givens looks like a day two pick, either in the second or third round. A very good route runner that can play physically, he can beat press coverage and make catches in traffic. At 6' 195 lbs, he is not one of the bigger receivers on the market.
The discussion following Givens' pro day was that he looked good, but made too many body catches.
Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick ran as fast 4.51 in his forty at his pro day on Monday. Quick is a 6'4" 220 lbs receiver, so that number stands out. Quick had a standout performance at the Senior Bowl too. He could be a second-round pick in the draft.
Arizona had its pro day today. Wide receiver Juron Criner looked good according to reports, but was slow-footed on an indoor track. Criner's speed has been the biggest question mark surrounding his draft stock. Forty times aside, few believe he has the speed needed to be an all around contributor at the position.