View Full Version : Adam "Pac-man" Jones' Pro Day workout

Mr. Laz
03-17-2005, 05:34 PM

We've picked up some more information regarding the Pro Day workout of West Virginia cornerback Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, which inexplicably has received little or no play in the media, including no reference at all (yet) on NFL.com's supposedly comprehensive Pro Day results.

We continue to hear that the Steelers covet Jones. Director of football operations Kevin Colbert was overheard saying that he hoped Jones would run a 4.55 in the forty-yard dash, which then might have kept him on the board long enough for the Steelers to have a shot at him.

We're also hearing that Steelers coach Bill Cowher and Titans G.M. Floyd Reese (who holds the No. 6 pick) raved about Jones' interview at the Combine. Reese has said, we're told, that Pac-Man's attitude is similar to the attitude that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis exuded when he was drafted.

As to the workout itself, another league source has clued us in on the surface, and on Pac-Man's times. Although there's a general perception that AstroTurf is a fast surface, the carpet at the WVU indoor practice facility is not hard but "spongy," and therefore slow.

The surface, we've heard, is virtually identical to the surface at the RCA Dome. By next year, however, the Scouting Combine will be conducted on one of the next-generation fake-grass surfaces that are cushioned with little black pieces of rubber.

Here's what the source had to say as to Pac-Man's times: "He ran plenty fast, with only the slowest clocks in the building having him at 4.45. Most clocks had him in the 4.3 something range, and a few had him in the high 4.2's. His times were closer to an average of 4.39 to 4.43 but not any higher than that."

As to the rest of the workout, the source said, "He was injured [a plantar fascia issue, we've been told], which caused him to not be able to do any of the shuttles, and he dropped two balls, one on a bad pass. He also made a few pretty good catches as well. [His] hands looked rusty, but . . . he drops [interceptions] from time to time [in games]. He is a solid punt returner, who handles the ball carefully, and those abilities were not tested [on Friday].

"The value in Pac-Man is not how he works out, it's how he plays the game that is different than most. He plays like a high motor linebacker, or [defensive] end, without fear, which is rare for a cornerback."

So there you have it. Several different opinions from several different sources. Frankly, we think the information set forth above is the least biased data we've received on the workout, since we're in a position to consider all of the sources -- and, more importantly, to assess where they draft in round one and whether they need a cornerback (and thus would be understating his value) or don't need one (and thus would be hoping to pump him up so that someone in front of them will take Jones instead of the player they want).