As the QB turns and other pro day notes

By | March 24, 2017

And speaking of the top 3 QBs, San Diego will work out Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer later today. The Chargers have indicated that they won’t use the 7th pick overall on a QB, but do seem to be interested in finding a replacement for Philip Rivers, who is entering his 14th season, as they have also reportedly worked out Pat Mahomes of Texas Tech.  Similar story at New Orleans where the Saints have also worked out Mahomes. Speaking of Mahomes, he worked out for Arizona and Cleveland earlier this week. Interestingly, Cardinals team owner Michael Bidwell actually attended Mahomes workout along with head coach Bruce Arians. While not totally unprecedented, It is rather unusual for an owner to attend a private workout and tens to suggest some real interest on the Cards who need an eventual replacement for Carson Palmer.

San Francisco, which has the #2 pick, had a full contingent of personnel people flying around the country checking out QBs this week. The notable absentee on their trip was head coach Kyle Shanahan. There may have been a good reason as Shanahan stayed home to watch Stanford’s pro day yesterday where DE Solomon Thomas, one of the 49ers’ most likely targets with the 2nd pick if they opt not to take a QB, worked out. Shanahan was accompanied by the 49ers defensive line and RB coaches. Interesting, Chicago which has the next pick after S.F. also had their head coach (Ron Rivera) and d-line coach at the Stanford work out.

Interesting to note at the Utah pro day yesterday that DE Hunter Dimick had a pretty good day. Dimick wasn’t invited to the combine despite leading the Pac-12 with 14.5 sacks last fall, posted 38 reps in the bench, which would have been the best figure for anyone at the combine, and then reportedly ran the 40 in the low 4.7 range. That significantly quicker than the 4.85-4.90 most teams had him projected at. The one issue for the 6-3, 264-pound Dimick is that his arms are less than 31” which is short for a down DE.