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Dan LeFevour won't throw at combine

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the consensus No. 1 prospect in this year’s NFL draft, says he’ll do every workout at the scouting combine. But plenty of prospects with significantly lower draft grades are passing up the opportunity to show off all their skills to NFL scouts.

One such prospect is Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, who says he’s not going to throw at the combine.

“I’ll be doing [pretty much] everything except throwing at the combine,” LeFevour told NFLDraftBible.com.

Of course, throwing is a pretty big part of being a pro quarterback, and LeFevour’s decision to do “everything except throwing” is depriving himself of an opportunity to impress NFL scouts. But he says he wants to throw with his own receivers at Central Michigan’s pro day.

“I will focus solely on throwing at pro day,” LeFevour said. “Just getting focused with that . . . only having one thing to do on pro day and being able to work with my receivers up at school that are coming out. Putting everything I have into that aspect of it.”

But unlike Suh, LeFevour won’t put everything he has into every aspect of the combine.

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  1. Hooby says: Feb 21, 2010 10:33 AM

    this is actually becoming a problem…if tim tebow is the only qb throwing then the combine will have been a waste for all passing drills.

  2. heartstl says: Feb 21, 2010 10:35 AM

    This guy is 5th round at best, especially with this decision.

  3. SirSuperSouthern says: Feb 21, 2010 10:42 AM

    Suh doesn’t have to throw timing routes…

  4. Bart says: Feb 21, 2010 10:48 AM

    Smart move… no need to prove yourself while working out the with best from college football when coming from a small school… not too many 3rd-4th round QB’s are savvy enough to pull off this move..

  5. jj jones says: Feb 21, 2010 10:49 AM

    He has something to hide.

  6. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 21, 2010 10:49 AM

    So the guy wants to throw to WRs he knows and not take the chance that bad routes or a lack of familiarity with a strange WR would make him look bad. At least he’s doing everything else at the combine and isn’t it his duty to himself to try and maximize his performance/workouts? Anyone that’s ever played quarterback, on any level, knows the difference between throwing to strangers and to WR you worked with repeatedly. Surely others will throw and you’re right, but don’t fault the guy for trying to make the most of his one chance to impress.

  7. mihan says: Feb 21, 2010 10:51 AM

    He doesn’t seem to get a couple of things. Your attitude about the workouts is half the battle. If you are unwilling to multitask, throw to receivers with whom you are unfamiliar, or do everything that is asked of you, it doesn’t help.
    Secondly he’s trying to boost his stock by only working out in the most ideal of settings. Football isn’t always played that way. You’ll have to make throws when you’ve been beat up a bit, to receivers just signed off the street, in places you aren’t familiar with. That’s all part of the game, and he’s telling scouts that he’s not game for whatever needs to be done.

  8. realitypolice says: Feb 21, 2010 10:58 AM

    “But unlike Suh, LeFevour won’t put everything he has into every aspect of the combine.”
    Very few top rated passers throw at the combine anymore. This is what you should be comparing him to. Comparing a QB to a DL in terms of what is and is not common at the combine shows a pretty astounding lack of knowledge for someone who makes a living writing about football.
    This post is really confusing- it doesn’t even contain anything that could start a Vike fan- Pack fan or Cowboy fan- Eagle fan feud. Strange. Oh wait- I just noticed Florio didn’t write it.

  9. KingJoe! says: Feb 21, 2010 11:07 AM

    Oh so LeFevr”who”our is big timing it already; this is a sure sign of a guy who will stink at the pro level.

  10. coz says: Feb 21, 2010 11:12 AM

    doesnt want to show his pennington noodle arm

  11. Bwa Ha Ha says: Feb 21, 2010 11:12 AM

    Hopefully Danny will do well in the ballet compulsories?

  12. Gabrielsdad237 says: Feb 21, 2010 11:30 AM

    That is a mistake. Man I wish the NFL would get control over this. Make these mandatory. If you want to attend the Combine, you must participate in every event that you are not medically unable to preform.

  13. BleedGreen says: Feb 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    His explanation makes sense at least. Throwing to receivers you’ve never played with, practiced with, etc can really only make you look worse. He’s not a top round prospect, and wouldn’t be even with a great throwing workout. But he might slip off people’s boards if he has a BAD showing. Why chance it? He’s gonna get a slotted deal anyway, and has no leverage. Might as well make the best of it.

  14. Harm City Homer says: Feb 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    None of your WRs are going to be in the NFL, and neither are you for long if you do not throw at the combine. Just look better throwing the ball than Tebow and you should be able to be a late draft pick. You better be ready to throw all day every day if you want to be an NFL QB. I have never even heard of this guy. What round is he projected to go in?

  15. aec4 says: Feb 21, 2010 11:58 AM

    Title may as well been “Dan LeFevour isn’t drafted in the 1st 2 days.”

  16. prophet of the light says: Feb 21, 2010 12:06 PM

    Throwing at the combine is HEAVILY over-rated by fans. Throwing simple routes under no pressure is pointless. I can make those throws and I’m not going to be in the NFL anytime soon. Or in college sports.
    Game film is FAR more important. A few throws at his pro-day are all he’s going to need.
    The only throwing that I think should be done at the combine is distance, accuracy, and velocity testing (how far, how close to the line, and how hard can you throw it). But none of that is done.

  17. TryTheVeal says: Feb 21, 2010 12:08 PM

    Translation:
    My agent has decided that my rag arm will not be impressing NFL personnel people all that much.

  18. shadowman1433 says: Feb 21, 2010 12:16 PM

    He’s just hiding the fact that he can’t make some of the NFL throws.

  19. Stone says: Feb 21, 2010 12:30 PM

    What NFL scouts are going to show up at Western Michigan’s pro day? Do they have any other draftable prospects up there?

  20. Old School says: Feb 21, 2010 12:36 PM

    Does he think he can take his college buddies along to the NFL to throw to?
    His mommy won’t be on the sidelines to hold his hand at the next level. His high school coach won’t be there to tell him how he’s God’s gift to football either.
    Man up, or go home kid.

  21. LAW says: Feb 21, 2010 12:50 PM

    Harm City Homer says:
    February 21, 2010 11:35 AM
    None of your WRs are going to be in the NFL, and neither are you for long if you do not throw at the combine. Just look better throwing the ball than Tebow and you should be able to be a late draft pick. You better be ready to throw all day every day if you want to be an NFL QB. I have never even heard of this guy. What round is he projected to go in?
    _______________________________
    Actually, two of his WRs will probably be in the NFL next year, Anderson is likely to be a UDFA and Brown will probably be selected. As for never hearing of him, do you watch college football? The guy only has the FBS record for total touchdowns with 150 and his second in history with total yards.

  22. broncosteviep says: Feb 21, 2010 12:52 PM

    Well if the team that drafts him also drafts all of his current crop of receivers…he will be ok. Ohhh, it doesn’t work like that? Maybe you should throw kid.

  23. CYGNUS X-1 says: Feb 21, 2010 12:55 PM

    I am a little confused about how throwing with no pressure and to guys who you don’t know is more important than how he performed in games the last 4 years. I would think it would count more if he can make the throws that the pros want during a game even if the competition is not that tough. you still have guys coming at you right? besides I think he is taking a bigger chance doing all the other drills. what if he shows he is not atheletic doing everything but throw?will it matter how far he can fling it if he is a big stiff?

  24. JMClarkent says: Feb 21, 2010 2:01 PM

    “I told those $#@%& down at the league office a thousand times that I don’t throw on Shabbos!”

  25. VoxVagina says: Feb 21, 2010 2:30 PM

    Is anybody thorowing in the combine? Jeez what a joke. These QBs are so scared to hurt their draft stock by throwing at the combine but they’re actually hurting it even more by backing out like little babies. If the Bills and Rams weren’t so desperate for QBs to a point that they might reach for some guy, none these guys would be worth first round picks. There are just too many question marks surrounding each QB in the draft, and drafing a franchise QB in the first round this year could be a big reach.

  26. edgy1957 says: Feb 21, 2010 3:02 PM

    Rag arm my butt. Matthew Stafford, hardly a rag arm, DIDN’T throw at the Combine and neither did – wait for it – Peyton Manning. The problem with throwing to guys who you don’t know is that you risk looking like a wild thrower because you’re not used to how they run routes – strong arm or no. Of all the MAC QBs that have made it in the NFL, he compares favorably to them. I have seen several of his games over the course of his career and I think he can do the job in the NFL. Honestly, Buffalo should take a flier on him and let him sit for a year or two while they build up their offense.

  27. medic406 says: Feb 21, 2010 3:29 PM

    “Dan LeFevour won’t throw at combine”
    Neither will I

  28. edgy1957 says: Feb 21, 2010 3:53 PM

    VoxVagina says:
    Is anybody thorowing in the combine? Jeez what a joke. These QBs are so scared to hurt their draft stock by throwing at the combine but they’re actually hurting it even more by backing out like little babies.
    *********************
    You mean like last year’s #1 choice, Matthew Stafford?

  29. antozzy says: Feb 21, 2010 4:03 PM

    I like this kid a lot. He has goo poise, arm strength and the necessary nfl qb intangibles. But I do hate the decisions of these qbs who refuse to throw at the combine because of unfamiliarity with receivers and having the risk of a decline in draft stock.
    My belief is that qbs are most likely to be throwing to nfl receivers whom that never worked with before and so why not throw at the combine? Also, players have a chance to increase their draft status by having a solid performance at the combine followed by a solid performance at their pro day. Projected second day picks should do everything they can to impress scouts and this means participating in every drill possible wherever and whenever.

  30. JMClarkent says: Feb 21, 2010 4:27 PM

    “I told those $#@%& down at the league office a thousand times that I don’t throw on Shabbos!”

  31. tatum32 says: Feb 21, 2010 5:32 PM

    # mihan says: February 21, 2010 10:51 AM
    He doesn’t seem to get a couple of things. Your attitude about the workouts is half the battle. If you are unwilling to multitask, throw to receivers with whom you are unfamiliar, or do everything that is asked of you, it doesn’t help.
    Secondly he’s trying to boost his stock by only working out in the most ideal of settings. Football isn’t always played that way. You’ll have to make throws when you’ve been beat up a bit, to receivers just signed off the street, in places you aren’t familiar with. That’s all part of the game, and he’s telling scouts that he’s not game for whatever needs to be done.
    He does get it. He doesnt want to be drafted by a bad team. He wants to be ready , then be on a team that can develop him further as a backup rather than get killed behind a garbage offensive line.
    Problem is, he may “out think” himself. A lot of scouts may not bother to watch him , lowering his draft status further. But LeFevour put up ridiculous numbers at C.Mich and had a good post season showing.

  32. Greg Kellogg says: Feb 21, 2010 6:18 PM

    These comments are funny actually – do any of you actually work as a scout or an agent? How many QBs throw at the combine? You say LeFevour won’t last long – he is from a conference that has been producing Pro Level QBs for several years and he has broken every division 1A passing record there is. What he is doing not only makes sense – but it is in his best interest. He showed what he can do in the Senior Bowl – remember, he was MVP of that game. Throwing to receivers he has no chance to work out with prior to the drills is a recipe for disaster. I suspect his agent is the one that told him not to work out. BTW, NFL Draft Bible has him slotted to go in the second or third round.

  33. Bech72 says: Feb 21, 2010 6:21 PM

    You’re crazy if you don’t see that throwing at the combine is a risky move for QBs. Guys need to know their receivers in order to be at their best and why wouldn’t you take every step to be at your best during the biggest job interview of your life. This is why they have Pro Days, people. So guys can work out for NFL scouts. All 32 teams might not be represented at LeFevour’s Pro Day, but his best chance of performing at an optimum level will occur when he is throwing to the guys he knows. Anyone who doesn’t see that has a fairly low football IQ in my opinion.

  34. realitypolice says: Feb 21, 2010 8:41 PM

    aec4 says:
    February 21, 2010 11:58 AM
    Title may as well been “Dan LeFevour isn’t drafted in the 1st 2 days.”
    =================
    I’ll just use this as an example of any one of a dozen stupid comments about this kid. Just because you haven’t seen him throw or play doesn’t mean he is a second day talent or has a “rag arm”. LeFevour is a top QB prospect and that is WHY he is not throwing at the combine. Only QB’s who are low rated hoping to move up throw at the combine.
    The fact is that so many top passers have opted out of throwing at the combine that it is not taken as a “sign” of anything by scouts or management. It is accepted that top prospects are hurt far more often than they are helped at the combine, where as bottom feeders are more often helped than hurt. This has been the accepted perception for years, and if you don’t understand that, you should do a little research.

  35. Bious says: Feb 21, 2010 9:41 PM

    If someone was a high pick I would get it
    But someone like Dan needs ALL THE HELP he can get to be taken high
    Will many teams even be at his Pro day?

  36. VoxVagina says: Feb 22, 2010 12:04 AM

    Stafford played at Georiga, so he had recognition. And he played in a more pro-style offense. And last year the only guy to compete with him was Sanchez who had much less experience as a starter. LeFevour is not as well known as some of the other QB prospects who are now sliding down draft boards. He’s making a mistake by not throwing for the scouts and executives at the combine. He could set himself apart if he has a good combine. But all the QBs are wussing out

  37. edgy1957 says: Feb 22, 2010 10:36 AM

    VoxVagina says:
    LeFevour is not as well known as some of the other QB prospects who are now sliding down draft boards.
    ********
    Dan may not be well known to YOU but he is as well known as any QB that he will be competing for a spot with at the 2nd round and beyond. There’s NOTHING that’s going to pull him into the first round, whether he works out in the Combine or not. My God, do you think that this is the first time that he was on any scout’s radar? He’s been in the conversation for a while and he’ll solidify his position with a good workout. If he’s got a decent agent and takes his advice, he’s been working out with his receivers to maximum BOTH of their chances of moving up in he draft. The only thing that he can do at the Combine to hurt himself will be how he performs in interviews. The ones who throw at the Combine tend to be the Tebows and Whites and any other QB that has a questionable arm or mechanics and who feel that they can help themselves with two workouts.

  38. edgy1957 says: Feb 22, 2010 10:45 AM

    VoxVagina, BTW, Scouts Inc has him listed as their #6 QB while Kiper has him listed as #3. Seems that SOMEONE has been paying attention to him…

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