The Revival Of Aaron Rodgers’ Pro DayApril 24th, 2014
So what do quarterbacks visiting the Bucs, whether they be tryout players or Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater, actually do at One Buc Palace?
Of course, Joe doesn’t have all the answers, but it seems Aaron Rodgers’ 2005 Pro Day from “Cal” has been resurrected.
Joe talked to QB Mike Kafka for the first time yesterday at One Buc Palace. The 26-year-old was drafted by the Eagles in 2010 and spent two years in Philly before being without a team the past two football seasons.
Somewhat mysteriously, the new Bucs regime pounced on Kafka in February. Kafka told Joe he had a workout in Tampa and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford ran him through a fast-paced revival of Rodgers’ Pro Day script, about 60 throws in all. Tedford was Rodgers’ guru and head coach in college.
Kafka speculated that the college hopefuls coming through One Buc Palace are being put to the same test, which has an emphasis on athleticism and “making all the throws.”
Yesterday, Joe asked Lovie Smith to give his impressions any of the college players who have made official visits to Tampa, and Lovie declined specifics. However, Lovie explained that each college player visiting does get a 1-on-1 grilling under Jason Licht, and then they come to Lovie’s office for further interrogation.
One of these years, there will be a NFL Draft edition of Hard Knocks that would air after the draft. It would be awesome to see what some of these guys go through.