Timing Is Everything for Pitt's Revis

By Gorman, Kevin | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 16, 2007 | Go to article overview

Timing Is Everything for Pitt's Revis


Gorman, Kevin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Darrelle Revis controls his NFL Draft destiny today, and the former Pitt cornerback can determine whether he'll be a probable first- or second-round pick.

It could come down to a split second.

NFL scouts will be keeping their thumbs on a stopwatch to see how the Aliquippa native runs in the 40-yard dash, 20- and 60-yard pro shuttles and the three-cone drill.

Revis will be one of 10 Panthers players to perform before NFL personnel at Pitt's Pro Day at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side.

"The Pro Day is really paramount, especially for (Revis), because he didn't run and didn't work out at the NFL Combine," said NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, a former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel. "If he wants to be a first-rounder, he has to have a good workout."

Revis is projected as one of the top cornerbacks in the draft, but his times could be the difference between the first and second round -- and millions of dollars.

"Every spot you drop in the draft in the first round is probably (worth) between $750,000 and $1.2 million," Brandt said. "That's not cut and dry, but the vast majority of the time, when you drop down, it hurts you."

That puts pressure on Revis, who cited a strained hamstring for declining to perform in any of the standard drills at the NFL Combine last month in Indianapolis.

Through his agent, Neil Schwartz, Revis declined an interview request. Revis, Schwartz said by e-mail, will talk to the media after Pitt's Pro Day.

An NFL.com scouting report on the 6-foot, 197-pound Revis lists him with a 4.54-second 40 time, a 4.05-second 20-yard shuttle and a 37-inch vertical.

Although posting such numbers could affect Revis' draft status, Brandt says fast times in the other drills, which test for lateral quickness and change-of-direction speed, could offset a slow 40.

Brandt considers Revis' decision not to run at the Combine a potentially costly risk.

"Would you rather have two chances to win the lottery or one?" Brandt said. "When you work out at the Combine, you've got 32 decision-makers there. There won't be 32 decision-makers at Pitt's Pro Day."

More than 40 NFL personnel are expected to attend, including Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and secondary coaches Ray Horton of the Steelers, Teryl Austin of the Arizona Cardinals and Tim Lewis of the Carolina Panthers.

Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who coached 16 seasons in the NFL, hopes the interest in Revis has a trickle-down effect on linebacker H.

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