Posted on March 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM
FORT WORTH, TX - TCU fans already know what TCU quarterback Andy Dalton can do. During the last four years, he won 42 games and lost only seven.
He finished his career with a win in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin and left with the program ranked second in the country.
“They know he has all the intangibles,” says TCU head coach Gary Patterson. “When you see as many scouts here today and not only just scouts but head coaches, high ranking general managers and quarterback coaches, it shows that there is a very genuine interest.”
Dalton attended the NFL combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago, but the quarterback news from that session was all about Auburn's Cam Newton.
Friday Dalton was the center of attention during a workout attended by representatives from 26 NFL teams.
Jerry Rhome, a former NFL player and coach, has been working with Dalton since the season ended in January. He says he expects Dalton to play in the NFL 12 to 13 years.
“Because he's going to take care of himself, and he's going to do the right things in life,” Rhome says. “He's going to be settled. He's going to work hard, he's going to study, he's going to prepare, he's doing to do everything they want and so he's going to play. He's going to play a long time. He's not going to be one of those guys that gets into this or gets into that, not this guy. This guy has a heart of gold.”
Combines and pro days are designed to provide a showcase for Dalton so he can improve his draft status. He's already proven he can win college football games. Now he has to impress scouts that he can do it in the NFL.
“I feel like we did a good job and I thought we threw the ball really well,” Dalton said.”The receivers ran great routes so hopefully we impressed everybody.
Among the things that Rhome taught Dalton was how to work under center and perfecting three, five and seven step drops. His worked seemed to impress virtually everyone who was there. Former Cowboys director of player personnel Gil Brandt says Dalton improved his draft status.
“Yeah, I think Dalton did,” Brandt says. “There is no question. I think he helped himself before here because he worked out well in Indianapolis. I think all you have to do is look and see all the dignitaries as I like to call them that are here to watch him.”
“I don't know how good he's going to be,” Rhome says. “But I tell you what, I'd put my money on him. I was there, and I don't mean to use Peyton Manning as an example, but I’m going to use him as an example, I was there on his pro day and I guarantee you, Peyton Manning didn't throw the ball any better than this kid. Maybe this kid threw the ball better.”
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh says he likes what Dalton has done in all of his games from high school to college. Harbaugh calls Dalton a him a winner.
“I asked him a question at the combine, I asked him what his leadership plan was and he gave me probably the best answer I’ve ever heard,’ Harbaugh says. “That is that his leadership plan is to know what everyone's assignment is on the field simple, to the point and really good.”
“He’s unbelievable in the class room,” Rhome says. “You take him inside and you find out what he knows mentally. Oh my gosh! The kid is brilliant.”
Dalton knows the weeks leading up to the NFL draft are important. He's doing the best can to keep things in perspective.
“You’ve got to have other things to do besides football,” Dalton says. “Football is a big thing that's going on right now, but you've also have to take time and relax.
Dalton threw sixty passes in his pro day workout at TCU, and in the end, it was Dalton who went out to catch a pass of his own, just for good measure.
The next two important dates for Dalton include the NFL draft in April and his wedding in July.