Kinne performs for scouts
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Former University of Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne took advantage of his one chance to impress NFL scouts.
After not being invited to last month's combine, Kinne worked out in front of representatives from 17 teams Monday at TU's Pro Day.
"It was one of the most special days of my life," he said. "I came out here and really competed and put up some great numbers, and I think I answered a lot of the questions about me."
Arm strength was a major concern regarding Kinne, 6-foot-1, 223 pounds.
A three-year starter, he ranks second in school history for career offensive yards and touchdown passes and third in all-time passing yardage.
He was named the 2010 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.
"I could have made a little better throws, but it was pretty windy out here and I (overthrew) a couple guys," Kinne said.
"At least I didn't under-throw them."
In the 40-yard dash, Kinne's best time was 4.59 seconds. In the short shuttle, he slipped both times but still finished in 4.39.
"I knew I was quick, but I just wanted to come out here and run a pretty good 40," he said. "I did that today. I had never run that well before until today. I was very excited about that."
Since ending his career with a loss to BYU in the Armed Forces Bowl and then being named MVP of the inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Kinne has been preparing for his audition.
Among his top priorities were improving on taking snaps under center, moving in the pocket and displaying accuracy.
Kinne said the scouts seemed impressed with how he performed Monday.
"They said they're all going to go back and really fight for me to get drafted, so I hope that happens," he said.
The draft begins April 26, and Kinne is projected to go in a late round or become a free agent.
"There's a lot of great players who are undrafted free agents," said Kinne's agent, Marc Lillibridge.
"Tony Romo is one example that's had great success. (Kinne) is going to get into a camp, no matter if that's drafted or as a free agent. He'll represent his family and Tulsa well.
"There's not a question, he'll be playing in the NFL next year."
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NFL scouts time former TU quarterback G.J. Kinne as he runs the 40-yard dash during Pro Day at TU's Chapman Stadium on Monday. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World