NFL scouts love to put draft prospects in difficult positions, even uncomfortable ones, as a means of challenging them during pro-day workouts.
But Mother Nature had a challenge for scouts and prospects alike Tuesday at the University of Miami, in the form of a torrential downpour. One scout told NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt it was the "worst conditions ever for a pro day."
It might not have been too big of a deal if, for instance, an offensive lineman was the main attraction. Instead, a pair of defensive backs -- cornerback Artie Burns and safety Deon Bush -- were the primary reasons that 31 NFL clubs sent representatives to the quagmire in Coral Gables:
Not exactly ideal conditions to show off the nimble footwork required of a cornerback.
Fortunately, Burns -- the Hurricanes' top prospect -- didn't have to count on any pro-day sun for his 40-yard dash clocking. While he went through other drills, including the 20-yard shuttle (4.30 seconds) and the 3-cone drill (6.96 seconds), he was fast enough at the NFL Scouting Combine last month to stand on his 40 time there (4.46).