Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour said Friday he will participate in the throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. The catch: he won't throw a ball to any participating receivers.
Instead, he will wait to throw to his own college receivers at his pro day on March 24.
"I'm throwing, I'm doing all the movement and all the stationary targets," said LeFevour, a four-year starter who passed for 12,905 yards, 102 touchdowns and 36 interceptions at CMU. "With the receivers, it's getting into a rhythm and throwing to guys that I'm used to. I'm doing it so I can put the best product out there on Pro Day."
Asked whether NFL teams might perceive his refusal to throw to combine receivers as a negative, LeFevour conceded it's possible.
"Sure. (But) I was the first one to commit to the Senior Bowl as a quarterback, so I'm not afraid to compete," said LeFevour, who is projected anywhere from a sixth- to seventh-round pick to undrafted free agent in the April 22-24 draft. "I'm obviously not shying away from anything. I'm not hiding anything. I just want to put the best product out there and do the best that I can on Pro Day."
LeFevour is among a large group of quarterbacks -- most of them more highly valued -- who have chosen not to participate in some or all of the quarterback drills at the NFL's annual scouting meeting. Like others who have played in a spread offense, LeFevour operated primarily out of the shotgun at CMU and has somewhat sketchy mechanics. So he is under scrutiny more than pro-style college passers such as Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, who has elected not to participate in the throwing drills.
Texas' Colt McCoy, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Florida's Tim Tebow also will wait until their Pro Days to showcase their passing skills to receivers.
LeFevour acknowledged he's been working to improve his fundamentals by working with former NFL quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, much like Florida's Tim Tebow has hired an entire armada to help re-work his awkward throwing motion and lack of skill taking snaps from center.
"Just fine-tuning mechanics here and there, from lead-foot placement to the more compact release and better follow-through, and little things like that," LeFevour said. "You can't really re-invent the wheel at this point. You can only change some little minor things."