Vick impresses NFL brass
By Jimmy Robertson
April 6, 2001

Michael Vick went through his final pre-draft workout Friday morning and Vick did nothing but help his chances of becoming the first selection in the NFL Draft held April 21st. Under the direction of San Diego Chargers quarterbacks coach Michael Johnson, Vick performed a variety of throws, such as hitches, curls, crossing routes and sprint outs. And he showed his usual awesome arm strength and dazzling footwork to the representatives of the10 NFL teams in attendance (San Diego, Atlanta, Jacksonville, New York Jets, Dallas, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Seattle, Kansas City and Tennessee).

"I thought it went a lot better than last week," Vick said, referring to last week's exclusive workout with San Diego. "I threw the ball well and I feel pretty good about things right now. I feel like my preparation for the draft has gone well."

So too does San Diego, which holds the first pick in the draft. San Diego coach Mike Riley and Johnson went to dinner with Vick on Thursday night and they left Friday's workout just as impressed as they were after last week's workout.

"We saw what we needed to see," Riley said. "The thing I like is that the things we asked him to do last week were the things he has improved upon the most and that just goes back to the repetition of doing things.

"We've already seen him play and seen him work out. This trip was more about getting to find out more about who we're dealing with here and how we can help him grow as a player and a person. We really don't have any questions at all about him."

Riley, who attended the workouts of Purdue quarterback Drew Brees and Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasasopo admitted he wanted to take Vick with the first pick. But the decision ultimately belongs to San Diego general manager John Butler, who was not in town for the workout.

"I think we're getting closer and closer all the time, but I'm not officially able to say," Riley said. "Who knows what may happen? I know we could use a lot more picks in the draft to help our club. But it would take a lot [for San Diego to trade the pick]. This guy is for real."

As for Vick, he takes off Saturday to meet with the Atlanta Falcons over the weekend and then he leaves next Wednesday to meet with the Chargers.

"No one has told me anything," Vick said. "I'll just have to wait until the 21st. That's part of the excitement. I've work so hard to put myself in this position, so I'm just enjoying the process. It's been a lot of fun.

"Anybody who knows me knows that I love the pressure. I love being under the lights and playing in big-time games. That's what it's all about."