Friedgen said defenses forced the Terps away from Heyward-Bey.
Still, when told of Mayock's assertion that Heyward-Bey did not catch the ball naturally, Friedgen said: "His technique has got to be better. Darrius knows that."
Toward that end, Heyward-Bey spent the past month in Phoenix at a training center called Athletes' Performance. There, he went through two workouts a day, running, lifting weights, doing the agility drills that will be timed at the combine.
He got on the field three times a week to catch passes from Georgia's Matthew Stafford, the likely No.1 pick in the draft, and Kansas State's Josh Freeman. They are all in the stable of super-agent Tom Condon of Creative Artists Agency, which has represented the NFL's top pick in four of the past five drafts.
Ben Dogra, who helps represent Heyward-Bey at CAA, knows there are players coming out with better statistics. But he doesn't think anyone is coming out with better potential.
"He's a young player," Dogra said. "They'll have to project him. You're not going to take him in the first round based on pure numbers.
"His [college] production is a function of the offense, a function of him developing. He started football at a later age. He's still learning it. In two or three years, with better coaching, nobody knows how good he can be."
About this seriesHe's 6 feet 3 and weighs 206 pounds. He runs faster than most people on the planet. He's the big-play wide receiver many NFL teams covet, and he could be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. We begin a series of occasional articles looking at Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey as he prepares for the draft at the end of April. Today: Making sure he's ready for the NFL scouting combine.
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