The official Northwestern State (La.) pro day is March 19, but one scout showed up on Tuesday, so the school held an impromptu workout.
WR Dudley Guice put up some impressive numbers on the outdoor FieldTurf track. He checked in at 6-foot-2 1/2, 209 pounds and ran a 4.40- and a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. That time would have ranked him among the fastest participants at last month’s combine. He also had a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.01-second short shuttle, a 6.61-second three-cone drill and 12 bench-press reps of 225 pounds. It is also noteworthy that he has 34-inch arms — a good measurement for a wideout.
Here are other schools that held pro days this week:
- North Texas — Twelve NFL teams were represented, watching five players work out. They ran on FieldTurf in the stadium and did the jumps in the weight room. WR Casey Fitzgerald was the most notable player. He measured 5-9 5/8, 188 pounds and ran the 40 in a wind-aided 4.65 seconds, with a 4.74 time against the wind. He had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 9-10 long jump and a 7.06-second cone drill.
- Northeast Oklahoma: WR Jarrett Byers was the only player to work out, and he did so outdoors on FieldTurf. He measured 5-10 1/2, 191 pounds and ran 4.42 seconds in the 40 with the wind, and a 4.47 against the wind. He did the short shuttle in 4.09 seconds, the three-cone drill in 6.80 seconds and had 14 reps on the bench press.
- Ouachita Baptist College: The claim to fame for this Arkansas school is DB Cliff Harris. I signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1970 and he wound up being a six-time Pro Bowl selection in his 10-year career with the Cowboys. That was the last time this small school had a prospect — until now. Two teams came to see WR Julius Pruitt, who put up similarly fast times to Guice, running the 40 in 4.42 and 4.40 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-4 broad jump, a 4.36-second short shuttle and a 7.19-second three-cone drill. His shuttle and cone times were likely affected by a lack of training in those particular drills.
Henderson State’s Lou West, an offensive lineman, also worked out. He ran a 5.53 in the 40, had a 26-inch vertical, an 8-6 broad jump, a 5.06-second short shuttle, an 8.64-second cone and 26 bench-press lifts.
- Colgate: Seven teams came to watch seven players work out from four area schools. The prospects ran indoors on FieldTurf. The most intriguing prospects were:
OL Nick Hennessey came in at 6-5 3/4, 291 pounds. He ran a 5.33 and 5.25 in the 40, had a 30-inch vertical jump, a 9-4 broad jump, a 4.51 short shuttle and a 7.31 three-cone drill. He also put up 21 bench press reps. Bills offensive line coach Sean Kugler is planning to work him out next week.
RB Jordan Scott checked in at 5-9 3/4, 198 pounds. He posted times of 4.82 and 4.85 in the 40, had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle, a 7.22 three-cone drill and had 14 reps in the bench press.
OL Steve Jonas came in at 6-4, 307 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.35 seconds twice, had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump, an 8-2 broad jump, a 4.67 short shuttle, a 7.53 three-cone drill and 24 lifts in the bench press.
QB Jason Boltus from Hardwick College stood on his NFL combine numbers but did individual drills.
- Alabama-Birmingham: Ten teams attended. After the workout the school hosted a big barbecue, making all the scouts happy. The prospects ran outdoors on FieldTurf. K Swayze Waters measured in at 5-11 5/8, 178 pounds. He had a 29-inch vertical, a 9-4 broad jump and six bench-press reps. The other notable prospect, FS Will Dunbar, did not show up to the workout.
- Buffalo: Nine prospects worked out for seven teams indoors on FieldTurf. QB Drew Willy was at the NFL combine and stood on all of his times, except the short shuttle. He ran that in 4.51 seconds. He also did position drills.
Ernest Jackson, a wide receiver, checked in at 6-2 1/8, 215 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.53 seconds, had a 31-inch vertical jump, a 10-0 broad jump, a 4.54 short shuttle, a 7.44 cone drill and put up 18 bench press reps.
– Gil Brandt