Two NFL coaches attend Georgia Tech’s pro day

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Georgia Tech’s pro day took place today in Atlanta, and officials from 26 NFL teams attended. That included two head coaches — the Carolina Panthers’ John Fox and the Atlanta Falcons’ Mike Smith.

The players ran outdoors on a very low FieldTurf surface, which produced faster-than-normal times.

Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson was one of the hottest names at the pro day. Johnson, who has been projected as high as a middle to late first-round pick in mock drafts, looked very good working out as a down lineman and a linebacker. He showed he could drop into coverage and play in space.

Johnson measured in at 6-foot-6 7/8 and 266 pounds, and he had 40-yard dash times of 4.61 and 4.64 seconds. He did 23 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds, and he turned in a time of 7.42 seconds in the three-cone drill. He did not participate in the vertical jump or the 20- or 60-yard shuttle.

An offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers helped work out Georgia Tech OT Andrew Gardner. The lineman, who measured 6-6 1/4 and 305 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.99 and 4.96 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical, an 8-11 broad jump, a 4.70-second 20-yard shuttle time and a 7.51-second three-cone drill time. He decided not to participate in the bench press.

Other notable Georgia Tech players who attended the combine included:

» Jahi Word-Daniels: The cornerback, who measured in at 6-0 1/8 and 191 pounds, had 40 times of 4.59 and 4.64 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical leap and a 6.83-second time in the three-cone drill, but he didn’t participate in any other drills because of a left groin problem.

» Vance Walker: The defensive tackle measured in at 6-1 5/8 and 304 pounds, but he didn’t participate in any drills because of a right hamstring injury.

» Darryl Richard: The defensive tackle, who came in at 6-2 1/2 and 297 pounds, didn’t run the 40-yard dash, but he did everything else. He had a 26-inch vertical and put up 19 reps on the bench press. He had an 8-1 broad jump and times of 8.14 seconds in the three-cone drill and 4.97 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

» Tony Clark: The safety, who’s also being looked at for special teams, measured in at 6-0 1/2 and 207 pounds. His times in the 40 were 4.53 and 4.58 seconds, and he put up 17 reps on the bench press. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical leap and was clocked at 6.98 seconds in the three-cone drill. His times in the 20- and 60-yard shuttle drills were 4.28 and 9.10 seconds, respectively.

Gil Brandt

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