One of the most interesting prospects at Boston College’s pro day Thursday was LB Brian Toal.
At 6-0 1/4 and 228 pounds, Toal probably doesn’t have the size to play linebacker at the pro level, but he is a good athlete. He worked out at both safety and fullback and is the kind of player who belongs on the field. He just has to find the right position. He ran a 4.65 and 4.67 in the 40, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.45 short shuttle, a 7.03 three-cone drill and 15 bench press reps at 225 pounds.
He and the rest of the prospects ran on the game field under a bubble. Twenty NFL teams attended, including three defensive line coaches and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen. Ten players worked out from Boston College and 25 players worked out from Boston-area schools.
Here are the notable prospects:
DT B.J. Raji (6-1 1/4, 330 pounds), who kept all of his numbers from the NFL combine, did positional drills.
DT Ron Brace (6-2 3/4, 331 pounds) ran 5.55 and 5.51 in the 40 and did positional workouts, but kept everything else from the combine.
LB Kevin Akins (6-2, 219 pounds) ran 4.76 and 4.73 in the 40 and kept everything else from the combine. He was worked out as a safety.
TE Ryan Purvis (6-3 3/4, 254 pounds) ran 4.95 twice in the 40, had a 4.61 short shuttle, a 7.25 three-cone drill, a 29-inch vertical, an 8-7 broad jump and put up 19 lifts.
LB Robert Francois (6-2 1/4, 244 pounds) ran 4.61 and 4.59 in the 40, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-10 broad jump, a 4.34 in the short shuttle, and a 7.11 three-cone drill.
– Gil Brandt