Ayers asked to display versatility at Tennessee Pro Day

Robert Ayers works out during the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. (Michael Conroy / Associate Press)

Robert Ayers works out during the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. (Michael Conroy / Associate Press)

DE Robert Ayers has flown up draft boards since the Senior Bowl. He used a strong performance at that college all-star game to make himself potentially a top-15 pick. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has him rated as the fifth best overall prospect in this entire class. Lions defensive line coach Bob Karmelowicz, Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes and Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker were all on hand to take a look at the 6-foot-3 3/8, 272-pound Ayers.

He kept many of his numbers from the combine, but did run a 4.46 short shuttle and a 7.07 three-cone drill. He worked out as both a linebacker and defensive end as scouts wanted to see how versatile he can be on the field.

Here are the other notable players from Tennessee’s pro day, which took place on March 11. They worked out indoors on FieldTurf and all 32 teams had representatives present:

RB Arian Foster was a no-show, but worked out this past weekend at San Diego State. Results are not available.

OL Anthony Parker (6-1 3/4, 290 pounds) ran a 5.08 and 5.10 in the 40, had a 26-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 3-inch broad jump, a 4.80 short shuttle and a 7.90 three-cone drill.

DT Demonte’ Bolden (6-3 3/4, 294 pounds) ran a 4.96 and 4.95 in the 40, had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.46 short shuttle and 26 bench press reps.

OL Ramon Foster (6-5, 327 pounds) was sick with the flu and did not work out.

DB DeAngelo Willingham (5-11, 217 pounds) ran a 4.49 and 4.46 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.36 short shuttle, a 6.81 three-cone drill and did 20 bench press reps. He looked sharped in the position drills and improved his draft status.

WR Lucas Taylor (5-11 1/4, 189 pounds) ran a 4.36 and 4.38 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 6.91 three-cone drills and did 14 bench press.

Vols assistants Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron were very accommodating and coach Lane Kiffin made scouts happy by announcing every practice next year would be open for them to watch.

Gil Brandt

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