Northern Illinois, Miss. St., Utah St. hold pro days

Northern Illinois was among three teams holding pro day workouts on Friday, and that meant DE/LB Larry English (6-2 1/2, 251 pounds) was front and center.

The pro day featured 11 players performing indoors on Astroturf with rubber pebbles, with Green Bay director of college scouting John Dorsey running the drills. Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney and director of college scouting Don Gregory were in attendance, as well as Trent Baalke, the director of player personnel for the 49ers.

English had times of 4.74 and 4.79 in the 40-yard dash and he posted a 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine, but did position drills as a defensive end and dropped back into coverage.

In Pat Kirwan‘s latest mock draft, he has English being selected in the second round by the Miami Dolphins.

Two wide receivers, Britt Davis and Matt Simon, had strong workouts.

Davis (6-2 5/8, 211) posted times of 4.50 and 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, 4.27 in the short shuttle and 7.14 in the three-cone drill. He recorded a 33-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump and 16 strength lifts.

Simon (6-1 3/8, 199) ran a 4.49 and 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, 4.41 short shuttle and 7.14 three-cone drill. Simon added a 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump and 14 reps on the bench.

Mississippi State

The Mississippi State Pro Day was attended by representatives from eight NFL teams and included 12 players from the Bulldogs and 10 more players from various schools in the area. The 22 student-athletes performed indoors on FieldTurf on Friday. The hottest name was DB Derek Pegues (5-9 5/8, 194 pounds), who mostly stood on his numbers from the combine, though he participated in position drills and turned in times of 4.57 and 4.54 in the 40-yard dash.

WR Jamayel Smith (6-0 3/8, 186 pounds) looked great with times of 4.50 and 4.52 in the 40 and a 39-inch vertical with a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump. He also had a 4.00 short-shuttle and ran a 6.82 three-cone drill, with 13 reps on the bench press.

Utah State

At Utah State’s pro day, eight players worked out indoors on AstroTurf for representatives from 20 NFL teams. One player to look out for is TE Rob Myers (6-3 1/8, 238 pounds), who is drawing comparisons to former Utah State star Chris Cooley, now with the Washington Redskins. Myers missed the entire 2008 season due to injury but was still invited to the NFL combine. Myers ran 4.63 and 4.58 in the 40, though he strained his left hamstring running the second one. He had a 30½-inch vertical with a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump and times of 4.23 in the short shuttle and 7.15 in the three-cone drill. He did 22 reps on the bench press.

S De’von Hall (6-2 3/4, 212 pounds) ran times of 4.53 and 4.48 in the 40 with an impressive 39-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump. He had times of 4.24 in the short shuttle and 6.95 in the three-cone drill and put up 26 reps on the bench press.

Gil Brandt

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