Browns show plenty of interest in Clemson’s pro day

C.J. Spiller was one of 13 prospects who worked out at Clemson Pro Day. (Ben Liebenberg /

The Cleveland Browns, who have been everywhere during this pro day season, gave several players special attention at Clemson’s pro day on March 11.

Cleveland receivers coach George McDonald stayed after the event to individually work out WR Jacoby Ford, and Browns defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson stayed an extra day to work out defensive backs Crezdon Butler and Chris Chancellor on Friday.

The Browns are also expected to return to Clemson this week, so they can work out DE Ricky Sapp and LB Kavell Conner.

Despite all of the individual work, Clemson’s pro day actually lacked a whole lot of action. All 32 teams had representatives on hand, but the Tigers’ best prospects stood on most of their workout numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.

In all, 13 players worked out ont indoors on TartanTurf and did position drills outdoors on grass.

RB C.J. Spiller (5-foot-10 1/4, 196 pounds) had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump, but kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. Ford had a 36-inch vertical jump and stuck to his combine numbers for everything else.

Sapp, Conner, Chancellor and Butler stood on all of their combine numbers.

Two noteworthy prospects who were not at the combine and had impressive workouts were G Thomas Austin and TE Michael Palmer.

Austin (6-2 7/8, 306) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.36 and 5.41 seconds, had a 28-inch vertical jump, 7-8 broad jump and did 33 bench press repetitions.

Palmer (6-4 3/8, 250) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 and 4.81 seconds, had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-4 broad jump and did 20 bench press reps.

Shuttles runs and three-cone drills were not run due to rainy conditions.

Gil Brandt

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