The scouting evaluation process incorporates many factors, not all of which are strictly number related. Toughness is a key attribute evaluators monitor, and a pair of mid-level prospects demonstrated some grit at California’s pro day, which took place outdoors on FieldTurf.
OT Mike Tepper (6-foot-5 3/8, 320 pounds) was sick, but still did a full work out for scouts. CB Syd’Quan Thompson, who did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, did so at Cal’s pro day on March 10 despite suffering from tightness in his hamstring.
While neither Tepper, nor Thompson are going to be selected in the first round, their willingness to work out for scouts despite ailments is noteworthy.
Here is a look at how the seven top prospects worked out for representatives from all 32 teams, including linebacker, receiver and defensive back coaches:
Tepper ran the 40 in 5.25 and 5.29 seconds, had a 4.87-second short shuttle and a 7.66-second three-cone drill.
Thompson ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.77 seconds, and kept the rest of his numbers from the combine.
WR Nyan Boateng ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.73 seconds, had a 33.5-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump, a 4.26-second short shuttle, a 7.17-second three-cone drill and did 14 bench press repititions at 225 pounds.
DT Tyson Alualu (6-2 5/8, 294) had an impressive 4.28-second short shuttle and did 24 bench press reps, but stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
WR Verran Tucker (6-1 7/8, 202) ran 4.65 and 4.68 in the 40, had a 36.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-1 broad jump, a 4.09 short shuttle, a 6.87 three-cone and eight bench press reps.
OT Chet Teofilo (6-3 5/8, 309) ran 5.47 in the 40, had a 31.5-inch vertical jump, a 4.86 short shuttle, a 7.73 three-cone drill and did 27 bench press reps.
RB Jahvid Best (5-9 7/8, 186) stood on all of his numbers from the combine and did not work out.
– Gil Brandt