As usual, the scouts came out in droves to check out Virginia Tech Pro Day, with representatives from 25 teams in attendance in Blacksburg, Va., on March 18.
And they weren’t disappointed, as a couple of big prospects had solid performances.
The biggest name of the group was offensive lineman Ed Wang (6-4 7/8, 318), who is looking to become the NFL’s first Chinese player. Wang, who also worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine, could find his way into the first round of the draft. He ran the 40 in 5.09 and 5.12, had a 28-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 7-inch broad jump, a 4.72-second short shuttle, a 7.94-second three-cone drill and his arms measured in at 33 7/8 inches.
Scouts were most impressed by Jason Worilds (6-1 1/8, 254), who played defensive end during his three years at Virginia Tech and is being looked at as both a DE and OLB, as scouts think he may be undersized at end. While the Steelers put him through linebacking drills, the Panthers had Worilds go through defensive line drills. He ran a 4.49 and 4.53 in the 40 and stood on his combine numbers in the vertical jump, three-cone drill and bench press. He had a 9-10 broad jump and 4.13 short shuttle.
Worilds has already worked out for the Jaguars and Patriots and has visits scheduled with the Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Eagles.
Cody Grimm, son of Hall of Famer Russ Grimm, was an outside linebacker at Virginia Tech but worked out as a safety. He ran a 4.02 short shuttle and stood on his combine numbers for the rest.
Defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor (5-11 5/8, 290) impressed scouts with his strength, as he put up 225 pounds 35 times on the bench press. Earlier in the week he put up 280 pounds 22 times.
On to the rest of the noteworthy prospects:
FS Kam Chancellor (6-3, 228) ran the 40 in 4.59 and 4.60, had a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump, and stood on his combine numbers on the broad jump, short shuttle and three-cone drill. He didn’t do the bench press.
CB Stephan Virgil (5-10 3/4, 189) ran the 40 in 4.73 and 4.69, had a 34-inch vertical jump, 4.19 short shuttle, 6.87 three-cone drill and stood on his combine numbers on the broad jump.
P Brent Bowden (6-2 1/2, 200), who worked out at the combine, also took part in pro day.
OL Sergio Render (6-3, 311), who didn’t work out at the combine, ran the 40 in 5.45 and 5.40, had a 26 1/2-inch vertical jump, 8.10 broad jump, 5.10 short shuttle, 8.30 three-cone drill, 34 1/4-inch arms and benched 28 times.
– Gil Brandt