SMU prospects try to impress NFL scouts

WR Emmanuel Sanders worked out for NFL scouts during SMU's pro day. (Bill Haber / Associated Press)

There was a time when SMU produced NFL talent with regularity. While that has waned in recent years, it appears the NFL is taking a closer look again fresh off the university’s first bowl game in 25 years.

Seventeen teams were represented at SMU’s pro day, including Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Steve Hoffman, Cleveland Browns WR coach George McDonald and Eagles RB coach Ted Williams.

There were 10 prospects at the workout, five from SMU and a combination of five from small schools and former players. It took place outdoors on FieldTurf with a pretty good wind.

Notable prospects:

WR Emmanuel Sanders (5-foot-10 3/4, 181 pounds) stood on his 40-yard dash times from the NFL Scouting Combine. He posted a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jumped. Sanders looked really good in receiving drills and is also an option in the return game.

RB Shawnbrey McNeal (5-8 3/4, 189) ran the 40 in 4.70 seconds against the wind and 4.48 with the wind. He posted a 33-inch vertical, a 4.50-second short shuttle and a 7.24-second three-cone drill. McNeal caught the ball well on a straight line, but had a hard time when he had to make moves.

Texas State QB Bradley George (6-5 1/4, 228) was the passer. He didn’t run after running at Texas State. He posted a 31-inch vertical, a 9-7 broad jump, a 4.26 short shuttle and a 7.08 three-cone drill.

Gil Brandt

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