Matthews stands out at Nevada pro day

Nevada’s pro day was attended by representatives from 15 NFL teams on Wednesday, who watched prospects (all of whom attended the NFL Scouting Combine) work out. Two linebacker coaches were in attendance.

Mike Ball, RB (5-foot-8 7/8 and 213 pounds) — Ball ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.55 seconds. He had a 9-foot-10 broad jump, but didn’t do the vertical. He stood on his combine results. Ball completed the short shuttle in 4.12 seconds and did the three-cone in 6.97 seconds. His workout was okay; he didn’t really do anything special.

James-Michael Johnson, LB (6-1 1/4, 242) — Johnson stood on his times from the combine. He ran the short shuttle in 4.23 and did the three-cone in 6.99 seconds, and had a positional workout. He did fine; he did what he was supposed to.

Brandon Marshall, LB (6-1 1/2, 243) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 29 1/2-inch vertical and 9-2 broad jump, and did the short shuttle in 4.18 seconds. Marshall didn’t do the cones, and he didn’t bench.

Rishard Matthews, WR (6-1 1/2, 209) — Matthews really blew my socks off. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 and 4.48 seconds, and stayed on his vertical from the combine. He notched a 10-3 broad jump and kept his shuttle, three-cone and bench. He had an outstanding workout. Scouts said it was as good a workout as they’ve seen from a receiver. Matthews caught the ball and got speed. There are lots and lots of receivers in this draft, but Matthews managed to elevate his status with his performance. I would imagine that he’s now a second-round pick.

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