Branch has private workout for Jets at Clemson pro day

Two players pegged to be selected early in the second round were among the 14 players to work out at Clemson’s pro day.

The workout was conducted outdoors on FieldTurf, with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, and Baltimore Ravens senior personnel assistant George Kokinis as notables on hand among the representatives from 20 teams on hand to check out the prospects.

Tight end Dwayne Allen (weighing in at 260 pounds) and defensive end Andre Branch (6-foot-4 and 258 pounds) each could be high second-round draft picks (in recent mock drafts, Charles Davis has Branch going No. 28 to the Packers, Charley Casserly has Branch going No. 27 to the Texans, and Bucky Brooks has Branch going No. 19 to the Bears).

Allen stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. In position drills, Allen caught the ball well and looked good in blocking drills.

Branch also stood by his combine numbers. Branch did two workouts, one for all of the teams in attendance at Clemson’s pro day and another private workout for the Jets. Branch is projected as an edge rusher in the NFL, so he did both defensive end and linebacker drills.

Here are the other notable performers from Clemson’s pro day:

Brandon Thompson, DT (6-2 1/8, 316) — Thompson ran the 40-yard dash three times, posting efforts of 5.20, 5.21 and 5.33 seconds. Thompson had a 7-foot-10 broad jump. Thompson looked really good in the workout, as if he’d been working very hard to stay in great shape.

Coty Sensabaugh, CB (5-11 1/4, 190) — Sensabaugh went through position drills, and was about what everybody expected. There was nothing special to set him apart and raise his draft profile among NFL teams, and probably keeping him in the fifth or sixth round in April.

Rennie Moore, DT (6-3 1/2, 271) — Moore injured his left hamstring running his first 40, which he finished in 4.93 seconds. Moore went through his position drills, but looked average likely due to that hurt hamstring.

Kourtnei Brown, DE/LB (6-4 1/2, 256) — Brown was not at the combine, so he went through each workout. Brown posted times of 4.72, 4.71 and 4.69 seconds in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical jump and 9-8 broad jump, a 4.47-second short shuttle, 7.44-second three-cone drill, and did 26 strength lifts of 225 pounds. Brown worked out pretty well at both defensive end and linebacker, and projects to be a sixth- or seventh-round draft choice.

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