Rounding up Central Florida, Northern Illinois pro days

Top CB prospect Josh Robinson, who stood out with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, attracted representatives from 18 teams to the pro day at Central Florida on Thursday. Packers GM Ted Thompson and Saints director of college scouting Rick Reiprish were there, along with defensive backs coaches from the Jaguars and Colts.

The prospects worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Robinson (5-foot-10, 199 pounds) — Robinson had one of the better workouts that’s ever taken place at the combine, running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. His workout Thursday was good, but not quite as good as his combine showing. Robinson didn’t seem to have as much quickness or explosiveness as he did in Indianapolis. I still think he’s going to be taken in the middle of the second round or early in the third in April’s draft.

Darius Nall, DE, (6-2 1/2, 254) — Nall was the real story of Thursday’s workout. He has been declared cancer-free — after having beaten it twice — and I’m sure a team will bring him into camp as an undrafted free agent, based on his previous performances.

On March 10, scouts from 10 teams gathered at Northern Illinois to watch prospects show their stuff outdoors on FieldTurf.

Chandler Harnish, QB, (6-1 3/4, 219) — Harnish’s workout was scripted by Turk Schonert, a former Stanford QB who played nine seasons with the Bengals and Falcons from 1981 to 1989.  Harnish had a good workout despite having to throw in winds that were blowing at 15-20 miles per hour. Harnish makes things happen; he’s a winner. He threw the ball well, showing good accuracy, vision and movement. He will probably be drafted in one of the later rounds.

Nathan Palmer, WR, (5-11, 192) — Palmer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds with the wind at his back, and clocked in at 4.43 seconds running into it. He registered a 37-inch vertical, 10-foot-5 broad jump, a 4.25-second short shuttle and a 6.92-second three-cone. He has 33-inch-long arms and did 13 strength lifts. He had an excellent, drop-free workout. He’s likely a seventh-round pick or priority free agent.

Scott Wedige, C, (6-4, 299) — Wedige had a 5.14-second 40-yard dash running with the wind and a 5.35-second 40 against the wind. He had a 27-inch vertical, 8-foot-5 broad jump, 4.60-second short shuttle and a 7.89-second three-cone. He did 25 bench press reps and showed pretty good arm length, measuring 33 1/8 inches. He worked out well. Centers are seldom drafted; standouts at that position are often uncovered from the ranks of the undrafted free agents. Wedige will likely be a seventh-round pick or priority free agent.

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