Representatives of every team in the league were at the Stanford pro day on March 22, including Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert. Six offensive line coaches and seven tight end coaches were there as well. The headliner was QB Andrew Luck, but several other prospects also drew a fair amount of attention; Stanford could have as many as four players — Luck, TE Coby Fleener, OG David DeCastro and OT Jonathan Martin — taken in the first round of April’s draft. Prospects ran outdoors on FieldTurf.
Luck, QB, (6-foot-4 1/8, 237 pounds) — Luck had an outstanding workout. He threw very, very well despite heavy, blowing winds. He throws a real tight spiral, which allows the ball to cut through the wind. He has 10-inch hands, which are not overly big but are above average.
DeCastro, OG, (6-5 1/8, 314) — DeCastro stood on everything he did at the NFL Scouting Combine, though he was weighed and measured. He had a very good workout, and is a very solid football player. He is similar to Titans G Steve Hutchinson, an 11-year veteran who has made the Pro Bowl seven times. Like Hutchinson, DeCastro should be a top-line starter for 10 or 11 years.
Fleener, TE, (6-6 1/8, 247) — Fleener ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 and 4.51 seconds. He registered a 37-inch vertical, a 9-foot-8 broad jump, a 4.30-second short shuttle and a 7.02-second three-cone. He worked out in the slot, as a wide receiver and as a tight end. He’ll probably be the first tight end selected in April’s draft, likely late in the first round (around pick 25 or so). He has to improve his blocking, but that will come with maturity and age.
Martin, OT, (6-5 3/8, 307) — Martin ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 and 5.43 seconds. He notched a 30-inch vertical, an 8-8 broad jump, a 4.68-second short shuttle and a 7.69-second three-cone. Martin had 20 strength lifts, with arms that measured 34 1/8 inches. The parents of the likely first-round pick both went to Harvard and practice law.
Delano Howell, S, (5-10 7/8, 201) — Howell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 and 4.52 seconds. He had a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-1 broad jump, a 4.20-second short shuttle and a 7-second three-cone. Howell had a good workout, and will probably be selected in one of the later rounds of the draft.
Chris Owusu, WR, (5-11 3/4, 196) — Owusu stood on his numbers from the combine. He is a very outstanding athlete but concussion issues could hinder his draft stock. His status is going to be dictated by medical evaluations than anything.
Michael Thomas, S — He ran well, finishing the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.61 seconds. He also registered a 38-inch vertical.
Griff Whalen, WR — He reminds me of Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin, who was undrafted out of Stanford and went on to lead Seattle in catches (51) and receiving yards (788).