Non-combine invitees impress at ECU’s pro day

Despite not having a player present at the NFL Scouting Combine, East Carolina features two potential late-round draft picks.

Two up-and-coming prospects — QB Dominique Davis and OT Steven Baker — give the Pirates their best shots at having athletes selected by NFL teams in late April.

There were 17 NFL teams represented — including an offensive coach from the Cleveland Browns — at ECU’s pro day, held on March 22 in Greenville, N.C., and conducted outdoors on FieldTurf in 75-degree weather.

Davis (6-foot-3, 221 pounds) has a chance to be a seventh-round pick (or become an undrafted free-agent pickup). He looked good throwing the ball, and executed both under center as well as in the shotgun. He possesses better arm strength than was anticipated. In the workout, Davis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 and 4.60 seconds, had a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump, ran a 4.27-second short shuttle and 6.93-second three-cone, and had 15 strength lifts of 225 pounds.

Baker is a raw prospect with a limited amount of football experience. However, he improved in the second half of the 2011 season, showed good ability and could be selected as high as the sixth round as a developmental prospect.

Also of note from East Carolina’s pro day:

Lance Lewis, WR (6-3, 208) — Lewis ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.59 seconds, had a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump, and ran a 4.40-second short shuttle and 6.94-second three-cone. Due to the tremendous amount of depth at the wide receiver position in this year’s draft, Lewis is most likely a rookie free-agent candidate post-draft.

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