Roundup of four small-school prospects

Four lesser-known prospects who could be late-round draft choices took part in workouts, hoping to impress NFL teams.

Wayne State (Mich.) cornerback Jeremy Jones (5-foot-9 1/2, 197 pounds) actually went through two different post-NFL Scouting Combine workouts for teams. First, Jones participated in a workout at Grand Valley State and then again at Wayne State. Jones — a member of the Division II runner-up Warriors — worked out for the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers while at Wayne State. The best times from two workouts in the 40-yard dash were 4.56 and 4.59 seconds. He ran a 4.25-second short shuttle and a 6.78-second three-cone drill. Jones stood on his vertical and broad jump efforts from the combine. He could be a fifth- or sixth-round draft choice.

Harvard’s Josue Ortiz (6-4 1/2, 253) worked out at Boston College’s pro day and displayed the speed and quickness that could make the defensive lineman as high as a seventh-round draft choice. Ortiz ran the 40 in 4.73 and 4.75 seconds, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-9 broad jump, 7.19-second three-cone, 4.37 short shuttle, did 31 strength lifts of 225 pounds. Ortiz also has 33 5/8-inch arms.

Furman’s Ryan Steed worked out for eight teams, including a defensive backs coach from the Kansas City Chiefs. Steed worked out outdoors and on grass, which was wet, and athletes were slipping. It was not an ideal situation to impress teams. Steed (5-10 5/8, 190) ran the 40 three times: 4.55 with the wind, 4.59 and 4.62 against the wind. Steed posted a 7.13-second three-cone, and stood on his other numbers from the combine. Steed might be a fifth- or sixth-round draft pick, however, he was rated higher than that because people thought he was faster than he turned out to be.

Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton worked out on March 9, outdoors on FieldTurf, with 29 teams represented, including coaches from the Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.

Hilton has also had personal visits with the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hilton, a WR/KR (5-9 7/8, 179), ran a 4.39-second 40 against the wind and then a 4.34-second 40 with the wind. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical, 9-foot-11 broad jump, 4.36-second short shuttle, 7.03-second three-cone and did seven strength lifts. Hilton was having a good workout, but had to cut it short due to re-aggravating a quad injury.

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