Published: March 13th, 2013 | Tags: 2013 pro days, Chris McDonald, Chuck Muncie, Dion Sims, Johnny Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Lorenzo White, Lorenzo White Jr., Michigan State, Mitchell White, William Gholston
Representatives from 30 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Michigan State on Wednesday, where nine players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.
Le’Veon Bell, RB (6-foot-1 3/4, 229 pounds) — Bell stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He looked great in the positional workout, catching the ball very well out of the backfield. This is a player who could be picked up at the top of the second round (NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks has gone as far as to say that Bell is the best running back in the 2013 NFL Draft). For those old enough to remember former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers running back Chuck Muncie (video highlight), Bell’s playing style is reminiscent of him. Bell has gotten his weight down around 20 to 25 pounds. Former Houston Oilers and Michigan State running back Lorenzo White has been instrumental in working with Bell and making sure he keeps his weight down.
(It should be noted that White’s son, Lorenzo White Jr. is a draft-eligible defensive back from Central Michigan.)
Johnny Adams, CB (5-11, 181) — Adam had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-10 broad jump, and ran the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds. He stood on his 40-yard dash time from the combine (officially 4.48 seconds). Adams looks like he could be a third cornerback for an NFL team.
William Gholston, DE (6-6 3/8, 273) — Gholston ran the 40 in 5.00 and 4.97 seconds. He had a 4.66-second short shuttle time and did 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked smooth in the position drills. Gholston is the cousin of New York Jets 2008 first-round pick Vernon Gholston.
Dion Sims, TE (6-4 7/8, 262) — Sims ran a 4.82-second short shuttle and a 7.07-second three-cone drill. He also did 26 strength lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked good running routes and catching the ball. Sims has lost a lot of weight (around 40 pounds since the end of the 2011 season), and emerged as potentially the best blocking tight end in this draft class.
Chris McDonald, G (6-4 1/4, 300) — McDonald ran the 40 in 4.97 and 5.03 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-0 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.57 seconds and he did a 7.40-second three-cone drill. He also had 31 lifts of 225 on the bench. McDonald looks like a seventh-rounder or rookie free-agent pickup.
Mitchell White, CB (5-11 1/8, 184) — White ran the 40 in 4.45 and 4.42 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.76 seconds. White also performed 14 lifts of 225 on the bench. White was primarily a special teams player in his time with the Spartans, and could turn out to be much like New England Patriots 2012 sixth-round draft pick Nate Ebner of Ohio State, getting interest (as a rookie free agent in White’s case) for his special teams prowess.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were well-represented at Michigan State’s pro day, with head coach Mike Tomlin, running backs coach Kirby Wilson, tight ends coach James Daniel, as well as general manager Kevin Colbert in attendance. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes were in attendance. Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville and Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts were also there.