Fast-rising prospect Vance McDonald doesn’t disappoint

A total of 40 representatives from 30 different NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Rice on Monday, where seven players through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in 80-degree weather.

All seven players who participated in the pro day were from coach David Bailiff‘s first recruiting class at Rice.

Vance McDonald, TE (6-foot-5 3/4, 268 pounds) — McDonald stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He did, however, participate in the positional workout, in which he started slowly. He had a couple of drops, but then caught everything. McDonald — who is explosive in the hips — also looked good in the blocking drills. It was a good show for the fast-rising tight end prospect, who has risen from virtual obscurity to likely being selected somewhere between picks No. 50-70 in the 2013 NFL Draft. This player could be very good in the NFL.

Luke Willson, TE (6-5 3/8, 251) — Willson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 and 4.46 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.04 seconds. He performed 23 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. All of those totals would have been among the top 10 in his position group at the combine. Former Rice quarterback Chase Clement threw passes to the tight ends at the pro day.

It has been a long time since 30 teams were represented at Rice’s pro day.

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