Zach Ertz is intriguing prospect at watch early in draft

Representatives from 31 NFL teams (only the Washington Redskins were not present) gathered at Stanford’s pro day on Thursday, where 12 players went through a workout outdoors on FieldTurf in ideal weather conditions.

The Oakland Raiders had a group of coaches in Palo Alto, while Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes was also in attendance.

Zach Ertz, TE (6-foot-5 1/8, 244 pounds) — Ertz ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.62 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He kept the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Ertz is very smooth in his routes and catches the ball very well. This is going to be an interesting player, likely getting selected at the end of the first round or early in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Had Tony Gonzalez not returned to the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears not signed Martellus Bennett, Ertz — who is the No. 23-rated prospect in my Hot 100 and No. 2 tight end in Mike Mayock‘s position rankings — could have gone in the first round to one of those two teams.

Stepfan Taylor, RB (5-9 1/8, 213) — Taylor ran the 40 in 4.63 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and did 19 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. His 40 time was better than what he ran at the combine (officially 4.76 seconds), since he ran on a sprained ankle while in Indianapolis. Taylor is an explosive runner and also catches the ball extremely well.

Chase Thomas, LB (6-3 1/8, 243) — Thomas ran the 40 in 4.80 and 4.85 seconds, did 21 lifts on the bench, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Thomas moves well, but lacks the all-out great speed required at linebacker.

Levine Toilolo, TE (6-8 3/8, 259) — Toilolo ran the 40 in 4.81 and 4.77 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He also performed 19 strength lifts. That number on the bench press is really good considering how long his arms are (he was measured at 34 1/2 inches at the combine). Toilolo — who is a good blocker — has a thin lower body, which will prevent him from being switched to right tackle in the NFL.

Alex Debniak, FB/LB (6-1 3/4, 236) — Debniak — who was not at the combine — ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.62 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.22 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.94 seconds. Debniak worked out at both fullback and linebacker at Stanford’s pro day. He was not a starter for the Cardinal, but was a great special teams player. Debniak has a chance to be drafted due to his versatility and special teams skills.

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