Robbie Rouse, Phillip Thomas work out well in Fresno

Representatives from 19 NFL teams gathered at Fresno State’s pro day on March 20, where 17 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.

The Bulldogs’ successor to former Fresno State running back and current member of the San Diego Chargers — Ryan Mathews — and a star safety were the notable participants.

Robbie Rouse, RB (5-foot-6, 184 pounds) — Rouse — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.60 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.80 seconds. Rouse also performed 15 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Rouse had a good workout, and should hear his name called during the 2013 NFL Draft.

Phillip Thomas, SS (6-0 5/8, 209) — Thomas ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds on each attempt. He did the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. Thomas stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Thomas was put through a strenuous workout by a scout from the New England Patriots in the positional drills and looked great.

Thomas has visits scheduled with seven teams starting April 1. He will probably be selected in the first half of the second round of the draft.

Shawn Plummer, OLB (5-11 7/8, 202) — Plummer ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.61 seconds. He had a 40-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.26 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.85 seconds. He performed 25 strength lifts. Plummer was an outside ‘backer for the Bulldogs, but worked out as a safety at the pro day. Despite the challenge of moving from linebacker to safety, he produced an excellent workout. Because of that, Plummer is a likely late-round draft pick or free-agent pickup.

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