Published: April 3rd, 2013 | Tags: 2013 pro days, Brennan Williams, Erik "Mookie" Highsmith, Giovani Bernard, Jheranie Boyd, Jonathan Cooper, Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, Sylvester Williams, Travis Bond
Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at North Carolina’s pro day on March 26, where 15 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.
The workout was held in 39-degree temperatures with a 15 mile-per-hour wind (the 40-yard dashes were run at first against the wind, and then a second time with the wind).
Among those from NFL teams present in Chapel Hill, N.C. were offensive line coaches from the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
Giovani Bernard, RB (5-foot-8 1/2, 204 pounds) — Bernard stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine with the exception of the bench press (19 lifts of 225 pounds at the pro day). In the positional workout, Bernard was very quick and caught the ball well.
Jonathan Cooper, G (6-2 1/4, 308) — Cooper stood on his numbers from the combine, but had an outstanding positional workout. Cooper is going to be a top-15 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (my latest mock draft projects Cooper going No. 12 to the Miami Dolphins).
Brennan Williams, OT (6-5 1/2, 311) — Williams — who was at the combine — ran the 40 in 5.37 seconds against the wind and 5.27 seconds with the wind. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.88 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.08 seconds. Williams is still recovering from a left shoulder injury suffered in October and was limited in the workout.
Sylvester Williams, DT (6-2 3/8, 311) — Williams stood on his combine numbers, and instead put forth an outstanding positional workout. I think the workout was strong enough to get Williams selected in the lower half of the first round (my latest mock draft projects Williams going No. 24 to the Indianapolis Colts).
Jheranie Boyd, WR (6-1 1/8, 187) — Boyd — who was not at the combine — ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds against the wind and 4.43 seconds with the wind. He had a 42-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. He also had 14 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Boyd didn’t really produce much at North Carolina, but is the sort of size-speed guy that NFL teams look for. That dimension could give Boyd a shot as a rookie free-agent pickup following the draft.
Erik “Mookie” Highsmith, WR (6-0 7/8, 185) — Highsmith ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds against the wind and 4.56 seconds with the wind. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.43 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds. He also had 14 lifts on the bench press. Highsmith is another rookie free-agent possibility.