Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo drew most of the attention at Northwestern’s pro day, but I was also impressed by Northwestern receiver Rashad Lawrence‘s workout.
Lawrence (6-0 7/8, 196 pounds), who did not participate at the combine, looked really good catching passes and was impressive in his drills. His times in the 40-yard dash were 4.50 and 4.53. He posted a vertical leap of 39 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 7 inches. He completed the short shuttle in 4.04 seconds and the 3-cone drill in 6.83. It was a strong workout, and I think he has a chance to be a sixth- or seventh-round pick in a draft that’s very deep on receivers.
There were representatives from 29 teams at Northwestern’s pro day, and six of the seven players who were registered worked out. The lone player who didn’t was Kain Colter, but he is expected to work out April 16.
Forty players from 15 other schools also participated at Northwestern today, and two of them stood out for me (aside from Garoppolo):
Erik Lora, WR, Eastern Illinois: Lora (5-10 3/8, 203 pounds), a former teammate of Garoppolo’s, looked very good catching the ball and posted times of 4.49 and 4.53 in the 40. He had a 36-inch vertical and a broad jump of 9 feet, 11 inches. His short shuttle time was 4.18, and his 3-cone drill was 6.76 seconds. He’s probably a priority free agent.
Colton Underwood, DE, Illinois State: Underwood (6-2 1/2, 256 pounds) did drills rushing the passer and also dropping into space and looks like he could be an outside linebacker in the NFL. His 40 times were 4.70 and 4.75 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.43 and the 3-cone drill in 7.03. He also looks like a priority free agent.