Linebacker Chris Borland and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis aren’t among the prospects projected to be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but their intrigue as NFL prospects in the buildup to the draft continued at Wisconsin’s pro day Wednesday.
A total of 20 NFL teams gathered in Madison, Wis. to see 10 Badgers prospects work out indoors on FieldTurf. A defensive backs coach from the Philadelphia Eagles and a linebackers coach from the Baltimore Ravens were on hand for the workout.
Borland, LB (247 pounds) — Borland ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 and 4.87 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He moved really well in the positional drills, a lot better than his times would indicate. He displayed really good anticipation, which was a hallmark of his college career. Borland will be a very interesting player in terms of where he’ll get selected in the draft.
Abbrederis, WR (he didn’t get measured or weighed) — Abbrederis stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just went through the positional drills. He worked out great, having a pro day that was classified as “great.” One of the Oakland Raiders scouts on hand for the pro day threw passes to Abbrederis, who ran good routes, displayed good speed and caught the ball well.
James White, RB (206) — White stood on his combine numbers and just worked out in the running back drills. He caught the ball well, but otherwise had the sort of workout that would indicate he’s more of a backup than a starter at the NFL level.
Jacob Pedersen, TE (238) — Pedersen ran the 40 in 4.87 and 4.89 seconds. He also caught the ball well from the Raiders scout on hand to play quarterback in the passing drills.
Dezmen Southward, FS (6-foot-0 7/8, 212) — Southward was in Indianapolis for the combine, but did not work out due to a medical exclusion. At Wisconsin’s pro day, he ran the 40 in 4.41 and 4.38 seconds (times that would have placed Southward at the top of his position group at the combine). He had a 42-inch vertical jump and a 10-4 broad jump (the vertical number would also have been the best among safeties at the combine). He had a 4.41-second short shuttle, a 11.50 60-yard long shuttle time, and did the three-cone drill in 6.73 and 6.50 seconds.
Wisconsin’s pro day was very well organized and everybody was very pleased with how smoothly it went.