Tiny, but speedy, Ryan Lankford could get NFL look

Representatives from 18 NFL teams were on hand to watch five players work out at Illinois’ pro day, which was held indoors on FieldTurf.

Jonathan Brown, OLB (6-foot 5/8, 234 pounds) — Brown — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 and 4.85 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.31 seconds. He also recorded 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Brown is a likely seventh-round draft choice or free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ryan Lankford, WR (5-11 1/2, 163) — Langford ran the 40 in 4.39 and 4.41 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 10-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.24 seconds and the three-cone in 6.83 seconds. He is a small player (the most he’s ever weighed is 175) with a lot of speed. He displayed average hands for a receiver during the pro day workout. However, that speed could intrigue an NFL team enough to bring him into training camp.

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