Representatives from 13 NFL teams — including Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes — were on hand to watch 14 South Florida players work out outdoors on grass Monday.
Two defensive ends from the school appear to be third-day selection possibilities in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Aaron Lynch (6-foot-5, 252 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds on each attempt. He had a real good 10-yard time of 1.52 seconds, which is an indication that he can be a good pass rusher at the next level. Lynch had a 29-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.61 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.48 seconds. Lynch kept his bench press number (18 reps of 225 pounds) from the NFL Scouting Combine. He has nice, long 34 1/4-inch arms and 10 1/8-inch hands. At South Florida’s pro day, Lynch worked out as both a defensive end and outside linebacker.
Tevin Mims (6-4 1/8, 265) ran the short shuttle in 4.58 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.33 seconds. He stook on his numbers from the combine in the other workouts. Mims has 33 3/4-inch arms, and his hands measured at different sizes — 9 1/2 inches for right hand, 9 3/4 inches for left hand.
One other player who had a nice workout was fullback Ryan Eppes. Eppes (6-1 5/8, 232) ran the 40 in 4.62 and 4.63 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-8 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.16 seconds. He had 26 bench press reps. Eppes is a free-agent possibility following the 2014 draft.