The Pittsburgh Steelers’ general manager (Kevin Colbert) and head coach (Mike Tomlin) were among the NFL personnel representing 31 different teams Tuesday at Michigan State’s pro day.
A total of 16 prospects in this year’s draft and two others from the 2012 class worked out indoors on FieldTurf.
Darqueze Dennard, CB (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) — Dennard had a 36-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.18 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds. He stood on his 40-yard dash time from the NFL Scouting Combine. Dennard had a very good pro day workout. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi does as good of a job as anybody in the country at coaching defensive backs.
Bennie Fowler, WR (6-1 1/8, 216) — Fowler “lit the place up today” in both the running and position drills. He ran the 40 in 4.39 and 4.44 seconds. He had a 6.91-second three-cone. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw passes to Fowler, who led the Rose Bowl-champion Spartans in receiving yards (622) and touchdown receptions (6) in 2013.
Denicos Allen, LB (5-10 1/4, 225) — Allen ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.78 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and an 8-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.51 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.46 seconds. He also had 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio says that Allen is the most productive defensive/special-teams player he’s had in his seven seasons coaching the Spartans. Allen’s special-teams skills make him a possible late-round draft choice.
Max Bullough, LB (6-3 3/8, 248) — Bullough ran the 40 in 4.76 and 4.70 seconds. He had a short shuttle time of 4.29 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.08 seconds. Bullough looked good in the drills, displaying a lot more athleticism and flexibility than his frame would suggest. To be 248 pounds and run that three-cone time is impressive. Bullough, it should be noted, is a third-generation Spartan. His grandfather Hank Bullough played guard at the school from 1952-54 and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and later coached at MSU and in the NFL, and father Shane Bullough played linebacker at MSU from 1983-86.
Dantonio made Michigan State’s pro day a fantastic and productive one for the team representatives on hand in East Lansing, Mich.