Published: March 17th, 2014 | Tags: Andrew Luck, Calvin Pryor, Damian Copeland, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Louisville, Marcus Smith, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Preston Brown, Senorise Perry, Teddy Bridgewater, Tennessee Titans
LOUISVILLE — Two potential first-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft worked out at Louisville’s pro day Monday in front of representatives from 30 NFL teams — including the head coaches for the Houston Texans (Bill O’Brien), Jacksonville Jaguars (Gus Bradley), Oakland Raiders (Dennis Allen), Philadelphia Eagles (Chip Kelly) and Tennessee Titans (Ken Whisenhunt). In all, 15 Louisville players took part in the pro day, which was held indoors on FieldTurf.
Projected first-rounders Teddy Bridgewater and Calvin Pryor were the main attractions for the approximately 100 NFL coaches and scouts on hand.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) — Bridgewater ran the 40-yard dash just once, doing so in 4.79 seconds. Bridgewater’s hands measured 9 1/4 inches. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Bridgewater went through the longest quarterback workout I’ve ever seen. He threw 65 passes in the workout, with 57 completions. Two of the incompletions were drops by the receivers. It wasn’t an Andrew Luck-type workout — not as impressive as that. The thing I couldn’t find out from Bridgewater was why he worked out without gloves (after using gloves in games during the season).
Bridgewater’s workout has met with mixed reviews. Was this workout something to get excited about? No, but I thought it was a good, solid workout.
Calvin Pryor, FS (5-11 1/2, 211) — Pryor ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.98 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Pryor doesn’t test well in the drills, but plays way above his testing numbers on the field. By that I mean he breaks on the ball real well, has very good hands to make interceptions and is tough. There were three consecutive games last season in which he made a tackle on a guy and that player did not return to the game. Pryor will be a first-round draft pick and turn into a very good player in the NFL.
Preston Brown, ILB (6-1 1/4, 250) — Brown ran the 40 in 4.88 and 4.84 seconds (it should be noted that the FieldTurf at Louisville was a soft and slow surface; not as fast as that for the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium). Brown had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.39 seconds and the three-cone in 7.13 seconds. He performed 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Brown had a really good workout, and I think he’ll make a good middle linebacker in the NFL. However, I’m not convinced that he can stay on the field for all three downs and play pass defense.
Damian Copeland, WR (5-11 3/4, 187) — Copeland stood on his numbers from the combine, and only went through the on-field workout. Copeland has exceptionally good hands and really catches the ball well. However, he doesn’t look to have the flat-out speed to be a top receiver in the NFL. He can be a third receiver, but not a No. 1 or No. 2 NFL wide receiver.
Marcus Smith, DE (6-3 3/8, 253) — Smith did a 4.42-second short shuttle and 7.08-second three-cone drill, then stood on his other numbers from the combine. Smith worked out as both a defensive end with his hand in the ground and as an outside linebacker in space. He looks like a third-day pick in the draft.
Senorise Perry, RB (5-11 3/4, 206) — Perry ran the 40 in 4.36 and 4.41 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical and 10-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone in 6.90 seconds. He performed 18 strength lifts. Perry will be a priority free-agent pickup for an NFL team following the draft.
Louisville’s pro day was set up great. A big breakfast was served in the morning, and after the workout was over they had a great lunch at a cafeteria that looks out over the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It was a really nice setting.