Large contingent of NFL personnel catch FSU’s pro day

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered Tuesday at Florida State’s pro day. Among the NFL notables on hand in Tallahassee, Fla., were New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. There were many assistant/position coaches on hand to see the top draft prospects from last season’s BCS national-championship team, with every NFL team represented by at least two position coaches at the pro day.

Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin catches a pass during Florida State’s pro day. (Colin Hackley/Associated Press)
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The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR (6-foot-5, 242 pounds) — Benjamin had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 4.50-second short shuttle, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Benjamin had an impressive pro-day workout. He showed that he’s a very good route runner and caught the ball extremely well. I would imagine that this workout gives him an opportunity to be picked late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Terrence Brooks, FS (5-10 7/8, 200) — Brooks had a 10-foot-2 broad jump, 4.58-second short shuttle, 7.01-second three-cone drill and performed 11 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He stood on his efforts in the 40-yard dash (in which he was No. 1 among safeties) and vertical jump (in which he was No. 2 among safeties) from the combine. Brooks was also impressive in the position drills, and displayed really good ball awareness.

Devonta Freeman, RB (5-8 3/8, 205) — Freeman had a 32-inch vertical jump, 9-8 broad jump and did 11 strength lifts. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Freeman was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2013 after becoming the first FSU player with 1,000-plus yards rushing since Warrick Dunn in 1996.

Timmy Jernigan, DT (6-2, 305) — Jernigan ran the 40 in 5.06 and 5.02 seconds (he rolled at the start of the second 40). He did the three-cone drill in 7.65 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Jernigan was a little tired toward the end of the drills, but pushed through and looked good doing it.

Christian Jones, ILB (6-3 5/8, 239) — Jones ran the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds, the three-cone in 7.03 seconds and had 17 reps on the bench press. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Jones was impressive at the pro day, and looks like a late third-round or high fourth-round pick.

Telvin Smith, ILB (6-3 1/2, 224) — Smith had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump, 4.65-second short shuttle and 7.04-second three-cone drill. He performed 16 strength lifts and stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he had the second-fastest 40 time among linebackers in Indianapolis).

James Wilder, RB (6-2 1/2, 227) — Wilder — the son of former NFL running back James Wilder — ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.64 seconds, had a 34 1/2-inch vertical and did 18 reps on the bench. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Wilder, who was among five early entry prospects I identified in January as those who would have benefitted from another year of college football — had a good pro-day workout.

Chad Abram, FB (5-11 1/2, 236) — Abram — who was not at the combine — ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds on each attempt. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.57 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.17 seconds. He performed 21 strength lifts. Abram has a chance to be a priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

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