Representatives from 15 NFL teams — including new Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and offensive line coaches, and the secondary coaches from the San Diego Chargers — were on hand for Florida’s pro day on Monday, when 13 Gators players plus six others from area small schools worked out. The runs and jumps took place indoors at the O’Connell Center — home of the Gators’ men’s and women’s basketball teams, among other tennants — while the position drills were conducted outside, where it was wet (hence why the pro day runs went indoors on the rubber track).
Trey Burton, TE (6-foot-2 1/4, 227 pounds) — Burton stayed on his time in the 40-yard dash (4.62 seconds) from the NFL Scouting Combine, where he posted the fourth-best 40 time among tight ends. At Florida’s pro day, Burton had a 33-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-5 broad jump, 4.31-second short shuttle, 7.01-second three-cone drill and executed 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Dominique Easley, DT (6-1 5/8) — Easley only got measured, and did not want to get weighed. Easley — who missed most of the 2013 season with a knee injury — will try to do a full workout prior to the 2014 NFL Draft on a date to be determined.
Jon Halapio, G (6-3 3/8, 323) — Halapio had a 27-inch vertical and did 32 bench press reps at the pro day, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Saints offensive line coach Bret Ingalls worked Halapio out in the position drills, where he was impressive.
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB (5-11 5/8, 191) — Purifoy ran the 40 in 4.63 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 10-foot broad jump, 4.32-second short shuttle and 7.28-second three-cone. Chargers secondary coach Ron Milus put Purifoy through his on-field positional drills.
Marcus Roberson, CB (6-0 1/4, 192) — Roberson ran the 40 in 4.72 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and 7.19-second three-cone time. He performed 10 strength lifts. There are questions on whether or not he can play cornerback in the NFL with his speed. He has the skills, but lacks the desired speed to play cornerback at the next level.
Jaylen Watkins, CB (5-11 1/2, 192) — Watkins had a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.50 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.13 seconds. He complained of having a sore right ankle and didn’t run the 40. Watkins is a player who will be better off in the NFL playing as an inside/slot cornerback. He’s probably a third-day draft pick.
Solomon Patton, WR (5-8 3/8, 179) — Patton ran the 40 in 4.38 and 4.39 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.13 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.02 seconds. Patton — who has 8 7/8-inch hands — performed 16 strength lifts. Patton might be a priority free-agent pickup following the draft as a kick return prospect.