Representatives from 17 NFL teams — including a large contingent of Oakland Raiders coaches, as well as linebacker coaches from the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings — were present for California’s pro day on March 18, when 15 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 75-degree temperatures.
Deandre Coleman, DT (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) — Coleman, who was at the NFL Scouting Combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 and 5.09 seconds. He had a 25 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.10 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 7.71 seconds. He has 33 1/2-inch arms and 10 3/8-inch hands. He did a positional workout in which he did some good things.
Khairi Fortt, LB (6-2, 242) — Fortt ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.68 seconds. He had a short shuttle time of 4.35 seconds and completed the three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds. Fortt stood on his numbers from the combine in the vertical jump and broad jump. Fortt has 33 1/8-inch arms and 10 1/2-inch hands. Fortt had a really good pro-day workout, moving around well in space and also catching the ball well. This is a player who will probably be picked in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Richard Rodgers, TE (6-4, 260) — Rodgers ran the 40 in 4.96 and 4.82 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.63 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.31 seconds. In the beginning of his positional workout, he dropped a couple of passes, but from then on he looked good catching the ball. Rodgers is probably a third-day (Rounds 4-7) draft pick.
Brendan Bigelow, RB (5-9 1/2, 185) — Bigelow ran the 40-yard dash just once (4.52 seconds) because he strained his right hamstring during the run. He also performed 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Bigelow is a player who’s described as the type who a team can put into the game to run draws or screens, or catch the ball out of the backfield. Bigelow is a likely free-agent pickup following the draft.
The Cal coaches were very helpful for the NFL personnel in attendance. California’s football facilities have received a big facelift recently, with new offices and a new FieldTurf playing surface. The program has done a great job of upgrading facilities.