Three NFL teams — the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles — sent linebackers coaches to North Alabama’s pro day on March 14, when 12 UNA players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.
The player those assistant coaches were on hand to see was linebacker (and special teams phenom) Tavarius Wilson. The 5-foot-11 1/8, 239-pound Wilson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 and 4.78 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.10 seconds. He performed 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Wilson — the 2013 Division II Defensive Player of the Year — is a potential seventh-round draft pick or priority free-agent pickup following the draft.
Another potential rookie free-agent pickup worked out at the pro day:
Chris Coffey, RB (5-7, 203) — Coffey ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical and 9-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.97 seconds. He had 26 reps on the bench press. Coffey is a potential rookie free-agent pickup following the draft.