Representatives from 30 NFL teams — including offensive line coaches from eight teams — were present for Tennessee’s pro day Wednesday, when the Volunteer’s 2014 NFL Draft prospects worked out indoors on FieldTurf.
The offensive line position drills went extremely long, as all eight line coaches wanted to do their own drills with the players (and Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable going through the drills twice).
Zach Fulton, G (6-foot-4 5/8, 319 pounds) — Fulton ran the short shuttle in 4.78 seconds and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He performed well in the positional workout.
Ja’Wuan James, OT (6-6 5/8, 311) — James also stood on his combine numbers. James — started in all 49 games played, setting a Tennessee record for career starts for an offensive lineman — had a lights-out workout. He was very smooth in the workout and increased his draft status. James went from being a likely third-round selection to going as early as the top of the second round.
Daniel McCullers, DT (6-6 7/8, 348) — McCullers ran the 40-yard dash in 5.34 and 5.31 seconds. He had a 23-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.08 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.82 seconds. He had 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked good in the workout, but tired a bit toward the end, suggesting he lacks stamina. He should be a good defensive lineman working in the sort of rotation that teams run in the NFL.
Antonio Richardson, OT (6-5 7/8, 326) — Richardson had a 31-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.06 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.10 seconds. Richardson is a really good pass protector and can play at either right tackle or left tackle, which makes him a valuable player at the next level.
James Stone, C (6-3 3/8, 311) — Stone stood on his combine numbers, and went ahead and had a good pro-day workout. He looks like he has good quickness. There’s a feeling that Stone will make a team and play center for a lot years in the NFL.
Jacques Smith, LB (6-1 7/8, 258) — Smith ran the 40 in 4.93 and 4.88 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-7 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.65 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.49 seconds. He also had 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. The Pittsburgh Steelers worked this player out at the pro day, and he fits the profile of the sort of athlete that team desires at the linebacker position. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers drafted Smith, who would work out well in their system.
Rajion Neal, RB (5-11 1/8, 220) — Neal ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.59 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone in 7.20 seconds. He performed 28 lifts on the bench press. Neal really wowed scouts with his pass catching ability. After posting impressive numbers at Tennessee’s pro day and showing he can catch the ball out of the backfield, Neal might be a sixth- or seventh-round draft choice.