Latimer’s 16-minute workout witnessed by 25 NFL teams

Representatives from 25 NFL teams — including Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, and wide receivers coaches from the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins — attended a workout Friday for Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer that lasted just 16 minutes. Latimer caught 18 passes in the workout, but had a couple of drops. Due to a broken bone in his foot, Latimer was only able to run the 40-yard dash at Indiana’s pro day on March 26. He did manage to post a time of 4.44 seconds. With less than two weeks to go until the 2014 NFL Draft, Latimer is gaining momentum as one of the event’s fastest-rising prospects. Latimer was one […]

Two Dartmouth prospects could be free-agent pickups

Four NFL teams were present for Dartmouth’s pro day on March 28, when two potential free-agent pickups for teams following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft worked out. The pro day was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. Dom Pierre, RB (5-foot-10 1/2, 215 pounds) — Pierre ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-11 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.49 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.26 seconds. He also performed 18 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Pierre, who is from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., attended an event for local draft prospects held by the Miami Dolphins. Garrett Waggoner, FS (6-0 5/8, 218) […]

Adham Talaat vying to be Gallaudet’s first NFL player

Representatives from six NFL teams were present at Gallaudet’s first pro day on April 9, when two players worked out outdoors on grass. One player in particular could be a free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft. Adham Talaat, DL (6-foot-6, 271 pounds) — Talaat ran the 40-yard dash in 5.00 and 4.96 seconds. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-11 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.39 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.26 seconds. Talaat, who has 33 5/8-inch arms, performed 23 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Talaat had been sick, so his weight was down (normally, his weight would have been around 275-280 pounds). In 2013, Talaat was […]

New England Patriots to take a look at Coastal Carolina duo

A total of 15 NFL teams sent representatives to Coastal Carolina’s pro day on March 27, when nine players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. Coastal Carolina had two prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, and both players will be worked out by the New England Patriots on Friday. Matt Hazel, WR (6-foot-1, 203 pounds) — Hazel did the short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.75 seconds (though, he slipped twice while running the three cone). He then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Hazel has worked out for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB (6-0 1/8, 231) — Taliaferro had a 34-inch […]

Nic Jacobs of McNesse State to visit with 49ers, Cardinals

There were 10 players who worked out at McNeese State’s pro day on April 7. The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf on a 55-degree day and in windy conditions. Nic Jacobs, TE (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) — Jacobs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds with the wind and 4.86 seconds against the wind. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.72 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds. He had a good positional workout. Jacobs has visits scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Diontae Spencer, WR (5-7 3/4, 173) — Spencer ran the 40 in 4.34 seconds with the wind and 4.45 seconds against […]

Dominique Easley draws interest from a number of NFL teams

Representatives from seven NFL teams — including Chicago Bears defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni, Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash — were present for a workout by Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley on April 17. Easley missed most of the 2013 season with a torn ACL, and won’t be a full go until June. However, he did do position drills. Easley moved very well in those position drills and displayed good quickness. His best position in the NFL is at defensive end. Easley has visits scheduled with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams.

Eagles, Seahawks D-line coaches at Delaware pro day

The defensive line coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks were in attendance for Delaware’s pro day March 18. Fourteen teams in all were on hand to watch 12 players work out indoors on artificial turf. The players worked out in spikes, which led to faster times than usual. Zach Kerr, DL: Kerr had a good workout on his pro day and stood on his numbers from the combine. He was also measured and weighed — 6-foot-1 5/8, 323 pounds, with 32 3/4-inch arms. Travis Hawkins, CB: Hawkins (5-foot-9 5/8, 192 pounds) ran the 40 twice, posting times of 4.37 and 4.44 seconds, but because they ran in spikes, those times would probably convert to 4.41 and 4.48 seconds. He […]

Lions defensive line coach at Connecticut pro day

Representatives from 23 teams attended Connecticut’s pro day on March 11, including Detroit Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. Twelve players worked out indoors on FieldTurf, including two guys who were at the combine. Yawin Smallwood, LB: Smallwood (6-foot-2 1/8, 242 pounds) was unable to jump at his pro day because of a left hamstring injury. I spoke with him today to see if he was ever able to put in a timed run, and he said no. He did perform position workouts with Kocurek at his pro day, however. Shamar Stephen, DL: Stephen (6-foot-4 5/8, 307 pounds) also had a hamstring issue at his pro day and did not run the 40, but he put in a nice workout […]

Colts coach watches Colorado’s Paul Richardson

Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach Charlie Williams was among the representatives from 26 teams on hand for Colorado’s pro day March 12. Seven players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Most were on hand to see wide receiver Paul Richardson, who was measured at 6-foot, 170 pounds. Richardson posted a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.23 short shuttle and 6.98 three-cone drill. He stood on the rest of his combine numbers. The concern with Richardson has always been his slight frame and if he’ll have durability issues in the NFL. I spoke with him this morning and was told he now weighs 180 pounds, which is significant. What you don’t know now, however, is how those 10 extra pounds will affect […]

QB-turned-WR Kain Colter gets chance to work out

Northwestern held a second pro day on Wednesday — the first was held on March 4 — and 16 NFL teams sent representatives, including the New York Giants sending a wide receivers coach, to the workout. A total of four players worked out indoors on FieldTurf, and the key participant was Kain Colter, who was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but couldn’t work out and also didn’t participate in the initial pro day in Evanston, Ill. Colter (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) played quarterback and running back at Northwestern, but is thought to be a better NFL prospect at wide receiver. At the pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.71 and 4.72 seconds. He did the short shuttle in […]

David Fales of San Jose State could be late-round draft pick

There were representatives from 26 NFL teams present to see 14 prospects work out at San Jose State’s pro day on March 19. Bene Benwikere, CB (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) — Benwikere ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 and 4.69 seconds. He then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the vertical jump). David Fales, QB (6-1 3/4, 210) — Fales stood on his numbers from the combine. He looked good throwing the ball at SJSU’s pro day. Fales will likely be a seventh-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft or a priority free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the draft. Chandler Jones, WR (5-8 1/2, […]

Tim Cornett of UNLV checked out by two NFL RB coaches

Representatives from nine NFL teams — including the running backs coaches from the Arizona Cardinals (Stump Mitchell) and Philadelphia Eagles (Duce Staley) — were present at UNLV’s pro day on March 13 to watch nine players work out outdoors on FieldTurf. The player those running backs coaches were there to see was Tim Cornett (6-foot-0 1/8, 209 pounds). Cornett stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, three-cone drill and shuttle runs (he was among the top performers in his position group in the 60-yard shuttle). At UNLV’s pro day, Cornett had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and had 32 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Cornett was a second-team All-Mountain […]

Lonnie Ballentine of Memphis has ability to make an NFL team

Representatives from 11 NFL teams were present at Memphis’ pro day on March 17, when 12 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. Memphis had one player who participated at the NFL Scouting Combine, punter Tom Hornsey. Hornsey (6-foot-3 1/2, 218 pounds) only participated in punting drills at the pro day. Lonnie Ballentine, FS (6-3, 219) — Ballentine ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 and 4.45 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-5 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.47 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 7.18 seconds. Ballentine, who has 33-inch arms, performed 18 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Ballentine graduated high school in three years, and went on to play […]

Lions assistant checks out Matt Armstrong of Grand Valley State

Representatives from 12 NFL teams — including an offensive line coach from the Detroit Lions — were present at Grand Valley State’s pro day on April 11, when seven Lakers players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Matt Armstrong, C (6-foot-1 5/8, 298 pounds) — Armstrong — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 5.18 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-10 broad jump. He did 24 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Armstrong did not do the shuttle runs or three-cone drill. Armstrong — who was a three-time first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection (2010, 2012-13) — has 32 7/8-inch arms.

Howard Jones of Shepherd visits with Dallas Cowboys

Shepherd hasn’t had a player selected in the NFL draft since 1979 (running back Wayne Wilson), but defensive end Howard Jones could change that. Jones (6-foot-2 3/8, 234 pounds) was at the NFL Scouting Combine and stood on his numbers from the event (he was a top performer in his position group in the vertical jump and among the top performers at his position in the 40-yard dash, broad jump and three-cone drill). Jones worked out at linebacker during the pro day on April 9, which was held on a sunny, 55-degree day and held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. Jones is among the prospects who visited with the Dallas Cowboys. Tracking teams’ interest in top 2014 NFL Draft prospects

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