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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
Representatives from 24 NFL teams — including defensive backs coaches from the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers — were present to watch eight Terrapins players work out outdoors on FieldTurf on a sunny, 60-degree day in College Park, Md. on April 8. Dexter McDougle, CB (5-foot-10 1/4, 196 pounds) — McDougle ran the 40-yard dash three times, doing so in 4.53, 4.47 and 4.51 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.18 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds. Like at the NFL Scouting Combine, a shoulder injury prevented McDougle from doing the bench press. He looked very good on the positional workout, which was conducted by the […]
Representatives from 20 NFL teams — including the quarterback coaches from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams, the head coach (Gus Bradley) and general manager (David Caldwell) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and St. Louis Rams director of player personnel Taylor Morton — were present for Georgia’s pro day on Wednesday. Quarterback Aaron Murray (6-foot 1/2, 204 pounds) was the key participant, with the potential to build some serious pre-draft momentum possible with a solid workout. He was taking part in his first pre-draft workout following an ACL injury suffered in late November and was medically cleared to work out at Georgia’s pro day, but didn’t go through the runs or jumps. Murray — […]
There were 20 NFL teams represented — including a defensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots Nick Caserio director of player personnel Nick Caserio — at Rutgers’ pro day on March 12, when 14 athletes worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Brandon Coleman, WR (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) — Coleman stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He did position drills, and had an average workout. Coleman underwent knee surgery in the 2013 offseason that hindered his production last season, preventing him from following up on his impressive 2012 season (he had 43 receptions for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012; 34 catches for 538 yards and four touchdowns in 2013). Two potential priority free-agent […]
There were 15 NFL teams represented at Bloomsburg’s pro day on Thursday. Larry Webster, who was at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was a top performer in his position group in the 40-yard dash (clocking in just 0.05 seconds behind Jadeveon Clowney‘s time) and vertical jump. Webster worked out with the defensive linemen in Indianapolis, but at his pro day he worked out at defensive end, tight end and linebacker.
Representatives from 17 NFL teams were present for Tulane’s pro day on Friday, when 10 Green Wave players and around 20 others from area small schools worked out indoors on FieldTurf at the facility of the New Orleans Saints. Ryan Grant, WR (6-foot 1/2, 194 pounds) — Grant — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.50 seconds. Grant’s position skills are impressive; he’s a really good route runner and has very good hands. Grant is a likely third-day selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, probably in the lower rounds. Cairo Santos, K (5-8 1/2, 161) — Santos booted six kickoffs into the end zone, and then converted 8 of 8 field […]
Alabama held its second pro-day workout on April 8 and it was attended by 10 NFL teams, including Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris and a defensive line coach from the Detroit Lions. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT (6-foot-7, 321 pounds) — Kouandjio ran the 40-yard dash in 5.42 and 5.53 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.82 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.93 seconds. He performed 25 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press, but was only given credit for 21 of those reps because he arched his back. Kouandjio had not missed any practice time or games due to […]