Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden worked out for 15 teams Monday, completing the positional drills that a hamstring issue prevented him from finishing at his pro day last month. Rex Ryan was part of a New York Jets contingent that also included the team’s defensive backs coach. Ed Donatell, the secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers, also was in attendance, along with defensive backs coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints. Hayden worked out for about 45 minutes. In a story on NFL.com, Andrea Kremer details the long odds Hayden faced in his attempt to come back from a life-threatening injury. Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.
LSU running back Spencer Ware worked out on campus on Friday, April 29. Ware ran indoors and on FieldTurf, and wasn’t measured at the workout. He did weigh in at 229 pounds, though. As for his numbers, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 and 4.63 seconds. He posted a 34 inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-1/2 inch broad jump. In the short shuttle drill, he clocked in at 4.35 seconds, and completed the three-cone drill in 7.07 seconds. He opted not to lift, as he already had at LSU’s pro day. Ware had a good workout on the day, and caught the ball exceptionally well.
Azuza Pacific had its pro day on April 11. Workouts were held outdoors on FieldTurf. Fifteen teams sent representatives to watch eight participants. Offensive line coaches from the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers were there and 2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Slater ran the drills.
Alabama had its pro day on April 11. Workouts were held indoors on FieldTurf. Eleven players from Alabama participated.
Iowa had its pro day on March 25. Workouts were held at Iowa’s new indoor facility, which is like the Taj Mahal I’m told. Sixteen teams watched eight guys work out.
Ohio University held its pro day on March 20. Workouts were run outdoors on FieldTurf. Drills were performed on the game field. Five teams showed up to watch 10 Ohio players and a handful of other players from small schools.
Missouri Southern State had its pro day on March 5. Three players worked out for five teams. Brandon Williams, DT (6-foot-1 7/8, 332 pounds) — Williams stood on his combine numbers. He has visited the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams as a defensive lineman. The Cleveland Browns are checking him out as an offensive lineman. He’s had two visits to the Carolina Panthers and the Rams.
Representatives from four NFL teams gathered at Portland State’s pro day on March 12, where a top kicking prospect displayed a strong leg while working out outdoors on FieldTurf.
Representatives from seven NFL teams gathered at James Madison’s pro day on March 18, where six players — joined by some from area small schools such as Virginia Military Institute and Norfolk State — worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.
Representatives from 30 NFL teams — including linebackers coaches from seven teams — gathered at Connecticut’s pro day on March 27, where 13 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni hosted a really well-run pro day in Storrs, Conn.
Representatives from 21 NFL teams — including three coaches from the Carolina Panthers — gathered at Florida A&M’s pro day on March 19 for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf.
Representatives from nine NFL teams gathered at Idaho’s pro day on March 7 for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in 33-degree temperatures.
Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at Memphis’ pro day on March 18, where nine players worked out outdoors on natural grass in 40-degree temperatures and in a light rain.