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.

Dexter McDougle of Maryland meets with Oakland Raiders

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 defensive backs coach from the Giants. McDougle — who is a probable third-round draft choice — just returned this morning on a red-eye flight following a visit with the Oakland Raiders.

Marcus Whitfield, OLB (6-2 5/8, 234) — Whitfield ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.72 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.42 seconds. Whitfield, who has 34-inch arms, performed 18 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Whitfield might be a priority free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the draft.

Aaron Murray could be in mix in run on quarterbacks in draft

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 — who has 9 1/8-inch hands — threw 54 passes at the pro day, with just two that would be considered not catchable. He showed good velocity on the ball, but toward the end of the workout it appeared as if his arm got tired. His knee looked stable, but he did wear a brace on it.

Murray — whose mother and father were both present to watch the workout — had a very good pro day. He’s a not-get-too-high or not-get-too-low type of player. If there’s a run on quarterbacks in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he could wind up being selected in that round.

Arthur Lynch, TE (6-4 1/4, 256) — Lynch had a 29-inch vertical jump and stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Lynch caught the ball well with no drops, having one double catch and two really nice outstanding catches.

The workout took place outdoors and was run on FieldTurf.

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High-ranking Patriots staffer at Rutgers’ pro day

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 pickups following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft also worked out at the pro day.

Marcus Thompson, DE (6-1 3/8, 250) — Thompson ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 33 1/2 vertical jump and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. He performed 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Thompson needs to find a position, since he’s not big enough to play defensive end in the NFL and might be better suited to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base defense.

Jeremy Deering, FS (6-1 1/8, 209) — Deering ran a 4.47-second 40 on his first attempt, but stumbled. So he ran it two more times, doing so in 4.40 and 4.42 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump an a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.99 seconds. He performed 18 strength lifts. Deering moved to free safety in 2013 after playing the previous three seasons at running back.

Larry Webster of Bloomsburg works as DE, TE and LB at pro day

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.

Troy receiver makes ‘a catch for the ages’ at Tulane’s pro day

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 goal attempts from inside 50 yards, 2 of 3 from 55 yards, but had two misses from 60 yards out. He is described as being strong-legged.

Julius Warmsley, DE (6-1 3/4, 276) — Warmsley ran the 40 in 5.03 and 5.00 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.41 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.38 seconds. He performed 28 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He is described as having outstanding quickness and moves really well for a defensive end. If Warmsley were a little faster he’d be a candidate to play linebacker, but he will have to play as a defensive end in the NFL. He is a potential free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the draft.

Troy wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser worked out at Troy’s pro day, but the New Orleans native opted to work out again at Tulane’s pro day. Van Hooser ran the 40 in 4.45 and 4.48 seconds. He then produced what was described as the highlight of the entire 2014 pro-day season during the on-field workout. Van Hooser was running a fly route, but the pass camp up short. Rather than circle back to the ball, Van Hooser caught the ball with his hands behind his back. It was described as “a catch for the ages.”

At Troy’s pro day on March 10, Van Hooser had a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-6 broad jump, a 4.15-second short shuttle time, 6.96-second three-cone drill time and performed 16 strength lifts.

Kouandjio gets chance to work out at Alabama’s second pro day

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 injuries, but was withheld from workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine after failing physicals with several teams. At Alabama’s second pro day, Kouandjio got his chance to work out and was impressive. He showed good hand placement. He, however, needs to work on his foot movement to get better. He will not need to go back to Indianapolis for a medical re-check.

Adrian Hubbard, LB (6-6, 257) — Hubbard only ran the short shuttle at the pro day, doing so in 4.52 seconds. He also did position drills.

C.J. Mosley, LB (6-2, 234) — Mosley only did the bench press, performing 15 lifts. He also participated in Alabama’s previous pro day.

Ed Stinson, DE (6-3, 288) — Stinson ran the 40 in 5.00 and 4.99 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.75 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.66 seconds. He also performed 27 strength lifts. He had an on-field workout conducted by the Lions’ defensive line coach.

Anthony Steed, G (6-3 5/8, 310) — Steed ran the 40 in 5.37 and 5.40 seconds. He had a 25-inch vertical jump and 8-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.72 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.81 seconds. Steed will be going back to Indianapolis for a medical re-check.

Vinnie Sunseri, SS (5-11, 209) — Sunseri ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.52 seconds. He did so some field work and looked to have very good ball skills. Sunseri had surgery on his left ACL in October and is returning to form.

Scouts follow LSU pro day with look at two Southern prospects

Representatives from 17 NFL teams made the short trek over to Southern’s pro day following the conclusion of LSU’s pro day on Wednesday (Southern University is location in Baton Rouge, La.).

The Southern football staff put fliers on peoples’ cars at LSU’s pro day to remind the scouts of Southern’s pro day being held the same day and to provide directions to the new location for the pro day. The players couldn’t work out at Southern because the field wasn’t ideal, so the event was moved to another facility 10 miles from campus.

Lee Doss, WR (6-foot-1, 178 pounds) — Doss ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 and 4.53 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.37 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.97 seconds. Doss worked out well and could be positioned to be a free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Rashaun Allen, TE (6-4 3/4, 250) — Allen ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.52 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds. He looked good catching the ball, and is probably a priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Rajin’ Cajuns’ Darryl Surgent a possible free-agent pickup

Representatives from 21 NFL teams were present for Louisiana-Lafayette’s pro day on Monday for a workout that was held in ideal conditions indoors on FieldTurf.

Darryl Surgent, WR (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) — Surgent ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 and 4.56 seconds. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and 11-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.43 seconds. He performed eight lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Surgent is a slot receiver who is also a good return specialist (he had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as well as a punt return for a touchdown for the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2013). Surgent looked good in the pro-day drills; he’s more quick than fast. Due to the tremendous amount of talent at wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft, Surgent is probably a priority free-agent pickup for a team following the draft.

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth and his staff did a real nice job of setting up the pro day.

Cardinals, Colts, Jaguars check out McNeese State tight end

Representatives from 17 NFL teams — including tight end coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars — were present at McNeese State’s pro day on Monday, when eight players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.

The top attraction for those coaches was tight end Nic Jacobs (6-foot-5, 265 pounds), who was at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jacobs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 and 4.87 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.68 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.47 seconds. He hadn’t been in an offseason training program that is specific to preparing for a pro-day workout, so he didn’t run as well as he probably could.

Jacobs played at LSU in 2011 and 2012 before transferring to McNeese State for the 2013 season.

SE Louisiana’s Todd Washington works out well despite toe

Representatives from 21 NFL teams were present at Southeastern Louisiana’s pro day on Thursday, when nine players worked out outside on FieldTurf.

Todd Washington, CB (5-foot-11 3/8, 192 pounds) Washington — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — had a toe injury that forced him to miss the final six games of the 2013 season. He still isn’t 100 percent healthy (probably around 80 percent ready), so his numbers in the drills aren’t exactly indicative of his athletic abilities. Washington ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.68 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds. He didn’t do the bench, having already done so at the combine. Considering his injury, Washington looked good in the pro-day workout.

Zach Mettenberger throws; Craig Loston cuts hair, looks fast

More than 150 personnel representing NFL teams — including five head coaches (Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings, Rex Ryan of the New York Jets, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles), as well as offensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers — were present to see 17 athletes work out at LSU’s pro day on Wednesday.

The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (6-foot-4 1/2, 229 pounds) is less than five months removed from knee surgery (following a left ACL tear in the Tigers’ regular-season finale), and was unable to go through the runs and jumps. He did, however, throw the ball. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron orchestrated the entire part of the offensive portion of the pro day.

Odell Beckham, WR (5-11, 195 pounds) — Beckham stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in both the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles). He was sensational in catching passes and punts in the on-field workout (Beckham was a first-team All-SEC selection as an all-purpose player, third-team All-American pick as an all-purpose player and earned the Paul Hornung Award as a result).

Jarvis Landry, WR (5-11 5/8, 196) — Landry — who was at the combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 and 4.60 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.59 seconds.

Trai Turner, G (6-2 3/8, 306) — Turner stood on his 40 time from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the event). Turner had a short shuttle time of 4.77 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 8.10 seconds. He had an 8-foot-6 broad jump.

Ego Ferguson, DT (6-2 7/8, 302) — Ferguson ran the 40 in 5.16 and 5.13 seconds. He had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.03 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.00 seconds. He worked out really good in the positional drills.

Lamin Barrow, LB (6-1 3/4, 237) — Barrow ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and opted to stand on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the 40 and broad jump). Barrow was worked out by a linebackers coach from the New Orleans Saints and was described as being a very good athlete.

Anthony Johnson, DT (6-2 1/8, 311) — Johnson stood on his numbers from the combine and went through a position drill conducted by five defensive line coaches from the NFL. He was described as looking good moving around.

Alfred Blue, RB (6-2 1/4, 221) — Blue ran the 40 in 4.72 seconds on both attempts. He had a 32-inch vertical jump, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Blue is described as a very good receiver coming out of the backfield.

J.C. Copeland, FB (5-11 3/4, 268) — Copeland ran the 40 in 4.97 and 4.94 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group on the bench press). Copeland is a former offensive tackle who was moved to fullback. He showed very soft hands catching the ball out of the backfield during the pro-day workout.

Jeremy Hill, RB (6-0 3/4, 234) — Hill ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds on both attempts. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds. He is described as being a smart player with an ability to play all downs. He is another LSU running back who also has soft hands catching the ball. At LSU’s pro day, he worked out as both a running back and flanked out wide with the ball being thrown to him as if he were a wide receiver. This is a player who has a chance to be the first running back selected in the draft.

Craig Loston, SS (6-0 1/2, 213) — Loston had a 32-inch vertical jump and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. He had a very good day working out. The most notable thing about Loston between the Senior Bowl and LSU’s pro day was that he cut his hair. He looked sharp and quicker with his hair cut. Loston likely improved his draft position, and probably has a chance to get picked sometime between the bottom half of the second round to the early portion of the third round.

Allen Robinson of Penn State among top receivers in draft

Representatives from 29 NFL teams — including Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin — were present for Penn State’s pro day on Tuesday, when a workout was held indoors on FieldTurf.

Allen Robinson, WR (6-foot 7/8, 207) — Robinson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 and 4.50 seconds (improving on the 4.60 40 from the NFL Scouting Combine). He had a 42-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-11 broad jump. He also did the three-cone drill in 6.54 seconds. Robinson had a great pro-day workout. He looked very good running routes. Robinson’s performance really helped his draft stock a lot. It will push him into a crowded group of talented wide receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft class; not the upper echelon of prospects (a group that would include the likes of Sammy Watkins of Clemson and Mike Evans of Texas A&M), but the next tier of talent.

John Urschel, G (6-3 1/4, 312) — Urschel ran the 40 in 5.25 and 5.22 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Urschel had a good positional workout, moving good in the on-field drills, showing strength and that he is a knee-bender.

DaQuan Jones, DT (6-4, 324) — Jones did a 4.65-second short shuttle and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Jones is a big guy who moved well in the on-field drills. Going into the 2013 season, Jones was my top-rated senior defensive tackle.

Glenn Carson, LB (6-2 5/8, 238) — Carson ran the 40 in 4.75 seconds on both attempts. He had a short shuttle time of 4.30 seconds and did the three-cone in 7.30 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 9-10 broad jump. He performed 32 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Carson is a potential seventh-round draft choice or a free-agent pickup for a team following the draft.

Marion Grice workout has audience of 15 NFL teams

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were on the campus of Arizona State to watch running back Marion Grice go through a workout outdoors on grass on Tuesday.

Grice was sidelined late in the 2013 season with a leg injury (Grice missed three games, including the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Holiday Bowl), and was not able to participate in the Sun Devils’ pro day on March 7.

Grice (6-foot 1/2, 208 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.37 seconds. He also performed 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

He caught the ball extremely well out of the backfield, but did not show a lot of explosion in the running back drills. That might be because he is not yet fully recovered from his leg injury. Grice appears to be a likely third-day selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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