Posted: April 25th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Cody Latimer, Indiana, Philadelphia Eagles
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 of a record 30 prospects who will attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Posted: April 24th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Dartmouth, Dom Pierre, Garrett Waggoner
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) — Waggoner ran the 40 in 4.56 seconds. He pulled his left hamstring on that first 40 attempt and was unable to run another 40 or do the shuttle runs. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. He performed 25 strength lifts.
The last player from Dartmouth who was drafted was running back Casey Cramer, who was a seventh-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Posted: April 24th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Adham Talaat, Gallaudet
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 a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy (presented to the top player in Division III college football) and the inaugural Cliff Harris Award (presented to the top defensive player in Division II, III or NAIA college football).
No player from Gallaudet — a school for deaf and hard of hearing students — has ever been drafted or played in the NFL.
Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Coastal Carolina, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Matt Hazel, New England Patriots
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 vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump at Coastal Carolina’s pro day. He had 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the three-cone drill). The Indianapolis Colts took a look at Taliaferro running pass routes. Taliaferro was a 2013 Walter Payton Award finalist and second-team All-American after rushing for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Diontae Spencer, McNeese State, Nic Jacobs, San Francisco 49ers
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 the wind. He had a 40-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.22 seconds. He performed 13 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Spencer — who had 50 catches for 835 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2013 season — caught the ball well at the pro day. He could be a priority free-agent signing following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Dominique Easley, Florida, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams
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.
Posted: April 19th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Delaware pro day, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Zach Kerr
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 also posted a 34-inch vertical, a 10-foot-8 broad jump, a 4.32 short shuttle and a 6.80 three-cone drill. He also had 20 reps in the bench press. Hawkins had a solid workout and will most likely be a free agent.
Posted: April 19th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Connecticut, Detroit Lions, Yawin Smallwood
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 and ran a 4.89 short shuttle and a 7.81 three-cone drill. He stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
Posted: April 19th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Colorado, Indianapolis Colts, 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 him, especially his speed. He ran the 40 in 4.34 and 4.37 seconds at the combine — does he run the same speed at 180 pounds?
There was one other player of note at Colorado’s pro day:
Chidera Uzo-Diribe, DE/OLB: Uzo-Diribe (6-foot-2 1/4, 252 pounds) ran the 40 three times, posting times of 4.67, 4.69 and 4.70 seconds. He also had a 35-inch vertical, a 10-foot-1 broad jump, a 4.52 short shuttle and a 7.19 three-cone drill. He also put up the bar 21 times.
Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Kain Colter, New York Giants, Northwestern, Tommy Rees, Tyler Scott
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 4.20 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.68 seconds. He performed 11 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Colter was not medically cleared to participate in the vertical jump or broad jump due to his ongoing recovery from the microfracture surgery on his right ankle that was performed on Jan. 31.
Colter, who has 10 1/4-inch hands, is described as being very athletic and having a good ability to catch the ball. This is a good player who will be changing his position to play in the NFL. Colter worked out Wednesday at about 85 percent his normal capacity. If he can run a little faster before draft weekend starting on May 8, Colter could move up to the top of the fourth round.
Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was the player throwing passes to Colter in the workout.
Tyler Scott, DE (6-3 5/8, 257) — Scott ran the 40 in 4.92 and 4.89 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.26 seconds. He’s a possible free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Bene Benwikere, Chandler Jones, David Fales, San Jose State
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, 183) — Jones ran the 40 in 4.34 and 4.37 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.37 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. He also performed 13 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Jones has size-8 hands (which are on the small side).
Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Tani Maka, Tim Cornett, UNLV
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 West selection after rushing for 1,284 yards (the fourth-most in school history) in 2013.
Tani Maka, LB (6-0 1/8, 243) — Maka ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 and 4.84 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.55 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.24 seconds. He performed 24 strength lifts. Maka could be a free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice — Jerry Rice Jr. — also participated in the pro day. Rice Jr. scored his first and only college touchdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.
Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Johnnie Farms, Lonnie Ballentine, Memphis, Tom Hornsey
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 four seasons for the Tigers (playing in 42 total games). Ballentine has the ability to make an NFL team, most likely as a practice squad player to gain some added experience.
Johnnie Farms, DL (6-0 1/2, 318) — Farms ran the 40 in 5.21 and 5.26 seconds. He had a 27 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.87 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.90 seconds. Farms, who has 33 7/8-inch arms, had 25 strength lifts on the bench press. Farms is a good player who could get an extended look by an NFL team as a free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Detroit Lions, Grand Valley State, Matt Armstrong
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.
Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Howard Jones, Shepherd
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.