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 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.

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, 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).

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 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 RiceJerry 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.

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 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.

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.

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