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.

Randell Johnson of FAU worked out by Miami Dolphins coach

Representatives from 12 NFL teams were present at Florida Atlantic’s pro day on Friday for a workout that took place outdoors on FieldTurf.

Cornerback Keith Reaser (5-foot-10 3/4, 183 pounds) was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but the only drill he was able to execute was the bench press. Reaser had knee surgery on Oct. 17, 2013, and then again on Feb. 27, 2014 (performed by Dr. James Andrews). As a result, he will not be able to do any on-field activities until at least September.

Randell Johnson, LB (6-foot-3 1/4, 244) — Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 and 4.62 seconds. He had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.39 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 7.21 seconds. Johnson performed 23 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner put Johnson through the on-field positional drills. Johnson showed good, quick feet and that he can move really well. Johnson operated okay as an outside linebacker in space. He is a possible seventh-round draft choice or priority free-agent pickup possibility following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Andru Pulu of Eastern Washington a possible rookie free agent

Eastern Washington defensive tackle Andru Pulu worked out Thursday at Federal Way (Wash.) High School. The workout took place outdoors in 50-degree temperatures and a slight wind, and was run on FieldTurf.

Pulu had an operation to remove bone spurs on Jan. 7 and only had a couple weeks to prepare for the workout. That workout went alright, given that Pulu got tired due to the brief among to preparation time and not being completely ready due to the injury.

Pulu (6-foot-1 3/8, 322 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.24 seconds against the wind and 5.15 seconds with the wind. He had a 28-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-6 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.86 seconds and the three-cone drill time of 8.30 seconds. Pulu, who has 33 5/8-inch arms, did 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Pulu is a free-agent pickup possibility following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ex-BC DB Al Louis-Jean works out for reps from Bears, Pats

Boston College cornerback Al Louis-Jean worked out Thursday in front of representatives from two NFL teams — the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots — at Brockton (Mass.) High School. The workout took place outdoors and run on FieldTurf, and there were 10-15 mile-per-hour wind gusts.

Louis-Jean (6-foot-1 3/8, 187 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds against the wind and 4.53 seconds with the wind. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.41 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. Louis-Jean, who has 32 3/4-inch arms, did eight reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Louis-Jean is a free-agent pickup possibility following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Henderson falls, Linder’s draft stock rises at Miami’s pro day

Representatives from 25 NFL teams — including Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable and Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander — were present at Miami’s pro day on Thursday, when 19 players worked out outdoors on a soft, soggy grass field.

Seantrel Henderson, OT (6-foot-7 1/8, 339 pounds) — Henderson, whose weight was eight pounds more than at the NFL Scouting Combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.15 and 5.14 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical jump (which was four inches higher than what he did at the combine). He had an 8-foot-6 broad jump. He also performed 23 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Henderson cut short his pro day during the position workout. He apparently fell down while in a pulling drill and left the field.

Allen Hurns, WR (6-1 1/4, 194) — Hurns — who was at the combine — ran the 40 in 4.54 and 4.55 seconds. He also had a 4.39-second short shuttle time. Hurns caught the ball well during his positional workout. Because of the depth at the wide receiver position in this year’s draft, Hurns is probably going to be a priority free-agent pickup possibility following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Brandon Linder, G (6-5 7/8, 311) — Linder — who was at the combine — ran the short shuttle in 4.71 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.77 seconds. Linder had a very good pro-day workout. He looked good pulling and has strong hands. This is a smart player, and he likely helped himself with his pro-day performance. He could be selected in or around the fourth round of the draft.

Stephen Morris, QB (6-2, 211) — Morris, who has size-10 hands, threw in a scripted workout that lasted 20 minutes. It was an above average workout, during which he showed good athletic ability. Morris turned heads at the Manning Passing Academy in July. I thought he’d do well during the 2013 season (Morris was my No. 2-rated senior quarterback going into the season behind AJ McCarron of Alabama), but he hasn’t done as well as I thought he would.

The punter, Pat O’Donnell, wanted to work out, but was told not to bother with going through pro-day drills. O’Donnell generated buzz in Indianapolis after running a 4.62-second 40-yard dash and posting more reps on the bench press than Jadeveon Clowney.

Kerry Wynn of Richmond has visit with Miami Dolphins

Representatives from 20 NFL teams were present at Richmond’s pro day on March 18, when three Spiders football players and 14 additional athletes from area small colleges worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Kerry Wynn, DT (6-foot-5, 267 pounds) — Wynn, who was at the NFL Scouting Combine, ran the 40-yard dash just once — in 4.70 seconds — due to a tight right hamstring. He ran the short shuttle in 4.73 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.53 seconds. Wynn has 32 1/4-inch arms.

Wynn visited with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, and is probably going to be a third-day selection — sixth or seventh rounds — in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kedrick Rhodes impresses at West Alabama’s pro day

There were representatives from eight NFL teams present at West Alabama’s pro day on March 12, when players ran outdoors on FieldTurf in 56-degree temperatures and 10-20 mile-per-hour wind gusts.

Kedrick Rhodes, S (5-foot-10 7/8, 203 pounds) — Rhodes had a really good pro day, as evidenced by his numbers in the workouts. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 and 4.60 seconds. He had a 39-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Rhodes ran the short shuttle in 4.11 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.70 seconds. He had 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Rhodes is a potential seventh-round draft choice or a priority free-agent possibility at the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Another West Alabama player — safety Demetruce McNeal (6-0 5/8, 190) — worked out at Auburn’s pro day on March 4 (McNeal played at Auburn from 2010-12 before transferring to West Alabama for the 2013 season). McNeal ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.56 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.02 seconds. He performed seven strength lifts. McNeal is a free-agent possibility for a team following the draft.

Pierre Warren of Jacksonville State attracts 15 NFL teams

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were present at Jacksonville (Ala.) State’s pro day on March 11, when 10 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.

The athlete those teams were there to see was safety Pierre Warren (6-foot 1/4, 194 pounds). Warren ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69, 4.59 and 4.68 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-5 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.51 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.38 seconds. Warren, who has 33 1/4-inch arms, did eight reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Warren is a potential seventh-round draft choice or a priority free-agent possibility at the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ja’Wuan James, Rajion Neal stand out at Tennessee’s pro day

Representatives from 30 NFL teams — including offensive line coaches from eight teams — were present for Tennessee’s pro day Wednesday, when the Volunteer’s 2014 NFL Draft prospects worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

The offensive line position drills went extremely long, as all eight line coaches wanted to do their own drills with the players (and Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable going through the drills twice).

Zach Fulton, G (6-foot-4 5/8, 319 pounds) — Fulton ran the short shuttle in 4.78 seconds and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He performed well in the positional workout.

Ja’Wuan James, OT (6-6 5/8, 311) — James also stood on his combine numbers. James — started in all 49 games played, setting a Tennessee record for career starts for an offensive lineman — had a lights-out workout. He was very smooth in the workout and increased his draft status. James went from being a likely third-round selection to going as early as the top of the second round.

Daniel McCullers, DT (6-6 7/8, 348) — McCullers ran the 40-yard dash in 5.34 and 5.31 seconds. He had a 23-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.08 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.82 seconds. He had 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked good in the workout, but tired a bit toward the end, suggesting he lacks stamina. He should be a good defensive lineman working in the sort of rotation that teams run in the NFL.

Antonio Richardson, OT (6-5 7/8, 326) — Richardson had a 31-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.06 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.10 seconds. Richardson is a really good pass protector and can play at either right tackle or left tackle, which makes him a valuable player at the next level.

James Stone, C (6-3 3/8, 311) — Stone stood on his combine numbers, and went ahead and had a good pro-day workout. He looks like he has good quickness. There’s a feeling that Stone will make a team and play center for a lot years in the NFL.

Jacques Smith, LB (6-1 7/8, 258) — Smith ran the 40 in 4.93 and 4.88 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-7 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.65 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.49 seconds. He also had 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. The Pittsburgh Steelers worked this player out at the pro day, and he fits the profile of the sort of athlete that team desires at the linebacker position. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers drafted Smith, who would work out well in their system.

Rajion Neal, RB (5-11 1/8, 220) — Neal ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.59 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone in 7.20 seconds. He performed 28 lifts on the bench press. Neal really wowed scouts with his pass catching ability. After posting impressive numbers at Tennessee’s pro day and showing he can catch the ball out of the backfield, Neal might be a sixth- or seventh-round draft choice.

Jadeveon Clowney draws large NFL audience to pro day

All 32 NFL teams were represented at South Carolina’s pro day, including such dignitaries as the head coaches of the Houston Texans (Bill O’Brien) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Gus Bradley), as well as the general managers of the Jaguars (David Caldwell), Buffalo Bills (Doug Whaley) and Oakland Raiders (Reggie McKenzie).

The very well-attended pro day was held Wednesday outdoors and run on grass inside Williams-Brice Stadium, which was opened up for fans to come and watch the workouts.

Jadeveon Clowney, DE (6-foot-5 5/8, 266 pounds) — Clowney stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (where he posted the top 40-yard dash time4.53 seconds — among defensive linemen), and looked very good in the positional drills. He moves easy and shows explosion in the drills. Clowney cemented his lofty position as one of the top 2-3 players in the 2014 NFL Draft class.

Bruce Ellington, WR (5-9 1/4, 198) — Ellington stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer among wide receivers in the vertical jump, short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle). Ellington runs really good routes, and only had one drop during the workout. He is a very good athlete, who also played basketball at South Carolina. Ellington adds to the growing list of wide receivers in this year’s draft who can succeed in the NFL.

Victor Hampton, CB (5-9 3/4, 303) — Hampton ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.64 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Hampton has excellent coverage skills, moving around really well. However, he has had some off-the-field issues in the past.

Kelcy Quarles, DT (6-3 3/4, 296) — Quarles ran the 40 in 5.03 and 5.06 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.70 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.60 seconds. He also had a good pro day, moving around well but fatiguing late in the workout. He probably needs to be in better shape than he was at the pro day.

Connor Shaw, QB (6-0 7/8, 208) — Shaw stood on his combine numbers, and threw really the ball really well on short and intermediate routes. Shaw was very successful at South Carolina and will give NFL teams another quarterback to make a decision on.

Little-known Gregory Ducre impresses at Washington’s pro day

Representatives from 25 NFL teams — including Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider — were on hand for Washington’s pro day on Wednesday, when 13 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE (6-foot-5 3/4, 263 pounds) — Seferian-Jenkins had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot and has been unable to work out (he only did the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine). He will be going back to Indianapolis to have another physical.

Bishop Sankey, RB (5-10. 209) — Sankey stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the bench press and broad jump, and the No. 1 performer in his position group in the three-cone drill and short shuttle). He looked very good in the position drills at the pro day, catching the ball well out of the backfield. Sankey was the top running back in the nation at breaking tackles last season. He isn’t a flashy player, but a solid performer with the chance to be the first running back selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Gregory Ducre, DB (5-10 1/4, 183) — Ducre ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 and 4.32 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.00 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.56 seconds. He performed 17 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Ducre had an impressive workout. This is a player who is a mystery man right now, but will have the 25 NFL teams in attendance scattering to dig out game film to check out who this guy is.

Kevin Smith, WR (5-11 1/2, 208) — Smith ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds on both of his attempts. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He had a 4.34-second short shuttle and 6.92-second three-cone time. He also has 10 lifts on the bench press.

Increase in NFL attendance shows improvement at North Texas

Representatives from 16 NFL teams –including a special teams coach from the Denver Broncos — were present Wednesday for North Texas’ pro day, which was held outdoors on FieldTurf.

Brelan Chancellor, WR (5-foot-8 1/2, 188 pounds) — Chancellor ran the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds against the wind and 4.54 seconds with the wind. He had a 41-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds. He performed 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Chancellor caught the ball well in the positional workout. He also excels as a return specialist — he was the 2013 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year — and fielded punts from a JUGS machine, and did a good job of doing so despite strong winds. Chancellor is a likely priority free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Derek Thompson, QB (6-2 3/4, 218) — Thompson ran the 40 in 4.90 seconds against the wind and 4.84 seconds with the wind. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.44 seconds. Thompson is a the type of quarterback a team should bring into camp as a free agent and get an opportunity to develop because he has some upside.

Those 16 NFL teams present for North Texas’ pro day represents a dramatic increase from the four teams who were in attendance the previous year. Head coach Dan McCarney — who was the head coach at Iowa State from 1995-2006 — has turned around the Mean Green in his three seasons at the school, including a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to cap a 9-4 2013 season. The opening of a brand-new stadium — Apogee Stadium — coincided with McCarney’s arrival at North Texas.

All the scouts from those 16 NFL teams in attendance were extremely happy with how the pro day was organized. They were fed a lunch following the on-field workouts and joined by the North Texas coaching staff.

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