Texas State’s pro day held under the lights

There were 18 teams present for Texas State’s pro day Wednesday for what is believed to be the first ever pro day held at night with the lights turned on in a stadium. The workouts were held outdoors on FieldTurf.

David Yendrey, DL: Yendrey (6-2 3/4, 274 pounds) was not at the combine. He ran the 40 in 4.85 against the wind and 4.79 with the wind. He had a 33-inch vertical and a 9-4 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.44 and the three-cone drill in 7.14. He had 33 1/2-inch arms and threw the bar up 29 times.

McGill University OL attracts nine NFL teams to Canada

Nine teams were present for the pro day event Wednesday at McGill University in Canada: the Jets, Eagles, Raiders, Chiefs, Packers, Bengals, Cardinals, 49ers and Bills. The player they came to see was an offensive lineman named Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Duvernay-Tardif measured 6-foot-5, 298 pounds, which was 23 pounds less than his weight at the East-West Shrine Game. He’s a medical student, and he said he thought he lost the weight because he was so busy studying for his classes.

At his pro day, Duvernay-Tardif ran the 40 in 4.94 and 5.08 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical and a 9-6 broad jump. He ran the three-cone drill in 7.30 seconds and had 33 bench-press reps. Duvernay-Tardif was not at the combine, but those numbers were as good as any offensive linemen there, including Taylor Lewan. I would imagine that a team will take a chance on him around the sixth or seventh round and hope to turn him into an NFL player.

Mike Davis, Jackson Jeffcoat work for 32 teams at Texas pro day

Representatives from all 32 teams, including the offensive line coaches from the Eagles and the Bengals, were at Texas’ pro day Wednesday to watch 10 players work out. This was the first time in 16 years that I was not present at Texas pro day. The sprints were run on a very fast Tartan track, and the position drills were held on FieldTurf at another indoor facility a couple of blocks away.

Mike Davis, WR: Davis (6-foot, 189 pounds), who was at the combine, ran the 40 in 4.51 and 4.53 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical and a 9-9 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.42 and the three-cone drill in 7.06. He did not lift. Davis had a good workout and caught the ball well, but he does not have a great burst to get open and create separation.

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB: Jeffcoat (6-foot-2, 253 pounds) kept all of his numbers from the combine. He worked as both a 4-3 defensive end with his hands on the ground and also as a 3-4 linebacker. He looked like he was better suited to play the 4-3 defensive end spot and didn’t look very smooth dropping into space.

Chris Whaley, DT: Whaley (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) came to Texas as one of the most sought-after running backs in the state of Texas in his recruiting year, but he ended up playing defensive tackle. He had knee surgery four months ago and couldn’t do any of the drills, but he should be ready to work out after the draft when teams go into their OTs.

Trey Hopkins, G: Hopkins (6-2 3/4, 307 pounds) ran the 40 in 5.25 and 5.27 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical and a 9-2 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.80 and the three-cone drill in 8.03 seconds. He also had 28 reps in the bench press. Hopkins had a nice workout and is likely to be a seventh-round pick or a priority free agent.

Anthony Fera, K: Fera (6-foot 1/2 inches, 215 pounds), who was at the combine, made 1-of-2 field goals from 50 yards, 2-of-2 from 55 yards and 1-of-2 from 60 yards. Five of his six kickoffs went out of the end zone. He also did some punting drills outside in the wind and didn’t do very good. He’s someone who’ll probably be drafted somewhere in the last day.

Carrington Byndom, DB: Byndom (5-11 1/4, 177 pounds), who was not at the combine, ran the 40 twice, posting a time of 4.33 both times. He also had a 36-inch vertical and a 9-11 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09. He did not do the bench press. Byndom has great straight-ahead speed, but in the position drills he struggled to turn and run with receivers. His speed will probably make him a seventh-round pick or a priority free agent.

Ross Cockrell impressive at Duke’s pro day

Representatives from 23 NFL teams were present for Duke’s pro day on Wednesday, where five players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Duke had one player who was at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Ross Cockrell, CB (5-foot-11 3/4, 190 pounds) — Cockrell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.50 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.20 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.92 seconds. He had a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He performed 12 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Cockrell had a really good workout. He was very smooth and fluid in coverage, with the only negative being that he dropped two possible interceptions in the drills.

Jason Bromley of Syracuse could be fifth- or sixth-round pick

There were 21 NFL teams represented — a contingent that included a defensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles — at Syracuse’s pro day on Wednesday, when 12 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Jason Bromley, DT (6-foot-3 3/8, 307 pounds) — Bromely ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 and 4.98 seconds. He did the three-cone drill in 7.88 seconds, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Bromley is a very good athlete who moves around really well, but does have a tendancy to play a bit too upright. He is probably a fifth- to sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jerome Smith, RB (5-10 3/8, 226) — Smith ran the 40 in 4.74 and 4.71 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.60 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.27 seconds. He also performed 17 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Smith moves well and is adept at catching the ball out of the backfield. He could be a late-round draft choice or priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Marquis Spruill, LB (6-1 1/8, 231) — Spruill ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds on both attempts. He had a short shuttle time of 4.44 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.33 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He had 21 strength lifts. Spruill is a priority free-agent possibility following the draft.

Cody Latimer of Indiana still healing, but does run 4.44 40

Representatives from 19 NFL teams — including the general managers of the New York Jets (John Idzik) and San Diego Chargers (Tom Telesco), and a New England Patriots special teams coach — were present for Indiana’s pro day on Wednesday, when 18 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Cody Latimer, WR (6-foot-2 5/8, 215 pounds) — Due to a broken bone in his foot, Latimer was only able to run straight ahead and did not participate in any positional drills. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 and 4.45 seconds. He also had a 39-inch vertical jump. Latimer was at the NFL Scouting Combine, but only competed in the bench press (in which he led his position group with 23 reps of 225 pounds). Latimer does not have a target date for another workout before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ted Bolser, TE (6-5 5/8, 248) — Bolser ran the 40 in 4.74 and 4.78 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.50 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.11 seconds. He performed 19 strength lifts. Bolser is probably a late-round draft pick or priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Stephen Houston, RB (5-10 7/8, 225) — Houston ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.50 seconds. He had a 40-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 7.03 seconds and the three-cone in 4.23 seconds. He also had 24 reps on the bench press. Houston is a fast player who executed an impressive pro-day workout, catching the ball real well out of the backfield. Houston is a free-agent pickup possibility following the draft.

Mitch Ewald, K (5-9 1/2, 175) — All Ewald did at the pro day was kick off. He has accuracy (he made 80.3 percent of his field goal attempts during his Hoosiers career). Ewald is a free-agent possibility following the draft, especially given that the Patriots sent an assistant coach to take a look at him.

Colts get up-close look at Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence

Representatives from 31 NFL teams — including Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano and linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald, as well as San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano (Chuck’s brother) — were present for Boise State’s pro day on March 17.

The pro day workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Demarcus Lawrence, DE (6-foot-2 3/4, 250 pounds) — Lawrence ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.70 seconds. He then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Lawrence, who has 34 1/8-inch arms, had a very good pro day workout. He worked out as both a hand-in-the-ground defense end and as an outside linebacker in space, and displayed an ability to play at either position in the league. Lawrence looks like a prospect who could get drafted anywhere from the bottom of the second round to the middle of the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Charles Leno, Jr., OT (6-3 7/8, 303) — Leno ran the 40 in 5.25 and 5.30 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Leno stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Leno, who has 34 5/8-inch arms, is described as a high-cut guy with a short torso and long legs. His best NFL position is probably guard rather than tackle.

Matthew Paradis, C (6-2 5/8, 307) — Paradis stood on all of his numbers from the combine, and only did offensive line drills at the pro day. Paradis is a very good football player. He’s tough and hard-nosed. He just lacks the ideal size to be an NFL center.

Aaron Burks, WR (6-2 7/8, 203) — Burks ran the 40 in 4.48 and 4.50 seconds. He had a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-9 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.19 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. He performed 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He has 9 1/8-inch hands and 34-inch arms. Burks also has very good hands. He just didn’t do quite as well as expected at Boise State (he had 18 receptions for 309 yards and three touchdowns in 2013), but has good upside. He is a likely priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Geraldo Boldewijn, WR (6-3, 215) — Boldewijn ran the 40 in 4.56 and 4.58 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and 10-7 broad jump. He had a 4.19-second short shuttle and 6.88-second three-cone. He performed 18 strength lifts. Boldewijn has 34 1/8-inch arms, and is a free-agent pickup possibility for some NFL team following the draft.

Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, DT (6-2 7/8, 303) — Tjong-A-Tjoe ran the 40 in 5.36 and 5.42 seconds. He had a 24 1/2-inch vertical and 7-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the three-cone in 7.90 seconds. Tjong-A-Tjoe, who has 32-inch arms, did 19 reps on the bench. Tjong-A-Tjoe is the type of player who could get training camp invite and possibly stick with a team as a practice squader with the hopes of developing into an on-field contributor.

As Eric Ebron solidifies status, Kareem Martin boosts stock

Representatives from 30 NFL teams — including offensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars, tight end coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, and a defensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles — were on hand for North Carolina’s pro day on Tuesday.

A total of 10 Tar Heels players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.

While tight end Eric Ebron solidified his first-round draft status, defensive end Kareem Martin elevated his draft stock at the pro day.

Ebron (6-foot-4 1/4, 253) — Ebron ran the short shuttle in 4.57 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.49 seconds; neither time is impressive. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Ebron had three drops during the positional drills — one on a go route and then two others — but the rest of the time he was outstanding catching the ball. He remains a prospect worthy of a first-round pick.

Martin (6-5 3/4, 270) — Martin stood on his numbers from the combine. He looked really good in the drills working out as a defensive end. Martin’s pro day probabl elevated him to a middle- to top-of-the-second-round selection.

Russell Bodine, C (6-2 7/8, 302) — Bodine stood on his numbers from the combine (he led all combine participants with 42 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press). Bodine had a good positional workout, showing off his strong upper body. Bodine looks like a third-day draft pick (Rounds 4-7).

Tre Boston, SS (5-11 3/4, 202) — Boston ran the 40 in 4.69 and 4.75 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine.

James Hurst, OT (6-5 3/8, 298) — Hurst worked out, but isn’t fully recovered from a broken left leg suffered in the Tar Heels’ win in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 28. Despite the injury, Hurst took the bull by the horns and worked out. He did the 40 in 5.54 and 5.60 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.57 seconds, had a 22-inch vertical jump and did 23 strength lifts. Hurst worked out in the positional drills, too, but his leg isn’t 100 percent healthy. Hopefully he sets up a day later for scouts to see him work out when he’s fully recovered.

Jabari Price, CB (5-10 1/2, 201) — Price ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.55 seconds. He had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Price had an above average positional workout, showing real good ball skills.

Bryn Renner, QB (6-2 3/8, 220) — Renner stood on his numbers from the combine, and only threw passes at UNC’s pro day. Renner looks like a possible seventh-round draft pick or priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Two potential draft picks work out at Iowa State’s pro day

Representatives from 16 NFL teams were present in Ames, Iowa, for Iowa State’s pro day, where two potential NFL draft picks worked out.

The workout — with the exception of the kicking drills — took place indoors on a FieldTurf playing surface.

Jeremiah George, LB (5-foot-11, 228 pounds) — George ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.68 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump (which was more than a foot longer than the 9-8 broad jump posted at the NFL Scouting Combine). George had a good positional workout, but he’s going to have to get bigger to play linebacker in the NFL. He weighed in six pounds lighter at Iowa State’s pro day than he did at the combine.

Kirby Van Der Kamp, P (6-4, 202) — Van Der Kamp punted balls outside in the snow and minus-2 degree temperatures.

Rob Blanchflower of UMass does not work out

Representatives from 27 NFL teams showed up at Massachusetts’ pro day on Tuesday, when 14 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 32-degree temperatures.

Unfortunately, the player those representatives were on hand to see didn’t work out.

Tight end Rob Blanchflower, who was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, is a possible late-round draft choice but was unable to participate in the pro day.

Dixon twins work out at Missouri Western State’s pro day

There were 30 NFL teams represented at Missouri Western State’s pro day on March 21, when five players from Missouri Western State and 18 other players from 10 different area small schools worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Those area small schools with players at the pro day were Central Methodist, Central Missouri, Lincoln University, Missouri Southern State, Missouri Valley College, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Northwest Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, Southwest Baptist and Truman State.

Reggie Jordan, tight end from Missouri Western State (6-foot-3 1/4, 239 pounds) — Jordan ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds on both attempts. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump. He stood on his short shuttle, three-cone and bench press numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the three-cone drill and short shuttle). He did well in the position drills. He might not be big enough to play tight end in the NFL, and seems to be more of an H-back type player. Jordan is a likely seventh-round draft pick or priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Twins from Northwest Missouri State worked out at the pro day.

Brandon Dixon, CB (5-11, 200) — Brandon Dixon was at the combine and stood on his numbers in the 40, short shuttle and three-cone from the event (he had the fifth-fastest 40 time among cornerbacks in Indianapolis). Dixon had a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Brandon Dixon is a possible seventh-round draft pick or priority free-agent pickup.

Brian Dixon, CB (5-11 3/4, 196) — Brian Dixon ran the 40 in 4.41 and 4.43 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-4 broad jump. he did the short shuttle in 4.56 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.08 seconds. Brian Dixon, who has 32 5/8-inch arms, performed 14 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Brian Dixon is a possible priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Kendall James of Maine looks like third-day draft pick

Representatives from eight NFL teams were at Maine’s pro day on Monday to check out cornerback Kendall James go through a workout indoors on FieldTurf.

James (5-foot-10 1/2, 184 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.42 seconds. He also had a 10-foot broad jump. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. James had a good pro-day positional workout, displaying good recovery speed and instincts. He is a likely third-day selection (fifth- or sixth-rounder) in the 2014 NFL Draft.

James was one of 14 total prospects working out at Maine.

Asa Watson, brother of Ben Watson, a possible draft pick

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were on hand for North Carolina State’s pro day on Monday.

There were 12 prospects who worked out both indoors (for the runs and jumps) and outdoors (for the positional drills).

Dontae Johnson, CB (6-foot-2, 198) — Johnson stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Johnson is a tall and lengthy player who had a nice positional workout.

Darryl Cato-Bishop, DE (6-2 1/2, 257) — Cato-Bishop ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 and 4.94 seconds. He had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.69 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.48 seconds. He could not lift due to a shoulder injury. Cato-Bishop is likely a late-round (sixth or seventh rounds) draft choice.

Asa Watson, TE (6-2 3/8, 239) — Watson ran the 40 in 4.71 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.05 seconds. He had 26 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Watson — the brother of New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson — is a very good receiver. He has excellent hands and runs very good routes. He is likely a third-day draft pick.

C.J. Fiedorowicz of Iowa worked out by Bengals assistant

There were 28 NFL teams represented — including an offensive line and special teams coach from the New England Patriots, a linebackers coach from the New York Jets, and a linebackers and tight ends coach from the Cincinnati Bengals — on hand for Iowa’s pro day on Monday.

A total of 13 players worked out indoors on a brand-new FieldTurf surface.

Conor Boffeli, G (6-foot-3 7/8, 304 pounds) — Boffeli had a 30-inch vertical jump and did 28 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and went through a good positional workout.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE (6-5 3/4, 266) — Fiedorowicz was worked out by Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes. He is ok, but not great at catching the ball, but is a really good blocker.

Anthony Hitchens, LB (6-0 1/8, 240) — Hitchens ran the 40-yard dash just once, doing so in 4.60 seconds. He had a short shuttle time of 4.30. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Hitchens had a good workout and looks like a priority free-agent pickup possibility following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Christian Kirksey, LB (6-1 7/8, 234) — Kirksey ran the 40 in 4.50 and 4.52 seconds. He had a 4.34-second short shuttle time and 7.07-second three-cone drill time. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. He performed 16 strength lifts. Kirksey is a very good athlete who can play in space. However, he needs to get stronger to excel in the NFL.

James Morris, LB (6-1 1/4, 238) — Morris ran the 40 in 4.60 and 4.59 seconds. He had a 4.17-second short shuttle time and a 6.86-second three-cone time. He did a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. He had 18 strength lifts. Morris is another good athlete who needs to get stronger, but he also has the ability to play in space.

Casey Kreiter, LS (6-2, 251) — Kreiter ran the 40 in 4.99 and 5.02 seconds. He had a short shuttle time of 4.29 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.07 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-8 broad jump. He did 13 strength lifts. Kreiter gets the ball back with accuracy and velocity, and is likely a free-agent pickup following the draft.

The pro day is well-coordinated and run like clockwork at Iowa. The scouts love the place.

‘Pugs’ Pughsley of Akron could be project-type player in NFL

There were four NFL teams represented at Akron’s pro day on March 21, whn an offensive line prospect who could be a project-type player in the NFL was among the athletes who worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Jarrod “Pugs” Pughsley, OL (6-foot-4 1/2, 308 pounds) — Pughsley ran the 40-yard dash in 5.29 and 5.32 seconds. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.69 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.20 seconds. Pughsley, who has 33 1/2-inch arms, performed 34 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Akron has not had a player drafted since 2008, when defensive back Reggie Corner was a fourth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.

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