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.

Trio of NFL hopefuls works out at Youngstown State’s pro day

Representatives from eight NFL teams — including assistant coaches from the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers — were present for Youngstown State’s pro day on March 19.

The workout was held indoors on FieldTurf, and there were three prospects who could be free-agent pickups following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Chris Elkins, G (6-foot-2 1/4, 298 pounds) — Elkins ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 and 4.99 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-9 broad jump. He had a 4.76-second short shuttle time and a 7.33-second three-cone time. He has 30 3/8-inch arms, which are on the short side.

Kyle Bryant, OT (6-5 3/4, 317) — Bryant ran the 40 in 5.81 and 5.88 seconds. He had a 24 1/2-inch vertical and 7-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.28 seconds and the three-cone in 8.26 seconds. Bryant, who has 33 7/8-inch arms, did 16 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Nick Liste, P (5-9 1/2, 174) — Liste ran the 40 in 4.82 and 4.88 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical and 9-4 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.64 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.19 seconds. They said Liste had a good hang time on punts during the positional drill.

A Cleveland Browns assistant also visited the school a day after the pro day to work out players.

Valdosta State WR duo could be free-agent pickups

Two wide receivers with a chance to be free-agent pickups following the 2014 NFL Draft were among the 19 athletes (14 from Valdosta State and four from area small schools) who worked out at Valdosta State’s pro day on March 17.

The workout was conducted outdoors on FieldTurf and in a drizzling rain.

Gerald Ford, WR (6-foot-2 3/4, 223 pounds) — Ford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.62 seconds. He had a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.01 seconds. He performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Seantavius Jones, WR (6-3 3/8, 209) — Jones ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.56 seconds. He had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.32 and 4.41 seconds. He had a 6.96-second three-cone time. He has 9 5/8-inch hands and long 34 7/8-inch arms.

Valdosta State had a player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, when guard Edmund Kugbila was a fourth-round choice of the Carolina Panthers.

Wake Forest nose tackle could become NFL fullback

Representatives from 22 NFL teams were on hand for Wake Forest’s pro day on March 17, when 10 Wake Forest players — plus three athletes from Winston-Salem State and Catawba College — worked out outdoors on grass in below-freezing, 26-degree temperatures and precipitation that featured a wintry mix.

Mike Campanaro, WR (5-foot-9, 187 pounds) — Campanaro stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, and did a positional workout. Given the less-than-ideal conditions, Campanaro was unable to put forth his best workout.

Josh Harris, RB (5-9 7/8, 206) — Harris ran the 40-yard dash twice, doing so in 4.46 seconds on each attempt. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-1 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.21 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.00 seconds. He did 28 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Harris looked good running routes out of the backfield. Wake Forest didn’t run the ball a lot this past season, becoming more of a passing team than ever before, but Harris’ two-touchdown game against Army is one to watch if you want to get a good look at what he can do. Harris is a protégé of Deion Sanders.

Nikita Whitlock, NT (5-9 3/4, 251) — Whitlock ran the 40 in 4.82 and 4.86 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone in 6.91 seconds. He performed an astonishing 43 lifts on the bench press. Whitlock’s pro-day numbers will have NFL teams considering a position change. A team could bring him into training camp and make a fullback out of him. He caught the ball well in rough conditions at Wake Forest’s pro day. He will be an interesting experiment for a team signing him as a priority free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft.

The quarterback at the pro day was Catawba’s Danny O’Brien, who had spent time at Wisconsin and Maryland previously before transferring for his final college football season to Catawba College.

Hawaii DE has NFL measurables; Muema a no-show

The San Diego State football complex was a busy place on March 20, as 11 players from the University of Hawaii held their pro day in the morning and 11 Aztecs players worked out in the afternoon.

The workout was held outdoors on FieldTurf.

One player from Hawaii has a chance to be a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Tavita Woodard, DE (6-foot-3 3/8, 250 pounds) — Woodard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 and 4.74 seconds. He had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.04 seconds. Woodard, who has 33 1/2-inch arms, did 23 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He worked out in front of an audience of 10 NFL teams. Woodard has good measurables, and could get a look from an NFL team as a defensive end or outside linebacker.

There were 12 NFL teams represented, including the entire staff of the San Diego Chargers with the exception of head coach Mike McCoy, when SDSU worked out later in the day.

Running back Adam Muema, who abruptly left the NFL Scouting Combine in February, did not participate in the pro day.

One player who also was at the combine did work out at San Diego State’s pro day:

Nat Berhe, SS (5-10, 194) — Berhe ran the 40 in 4.55 and 4.56 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical and 9-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.42 seconds and the three-cone in 7.32 seconds. He had 17 strength lifts.

Derek Carr puts himself into first round at pro day

A large crowd that included representatives from all 32 teams gathered for Fresno State’s pro day Thursday. No NFL head coaches were present, but each team had at least two or three reps, including the Vikings, who sent offensive coordinator Norv Turner and general manager Rick Spielman.

The star of the show was undoubtedly quarterback Derek Carr, who more than likely played himself into the lower end of the first round. Carr (6-2 1/8, 215 pounds) did an exceptional job, showing off a very, very strong arm in a 72-pass workout. His incomplete passes were mostly on long throws where he aired the ball out, but he put on a show as far as being accurate and showed he’s a strong-armed quarterback. He really helped himself out in the draft.

Davante Adams, WR: Adams (6-1, 215 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.51 and 4.53 seconds. He also posted a 37-inch vertical and a 10-7 broad jump. His hands measured 8 3/4 inches, but he has 33 3/4-inch arms. Adams has unusually strong hands and did a great job running routes and catching the ball.

Isaiah Burse, WR: Burse (5-10, 184 pounds), who was at the combine, ran a 4.57 and 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. He had a 31 1/2inch vertical. He kept his broad jump and shuttle times from the combine and did not do the bench press. Burse worked out as a receiver, but they also had him line up in the backfield and catch passes as an H-back. It was a pretty good workout.

Marcel Jensen, TE: Jensen (6-5 7/8, 259 pounds) stood on his combine numbers in the broad jump, vertical jump and bench press. He ran a 4.89 and 4.84 in the 40, a 4.47 short shuttle, and a 7.50 three-cone drill. He had 35 1/2-inch arms and 10-inch hands. Jensen is probably a third-day pick. He’s a good blocker who can catch the ball, but is held back because he doesn’t have exceptional speed.

Samford RB records solid numbers

There was one player of note at Samford’s pro day March 13, and that was running back Fabian Truss. The workouts took place in their football stadium on a sunny, 40-degree day.

Truss (5-8 5/8, 187 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash twice, and his times were a bit unusual: He ran a 4.49 against the wind and 4.53 with the wind.  He also posted a 31-inch vertical and a 9-6 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.40 and the three-cone drill in 6.96. He did 16 bench presses. Truss will probably be brought to camp as a free agent.

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