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 — […]

Wenning is best QB prospect in draft we haven’t heard about

There were 21 NFL teams represented to see prospects work out indoors on FieldTurf at Ball State’s pro day on March 27. Among those prospects working out was Keith Wenning, who is probably the best quarterback prospect in this 2014 NFL Draft class that we haven’t heard anything about. Wenning (6-foot-2 5/8, 223 pounds) has numerous workouts scheduled with NFL teams, including with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. Wenning — who stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine — is a two-time second-team All-MAC selection who threw for 4,148 yards, 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 2013. Willie Snead, WR (5-11 1/8, 197) — Snead — who has 10 1/8-inch hands — ran the 40-yard dash […]

Brett Smith, Robert Herron of Wyoming to work out for Panthers

Representatives from 23 NFL teams — including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach Bill Musgrave — were present for Wyoming’s pro day on March 13, when nine players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Robert Herron, WR (5-foot-9 1/8, 190 pounds) — Herron ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38, 4.37 and 4.35 seconds. He stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine in the vertical and broad jumps, short shuttle and three-cone drill. Herron, who has 9 3/4-inch hands, did position drills with quarterback Brett Smith throwing passes. Herron has a visit scheduled with the New Orleans Saints later this week. Marqueston Huff, FS (5-11 1/8, 195) — Huff stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in […]

Christine Michael could see more work

In today’s Three and Out: The Seahawks are hoping to get more from Christine Michael; the Chargers have a plan for Donald Brown.

Indianapolis Colts’ Chuck Pagano present at USC’s pro day

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams — including seven offensive line coaches and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano – were present for USC’s pro day on March 12, when 17 Trojans players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. Dion Bailey, SS (5-foot-11 5/8, 211 pounds) — Bailey had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He performed 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He then stood on his times in the runs from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the three-cone drill, short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle). Bailey is a quality player who had a solid field pro-day workout. He’ll probably be a third-day (Rounds 4-7) […]

Mike Pennel of CSU-Pueblo worked out by 49ers scout

Representatives from eight NFL teams gathered at Colorado State-Pueblo’s pro day on March 31 to see eight ThunderWolves players, plus two other athletes from area small schools, work out outdoors on FieldTurf in 50-degree temperatures and 20-25 mile-per-hour wind gusts. Mike Pennel, DT (6-foot-4 1/4, 333 pounds) — Pennel, who has 32 5/8-inch arms, had a 27-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-8 broad jump. He stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, three-cone drill and bench press. Pennel was worked out in the field drills by San Francisco 49ers regional scout Scott Brown. Pennel might be a third-day draft selection or a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dolphins expecting more from Lamar Miller

In today’s Three and Out: Lamar Miller is being asked to step his game up to compete with Knowshon Moreno; a pair of underachieving WRs get their chance to start over.

Stanford’s Cameron Fleming looks like a 10-year NFL starter

There were 27 NFL teams represented — including a large contingent of San Francisco 49ers personnel — at Stanford’s pro day on March 20, when 14 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. Cameron Fleming, OT (6-foot-5, 325 pounds) — Fleming had a 25 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-1 broad jump. Fleming stood on his times from the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and short shuttle. Fleming might not be a capable left tackle in the NFL, but he will be a very good right tackle in the league and a likely 10-year starter at the position. That quality will make Fleming a second-day draft pick, probably in the 40-50 range. Tyler Gaffney, RB (5-11 5/8, 217) […]

Large group of Oakland Raiders coaches check out Cal’s pro day

Representatives from 17 NFL teams — including a large contingent of Oakland Raiders coaches, as well as linebacker coaches from the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings — were present for California’s pro day on March 18, when 15 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 75-degree temperatures. Deandre Coleman, DT (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) — Coleman, who was at the NFL Scouting Combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 and 5.09 seconds. He had a 25 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.10 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 7.71 seconds. He has 33 1/2-inch arms and 10 3/8-inch hands. He did a positional workout in which he did some good things. Khairi […]

Jerick McKinnon draws crowd to Georgia Southern’s pro day

Representatives from 16 NFL teams — including a running backs coach from the Oakland Raiders and a defensive assistant coach from the Chicago Bears — were present for Georgia Southern’s pro day on March 27, when 11 players worked out outdoors on grass in 5-10 mile-per-hour wind gusts. Jerick McKinnon, RB (5-foot-9 1/8, 207 pounds) — McKinnon stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he had a spectacular combine, being a top performer in his position group in all of the drills). McKinnon played both quarterback and running back for Georgia Southern. He scored the game-winning touchdown in his team’s upset of Florida, Georgia Southern’s first win over a BCS team. McKinnon also worked out as a defensive […]

D.J. Morrell of Old Dominion a potential rookie free agent

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were present at Old Dominion’s pro day on March 18, when nine players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 34-degree temperatures and 22 mile-per-hour winds. D.J. Morrell, OT (6-foot-5 1/4, 325 pounds) — Morrell ran the 40-yard dash in 5.68 seconds (against the wind) and 5.40 seconds (with the wind). He had a 23 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.90 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.20 seconds. Morrell — who has 31 3/4-inch arms — did 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Morrell is a potential free-agent pickup for a team following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Three teams send assistants to check out UNA’s Tavarius Wilson

Three NFL teams — the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles — sent linebackers coaches to North Alabama’s pro day on March 14, when 12 UNA players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. The player those assistant coaches were on hand to see was linebacker (and special teams phenom) Tavarius Wilson. The 5-foot-11 1/8, 239-pound Wilson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 and 4.78 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.10 seconds. He performed 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Wilson — the 2013 Division II Defensive Player of the Year — is a potential seventh-round […]

Three potential free-agent pickups work out at EKU’s pro day

There were five NFL teams represented at Eastern Kentucky’s pro day on March 14, when nine players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 25 mile-per-hour winds. Ike Ariguzo, WR (6-foot-4 3/4, 235 pounds) — Ariguzo ran the 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds (against the wind) and 4.61 seconds (with the wind). He had a 37-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds. He had 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Ariguzo caught the ball well in positional workouts. He played wide receiver at Eastern Kentucky (he posted 256 yards receiving and five touchdowns in 2013), but a team might sign him as a […]

Jets showing interest in Chris Johnson

In today’s Three and Out: Chris Johnson could end up in the Big Apple; Big things are expected of Tavon Austin in 2014.

Louisiana Tech’s Justin Ellis could be third-round pick

Conditions at Louisiana Tech’s pro day Thursday were less than ideal, as rain started to come down during the players’ workouts along with 14 mph wind. The workouts were held outdoors on grass. Justin Ellis, DL: Ellis (6-foot-1 1/2, 342 pounds) ran the 40 twice, in 5.03 with the wind and 5.21 against the wind. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Ellis has amazing quickness for a player his size, and I think people will have a tough time blocking him. His height isn’t ideal, but at 342 pounds he moves around like a gazelle. He could be a third-round choice in the draft. IK Enemkpali, DE: Enemkpali (6-0 7/8, 260 pounds) was put through […]

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