Steelers contingent attends Ohio State Pro Day
Don’t be surprised if the Pittsburgh Steelers select an Ohio State player come April’s NFL Draft.
Or even multiple Buckeyes.
Coach Mike Tomlin, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and director of football operations Kevin Colbert were among the representatives from the Super Bowl winners at the Ohio State Pro Day on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Also in attendance was Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. In all, 29 NFL teams sent scouts and coaches, including approximately 15 position coaches, to watch 32 players (20 from Ohio State and 12 others from area schools) perform indoors. Most performed on FieldTurf, though six players ran their 40-yard dashes on AstroTurf.
With so many players, it made for a long day. The pro day started at 6:00 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m. in what was a well-organized event.
LB James Laurinaitis (6-2 1/8, 242 pounds), CB Malcolm Jenkins (6-0 1/2, 204 pounds) and RB Chris “Beanie” Wells (6-1 3/8, 237 pounds) were among the top prospects performing. Laurinaitis was clocked at 4.72 and 4.75 in the 40-yard dash, with times of 4.18 in the short shuttle and 6.81 in the three-cone drill. He kept the rest of his numbers from the combine.
Jenkins, who is being looked at as a safety as well as a cornerback due to slow times in the 40, tried to improve on his 40 numbers at the pro day, but was unsuccessful. He turned in times of 4.58 and 4.55 in Columbus after running between 4.52 and 4.58 at the NFL combine in Indianapolis (4.55 or quicker is considered ideal for NFL corners). He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine.
Wells was pleased with most of his numbers from the combine, choosing only to run the 40-yard dash again. He was clocked at 4.44 and 4.38 at the pro day.
Another strong performance came from LB Marcus Freeman (6-0 3/4, 239 pounds). He looked really good in drills and was healthy for the first time in a while after battling a bad ankle all season long at Ohio State. He ran the 40 in 4.51 and 4.52 seconds, and he turned in times of 4.08 in the short shuttle and 6.66 in the three-cone drill.
Other notables from the pro day:
WR Brian Robiskie (6-2 7/8, 205 pounds) looked good in position drills and improved on his 40 time, running a 4.52 and a 4.54. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL combine.
CB Donald Washington (6-0 1/8, 199 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.54 seconds and had times of 4.13 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.70 in the three-cone drill.
OT Alex Boone (6-7 1/4, 315 pounds) stood on his numbers from the combine.
QB Todd Boeckman (6-4 3/4, 240 pounds) ran 40-yard dash times of 4.78 and 4.75 on AstroTurf. He had a 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 3-inch broad jump with a 4.39 short shuttle and a 7.08 three-cone drill.
WR Brian Hartline (6-1 5/8, 193 pounds) stood on most of his numbers from the combine, but did run the 40 with times of 4.54 and 4.49.
LSU Pro Day draws 24 NFL teams
The LSU Pro Day was held in Baton Rouge on Monday with 24 NFL teams attending, including the entire Saints coaching staff. A total of 15 NFL position coaches attended, including defensive line, offensive line, linebacker and defensive back coaches.
One of the hottest prospects from LSU, DE Tyson Jackson (6-4 1/8, 296 pounds), did 20 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press and participated in position drills, but otherwise stood on his times from the NFL combine. Another top prospect, LB Darry Beckwith (6-0 1/8, 234 pounds), put up 40-yard dash times of 4.70 and 4.63 and he participated in position drills, but aside from that he stood on his combine times..
G Herman Johnson (6-7 1/8, 356 pounds), an intriguing player due to his incredible size, had a 26 1/2-inch vertical leap with a 7-foot, 10-inch broad jump and times of 5.01 in the short shuttle and 8.58 in the three-cone drill. He had 24 reps on the bench press.
A surprise performance came from DE Kirston Pittman (6-2 5/8, 250 pounds), who didn’t attend the combine. He turned in 40 times of 4.69 and 4.72, and had a 30 1/2-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 8-inch broad jump. He had a 4.45 time in the short shuttle and a 7.64 time in the three-cone drill. He put up 28 reps on the bench press.
Players ran indoors on FieldTurf. In all, 15 players worked out at an extremely well-organized event that went quickly. Here are other notables:
WR Demetrius Byrd (6-0 1/2, 196 pounds) had times of 4.47 and 4.50 in the 40. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump with times of 4.52 in the short shuttle and 7.08 in the three-cone drill. He did not lift.
FS Curtis Taylor (6-2 1/4, 207 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash with times of 4.52 and 4.55, and he stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine.
FB Quinn Johnson (6-1 1/4, 250 pounds) had times of 4.72 and 4.75 in the 40, and produced a 7.65 time in the three-cone drill. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine.
FSU’s Brown draws crowd; Garvin shows off speed
Florida State’s pro day was held outdoors Monday on FieldTurf in Tallahassee, Fla., and was attended by 26 NFL teams. Linebacker coaches from the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles were in attendance, among others.
Fifteen players worked out at the pro day, but many scouts and personnel men were there to watch DE/LB Everette Brown (6-1 7/8, 256 pounds). He turned in a 31-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump, but he otherwise stood on his numbers from the combine.
Another player to watch is CB/KR Michael Ray Garvin (5-7 5/8, 174 pounds). Garvin, a world-class track speedster, turned in times of 4.24 and 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash. For comparison, either one of those times would have been the fastest at the combine in Indianapolis, as Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey had the best time at 4.30 seconds. Garvin also had a 36-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and times of 4.34 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.97 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Among other notables to work out:
RB Antone Smith (5-7 7/8, 191 pounds) also showed off his speed at the pro day with times of 4.33 and 4.36 seconds in the 40. He had a 32-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump and times of 4.32 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.90 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also put up an impressive 31 repetitions on the bench press.
CB Tony Carter (5-8 3/4, 179 pounds) put up 40 times of 4.42 and 4.41 seconds and had a 39-inch vertical. He had a 10-foot broad jump and times of 4.19 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.18 seconds in the three-cone drill, with 17 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
WR Greg Carr (6-5 3/8, 217 pounds) had 40 times of 4.58 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot, 6-inch broad jump and times of 4.40 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.41 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Minnesota, Central Arkansas hold pro days
The University of Minnesota and Central Arkansas recently held their pro days. Here are the reports:
Six NFL teams sent representatives to the University of Minnesota for its pro day on March 11, which was run by Kyle Childress, a Vikings intern and son of coach Brad Childress.
Six former Golden Gophers participated and 12 area teams sent players to work out, including Bemidji State and Augsburg College. Minnesota P Justin Kucek (5-11 5/8, 203 pounds) showed off his leg for scouts, but there wasn’t much buzz around any other Golden Gophers. The cupboard has been rather bare for the university in recent years, but coach Tim Brewster has the program headed in the right direction with a lot of young talent.
One player who turned some heads was S Jim Johnson from Minnesota-Duluth, which won the Division II title over Northwest Missouri State, 21-14. Johnson (6-1 7/8, 216 pounds), a defensive star for Minnesota-Duluth, ran the 40 in times of 4.63 and 4.64. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical with times of 4.15 in the short shuttle and 7.01 in the three-cone drill. He had a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump and had 15 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Four NFL teams sent representatives for Central Arkansas’ pro day, including Carolina Panthers tight ends coach Geep Chryst. Ten players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.
Chryst must have been there to see TE Marquez Branson (6-2, 241 pounds). Branson ran 40-yard dash times of 4.55, 4.67 and 4.66. He ran three times because of the discrepancy between the first two times. He had a 36-inch vertical with times of 4.40 in the short shuttle and 7.29 in the three-cone drill. He stood on his results from the combine in the bench press and the broad jump.
QB Nathan Brown (6-1, 219 pounds) only participated in throwing drills at the team’s pro day, choosing to stand on his combine numbers.
White among Mountaineers who work out at pro day
Ten former Mountaineers, including QB Pat White, worked out for 25 NFL representatives indoors on FieldTurf at the West Virginia Pro Day on March 12.
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reported that the versatile White said he would run passing routes if any scouts were interested, but there were no takers.
White, who led the Mountaineers to a 9-4 record and a 31-30 win over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2008, measured in at 6-0 1/4 and 202 pounds. He participated in position drills but otherwise stood on his numbers from the NFL combine in Indianapolis, which included position-best times of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash and A 35-inch vertical leap.
(For more from White, check out his live chat with NFL.com on March 3.)
Among the other notables:
OLB Mortty Ivy (6-1 5/8 and 239 pounds) put up 40 times of 4.84 and 4.78. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump with times of 4.44 in the short shuttle and 7.15 in the three-cone drill. He put up 17 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds.
G Greg Isdaner (6-3 5/8 and 324 pounds) had 40 times of 5.29 and 5.28 seconds. He had a 25 1/2-inch vertical leap and an 8-foot, 6-inch broad jump, with times of 4.75 in the short shuttle and 7.73 in the three-cone drill. He didn’t participate in the bench press at the pro day.
OL Ryan Stanchek (6-3 3/8 and 298 pounds) turned in times of 5.32 and 5.31 in the 40. He had a 27 1/2-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 7-inch broad jump with a 4.74 short shuttle and a 7.65 three-cone drill. He put up 29 reps on the bench press.
Washington State’s Gibson has yet to run for scouts
The hot prospect at Washington State’s March 11 pro day was WR Brandon Gibson (6-0 1/8, 206 pounds). Just two teams came to watch the wide receiver work out, as he wasn’t expected to run, instead waiting to do so at a private workout at Seattle’s Chief Sealth High School on March 28. Gibson was among nine players to work out indoors on AstroTurf and did put up 10 bench-press repetitions.
Also noteworthy was the performance of QB Gary Rogers (6-6 3/8, 224 pounds), who ran 4.74 and 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump, a 4.23-second short shuttle and a 6.99-second three-cone drill.
Three teams were present to watch eight players work out indoors on FieldTurf.
RB Devin Moore (5-9, 187 pounds) ran a 4.37 and 4.35 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump, a 4.08 short shuttle, a 6.92 three-cone drill and 28 bench-press reps.
RB Wynel Seldon (5-11, 212 pounds) ran a 4.63 and 4.63 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 36-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.22 short shuttle, a 7.22 three-cone drill and 21 bench-press reps.
OL Kyle Howard (6-5 1/2, 316 pounds) ran a 5.20 and 5.23 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 32-inch vertical, an 8-foot, 11-inch broad jump, a 4.81 short shuttle, a 7.79 three-cone drill and 24 bench-press reps.
Ten NFL teams and one CFL team were present to watch 12 players work out indoors on FieldTurf. Among the players was OL Juan Garcia (6-2 1/4, 299 pounds), who ran a 5.29 and 5.28 40-yard dash and kept the rest of his numbers from the combine.
DB Mesphin Forrester (6-1 1/2, 201 pounds) ran a 4.52 and 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 32-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.15 short shuttle, a 6.96 three-cone drill and 17 bench-press reps.
Fresno State, Howard hold pro days
Fourteen players worked out on grass outdoors, with representatives from four NFL teams in attendance. Here are some key observations from the March 11 pro day:
TE Bear Pascoe (6-5 1/2, 253 pounds) ran 4.90 and 4.89 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He posted a 30.5-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.52-second short shuttle, a 7.19-second three-cone drill and 14 bench-press repetitions.
OL Bobby Lepori (6-4 1/2, 297 pounds) ran a 5.37 and 5.40 in the 40. Lepori posted a 27-inch vertical, a 7-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.55 short shuttle, a 8.02 three-cone drill and 18 bench-press lifts.
QB Tom Brandstater (6-5, 222 pounds) will hold a private workout April 11.
Seven players worked outdoors (45 degrees with a slight wind) on FieldTurf.
The highlight was ILB Endor Cooper (6-0 5/8, 247 pounds), who ran 4.83 and 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Cooper posted a 27.5-inch vertical, an 8-foot, 11-inch broad jump, a 4.60-second short shuttle and a 7.05-second three-cone drill. He didn’t participate in the bench press.
Britton a popular prospect at Arizona’s pro day
Wildcats OT Eben Britton is expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft and eight offensive line coaches showed up to watch him work out. In fact, 50 scouts overall came to Tuscon — the largest turnout ever at the school. Britton (6-6 1/2, 310 pounds) had a 28 1/2-inch vertical and did position drills. Sixteen players ran drills indoors on AstroTurf.
Here are the other notable players who worked out:
WR Mike Thomas (5-8 5/8, 193 pounds) had a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump and 16 bench press reps. He kept everything else from the combine.
QB Willie Tuitama (6-2 3/8, 234) ran a 5.01 twice in the 40, had a 26-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.63 short shuttle, a 7.25 three-cone drill and threw the ball very well in position drills.
S Nate Ness (6-0, 193 pounds) really made name for himself. Largely unknown prior to his pro day, he posted some eye-popping numbers. He ran a 4.46 and 4.49 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump, a 4.16 short shuttle, a 6.63 three-cone drill and had 17 lifts in the bench press.
Here are the notable prospects from Corvallis:
CB Brandon Hughes (5-10 5/8, 181 pounds) had a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and kept everything else from the combine.
CB Keenan Lewis (6-0 3/4, 191 pounds) came in 17 pounds less than what he weighed at the combine. He told people that he weighed so much more at the combine because he was given creatine at his workouts to his increase his weight. His playing weight is about 194. He ran a 4.49 and 4.51 in the 40, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle, a 6.89 three-cone drill and has 20 bench press reps.
G Andy Levitre (6-2 3/8, 307 pounds) had a 7.67 three-cone drill and kept everything else from the combine. He did position drills.
WR Sammie Stroughter (5-9 1/2, 185 pounds) ran a 4.45 twice in the 40 and had a 30-inch vertical. He kept everything else from the combine.
DE Victor Butler (6-2 1/8, 239 pounds) ran a 4.72 twice in the 40, had a 33-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump and looked good in the drills
DE/LB Slade Norris (6-2, 232 pounds) ran a 4.65 in the 40 and pulled a hamstring and was done for the day.
Kansas State QB Freeman is a hot prospect
A number of teams are showing significant interest in Kansas State QB Josh Freeman. He is the biggest quarterback in this year’s draft class at 6-foot-5 3/4 and 252 pounds, and he came out after his junior season.
At Kansas State’s pro day on March 12, he did not do workout drills but looked sharp throwing the ball in position drills. He also had his hand measured at 9 3/4 inches and his arm measured at 32 3/8 inches.
Quarterback coaches from Tampa Bay (Greg Olson), Detroit (Jeff Horton), Minnesota (Kevin Rogers), Seattle (Bill Lazor) and St. Louis (Dick Curl) were on hand to watch Freeman at Kansas State’s pro day, and Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will bring a board to diagram plays with Freeman on Monday. Jets coach Rex Ryan and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum will join Schottenheimer on Tuesday to work out Freeman.
Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula will run a personal workout with Freeman the following Monday, March 23.
Here are some other notable prospects from Kansas State’s pro day, which was conducted indoors on FieldTurf:
DE Ian Campbell (6-3 7/8, 263 pounds) ran a 5.07 and 4.99 in the 40, had a 21-inch vertical jump and stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
WR Deon Murphy was a no-show because he is trying to get an extra year of college eligibility.
WR Willie Edwards (6-1 3/8, 203 pounds), a notable player from Bethany College (Kan.), ran a 4.71 and 4.74 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump, a 4.41 short shuttle, a 7.19 three-cone drill and 14 bench press reps.
Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan hold pro days
Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan recently held their pro days. Here are the results:
Twenty-three NFL teams were represented, watching 15 players work out on FieldTurf. Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn was among those in attendance.
Here are the notable players:
DT Alex Magee (6-foot-2 3/8, 286 pounds) ran a 4.82 and 4.85 in the 40, had a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle, a 7.15 three-cone drill and kept his bench press from the combine.
WR Greg Orton (6-2 3/4, 210 pounds) ran a 4.63 and 4.61 in the 40, but kept everything else from the combine.
QB Curtis Painter (6-2 7/8, 223 pounds) did position drills, and though he will take some time to develop, he flashed a very good arm.
RB Kory Sheets (5-11 3/8, 207 pounds) kept everything from the combine, but he ran a 4.33 short shuttle.
LB Anthony Heygood (6-0 3/4, 225 pounds) ran a 4.67 and 4.71 in the 40, had a 33 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.30 short shuttle, a 7.10 three-cone drill and put up 18 bench press reps at 225 pounds.
Fifteen NFL teams had scouts on hand to watch eight Northwestern players work out indoors on AstroTurf.
Buccaneers LBs coach Joe Barry and Eagles LBs coach Bill Shuey came not to see a Northwestern player, but to conduct a workout with Western Illinois’ Jason Williams. Williams worked out on a wooden gym basketball floor at Western Illinois’ pro day, but that surface was not ideal for running drills. So Barry and Shuey came to see him conduct another workout, and Williams did not disappoint, running a 4.44 and a 4.49 in the 40.
Here are other notables:
WR Eric Peterman (6-0 1/8, 201 pounds) ran a 4.48 and 4.50 in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.10 short shuttle, a 6.45 three-cone drill and 11 bench press reps. He is a special teams ace and could be a good third receiver in the NFL.
RB Tyrell Sutton (5-7 3/4, 213 pounds) ran a 4.64 and 4.67 in the 40, had a 30-inch vertical jump, a 4.19 short shuttle, a 6.90 three-cone drill and 12 bench press lifts. He also did position drills.
DT John Gill (6-3 1/8, 302 pounds) ran a 4.90 and 4.95 in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 1-inch broad jump, a 4.40 short shuttle, a 7.09 three-cone drill and 29 bench press lifts.
The players at Michigan’s pro day ran indoors on FieldTurf. Here are the notables:
DT Terrance Taylor (6-0 1/8, 311 pounds) ran a 5.15 and 5.08 in the 40 and had a 9-foot, 1-inch broad jump.
DT Will Johnson (6-4 1/4, 281 pounds) ran a 5.07 and 5.10 in the 40, had a 27 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.61 short shuttle, a 7.51 three-cone drill and put up an astounding 47 bench press reps.
DE Tim Jamison (6-2 5/8, 260 pounds) ran a 4.99 and 4.95 in the 40, had a 4.60 short shuttle and a 7.40 three-cone drill.
TE Carson Butler (6-4 3/8, 255 pounds) ran a 4.60 and a 4.58 in the 40, had a 34-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump, a 4.16 short shuttle, a 6.92 three-cone drill and 21 reps on the bench press.
Catching up with the week’s pro days
Here’s a look at some pro days that took place last week.
Players worked out at a velocity center in Hillsboro, Ore., and ran outdoors next door on a high school’s AstroTurf field.
Fifteen teams showed up to watch eight players work out. The two most notable players were LB Andy Schantz and CB Reginald Jones.
Shantz (6-0 3/4, 234 pounds) ran 4.71 and 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 7.48-second three-cone drill and a 4.34-second short shuttle and did 19 bench-press repetitions.
Jones (5-11 3/4, 193 pounds) ran 4.49 and 4.43 in the 40, had a 40-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle and a 6.95 three-cone drill and did 13 bench-press reps.
Four players worked out indoors on AstroTurf at a local high school. Three receiver coaches, including Rams assistant Charlie Baggett, were present, and 15 teams attended.
WR Johnny Knox (5-11 3/4, 181 pounds) stood on his combine numbers for the workout drills, but he looked great catching the ball in position drills.
RB Bernard Scott (5-10 3/4, 195 pounds) did the long shuttle in 11.01 seconds and participated in position drills, but he kept everything else from the combine.
They couldn’t go outside because of bad weather, so 12 different players worked out indoors. The scouts described the day as awesome and credited Wildcats coach Rich Brooks.
The notable prospects were:
DL Myron Pryor (6-1, 313 pounds) stood on all his combine numbers, except he did 24 bench-press reps.
DB Marcus McClinton (6-0 1/8, 204) ran 4.50 and 4.49 in the 40, did no jumps, had a 4.30 short shuttle and a 6.79 three-cone drill and managed 18 bench-press lifts.
LB Johnny Williams (6-1 1/4, 236 pounds) ran 4.79 and 4.74 in the 40, had a 35-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.49 short shuttle and a 7.39 three-cone drill and did 16 bench-press reps. He’s a clone of former teammate Wesley Woodyard, who went undrafted last year.
Brooks’ sleeper — DB David Jones (5-9 3/8, 194 pounds) — ran 4.45 and 4.50 in the 40, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.42 short shuttle and a 7.11 three-cone drill and put up 14 bench-press reps.
Ten teams were on hand to watch eight players run indoors on AstroTurf.
The notable prospects were:
LB Mike Rivera (6-2, 245 pounds) ran 4.63 and 4.66 in the 40, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.08 short shuttle and a 6.67 three-cone drill and did 14 bench-press reps.
LB James Holt (6-1 7/8, 223 pounds) ran 4.72 and 4.73 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.12 short shuttle and a 6.81 three-cone drill and did 17 bench-press reps.
LB Joe Mortensen (6-0 1/4, 240 pounds) ran 4.71, 4.72 and 4.69 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.25 short shuttle and a 6.96 three-cone drill and did 23 bench-press reps.
Keep an eye on Boston College LB Toal
One of the most interesting prospects at Boston College’s pro day Thursday was LB Brian Toal.
At 6-0 1/4 and 228 pounds, Toal probably doesn’t have the size to play linebacker at the pro level, but he is a good athlete. He worked out at both safety and fullback and is the kind of player who belongs on the field. He just has to find the right position. He ran a 4.65 and 4.67 in the 40, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.45 short shuttle, a 7.03 three-cone drill and 15 bench press reps at 225 pounds.
He and the rest of the prospects ran on the game field under a bubble. Twenty NFL teams attended, including three defensive line coaches and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen. Ten players worked out from Boston College and 25 players worked out from Boston-area schools.
Here are the notable prospects:
DT B.J. Raji (6-1 1/4, 330 pounds), who kept all of his numbers from the NFL combine, did positional drills.
DT Ron Brace (6-2 3/4, 331 pounds) ran 5.55 and 5.51 in the 40 and did positional workouts, but kept everything else from the combine.
LB Kevin Akins (6-2, 219 pounds) ran 4.76 and 4.73 in the 40 and kept everything else from the combine. He was worked out as a safety.
TE Ryan Purvis (6-3 3/4, 254 pounds) ran 4.95 twice in the 40, had a 4.61 short shuttle, a 7.25 three-cone drill, a 29-inch vertical, an 8-7 broad jump and put up 19 lifts.
LB Robert Francois (6-2 1/4, 244 pounds) ran 4.61 and 4.59 in the 40, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-10 broad jump, a 4.34 in the short shuttle, and a 7.11 three-cone drill.
Nebraska-Omaha Pro Day features TE Miller
This workout was done indoors on FieldTurf. Twenty teams, including Jaguars tight ends coach Mike Tice, who orchestrated the workout, were present.
The one notable prospect was TE Zach Miller (6-4, 233 pounds). He ran a 4.53 and 4.54 in the 40, had a
37 ½-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.22 short shuttle and a 7.06 three-cone drill. He was unable to lift because he tore a tendon in his hand, but he still excelled in the positional drills, catching the football. He reminds me of a Jay Novacek, Dallas Clark-type player.
Oregon’s Chung makes statement at pro day
Though he stood on most of his drill numbers from the combine, safety Patrick Chung was a standout in the position drills at the Oregon Pro Day.
The 5-foot-11 3/8, 209-pound prospect did do the short shuttle in 4.24 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.11 seconds, but he really made his mark flashing his safety skills.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Casey Bradley ran the defensive drills and got to see Chung’s workout first hand. Seahawks offensive line coach Mike Solari operated the offensive drills. In all, 23 teams were in attendance, including six coaches, to watch the players work out on the game field.
Here were the other notable prospects:
C Max Unger (6-4 3/8, 306) kept everything from the combine and did positional drills.
OT Fenuki Tupou (6-5 1/4, 313) ran a 5.20 and 5.25 in the 40, had a 26-inch vertical, an 8-foot, 3-inch broad jump, a 4.85 short shuttle and kept his three-cone drill and bench press numbers from the combine.
DE/LB Nick Reed (6-1 3/8, 245) ran a 4.72 with the wind and a 4.84 against the wind in the 40, had a 31 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.28 short shuttle, a 6.96 three-cone drill and 24 bench press reps.
RB Jeremiah Johnson (5-9, 213) ran a 4.57 and 4.61 in the 40, did a 4.26 short shuttle and had a 6.94 three-cone drill. He kept the rest of his numbers from the combine and did not run positional drills.
WR Jaison Williams (6-4 3/8, 231) ran a 4.49 and 4.57 in the 40, had a 36 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.34 short shuttle and a 6.94 three-cone drill.
DT Ra’Shon Harris (6-3 3/4, 297) ran a 4.88 and 5.04 in the 40, had a 27-inch vertical, a 4.66 short shuttle and kept the rest of his combine numbers.