The schedule was sparse during the final week of pro day workouts, as just a dozen schools worked out for NFL teams. Still, there were some stellar performances by prospects who improved their draft stock or put themselves in the conversation as potential late round picks.
Derrick Jones/DB/Mississippi: Jones was graded as a street free agent by scouts entering the season, which was understandable. His four seasons on the Ole Miss football team was split between receiver as well as cornerback, and Jones never developed at any one position. He put much of that concern to rest during pro day. Jones first turned in a terrific workout then performed brilliantly in position drills. Measuring 6020/189 pounds, he touched 41 inches in the vertical jump, 11 feet in the broad jump and timed as fast as 4.40 in the 40. During cornerback drills, Jones was fluid, smooth and very quick. Those on hand mentioned he looked more like a second-day pick rather than a street free agent. At the very least, Jones will now get late-round consideration.
DJ Jones/DL/Mississippi: No relation to the cornerback, Ole Miss defensive tackle D.J. Jones impressed scouts on hand. He stood on all his combine numbers except the bench press, where he completed 28 reps last week. Position drills is where Jones stood out, easily moving his 319-pound frame around the field. He was fluid and quick, and he easily changed direction for a big-bodied tackle. The feeling is Jones has the size and strength to line up at nose tackle, yet is nimble enough to make plays on the ball as well as occupy the gaps. He's a contender as a middle-round choice.
Cameron Tom/C/Southern Miss: Tom is a bit of an unknown at the center position despite a solid week of practice at the Shrine Game. He was much more athletic than anyone expected during his pro day workout, timing 4.87 in the forty, 4.59 in the short shuttle as well as 7.59 in the three cone. Tom also touched 32.5 inches in the vertical jump. All those marks were terrific for an offensive lineman who measured 6036/300 pounds. Tom then looked solid in position drills. In a year where the center crop is awful, it's not out of the question the Southern Miss product sneaks into the last round based on his pro day results.
Ishmael Zamora/WR/Baylor: Not invited to the combine for a host of reasons, Zamora proved his athleticism on pro day with a terrific workout. Measuring 6034/224 pounds, he timed as fast as 4.51 in the 40, posted a vertical jump of 40 inches and reached 11-foot-1 in the broad. Zamora then looked solid in position drills. The redshirt sophomore is a terrific athlete, yet very rough around the edges as a receiver and will need a lot of time before he's NFL ready. At the very least, he's a practice squad player.
Jamal Adams/S/LSU: Adams ran the 40 much faster during pro day than he timed at the combine; one-tenth fast. Adams clocked in the mid 4.4s, with watches reading anywhere from 4.43 to 4.45. That's important, as his combine time of 4.56 raised a few red flags.
Jonathan Taylor/DT/Southeastern Louisiana: Not many people outside the scouting community are familiar with Taylor, but NFL Draft fans should quickly become acquainted with this name. Taylor is massive (measured 6050/349 pounds on pro day) and athletic. He timed as fast as 4.91 in the 40 after completing 30 reps on the bench press and reaching 8-foot-9 in the broad jump. Taylor's natural ability will reserve him a spot on a practice squad.
Al Riles/WR/Louisiana Lafayette: Riles, a former linebacker turned receiver, displayed improvement on the football field last season and showed scouts he has next level athleticism during pro day. Measuring 6000/210 pounds, Riled timed 4.48 in the 40, then ran the short shuttle in 4.01 and 6.72 in the three cone. He's a developmental prospect with future potential as a fifth receiver in the NFL.
By Tony Pauline, http://draftanalyst.com
The penultimate week of pro day workouts resulted in some sensational performances from players who were unable to run or participate at the combine. It also featured a few players who impressed scouts with their football skills rather than their athletic testing.
Patrick Mahomes/QB/Texas Tech: Mahomes didn't do anything during his pro day except throw the football - and he threw it exceptionally well. Mahomes further confirmed he has the best arm in the draft, as he made a number of vertical throws which had scouts drooling. He took snaps from underneath center and dropped back into the pocket before throwing passes. Normally that's not a big deal, but considering Mahomes almost solely took snaps from the shotgun formation at Texas Tech, NFL teams were impressed with the progress he's showing transitioning to an NFL type of passer.
Marcus Maye/S/Florida: Possibly the most underrated safety in the draft, Maye was overlooked on the Florida secondary which boasted the likes of Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson. Yet Maye was brilliant on pro day, outshining his teammates, as he's done in the past. He timed in the high 4.4s (4.47) in the 40 after tipping the scales at 207 pounds. He also ran the 3-cone in a clocking of 7.05. Maye then looked outstanding during position drills, showing a quick backpedal and smooth hip turn.
D'Onta Foreman/RB/Texas: Foreman was disallowed from running in Indianapolis by combine doctors after a small stress fractures was discovered in his foot. Despite pleas from his people and an offer to sign a waiver, combine officials refused to allow Foreman to workout. During pro day last week, the 234-pound ball-carrier got his revenge. His swiftly dashed across the 40 yards in times which ranged in the low-to-mid 4.4s (4.45), touched 33 inches in the vertical jump and 10-feet even in the broad. Foreman then looked good in position drills, especially catching the ball, where he cleanly caught everything thrown in his direction.
Trey Hendrickson/DE-OLB/Florida Atlantic: Hendrickson's draft stock has been moving north since January after his stellar performance during Shrine Game practices. He turned in a terrific workout at the combine and looked good during Friday's pro-day. Hendrickson looked smooth and very athletic running through defensive line and linebacker drills. He was equally effective moving in reverse as well as moving forward. Hendrickson could surprise on draft day.
Shelton Gibson/WR/West Virginia: Gibson's forty time of 4.50 at the combine was probably one of the most disappointing marks of the entire week, as mostly everyone expected the speedy receiver to get under 4.4 seconds. He did exactly that at pro day on Friday, timing as fast as 4.36. That now puts Gibson in the conversation as a potential top-60 pick.
Keionta Davis/DE/Tennessee Chattanooga: Davis did not run at the combine, but was swift during pro day. His two 40 times, run with the wind and the other against the wind, averaged 4.70. His other marks included a 37-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. All three marks were terrific for someone who measured 6031/268 pounds.
Eric Saubert/TE/Drake: The small-school tight end, who was a star during Shrine Week, has been suffering with a hamstring issue the previous two months which kept him from running at the combine. During pro day, Saubert proved the speed he showed during Shrine practices was no fluke, as he timed under 4.7 (4.65 to 4.69) in the 40 and also touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump. This cements Saubert as a fourth-round choice.
Samsom Ebukam/DE-OLB/Eastern Washington: If you've never heard of Ebukam before reading this, you should become acquainted with him. Ebukam measured 6020/240 pounds, posted a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and a broad of 10-foot-10 after completing 25 reps on the bench. His 40 times were in the mid 4.4s, with the best being 4.44. Ebukam is an explosive defensive front seven player who projects as a pass-rush specialist standing over tackle or coming out of a three-point stance.
Week three of pro day workouts saw players from the defensive front seven stand out and impress scouts. Primarily the linebacker position, where a number of prospects who were not invited to the combine made their case to be late-round selections.
Calvin Munson/LB/San Diego State: Munson is one of the more underrated linebackers available in the draft and proved himself to be a good athlete during pro day. The feisty run defender timed under 4.7 in the 40 (4.68) after pushing up 25 reps on the bench press. He also touched 32 inches in the vertical jump. More than anything else, Munson, who was a combine snub, looked fast and athletic moving laterally which eased concern that he's strictly an in-the-box/downhill linebacker.
Donavin Newsom/LB/Missouri: Newsom is another woefully underrated linebacker who plays fast, forceful football. During pro day, he measured 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds, then ran the forty in a time of 4.51. He practiced to that speed during position drills, which should come as a surprise to no one. Newsom, who led Missouri with 73 tackles last season, could be found flying around the field every Sunday.
Eric Wilson/LB/Cincinnati: Entering the season stamped as a potential second-day selection by scouts, Wilson showed why there was so much enthusiasm about his potential. Measuring 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, he ran as fast as 4.48 in the 40 after completing 25 reps on the bench. Wilson also touched 39.5 inches in the vertical jump and looked athletic during position drills. Wilson has size limitations which will limit his appeal, but nicely projects as a nickel linebacker/special teams player.
Chris Wormley/DL/Michigan: Wormley was not able to run at the combine due to a hamstring pull which occurred just two weeks before workouts. But on pro day, he was relatively healthy and turned in a terrific performance. At just under 300 pounds, Wormley timed in the high 4.7s on watches (4.78), while also posting a vertical jump of 31.5 inches as well as a broad jump of 9-foot-2. The big lineman then looked terrific in drills, practicing with the same athleticism he displayed during testing. Wormley is a scheme-versatile lineman who can play tackle in a four-man front or end in a 3-4 alignment.
Channing Stribling/CB/Michigan: Stribling made big strides on the field in 2016 when he became a full-time starter. He's a long corner with solid ball skills, yet slow afoot on film. During pro day, he timed the 40 in 4.53, faster than his combine mark of 4.60. Getting under 4.55 is a physiological barrier teams require to justify selecting a corner in the draft, and Stribling has assured himself a spot somewhere in the middle of day three.
Pat Ricard/DL/Maine: Draft junkies who watch film will be familiar with Ricard, as the explosive small-school lineman is always knocking blockers back off the line with his explosive first step. During pro day, he timed 5.00 in the 40 at 300 pounds, which is not a big deal. But his 10-yard split was an amazing 1.48, on both his attempts!! Ricard's other marks also included 33 reps on the bench, 33.5 inches in the vertical jump and a short shuttle of 7.50. He put himself into the conversation as a late-round pick.
Jordan Simmons/OL/USC: Despite all the star power and potential top-45 picks on the field during the Trojans' pro day, a seldom-used offensive lineman left the workout as the big winner. Simmons, who started just two games during his Trojan career, completed 26 reps on the bench and timed 5.14 in the 40 after measuring 6-foot-4, 339 pounds. While his testing marks were nothing spectacular, Simmons looked great during position drills and much better than the Trojans' pair of draftable linemen, Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler. Does this mean Simmons will now be drafted? No, but he certainly will be signed as a free agent after he draft, which was not a certainty before pro day!
There were a number intriguing pro-day workouts on the calendar last week, Clemson being at the forefront. Several players stood on their combine number yet still improved their draft stock after terrific work in position drills. Here's a roundup of the second week of pro day.
Chris Godwin/WR/Penn State: When people talk about the top five receivers in this draft, rarely is Godwin's name mentioned - but it should. His combine workout was terrific and Godwin capped it off with an outstanding showing during Penn State pro day. Standing on his combine numbers, Godwin looked tremendous catching the ball. He practiced to his speed (4.42 at the combine) ran sharp routes and showed soft, strong hands. He regularly snatched the ball from the air during his pro day workout, just as he has the past two years at Penn State.
Vincent Biegel/LB/Wisconsin: During the three years he started at Wisconsin, Biegel was primarily an in-the-box/up-the-field type of linebacker. Throughout the entire pre-draft process, including pro day last week, Biegel has proven he can make plays in reverse. Like Godwin, he stood on his combine numbers, but really looked good in position drills. He was fluid pedaling in reverse, smoothly flipping his hips, and looked terrific simulating pass coverage techniques. Biegel is giving NFL decision-makers the impression he can play three downs, which is boosting his draft stock.
Andrey Avgi/TE/Western Oregon: NFL teams are always looking for the next big-time athlete whom they can mold into a football player, especially at the tight end position. This year, they think they've found one in Avgi, a former basketball player at Western Oregon. Avgi, who spent just two years on the gridiron, posted a vertical jump of 35.5 inches and 10-foot-2 in the broad jump during the Oregon State pro day. His 40 timed 4.77, while his 3-cone was an amazing 6.90s. Still rough around the edges, Avgi may have gone from non-factor in the draft to late-round choice.
Jordan Leggett/TE/Clemson: Despite being a tall, athletic and terrific pass-catcher, Leggett is rarely mentioned as one of the top tight ends in this draft. After pro day, he proved he belongs in the conversation. Tipping the scales at 260 pounds, Leggett was timed in the forty under 4.7 seconds on a number of watches and looked terrific catching the ball. He needs work on his blocking, but has all the makings of a starting tight end on Sunday.
Mason Schreck/TE/Buffalo: And Schreck makes it three for the tight ends. Known primarily as a dominant blocker, Schreck displayed some impressive athleticism during pro day. He touched 34.4 inches in the vertical jump, then timed in the 4.7 during the 40. On film, Schreck always caught the ball well when it was thrown in his direction, and if teams feel he has any potential to become a consistent, intermediate range target he'll move into the late rounds.
Dylan Donahue/DE-OLB/West Georgia: Donahue is one of the better front-seven defensive players from the small-school ranks. Primarily coming out of a three-point stance in college, he was a terrific pass-rusher and possesses the athleticism to stand over tackle in a 3-4 alignment. During pro day, he displayed both strength by completing 31 reps on the bench (five more than his combine number) and agility with a 4.16 in the short shuttle (.4 better than his mark in Indianapolis.) He looked good in position drills and projects as a solid last-day pick.
Darius English/DE-OLB/South Carolina: English is another hybrid pass-rushing defensive end/outside linebacker but unlike Donahue, he was a combine snub. Ignored by scouts entering the season, English finished with nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss as a senior. During pro day, he measured 6053/248 pounds, completed 19 reps on the bench, touched 35 inches in the vertical jump and timed in the low 4.7s during the 40. English still has a ways to go but has established himself as a designated pass-rusher at the next level who should be scooped up in the late rounds.
Charmeachealle Moore/LB/Kansas State: Moore is another productive and athletic linebacker who was snubbed by the combine. He measured 5115/230 pounds at pro day but ran in the low 4.6s (4.61) during the 40 and also completed 22 reps on the bench. Though vertically challenged, Moore plays fast, athletic football on the field. He's a late-round prospect who possesses the skills necessary to see action as a nickel linebacker on Sunday.
There was no rest for the weary as the pro-day schedule got underway the day following the final combine workout. And while there were several highlights over the past five days, the first week of workouts ended on a devastating note.
Washington had an odd Saturday pro day which was attended by every team in the league. The program has four projected first-round picks; three coming from the secondary. The big news coming from the workout was the devastating injury to Sidney Jones, the team's top prospect, graded as the No. 1 cornerback on a number of boards and a player expected to be a top-15 selection.
During a simple pedal-and-turn drill, the turf grabbed Jones' foot and he tumbled to the ground. The news is not good, as it is believed Jones tore his Achilles tendon, and the recovery time is expected to be six months. As a result of the injury, the first-round cornerback will likely fall into the early part of the draft's final day.
With that behind us let's look at some of the winners from last week:
Kevin King/CB/Washington: King capitalized on a terrific combine where he ran much faster than expected with a solid showing at pro day. Standing on his combine numbers, King looked terrific in position drills, displaying outstanding quickness and ball skills. His performance the past week plus the resultant injury to his teammate Sidney Jones likely pushed King into the late part of Round 1.
Darrell Daniels/TE/Washington: Daniels was another Husky who stood on his combine numbers, then looked terrific during pro day position drills. The athletic tight end ran solid routes and displayed soft, consistent hands. He's viewed as a legitimate downfield pass catcher at the tight end position and needs just a little more experience blocking.
DeAngelo Yancey/WR/Purdue: Yancey, a star during the week of practices leading up to the Shrine Game, was snubbed by the combine but got his revenge on pro day. The big-bodied receiver (6-foot-1 and 220 pounds) timed under 4.5 seconds on a number of watches, running as fast as 4.46 seconds in the 40. That time exceeded expectations. He also posted a vertical jump of 36 inches and touched 10-foot-1 in the broad jump. Scouts never questioned Yancey's pass-catching ability, but he answered their concerns about his athleticism during pro day.
Jordan Evans/LB/Oklahoma: Joe Mixon drew the headlines during the Oklahoma pro day, but Jordan Evans walked away the big winner. The underrated linebacker timed 4.51 in the 40, which was a full .3 seconds better than scouts expected! His 3-cone timed in at 7.03, while Evans clocked 4.28 in the short shuttle. His vertical jump of 38.5 inches bettered any linebacker who participated in combine workouts.
Jhajuan Seales/WR/Oklahoma State: Like Yancey and Evans, Seales was another non-combine invitee who ran much faster than expected. Measuring 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, Seales timed as fast as 4.37 in the 40 and touched 41.5 inches in the vertical jump. He also caught the ball well during position drills and will now get late-round consideration.
Rudy Ford/S/Auburn: Ford was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl due to a stress fracture in his foot and he did not run during the combine due to limited training. He ran during pro day and he ran fast. Ford, who completed 20 reps on the bench during the combine, timed in the 4.3s (4.33 and 4.36) during pro day. He's one of the more underrated safeties in the draft, and his pro day 40 sticks him in the middle rounds.
Samson Kafovalu/DL/Colorado: There were several brilliant performances during the Colorado pro day, as the program expects as many as six players on defense to be selected during the draft. Kafovalu, a prospect not even rated by scouts entering the season, was notable as he went from undrafted free agent to potential late-round pick. He measured 6040/299lbs, timed as low as 4.94 in the 40 and also completed 33 reps on the bench press. His other marks included 32.5 inches in the vertical jump and 8-foot-8 in the broad jump. Teams love his versatility to play inside in a four-man front or defensive end in a 3-4.
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