It was a big second week of pro-day workouts, as two of the top-rated quarterbacks in this year's draft worked out for NFL teams. There were also a number of under-the-radar performances from players who are not household names. Here's a look at those prospects.
Entering the year, Oregon cornerback Arrion Springs was not graded by scouts despite a solid junior season. He played well in 2017 then performed brilliantly at the Ducks' pro day. Springs, who measures 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, timed 4.38 in the 40 and 4.05 in the short shuttle, and completed 19 reps on the bench press. This developing defensive back met with nine teams at his pro day, including the Houston Texas, Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns.
While much of the football media focused on quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington during the Oklahoma State pro day, it was little-used wideout Chris Lacy who stole the show. Lacy, who measures 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, timed 4.37 in the 40, touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and reached 10-foot-6 in the broad jump. Lacy then looked terrific in positon drills, catching everything thrown in his direction. He's a terrific athlete with legitimate downfield speed but is a prospect who must improve his pass-catching skills. Even still, his size and speed numbers will give him late-round consideration.
Like Lacy, Oklahoma linebacker Emmanuel Beal was overshadowed by his quarterback teammate - Baker Mayfield - and a receiver - Jeff Badet - but turned a lot of heads with his performance. The smallish linebacker, who comes in at 215 pounds, timed 4.45 in the 40 and 7.10 in the three-cone, and posted a vertical jump of 35 inches. Watch the Oklahoma film and you'll see Beal constantly around the ball, making plays. He's similar in size and style to Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon - undersized but incredibly athletic and active.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh receiver Sam Mentkowski took part in the Wisconsin pro day and made the most of his opportunity. The senior, who measures just about 6-foot and 190 pounds, timed 4.41 in the 40, faster than anyone on the field that day. His short shuttle time of 4.00 was bettered only by cornerback Nick Nelson, a potential third-round pick. Mentkowski, who caught 67 passes for 1477 yards with 13 touchdowns last year, also timed 6.76 in the three-cone. He is drawing comparisons to Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen.
Pass-rusher Joe Ostman had a standout performance during Central Michigan's pro day. He measured 6-foot-2.5 and 253 pounds, timed as fast as 4.75 in the 40, had an impressive three-cone time of 7.06 and completed 31 reps on the bench press. Ostman rounded out his fine workout with a vertical jump of 36.5 inches and reached 10-foot-2 in the broad jump. He later looked terrific in defensive line and linebacker drills. Ostman, who looked sharp during practices for the East-West Shrine Game, has likely secured a spot for himself in the seventh round and should be a solid situational pass-rusher and special teamer at the next level.
Arizona State's pro day featured Kalen Ballage and what some are calling the best pro-day workout they've ever witnessed from a running back. Ballage timed as fast as 4.35 in the 40, while a few watches had him in the low 4.4s. He hit 37 inches in the vertical jump, a vast improvement from his mark of 32.5 inches at the combine. This comes as no surprise to scouts, as Ballage is known to have a world of physical ability. He now needs to consistently translate that ability into production on the field.
Jacksonville State pass-rusher Darius Jackson timed 4.72 in the 40, much better than the 4.87 time he turned in at the combine. He was put through a battery of linebacker and pass-rushing drills afterward, and looked good. Jackson is getting a lot of interest from 3-4 teams at the next level.
There was no rest for the weary, as pro-day workouts began in earnest the day after the defensive backs completed their workouts at the combine. Some combine invitees were still nursing injuries suffered during their workouts in Indianapolis and have scheduled individual pro days in the future. Here's a look at the highlights from the first week.
Purdue kicked off the pro-day workouts Tuesday, and linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley -- a Senior Bowl participant who many felt deserved an invitation to the combine -- showed next-level talent. Tipping the scales at 246 pounds, Bentley completed 31 reps on the bench press and timed under 4.7 seconds in the 40 on a number of watches. He looked fluid and athletic during drills and likely secured a spot for himself in the last round.
Alabama and Colorado were the big-name workouts Wednesday.
In Tuscaloosa, little-mentioned Joshua Frazier had a strong outing. The nose tackle stood on most of his combine numbers but did participate in the broad jump and reached 8-foot-3, a solid mark for a 321-pound nose tackle. Frazier met with a handful of teams afterward, including the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost nose tackle Beau Allen in free agency. The Tampa Bay Bucs will also bring Frazier in for one of their 30 official visits.
Shrine Game star Phillip Lindsay stole the show during the Colorado pro day. He scorched the turf in the 40-yard dash and timed as fast as 4.38 on a number of watches, and he also posted a vertical jump of 35.5 inches. A smallish ball carrier who measures 5-foot-7.5 and 185 pounds, Lindsay proved he has the speed to line up as a third-down back at the next level.
On Thursday, little-known cornerback Cameron Roane of Columbia tested well before straining a hamstring.
Roane timed in the mid-4.3s in the 40 after touching 39 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot-10 in the broad jump before he was sidelined. His talent is well-known to scouts, as Roane entered the 2017 season stamped as a potential priority free agent. He measured just under six feet tall and a little over 200 pounds. Keep an eye on Roane in camp this summer.
A couple Auburn defenders who were not invited to the combine despite terrific showings at the Senior Bowl got their revenge.
Safety Tray Matthews measured just over six feet and weighed 213 pounds, completed 22 reps on the bench and timed in the low-to-mid 4.5s. Linebacker Tre' Williams timed in the high-4.6s after measuring 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds. Williams also touched a solid 34.5 inches in the vertical jump.
Both solidified themselves as last-day selections.
The University of Washington had an unusual Saturday workout, but the big names were sidelined. Defensive tackle Vita Vea is still nursing the hamstring injury he suffered during the combine, when he timed 5.10 in the 40 after weighing in at 347 pounds. Receiver Dante Pettis was also sidelined with a sprained ankle, an injury which kept him on the sidelines during the combine.