Just a few workouts highlight Wednesday’s pro-day schedule as a number of players hope to improve on their combine performances. We start with the results from the Central Michigan pro-day, which had an early start, as well as some breaking news on Demaryius Thomas. Update: UConn/NC State/Nevada
Ten teams were in Nevada for pro-day.
Defensive back Jonathan Amaya looked impressive. His 40 time of 4.45 seconds was better than his combine speed of 4.52 seconds. Amaya also improved his vertical jump, hitting 33 inches today.
The same cannot be said for defensive end Kevin Basped. As was the case during the combine, Basped looked stiff and unathletic during his workout. The Nevada junior was previously graded as a potential middle round pick but is now likely to fall into the very late rounds of the draft. Scouts say Basped has a thin build and many wonder if he can add much more bulk to his frame.
Alonzo Durham a college tackle we project to guard, looked solid in position drills.
With the workload of these pro-days it was bound to happen; a mix up in the numbers. We inadvertently reported the numbers of cornerback Robert McClain earlier as beloning to Marcus Easly. It was McClain who posted a forty time of 4.42 seconds, verticle jump of 38.5 inches and bench press of 23 reps. He also had a broad jump of 9′10” but tweaked his hamstring and was unable to do the shuttles, 3-cone or position drills.
Marcus Easley did look good in position drills and a number of teams on hand said the receiver has secured himself as a third round pick. New York Jets receivers coach Hennry Ellard came away very impressed with Easley.
Offensive lineman Mike Hicks measured 6063/313lbs, completed 21 reps on the bench, touched 28-inches in the vertical jump and ran hois forty’s in times of 5.18 and 5.23.
Ball carrier Andre Dixon did not run the forty but did position drills. Defensive end/outside linebacker Lindsey Witten tweaked his hamstring and did not do position drills.
The Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Bucs, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Cheifs, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahwaks, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans were at the workout.
North Carolina State
By all accounts Willie Young was unimpressive today. The defensive end ran 4.91-seconds in the forty and did not look good in drills. Sources have told us Young has a rap as a me player, which is throwing up red flags.
Former five star recruit and Florida State defensive lineman Callahan Bright, who played at Shaw last season, was invited to participate at NC State’s pro-day and lit it up. Shaw weighed in at 342-pounds, completed 41 reps on the bench that ran his forty in times as fast as 5.02 seconds.
Receiver Antonio Brown, who clocked 4.57 seconds in the 40 during the combine, improved his time to 4.49 seconds and caught the ball well during drills.
Bryan Anderson, one of out biggest sleepers at the receiver position, measured 6-feet, 5-inches and 212-pounds then ran 40 times of 4.50 and 4.58. His marks of 37 inches in the vertical jump, 4.06 in the short shuttle and 6.81 seconds in the three cone also stood out. Like his teammate, Anderson also looked very good catching the ball.
Opinions are mixed on the throwing workout of quarterback Dan LeFevour. His short and intermediate passes were solid but LeFevour struggled throwing the ball downfield. Receivers were slowing up in their routes to catch the ball and in some instances out-running LeFevour’s deep passes altogether. One of the participants told us LeFevour had been throwing the ball well in the practices leading up to the pro-day workout and may have been a little to pumped up once the lights went on for pro-day.
During Georgia Tech’s pro-day, we noted receiver Demaryius Thomas was seen easily moving around on his left foot which was surgically repaired at the end of February. Sources told us yesterday the rehabilitation is going well and there’s a very good chance Thomas will workout for scouts before April’s draft. There’s been no definitive date as to when the workout will take place nor what Thomas would exactly do during the workout. We expect the decision to be made in the coming weeks.
As we reported yesterday several coaches and NFL decision makers who wanted to attend yesterday’s pro-day at Mississippi were unable to as they were taking part in the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida. We received further word this morning Jevan Snead is likely to hold another pro-day workout to accommodate those who were not in attendance yesterday.