The official pro day schedule reaches its’ conclusion today after three full weeks of workouts, and that’s no April fools joke. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the top prospect for SMU, will stand on most of his combine numbers, just catching the football and running routes for scouts in attendance. Hawaii pro-day takes place today in Carson, California. John Estes, one of the top centers in the nation who did not receive a combine invitation, headlines the workout. Update: Hawaii & SMU
Hawaii & SMU
The final pro-day on the official schedule was a long one as almost forty players participated in the Hawaii workout. In Dallas twenty teams showed up for SMU’s workout.
The turnout of scouts, coaches and NFL decision makers to the SMU campus today was the largest since Eric Dickerson last carried a football wearing the school colors. Most were on hand to watch fast rising prospect Emmanuel Sanders and the receiver did not disappoint.
Sanders stood on his combine marks but ran routes and caught all types of passes for scouts. Forty balls were thrown to Sanders during the workout and he caught all but two.
Barely registering on scout’s radar before the season began, Sanders outstanding performance on the field since September then at the combine in February and during pro-day today could vault him into the draft’s initial 100 choices.
Hawaii’s pro-day was highlighted by a prospect waiting for the NCAA to decide his future.
Linebacker Brashton Satele impressed scouts with his athleticism from the very beginning of the workout today. He weighed 243 pounds then ran his 40 in a time of 4.59 seconds, short shuttle in 4.08 seconds and posted a three cone time of 6.82 seconds.
The NCAA is to decide by the middle of April whether or not they will grant Satele a sixth year of eligibility. If his request is denied Satele will make himself available for the draft. Today he made his case to be a middle round pick.
Offensive guard Laupepa Letuli, a prospect we really like, is in the same boat.
Letuli barely played last year after being injured. Off the ’08 film he looked like a legitimate NFL prospect. We spoke with Rich Miano from the program earlier this evening and he told us Letuli has applied for another year of eligibility but like Satele is waiting on word from the NCAA. He did run a forty today and was timed as 5.36 seconds.
Offensive lineman Aaron Kia also turned in an impressive performance. Kia weighed just over 280-pounds then timed as fast as 5-flat in the 40 and posted a vertical jump of 35-inches. He was fluid and moved well in drills. Teams in need of a zone blocking lineman could look to Kia late in the draft. Other numbers for Kia included 25 on the bench, 8’2” in the broad, 4.68 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.56 seconds in the three cone. The ten time of his fastest forty was 1.74 seconds. The Miami Dolphins spent a lot of time with Kia today and have shown a ton of interest in him.
Jevonte Taylor who was primarily a return specialist for the team, was officially times at 4.33 seconds today. Taylor was the California JC champion in the 100 meter dash.
John Estes, the team’s top prospect, was unable to workout after hurting his hamstring during his initial attempt in the forty. There remains a possibility that Estes could get a workout in before the draft in three weeks.
Also participating during the Hawaii pro-day is linebacker Brashton Satele, who we featured on March 25th. Satele you may remember is awaiting word from the NCAA on whether or not he will receive a sixth season of eligibility. No final decision has been made yet.
The Hawaii workout also allows players who live in the Los Angeles but attend other colleges another chance to workout in front of scouts. San Jose State defensive lineman Carl Ihenacho is one such player. Ihenacho has struggled in recent workouts since returning from knee surgery that was performed late last year.
Starting next week we will turn our attention to official visits and private workouts.
This morning we can tell you Utah defensive end/outside linebacker Koa Misi has taken an official trip to visit the Denver Broncos.
Jameson Konz of Kent State went to visit the New Orleans Saints earlier this week. The Saints are looking at Konz as a tight end.
Defensive end Erik Lorig took a trip to see the Buffalo Bills this week as well.