Alabama, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Mississippi State hold pro-day events today as does California. We will be following these as well as Kent State and Portland State where tight end Julius Thomas plans to run again. Update: 9:40- Final Word
In Berkley, California, Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen and linebacker Michael Mohamed all stood on their combine numbers but participated in position drills.
For his part Jordan looked terrific in defensive line drills. Even in shorts he looked forceful, explosive and displayed a great burst in his movement skills. When asked to drop in space it was a different story. Jordan struggled and seemed a bit stiff. This is what we were referring to in our comments on Jordan in the write-up on the defensive line position drills at the combine. Some consider Jordan a Shawn Merriman type of player but that’s likely out the window. Not that it really matters as Jordan should eventually be a dominant 290lbs defensive lineman.
Chris Conte turned a lot of heads at the Cal pro-day. The defensive back averaged an even 4.50 seconds on his forty’s then looked terrific in position drills. Many feel Conte’s can comfortably play over the slot receiver as a nickel back at the next level. The feedback from teams has been terrific with no less than a half dozen squads stamping him as a late second/early third round choice. Conte met with the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and is drawing a lot of interest from the Cleveland Browns.
In Wisconsin the buzz on pro-day surrounds quarterback Scott Tolzien.
The signal caller threw close to 80 passes today and just three fell incomplete. On number of teams have shown great interest in Tolzien but perhaps no other coach in the league has shown more than Mike Martz. Someone at the workout told us specifically that Tolzien is a “Mike Martz type of quarterback.”
Offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt as well as defensive lineman JJ Watt stood on most of their combine times but stood out in drills. Carimi impressed scouts with his toughness as he finished the workout despite injuring his ankle while running the three cone.
There is a feeling from some that Carimi is inching his way towards the top of the list of available senior tackles. In fact he’s now a target for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As far as Watt- he continues to make a big move up draft boards. San Diego Charger general manager AJ Smith made the trip to Madison and according to sources, never took his eyes of Watt during the workout.
John Clay tipped the scale at 233-pounds and ran his forty in the mid 4.76 seconds but did have his struggles catching the ball during drills.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram 40-times ranged between 4.50s and 4.56s, according to scouts we spoke with at the workout. These are faster than his hand held time from the combine, which clocked 4.62s.
Twenty teams were on hand in Stillwater, Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State workout, part of which took place outdoors in windy 38-degree weather. Running back Kendall Hunter timed 4.43s in the forty, slightly better than his best combine time of 4.46s. It was a tremendous performance considering the circumstance. Hunter rested on his remaining marks from the combine but will take part in position drills during the remainder of the workout.
There were several stand-out performances at the Kent State pro-day today.
Highly considered safety Brian Lainhart ran 4.55s in the forty, touched 37.5-inches in the vertical jump and completed 28 reps on the bench. Lainhart is considered a thinking man’s defensive back yet his marks today could push him into the late rounds.
Linebacker Corbani Mixon, who began his career at Michigan before transferring to Kent State, put on a show for linebackers. Potentially a weak-side linebacker in the NFL, Mixon clocked 4.65s in the forty then later completed 39 reps on the bench besides touching 35.5 inches on the vertical jump. Scouts have always loved Mixon’s potential and he’s a prospect that’s fallen under the radar screen.
Defensive end/outside linebacker Monte Simmons measured 6012/234lbs, timed 4.62 in the forty and completed 22 reps on the bench.
Early word from other workouts in process has JJ Watt/DE/Wisconsin and Michael Mohamed/LB/Cal deciding to rest on their combine times in the forty.
Mark Ingram hopes to improve on the very average forty time he turned in at the combine today. Defensive tackle Marcel Dareus and offensive lineman James Carpenter are set to do position drills. Quarterback Greg McElroy is tentatively scheduled to throw on April 5th if his rehabilitation continues at its’ present pace.
California defensive lineman Cameron Jordan is another that will partake only in position drills.
More from Tuesday’s workouts.
At Fresno State receiver Jamel Hamler improved his forty time, clocking a 4.55. His fastest hand time at the combine was 4.59.
The Cincinnati Bengals were on hand to workout offensive lineman Andrew Jackson.
Quentin Davie was not the only impressive defender during Northwestern’s pro-day. Defensive lineman Corbin Bryant posted times as fast as 5.02s in the forty after measuring 6-feet, 4-inches and 298-pounds. He also completed 31-reps on the bench.
Bryant has a private workout set-up with the New England Patriots as well as a pair of visits to NFL facilities.
Early word out of Stillwater is twenty teams were on hand to watch Kendall Hunter run and the running back did not disappoint. In 38-degree weather outside Hunter timed 4.43s in the forty, slightly better than his best combine time of 4.46s.