At UK receiver Randall Cobb and running back Derrick Locke both stood on their combine numbers but did perform position drills for scouts. When it came to catching the ball one scout described both as “putting on a clinic” as each player caught everything thrown to them, ran crisp, precise routes and looked natural in all their skills.
The feeling from scouts leaving the workout is Cobb will not get out of the second round and there’s a chance that Locke, who has been compared to Dexter McCluster of the Kansas City Chiefs, could slide into the late part of the frame.
Wildcat receiver Chris Matthews, who was not invited to the combine, had a solid performance. The 218-pound wide out was clocked at 4.56-seconds in the forty and also caught the ball well. Matthews, who was not on the radar screen prior to the season, leaves pro-day as a late round pick.
In Bloomington, receiver Terrence Turner improved his forty time from the combine. Turner shaved almost .06 seconds from his combine performance as he clocked 4.54s during Indiana pro-day then caught everything thrown in his direction. The 215-pound wide out has been moving up draft boards since January and now looks like a solid fourth round selection.
There was a large crowd at the Clemson pro-day, primarily to see the defensive backs perform. Results are still pouring in but this is what we have thus far.
Consensus was all three defensive backs including cornerback Byron Maxwell, safety DeAndre McDaniel and Marcus Gilchrist, who can line up at either position, looked good in all the drills displaying a lot of natural skills. All are being looked upon as prospects that can contribute as rookies and potentially develop into starting players.
Defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins participated in a full workout and significantly improved many of his marks from the combine. The 311-pound lineman posted a fast time of 4.87s in the forty, then ran another in 4.94s. His best time in Indianapolis was 5.03 seconds. Jenkins also improved his short shuttle time by two-tenths, stopping watches at 4.69s. This will keep Jenkins in the hunt to be a top 75 selection in April.
Scouts in Buffalo saw cornerback Josh Thomas improve on his combine performance. Thomas timed 4.43s in the forty, slightly better than his combine average of 4.50s. His vertical jump of 40-inches and broad jump of 10-feet 8-inches were impressively better. Thomas has solidified himself as a mid-round choice.
His teammate, safety Davonte Shannon, also surprised scouts. Shannon’s forty times clocked 4.64s, not great yet one-tenth better than scouts timed him last year in the lead up to the 2010 season. He’s a free agent prospect that will help a zone defense and someone that plays with a special teams mentaility.
Eight NFL franchises sent scouts and position coaches to Fort Valley, Georgia to watch Ricardo Lockett workout. The small school receiver, who turned in a terrific combine workout, was impressive again.
The 211-pound Lockette pushed up 22 reps on the bench press, a number that was surpassed by just two receivers at the combine. His 3-cone time of 6.75s represented an improvement of nearly .4s from his mark in Indianapolis.
Lockette looked solid catching the ball and the rain damaged field where the workout took place. There’s been a ton of interest in the small school wide out who could end up in the fourth round of April’s draft. The St Louis Rams have shown a ton of interest in Lockette.
Miami Hurricane pro-day started fast with some real good times on the field.
Running back Damien Berry posted a time of 4.45s in the forty, almost a full tenth better than his combine number. Free agent tight end prospect Richard Gordon ran in the high 4.6’s after measuring in at 6-foot, 3.5-inches and 267-pounds. Underrated cornerback Ryan Hill, who started ahead of DeMarcus Van Dyke last season, posted times as fast as 4.50s.
Unfortunately monsoon type rains came rolling in and the workout had to be stopped. The rains were so heavy it made the field unusable and as a result Miami pro-day has been rescheduled for March 25th.
It was a blistering day in Lincoln as a several Cornhusker prospects really improved their forty times from the combine, starting with Niles Paul.
The receiver, who timed 4.57 seconds electronically in Indianapolis, got that number down to 4.40 at pro-day. Some teams had Paul as fast as 4.37 on stopwatches. Paul also improved his vertical jump by 1.5-inches, touching 36-inches today. Even if scouts add to Paul’s forty time because of the fast surface the 224-pound wide out still comes out of the day with a forty in the 4.4’s, which will improve his stock.
Safety Eric Hagg was another that was much swifter today. His times were in the low-to-mid 4.5’s, with one team recording Hagg at 4.50 seconds. That’s more than one-tenth faster than his performance in Indianapolis and like Paul, it will help Hagg’s stock even if time is added because of the surface. Hagg also posted a 38.5 inch vertical jump, an improvement of four inches from his combine mark.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara stood on his combine time and did not run the forty.
Defensive end Pierre Allen continues to be hampered with a calf strain and was unable to run today. Allen plans on working out for scouts in early April.
Finally tight end Mike McNeill, who was a surprise non-invitee at the combine, was timed at 4.61 seconds. This will push the productive pass catcher into the late rounds of the draft.
In Louisville scouts were intrigued to watch sleeper offensive tackle Byron Stingily and the big lineman did not disappoint.
Measuring 6-feet, 5-inches and 313-pounds, Stingily timed as fast as 4.89s in the forty and posted a short shuttle time of 4.43s. He also posted a 9’3.5” broad jump, 25 reps on the bench and is an exceptional developmental prospect.
At Texas Tech, eighteen teams made the trip primarily to watch Taylor Potts and the signal caller did not disappoint. Potts displayed good accuracy, timing and looked sharp on the more than two dozen passes he tossed. Scouts were most impressed by his ability to take snaps from under center, drop into the pocket with balance and easily move around then get rid of the ball. It looked very natural from a quarterback that took the majority of his collegiate snaps from the shotgun formation. This no doubt vaults Potts, who’s flown under the radar for most of the season, into the late rounds.
Sources told us receiver Detron Lewis was slow, running in the 4.6’s.
Stephen Paea move over, you have company.
Much was written from Indianapolis when Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea set the combine record by completing 49 reps on the bench. That mark was matched on Tuesday by Blaine Sumner from Colorado School of Mines, a Division II program.
The small school defensive lineman measured 6-feet, 1.5-inches and 335-pounds. Besides his solid mark on the bench press Sumner also touched 32-inches in the vertical jump. Sumner will get a chance to top that number, which he thinks he can accomplish, as he’s been asked to participate in next week’s pro-day at Air Force.
Not to be outdone Sumner’s teammate, record setting sackmaster Marc Schiechl, also wowed the scouts in attendance. Schiechl, who holds the Div-II record with 45 career sacks, ran 4.64-seconds in the forty, posted a 35-inch vertical jump and broad jump of 10-feet, 5-inches. Oh yeh- he also completed 38 reps on the bench. Primarily playing defensive end in college, Schiechl measured 6-feet, 2.5-inches and weighed 251-pounds. He was put through a battery of linebacker drills and looked terrific. He also will showcase his skills again during the Air Force pro-day.
The Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers were on hand for the workout. This is the second time we’ve seen the Packers front and center looking at a potential bookend OLB to pair with Clay Matthews. As we mentioned from the Senior Bowl the team is interested in Brooks Reed.
Another small school player that turned heads was Stephen Burton of West Texas A&M. The receiver significantly improved many of his combine marks, including the forty, despite running in windy conditions. His times averaged in the low 4.4-second range, including a mark of 4.46 into a strong head wind. Burton’s best hand time at the combine was 4.50. His marks of 35-inches in the vertical and 10-feet, 4-inches in the broad jump were also better than his numbers in Indianapolis.
Besides producing as a receiver at West Texas A&M, Burton was an accomplished return specialist, which is added value. Expect to him to be drafted as the fourth frame closes out.
Some note from yesterday.
Receiver Jeremy Ross clocked 4.39 seconds in the forty after weighing in at 209lbs. He also posted a 39-inch vertical jump.