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QB Bray satisfied with pro day performance

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2013 – 5:40 pm

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray put a bow on his pre-draft scheduled with his pro day in Knoxville today. Overall he was relatively satisfied with what he showed on the field.

“I think I did okay,” Bray said. “There were a few throws I’d like to have back, but we’ve been working hard. The receivers ran great routes and ran hard all day. I’m really proud of them.”

Bray, who is the only junior eligible QB in the draft class, said he did not have a specific script with a specific number of throws Wednesday.

“I didn’t really limit it to a count,” he said. “It was however many routes it ended up being. We had a bunch of receivers, a tight end and a fullback to throw to so however many routes they needed to get through their routes was how many throws I had to do.”

Bray said his main focus today was to show consistent footwork from start to finish during his throwing session. The feedback he got from scouts and coaches at the NFL Combine last month was that his feet were not consistent with drops, set up and delivery.

“There were a lot of questions about my footwork kind of lagging towards the end of games and then your accuracy is all over the place,” he said. “So I wanted to come out here and show I could do my footwork and keep the same throughout the workout.”

Bray weighed in at 230 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than his listed weight during the 2012 college season.

“I weighed in at 209 the first day at my training facility,” Bray said. “The last day I was 235 and then I was 232 at the Combine. I was just eating right and working out. I want to stay between 230 and 235. I’m going to continue to work out and keep my weight on. I’ve worked too hard to put it on so I don’t want to lose it.”

Bray says the weight gain has helped him most in putting more velocity on the ball thanks to his improved core strength.

 


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QB Bray dines with Steelers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2013 – 3:57 pm

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, the only junior eligible at the position in the draft class, had his pro day today in Knoxville. The night before a 2013 AFC opponent of the Bills had dinner with the Volunteers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Pittsburgh Steelers took Bray out to dinner.

Knowing the Steelers have seen some top talent walk out the door at wide receiver (Mike Wallace) and offensive tackle (Willie Colon) it’s possible Pittsburgh was picking Bray’s brain about his receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter as well as OL Dallas Thomas.


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Jags high on Geno

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2013 – 11:57 am

They attended the West Virginia pro day to watch Geno Smith last week, but the Jacksonville Jaguars, holders of the second overall pick are certainly sounding very interested in the Mountaineers signal caller.

Jaguars new head coach Gus Bradley, much like Bills GM Buddy Nix and Assistant GM Doug Whaley took in Smith’s pro day last week in Morgantown.

“I had high expectations, but I think I came out of there feeling even better,” Bradley told the Florida Times-Union. “I sat down with him and I just wanted to see how he would be once he entered our building. Are people going to gravitate toward him? Is he going to be a leader? Is he going to be a guy everybody backs and will he allow that to happen?

“And I wanted to see his competitiveness. Is he going to come into the building and will it be a deal where it’s his team and somebody will have to take it away from him?”

The general consensus from the outside is the Jaguars have too many other positional needs to take a quarterback second overall, and they still believe that Blaine Gabbert deserves an opportunity to compete for the starting job after being made a first-round pick two years ago.

“We’ll get it pared down to 10 guys and we’ll take a hard look at them,” Bradley told the Times-Union. “The evaluation is never-ending. We’re going to watch the tape, meet with people, talk to the players and make sure it’s the right pick for us.”
 


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Another Arkansas prospect to watch

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2013 – 9:50 am

With Bills GM Buddy Nix and Assistant GM Doug Whaley in attendance at the Arkansas pro day their eyes are likely to be transfixed on QB Tyler Wilson, but there are a couple of other prospects that will merit a second look.

One of them is Arkansas TE Chris Gragg, who has had his share of injury problems including a knee injury this past September that compromised his production along with the rest of the Razorbacks offense. But his workout at the NFL Combine last month has unquestionably boosted his draft stock.

Gragg (6’2 3/4″ 244) ran the fastest 40 time among the tight end group with an impressive 4.5. No other tight end ran a sub 4.6. He also had the best broad jump at 10’5″ a full half-foot better than Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert (9’11”).

Gragg also put up the highest vertical leap among the tight ends posting a 37.5 inch leap. He had a respectable 18 reps on the bench, the third fastest three-cone drill time among tight ends. The only time that was near the bottom of the tight end group was the shuttle.

His durability will still be questioned and likely keep him a day three consideration, but he might be a fifth rounder now instead of a sixth rounder. Gragg is a former receiver, but fits the NFL as an H-back type.


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Nix and Whaley at Arkansas pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2013 – 9:41 am

Buffalo’s top two personnel men are on the ground in Fayetteville as they’re ready to take in another pro day and get up close and personal with another top quarterback prospect.

Buffalobills.com has learned that GM Buddy Nix and Assistant GM Doug Whaley are in attendance at the Arkansas pro day, which most notably features Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson.

Wilson is widely ranked as one of the top five quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. The Bills have spent a good deal of time in the pre-draft process meeting with him both at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He’s been forecast as a second round draft choice.


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Geno: Pro day easier than Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2013 – 5:18 pm

There are pluses and minuses to working out at the NFL Combine. West Virginia QB prospect Geno Smith experienced those last month, and then the benefits of working out at a pro day. Now with both experiences behind him it’s not contest as to which of them was easier.

“(Pro day) is a lot easier than the Combine,” Smith said after going 62-65 passing in Morgantown Thursday. “For one I wasn’t up for three days straight before doing this. I was able to get some rest and being in Morgantown in a comfortable environment and feeling good. Being with Chris Weinke we’ve been working and I was able to get into a better rhythm. At the Combine you only get 10 or 15 throws. To be able to get about 60 to 70 throws out here was a lot different and I think it really helped me out a lot.”

Weinke, a former NFL quarterback, has been working with Smith as his quarterback coach since the college season ended.


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WR Hopkins pro day workout “dazzling”

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2013 – 11:05 am

NFL prospects are expected to look good at their college pro days. They’re in their comfort zone so NFL scouts are anticipating that they’ll do well. Despite that expectation all accounts of Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins pro day were still extremely positive.

NFL Draft Insider filed this brief report on the playmaking Clemson wideout from his Thursday pro day.

DeAndre Hopkins/WR: Was timed as fast as the low 4.4’s on a number of watches but was later given an “official” time of 4.52.  Except for two drops late in the session his pass catching workout was described as “dazzling”.

Hopkins, who has been compared to Reggie Wayne, has been a model of production at Clemson and in 2012 logged 82 catches for 1,405 yards and a school-record 18 touchdowns, good for second-most in the country. He’s forecast as a late first or early second-round pick.

There’s also a sleeper WR out of Clemson by the name of Jaron Brow, who has the physical skill set to play at the pro level. Here was NFL Draft Insider’s brief report on his day.

Jaron Brown/WR: Had the workout of the day.  Timed 4.40s in the forty, posted a 35.5-inch vertical jump, 10′ 4”-broad jump and completed 17-reps on the bench.  Turned in a sensational pass catching workout.  As one coach told me, “he was overshadowed by the other two guys but he’s going to play in the NFL.”


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Nassib to reportedly dine with Jets tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm

Ryan Nassib only did throwing drills at the Syracuse pro day today, but by most accounts did very well. Here’s one report from NFLDraftInsider Tony Pauline, who also is reporting that a Bills division rival will be dining with Nassib tonight.

According to Pauline, New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be dining with Nassib this evening.


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Nix at SU pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 5:09 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix has talked openly about how much he’s seen of the quarterbacks in the draft pool in person. Nix continued in that effort Thursday as he made the drive down the Thruway to watch QB Ryan Nassib at Syracuse pro day.

That according to Syracuse.com’s Brent Axe. He also reported that Nix is reportedly trying to set up a private workout for Nassib with the Bills in early April. Nassib only threw at Syracuse pro day today, choosing to stand on his Combine numbers.


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Syracuse pro day today

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 10:45 am

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Syracuse will conduct their pro day today for their draft prospects. Obviously QB Ryan Nassib will be the headliner, but there are a few other draft worthy prospects working out in the Salt City today.

Nassib along with OT Justin Pugh, WR Alec Lemon and S Shamarko Thomas are all expected to participate to some degree along with the other graduating players for the Orange.

Nassib will likely be looking to improve on his 40 time at the Combine, which was a pedestrian 5.06, the second slowest among QBs that ran in Indy. He’s also likely to want to improve his broad jump, which in Indy was 8’9″. He didn’t bench at the Combine (most QBs do not) and probably won’t today.

For Pugh he may also want to improve on some numbers he put up at the Combine. He did not bench at the Combine so barring an injury he’s expected to bench at today’s pro day.

Lemon needs to improve on his Combine numbers today after a 40 time of 4.59 and just seven reps on the bench.

The only Combine participant from Syracuse that’s likely to stick with most of his numbers is S Shamarko Thomas, who had a great workout in Indy. He ran a 4.42 40 time, which was the fastest among the safety group. He had the best vertical among the safeties at 40.5 inches, the most reps on the bench by far with an impressive 28 and had the second-longest broad jump at 11’2″.


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DT Short doesn’t work out at pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2013 – 3:44 pm

Purdue DT Kawann Short was unable to work out at the school’s pro day after missing the NFL Combine workout as well.

Short is still dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him from participating at the Combine in Indianapolis. He has a personal pro day scheduled for March 25th, a day before the pro day at Notre Dame. Short is projected as a late first-round pick.

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports that DB Michael Johnson ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.55 seconds, which improved on his 4.65 time at the combine, had a 36-inch vertical and a 9-11 broad jump. Johnson by Brandt’s account looked good in the positional workouts.

 


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SC pro day report

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2012 – 2:28 pm

The South Carolina pro day was the highlight on the college pro day schedule Wednesday. With names like Melvin Ingram, Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore most of the league was in attendance.

SI.com’s draft analyst Tony Pauline filed this report on the Gamecocks pro day with Ingram serving as a big headliner after another eye-popping performance not unlike his work at the NFL Combine last month.


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WR Jeffery has solid pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2012 – 11:16 am

He didn’t tear up the track in the 40, but at 6’3″ 213 pounds, South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery just needed to be respectable in the 40 and pretty good at everything else at his pro day Wednesday. Mission accomplished.

According to Gamecocksonline.com Jeffery had a 10’2″ broad jump and 35.5-inch vertical leap. As for his 40 times they were in an acceptable range for a player his size albeit not elite.

Tony Pauline Alshon Jeffery/WR/South Carolina timed 4.47 seconds on 2nd forty…hearing some watches had him slightly faster on the first attempt; 4.54s

Update: there are additional reports that Jeffery stumbled out of his stance on 2nd 40, which might explain the slower time from the first attempt. Either way Jeffery is widely considered one of the top 5 wideouts in this year’s draft class and could go as early as late round one in late April.


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So. Carolina WR Jeffery pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2012 – 10:12 am

Several NFL prospects at South Carolina are being put through the paces at the Gamecocks pro day in Columbia including WR Alshon Jeffery, who did not work out at the NFL Combine.

DL Melvin Ingram and CB Stephon Gilmore along with Jeffery are among those headlining the prospects participating. Here’s an update on Jeffery.

Gamecock Football ‏Alshon Jeffery weighed in at 213 lbs. Vert jump 36.5 and 10-2 broad jump at #ProDaySC #Gamecocks

No 40 time yet on Jeffery, but we’ll pass it along when it’s available. Jeffery lost three pounds having weighed 216 at the NFL Combine last month.


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Sleeper WR

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2012 – 9:08 am

South Dakota St. WR Dale Moss only has one year of college tape on the football field for scouts, but he’s definitely shown he’s got the physical talent after his pro day workout Thursday.

Moss clocked a 4.45 in the 40, had a vertical leap of 41.5 inches, a broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches and a time of 6.32 in the three cone drill that would’ve been the best among WRs at the NFL Combine last month.

At 6’3″ and 213 pounds, Moss logged 61 receptions for 949 yards and six touchdowns in his only season of college football after playing on South Dakota State’s basketball team.

The Bills already have a South Dakota State product on their roster in Danny Batten, who was a sixth-round pick in 2010. Moss is forecast as a late round selection as well.


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Stanford OT has 3 pre-draft visits

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2012 – 8:57 am

Stanford OT Jonathan Martin had his pro day in the shadow of the Andrew Luck circus at Palo Alto. Here’s how he fared.

Martin, who did not work out at the Combine due to food poisoning, had 20 reps on the bench press and ran a 5.33 and a 5.43 on his two 40-yard runs. He had a 30-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 8’8″.

In comparison to those offensive tackles that did work out at the NFL Combine last month, here’s how his numbers would have matched up.

40 time – 13th best among OTs
bench press – 24th
vertical leap – 3rd
broad jump – 5th

Some NFL talent evaluators wonder if he’s cut out to be a left tackle in the NFL, thinking he might project better to the right side. Martin when interviewed after his pro day workout said he wants to remain a left tackle, a position he played at Stanford for each of the last three seasons.

He also told the San Jose Mercury News that he has pre-draft visits scheduled with the Bills, Vikings and Browns. Minnesota picks third, Cleveland fourth and 22nd in round one of the 2012 NFL draft.

The Stanford product is widely considered one of the top three tackles prospects in the draft class.


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More than Luck at Stanford pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2012 – 10:04 am

While most will be watching QB Andrew Luck throw at Stanford’s pro day today, there’s an offensive tackle that has some work to do as well.

Left tackle Jonathan Martin, considered one of the top three tackles in the draft class, did not bench, do the vertical leap, broad jump, do the shuttle or 3 cone drill at the NFL Combine.

His cited a bout with food poisoning a couple of days before arriving in Indianapolis as the reason for not working out at the Combine last month. A solid performance would solidify him as one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft class with USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowas’ Riley Reiff.

Stanford will also have the top rated guard at their pro day today in David DeCastro as well as one of the top rated TE prospects in Coby Fleener.

“Coby Fleener is my highest-rated tight end right now, but I don’t have a first-round tight end anywhere,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “Fleener has been hurt and couldn’t work out at the Combine. This is a huge day for him – how well does he run, how well does he catch, does he get in and out of breaks? They have two offensive linemen who could go in the first round. Let’s see their position drills. What’s going to happen with Jonathan Martin at left tackle? Is he a first-round left tackle? Certainly we know that David DeCastro is a first-round offensive guard.”

Other pro days of note today (Thursday) are Memphis (DT Dontari Poe) and Boise State which has a handful of draft worthy prospects.


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Baylor pro day big for WR

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2012 – 8:40 am

While all the eyeballs at the Baylor pro day today will gravitate toward Robert Griffin III, NFL scouts will be taking a much more focused look at his go to wide receiver.

Kendall Wright is coming off a Combine workout in which he put up a disappointing 4.61 40-time. The draftniks say Wright plays faster than he times, but there’s no doubt scouts would feel a lot better if Wright put up a better 40 time today. It also couldn’t hurt to see him put up some more reps on the bench after managing just 11. He’s likely to stand on his vertical leap and broad jump numbers of 38 inches and 10 feet, as they help convince talent evaluators of his explosiveness.

“This is a big day for Kendall Wright, a potential first-round wide receiver who ran poorly at the Combine,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “He needs to run a better 40 and needs to catch the ball from Robert Griffin, run routes, run verticals, and get in and out of breaks. It’s also a big day for offensive lineman Philip Blake and tailback Terrance Ganaway.”

Blake is one of the top centers in the draft class. Ganaway is considered a 4th or 5th round RB prospect.

 


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Cincinnati pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2012 – 10:37 am

Cincinnati has their pro day today (Friday). Here are the two most notable prospects.

RB Isaiah Pead and DT Derek Wolfe both participated at the NFL Combine last week.

Pead at 5’10” and 197 pounds ran a 4.47, had a 33-inch vertcial and a 9’8″ broad jump. He didn’t bench however, so it’ll be interesting to see if he chooses to do so today. A north-south runner, Pead was coming off a good Senior Bowl performance in late January. He’s seen as a 2nd or 3rd round prospect.

Wolfe put together a nice Combine as well. He ran just a hair over a 5-flat 40 (5.01) and had 33 reps on the bench along with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. He also had a 9-foot broad jump at 6’5″ 295 pounds. Kind of a tweener DT/DE prospect since he’s a bit narrow in his lower body. He may not hold up well enough against the run on the inside in the NFL. Best fit might be as a 3-4 DE. Wolfe is viewed as a 5th or 6th round pick.


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Mizzou pro day results

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2012 – 9:16 pm

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt was on the scene in Columbia at Missouri’s pro day and has all the particulars.

TE Michael Egnew, who was coming off a big combine workout last week improved on his broad jump and attempted the vertical leap again (37 1/2 inches), but stood on all of his other numbers.

Teammate and sleeper WR Wes Kemp didn’t have a bad showing. Here are the figures Brandt had on him.

Wes Kemp, WR — (6-foot-3 3/8, 223 pounds) — Had two runs of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 34 ½-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-1 broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle run, 6.86 three-cone drill and 18 bench press repetitions. He also took part in position drills.

That’s a pretty good display of athleticism giving Kemp a chance to be a consideration in the late rounds.

 


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