Pro-Day Updates From Last Week

It’s one of the many pieces of the personnel puzzle that comes together to help form the complete picture of potential draft choices for NFL teams.

The Pro Day workout, or on campus visit does not always provide any type of physical numbers that will change any team’s evaluations. But it’s a chance for injured players to get their important numbers on paper, like 40-yard dash times and weight lifting totals.

It’s also another chance for teams to interact with the players, as they scheduled interview time, and even breakfast, lunch and dinner dates with some prospects. Anybody from the GM, to personnel director, to head coach, to position coaches will be on site for the Pro Day.

Here are a few notes on what went down last week around the country and how it may affect the standing of individual players like WR Justin Blackmon (left) at Oklahoma State.


The reigning national champions had 14 players working out for 30 NFL teams last week, with three GMs in attendance. Only Chicago and St. Louis were missing.

Not working because of rehab from injuries were RB Trent Richardson, LB Courtney Upshaw, Mark Barron and NT Josh Chapman did not work either, although he got measured for the first time, coming in at 6-9 5/8, 319 pounds. All those players will have a separate Pro Day on March 29th.

The star of the day was CB Dre Kirkpatrick who’s considered a first-round talent and did nothing to change that. DB DeQuan Menzie and WR Darius Hanks posted some good 40 times that helped their status with the teams. Menzie went off in 4.61 seconds in the 40, while Hanks was 4.66. Both had excellent times in the 3-cone drill, showing very good quickness.


There were 30 teams that signed in for the Columbus workout, topped by Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert. Approximately 12 players worked out for the scouts.

OT Mike Adams improved his bench press total from 19 reps of 225 pounds to 21 reps. Both are numbers short of what an offensive lineman should be able to do.

RB Dan Herron ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial 45.1 seconds, compared to the 46.5 seconds he ran at the Combine. A different like that can make a difference of a round or two for running backs and receivers.

Keep an eye on two potential free agents who may draw attention after the draft in LB Andrew Sweat and DB Nate Ebner. Sweat suffered a dislocated elbow late in the ’11 season and that kept him out of the all-star games and the NFL Combine. He ran 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Ebner ran 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 39 inches. He’s a convert from the Ohio State rugby team.


All 32 teams were in Stillwater on Friday, including three NFL head coaches. The player everybody wanted to see was WR Justin Blackmon, who did not run the 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine.

But he ran on Friday and posted times between 4.46 and 4.49 seconds. That should solidify his spot in the top five picks of the draft. He also did some of the other physical testing that he passed on when he was in Indy: 10-3 in broad jump, 35-inch vertical jump and 4.43 seconds in the short shuttle.

After not working at the Combine, QB Brandon Weeden was very active in Stillwater, running the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds, 32-inch vertical jump and 8-6 broad jump. Better yet, his passing performance was nearly flawless.


Nine players worked indoors in front of 18 teams. Not part of the session was QB Ryan Tannehill; he’s the guy everybody in the league wants to see before the draft. Right now he’s schedule to work out on March 28.

WR Jeffrey Fuller is feeling pressure to move to TE. He’s a very good athlete but he’s inconsistent as a wideout. He’s 225 pounds and runs 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash.


All 32 teams showed up in Madison to see the Badgers Pro Day and the guy who had them talking was QB Russell Wilson.

Because of his height (5-11), Wilson is not considered among the top QBs in this draft class. But when Wilson throws the ball he does nothing but impress. Scouts say he threw the ball 65 times on Wednesday, with the ball hitting the ground only four times. He’s got the league talking.

Center Peter Konz, considered the best center in this year’s draft class did not work as he continues recovery from a dislocated left ankle.

One player who helped himself was WR Nick Toon; he ran a 4.38 in the 40.


Monday – Pittsburgh.

Tuesday – Florida, Kansas State.

Wednesday – California, Florida State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State.

Thursday – Michigan, Oregon, Virginia, Virginia Tech.

Friday – Arizona State, Tennessee, West Virginia.

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