The tour of pro days is winding down, but there are still a few more days with significant players on display. On Tuesday, six schools are on the docket, including the North Carolina Tar Heels, who will draw attention for tight end Eric Ebron and defensive end Kareem Martin.
In addition to Ebron and Martin, teams will have the chance to stop by the pro days of Incarnate Word, Iowa State, Massachusetts, North Carolina A&T and Texas-San Antonio.
Here is how the day played out for participants thus far:
Ebron was obviously the highlight coming into Tuesday. He's considered the top tight end in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft by many experts, including SB Nation's own Dan Kadar. Ebron measured in at just above 6'4 and weighed in at 253 pounds at UNC's pro day, according to David Hamilton of Comcast Sports Southeast, though he did not take part in most of the measurable drills such as the 40-yard dash and vertical leap.
That's because he sat on his numbers from the scouting combine, which were generally impressive. At said combine, he ran an official 40-yard dash of 4.6 seconds, completed 24 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, recorded a 32-inch vertical leap and a 120-inch broad jump. He sat on all of those numbers Tuesday.
But he did take part in multiple receiver-centric drills and caught passes from quarterback Bryn Renner. Unfortunately, what's drawing the most buzz at this point is a negative: multiple drops.
Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reports that Ebron "did not look good" at his pro day, and that he dropped a number of passes while looking poor in his drills. The aforementioned David Hamilton gives us the exact number of three drops.
In a bubble, three drops doesn't seem like much but in the friendly atmosphere and with the scripted nature of a pro day, it's a little troubling. Ebron has had drop issues throughout his college career and those drops emerging in what is generally the best-case scenario for a player is never a good sign. He'll still be a high draft pick, but there will definitely be some disappointed scouts today. The Tar Heel Twitter page posted a picture of Ebron working out, this one in the shuttle run:
It wasn't all bad for Ebron -- Hamilton reported that Ebron got into a rhythm after the third drop and started to look better with Renner, and that scouts from the New York Jets were impressed with his quickness during drills.
There's not much on Martin at this point. Martin is considered a versatile defensive lineman who can rush the passer and stop the run, and he sat on some solid combine numbers which included a 4.72-second 40-yard dash, 22 reps on the bench press, a vertical jump of 35.5 inches and a broad jump of 10'9. Martin worked mostly in linebacker drills with position coaches, as noted by Christopher Jaques, and there wasn't anybody speaking to his workout in a negative manner, so things seemed to go well.
George is an intriguing linebacker prospect, but he's not considered among the tops at his position. Most project him as a late-round pick or an undrafted pickup, but he set out to improve his stock on Tuesday. Things got out to a rough start though, as he ran a 40-yard dash that he wasn't exactly pleased with. Trey Scott of AllCyclones.com reports that it came in somewhere around the 4.7-second mark.
Fortunately, George went on to improve on combine numbers in two key areas: his vertical jump, which went from a 33 to a 38.5-inch vertical, and the bench press, in which he put up 30 reps at 225 pounds, improving on his combine number of 28 reps, according to Zack Spears. Apparently, scouts were happy with George's performance regardless of the 40 time, and he was actually clocked in near 4.6, according to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register. In addition to that, George said that he's "very happy" with how Tuesday went, according to Birch.