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NFL pro day results: Kony Ealy, Michael Sam impress at Missouri

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Kony Ealy, Michael Sam and Derek Carr are among the notable names working out on Thursday.

On Thursday, five schools held their pro days with the hopes that scouts would flood the campus, looking for the next great star.

Of all the players working out Thursday hoping to push their draft stock in the right direction, nobody was under the microscope more than Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. Sam, the first openly gay player to enter the NFL Draft, was trying to help erase what was a mediocre combine showing. Sam ran a 4.91 40-yard dash and looked awkward dropping into space, both areas he would like to improve.

Here is how it's all playing out across the country:


Michael Sam improves bench, 40 time

Michael Sam's coming out as gay has put a heap of media attention on him. So despite being projected as a mid- to late-round pick, he's the center of attention of in Columbia on Wednesday. Literally.

Despite all the scrutiny, Sam managed to push up 19 reps of 225, a two-rep improvement over his combine numbers.

Sam's lift might have been the main attraction, but former walk-on lineman Max Copeland's seems like it was the most eventful.

One of the biggest knocks against Sam at the combine was his 40 time, which was clocked at an unimpressive 4.91. He made significant improvement on those numbers this time around, running an unofficial 4.72. That time might have come with a cost, however.

Kony Ealy sprinting his way up draft boards

Though all of the attention is on Sam, the highest-rated prospect working out in Columbia was defensive end Kony Ealy, who SB Nation projects as a top-25 overall pick. He may have vaulted his way up the boards on Thursday with a blazing 40.

That's a massive improvement over his combine number of 4.92.

Other notable prospects:
  • CB E.J. Gaines (projected in Rounds 3-4)
  • OT Justin Britt (6-7)
  • WR L'Damian Washington (7)
  • RB Henry Josey (7-FA)

Fresno State

Derek Carr

Carr's pro day almost didn't happen ...

... but the projected first-round selection was able to take to the field in front of scouts and will throw. He held himself out of the 40-yard dash after putting up a good time at the 2014 NFL Combine. He reportedly acquitted himself well early in the session.

Carr reportedly struggled when trying to throw deep, however. Bryant-Jon Anteola of the Fresno Bee reported that Carr went just 1-for-4 throwing downfield to uncovered wide receivers. It appears that Carr showed too much arm strength, overthrowing receivers after taking some criticism that his arm wasn't strong enough.

Whether flu-like symptoms were still bothering Carr is unclear. Unfortunately for the quarterback, it means he wasn't able to build much upon his Combine performance.

Other notable prospects:
  • WR Davante Adams (2)
  • TE Marcel Jensen (7)

Notre Dame

Louis Nix still looking trim

Eating right has been a point emphasis for Nix in his training for the NFL. He showed up to Notre Dame's Pro Day once again looking (relatively) trim.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for beef up front, and sent head coach Mike Tomlin to get a closer look at Nix, as well as defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Tomlin didn't hesitate to get in the trench with the defensive tackle.

Nix's 40-yard dash time probably wasn't blistering, but at least it looked good:

Tuitt was in a walking boot and was held out of drills, along with tight end Troy Niklas. Offensive tackle Zack Martin was able to take part in drills.

Other notable prospects:
  • OT Zack Martin (projected Round 1)
  • DT Stephon Tuitt (1-2)
  • TE Troy Niklas (2)
  • WR T.J. Jones (4-5)
  • OLB Prince Shembo (4-5)
  • CB Bennett Jackson (5-6)
  • OG Chris Watt (5-6)

San Diego State

Adam Muema a no-show

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious running back were disappointed.

Muema's bizarre story came to light when he left the NFL Combine, claiming that he was told by God that he would play for the Seattle Seahawks if he held himself out of workouts. Later, he revealed himself to be follower of "Lord RayEl," who is reportedly a man from Chicago who claims to be the "risen Christ."

Yes, this story is insane. Raw Story recently interviewed Muema, if you're interested in diving even deeper down the rabbit hole.

Other notable prospects:
  • SS Nat Berhe (projected Round 5-6)
  • OT Bryce Quigley (7)


Notable prospects:
  • OG David Yankey (projected Round 1-2)
  • DE Trent Murphy (2)
  • FS Ed Reynolds (3-4)
  • ILB Shayne Skov (3-4)
  • OT Cameron Fleming (4)
  • DE Josh Mauro (4-5)
  • RB Tyler Gaffney (4-5)
  • FB Ryan Hewitt (6-7)
  • DE Ben Gardner (7-FA)