Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over, there are limited opportunities for prospects to make their cases with teams ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft. The biggest chance to impress scouts ahead of the draft is at college pro days, where even those who didn't get a Combine invite get to show off their skills.
Pro days are also great opportunities for those who missed their workouts at the Combine due to injury or other circumstances, as well as those who didn't like their Combine results and hope to offer up better showings. All senior players at a school -- with or without a Combine invite -- have the chance to earn a second look from teams that may not have otherwise taken notice.
The first pro days of this offseason will get underway on March 3, with Northern Arizona and Vanderbilt welcoming scouts from NFL teams. The final pro day belongs to Georgia Southern on April 6, with the NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, April 28.
We've got a list of notable pro days below, via NFL.com:
The first really big name to have a pro day was Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence. Scouts from 24 teams were on hand for Spence's workout and he vastly improved on the 4.8 40-yard dash he set at the Combine. Despite poor field and weather conditions, Spence ran the forty in the high 4.6 to mid 4.7 range, according to Tony Pauline of Draft Insider.
Spence reportedly only did defensive line drills and was not asked to take part in linebacker drills, according to the report from Pauline.
Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest also ran much faster than he did at the Combine, but this has more to do with the report that he was actually sick during the combine in Indianapolis, according to Pauline. Jordan Swindle, an offensive linemen who wasn't invited to the Combine, put up 22 reps of the bench press, ran a 5.38, had a broad jump of 9'5' and a vertical jump of 29 inches.
At Arizona State, the weight room stole the spotlight where offensive lineman Vi Teofilo put up 43 bench press reps. His teammate Christian Westerman decided not to participate in the bench after leading all NFL Combine participants with 34 reps in Indianapolis.
Prairie View A&M
All 32 NFL teams were represented at Auburn's pro day, including Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, to see several players who hoped to improve on their NFL Combine performances.
Running back Peyton Barber was planning to run the 40 again at Auburn's pro day to improve upon his 4.6 time at the combine. He posted a 4.59 unofficial at Auburn's pro day, and he completed 20 bench press reps after skipping that drill at the Combine. Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, who didn't participate in all drills at the Combine because of a hamstring injury, ran a 4.87 unofficial. Offensive tackle Shon Coleman, cornerback Jonathan Jones and wide receiver Ricardo Louis sat out of pro day drills.
Wide receiver Duke Williams, who was dismissed from the team in October after a fracas that ended with him punching four different people, including two security guards, did participate in Auburn's pro day. Williams, who posted a 4.7 40 time at the Combine, ran a 4.2 unofficial at Auburn's pro day.
There were 26 NFL teams represented at Minnesota's pro day, and the Gophers' punter seemed particularly excited about the experience.
Tomorrow's the day I've always dreamed of. 32 NFL teams coming to watch me hold field goals. If they have time I will also do some punting— Peter Mortell (@PMortell37) March 6, 2016
The University of Connecticut had 10 players participate in their pro day activities, and safety Andrew Adams said that talking to UConn alums who have gone on to the NFL throughout the preparation process was helpful.
"I was talking to all of them throughout the training program and throughout the process," Adams said. "I still talk to them. They've been through it so they give me words of advice and I just listen to them."
Jacksonville State had nearly two dozen NFL teams represented at their pro day, and although defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler injured his hamstring on his second 40-yard dash attempt, he did take .2 seconds off his time from the Combine, posting an unofficial 4.85. Sigler matched his bench press reps from the Combine with 23.
Several teams were on hand at Kansas State's pro day to see Cody Whitehair, Mike Mayock's top offensive guard prospect, and fullback Glenn Gronkowski, brother of Rob Gronkowski.
Defensive back Morgan Burns, who may get some looks as a return specialist at the next level, helped his draft stock at with an unofficial 4.38 40-yard dash.
At Northwestern's pro day, wide receiver Miles Shuler reportedly posted 40 times in the 4.4 range. Shuler's broad jump was 126 inches. Cornerback Nick VanHoose did not participate in Northwestern's pro day for personal reasons.
There were reportedly 30 teams on hand to watch prospects go through drills at Oklahoma State's pro day. Teams were surely interested in the performance of Emmanuel Ogbah, one of the better defensive ends in this year's draft.
The University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., also hosted its pro day, which was just the second pro day in program history.
Alabama's pro day featured a large number of NFL Draft hopefuls, including some of this year's top prospects. All 32 teams were represented, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was personally present to assess the talent, and he was, once again, wearing a button down shirt. Chuck Pagano, the head coach of the Colts, and Sean Payton of the Saints were also on hand at Bama's pro day.
One disappointment at Alabama was the loss of cornerback Bradley Sylve to an Achilles tendon tear on Tuesday. He wasn't invited to the Combine so he already faced an uphill climb, but was a special teams ace expected to do very well in the 40-yard dash and agility drills.
During the workouts, Alabama coach Nick Saban went to bat for his Heisman Trophy-winning running back, Derrick Henry:
"With Derrick Henry, you've got to get past the style points," Saban told reporters (via Alex Martin Smith of SEC Country). "I think if you just look at the result because of the style, you're gonna really like the guy and want him on your team. He's got great character. He can do everything else you need him to do. I don't know why somebody wouldn't want him to be the man on their team."
Other notables like linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive linemen A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed didn't participate in much more than positional drills:
Ragland not running 40 today after all, but had been scheduled for it. QB Jake Coker didn't run 40 either, surprising.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 9, 2016
Bill O'Brien and J.J. Watt traveled from Houston to Wisconsin to take in a pro day, although they were reportedly there to watch different people.
While Watt was obviously in attendance to watch his younger brother Derek Watt, O'Brien was taking in the performance of quarterback Joel Stave, according to Tony Pauline of Walter Football. The Texans signed Brock Osweiler on Wednesday, so the team's quarterback need isn't as dire as it was when O'Brien arrived in Wisconsin, but adding more talent at the position isn't a bad idea even though Houston already added Tom Savage last year.
The top prospect for the Badgers is likely linebacker Joe Schobert, though. Of the 25 teams in attendance, the Lions and Eagles sent linebacker coaches, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, and Schobert impressed with a 35.5-inch vertical and solid quickness.
All 32 teams sent representatives to the Oklahoma Pro Day, where wide receiver Sterling Shepard reportedly stole the show in positional workouts even though he decided to stand on his Combine numbers in timing drills. Those in attendance included Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who could probably use a receiver after losing Marvin Jones on Wednesday.
Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds and talked with the Bengals and 49ers after the workout, according to Tony Pauline of Walter Football.
Kevin Dodd of Clemson was one of the big names on the day. He took part in both defensive line and linebacker drills, and had a 30.5'' vertical jump, a 4.44 short shuttle and 7.31 in the 3-cone drill. On top of that, he put up 22 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. On top of Dodd, Mackensie Alexander, a cornerback, drew plenty of attention. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was particularly interested in Alexander, who impressed in position drills and is notable for his versatility in the secondary.
Defensive end Shaq Lawson is the other big name, and all three Clemson players could wind up going in the first round of the NFL Draft. Lawson did both linebacker and defensive line drills, but drew much better reviews for his work on the line than at the linebacker position.
According to Tony Pauline, 26 teams were on hand for Harvard's Pro Day, where tight end Ben Braunecker and offensive lineman Cole Toner were the most interesting names. The former ran a 40-yard dash between 4.65 to 4.72 and the latter ran at 5.08 to 5.14. Both players looked very good on the day.
Mississippi State was the other big school in action on Thursday. Defensive tackle Chris Jones is one of the big names, and he had an "outstanding positional workout," according to Pauline, and could go in the first round. Receiver De'Runnya Wilson improved on his 40-yard dash time from the Combine with a time between 4.71 and 4.78 seconds, while quarterback Dak Prescott had an "up and down" day.
The entire NFL (almost) came to Ohio State's pro day, where Braxton Miller showed off his blazing speed and likely top-10 pick Joey Bosa improved on his Combine numbers. The full recap is here.
LSU had a lot of NFL personnel on hand for its pro day activities. Vadal Alexander, Mike Mayock's second-best offensive guard prospect for this year's draft, participated, as did linebacker Deion Jones, another top prospect at his position.
Jones is the player who really turned heads at LSU's pro day. Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com said there were audible gasps from those in attendance when Jones ran his blazing-fast 40, which was clocked unofficially in the low 4.3 range. Jones looked really fluid on the L drill, too.
Deion Jones with the 7.00 showing on the L Drill. pic.twitter.com/uj1kro58ae— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 14, 2016
The Cincinnati Bearcats have several receivers who are drawing interest from teams, and Johnny Holton in particular hoped to run a faster 40 than he had at the Combine. Holton, who was dealing with a hamstring strain at the Combine, ran a 4.54 in Indianapolis. Wide receiver Chris Moore opted to stand on his Combine numbers, including a 4.53 time in the 40. The Jets, Giants and Lions all had wide receiver coaches on hand to evaluate prospects.
At Bowling Green State University's pro day, wide receiver Roger Lewis improved upon his Combine performance in a couple of areas. His vertical jump bumped up from 33.5 inches at the Combine to a 36 at pro day. He also added nine inches to his broad jump from the Combine, jumping 125 inches at Bowling Green's pro day.
About 30 scouts were on hand for the University of Toledo's pro day.
Grand Valley State
UCLA's pro day was the headliner on March 15, and the Bruins top prospect, Myles Jack, skipped the 40-yard dash and shuttle run. Jack will participate in his own separate pro day on April 1. Jack tore his MCL on Sept. 22 and was not medically cleared to participate in all drills at the NFL Combine.
Hue Jackson was on hand to personally evaluate UCLA's draft prospects' performances, as were eight teams' general managers. All 32 teams were represented.
With Jack limited in pro day drills, the linebacker who stood out the most was Aaron Wallace, who wasn't invited to the Combine. Wallace ran 40s in the high 4.4 to low 4.5 range, completed 25 bench press reps and had a 36-inch vertical.
At Virginia's pro day, defensive end Trent Corney showed off his athleticism with 34 bench press reps, a 30-inch vertical and a 10'6 broad jump. Corney said following pro day that he expected his 40 time to be in the 4.5 range.
A total of 28 NFL teams and three CFL teams attended Virginia's pro day.
At Arkansas, top tight end prospect Hunter Henry needed a strong pro day performance after only participating in the bench press at the Combine. Henry's pro day performance was very strong. Henry ran an unofficial 4.68 in the 40-yard dash and put up 21 bench press reps, a marked improvement over his Combine performance of 13.
All 32 teams were represented at Baylor's pro day. Wide receiver Corey Coleman was unable to run at the Combine as he continued to recover from surgery to repair a sports hernia, but he impressed those in attendance at Baylor's pro day with an unofficial 4.37 40-yard dash. Coleman was hand-timed by scouts in attendance at 4.37 not once, but twice.
Bear in mind that Coleman could potentially be faster once he's farther removed from the sports hernia surgery.
Offensive lineman LaQuan McGowan tipped the scales at 405 pounds. McGowan, who is 6'7", managed 30 bench press reps. McGowan also played some tight end for Baylor.
TE LaQuon McGowan, 6-7, 405, was a scoring machine at Baylor. Three catches, three touchdowns— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 16, 2016
Baylor's second-largest player, 6'7 defensive end Shawn Oakman, weighed in at 289 pounds and ran a 40 in the 4.8 range.
Defensive tackle Andrew Billings, one of the best interior defensive line prospects in this draft, looked very fluid running the three cone drill.
Several head coaches and GMs were on hand for the University of Georgia's pro day. Bill Belichick was dressed in his pro day finest.
The Atlanta Falcons were well represented, with head coach Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff and assistant GM Scott Pioli all present. Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan was there with his brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Defensive end Leonard Floyd, who had to pull out of the NFL Combine after injuring his hamstring, became ill and was also unable to participate Wednesday.
Here's a rundown of the results for the players who did participate in UGA's pro day.
Michigan State issued 52 credentials to NFL team personnel, and all 32 teams were represented at the Spartans' pro day.
Connor Cook's stock has fallen somewhat, but he's still a top quarterback prospect in this draft. Cook is drawing a great deal of interest from teams.
All 32 teams in attendance at MSU Pro Day, where QB Connor Cook met with 49ers and Rams before workout, and met with Browns' staff after.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2016
Defensive end Shilique Calhoun, a two-time All American, looked fluid on the shuttle drill.
San Diego State
William & Mary
The biggest name showing off on Thursday: Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Considered a high-round pick and one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, the former Nittany Lions quarterback did quite well on the day, at least according to one NFL evaluator who said he "threw the ball great," according to NFL.com.
Hackenberg completed 44 of 52 passes including 21 passes consecutively. This beauty was one of them:
Carl Nassib, Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel -- all good defensive line prospects also from Penn State, warranted a mention and "moved well," according to NFL.com.
Hackenberg's entire Pro Day passing workout can actually be seen over at Fight On State on Scout.com.
Stanford also hosted their Pro Day on Thursday, and along with Kevin Hogan at quarterback, guys like Austin Hooper and Joshua Garnett headlined the list of prospects. Austin Hooper looked particularly good, and improved upon his 40-yard dash time from the NFL Combine. He ran it a couple times during the Pro Day and one of his times was 4.66, according to Joe Fann of the 49ers official website.
Some interesting notes from Tony Pauline of DraftInsider include that Boston College safety Justin Simmons ran the 40-yard dash in the early 4.5-second range, excellent for a player of his size and at his position, Fresno State cornerback Charles Washington impressed with a 40 time of 4.44 seconds and a vertical jump of 41''.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff is the headliner on Friday, but there are a few prospects also getting some looks at their respective pro days.
At Navy, former quarterback Keenan Reynolds got a chance to participate in drills after he didn't receive a NFL Combine invite. Reynolds worked as a running back at the East-West Shrine Game and showed solid athleticism with a 37-inch vertical on Friday. He followed with a 40-yard dash time of 4.56 seconds, although he appeared to suffer a tweaked hamstring that kept him from running a second time.
Keenan Reynolds 4.56 -unofficial. Did not do second run. pic.twitter.com/9M45MKJvjq— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) March 18, 2016
While Michigan has fewer top prospects than the powerhouse program typically has, Graham Glasgow is considered one of the better centers in the 2016 NFL Draft. But it was defensive lineman Justin Zimmer of Ferris State, a Division II university in Michigan, that opened eyes with 44 bench press reps, according to Tony Pauline.
Surprisingly, Akron drew plenty of NFL attention of Friday with 22 teams showing up for the Zips' pro day, according to George Thomas of Ohio.com. The headliner for Akron is linebacker Jatavis Brown, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year who finished his senior season with 10.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. His 5'11 stature kept him from getting an NFL Combine invite, but he intrigued scouts at a regional combine with a 4.47 40-yard dash, according to John Harris of NFL.com.
As far as Goff, things went very well at his Pro Day. He looked in command of the football and found his receivers without much issue.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network praised Goff's footwork and awareness, among other things.
Scouts from all 32 teams were reportedly on hand for Iowa's pro day, and wide receiver Tevaun Smith helped his draft stock with a remarkable 4.33 40-yard dash. Smith rounded out his day with a 3.94 shuttle run, a 38-inch vertical jump and 13 bench press reps.
Running back Jordan Canzeri also had an impressive 40 time, clocking in at 4.43. Canzeri had a 4.08 shuttle time, a 34.5-inch vertical and 20 bench press reps. Canzeri is just over 5'7 and weighed in at 190, but his pro day performance should draw some attention.
Tight end Henry Krieger-Coble measured in at 6'3 and 249 pounds and ran a 4.76 40. Defensive end Nate Meier clocked in with a 4.83 40, a 4.21 shuttle run, a 30-inch vertical, an 8'8-inch broad jump and 21 bench press reps.
Tight end Jake Duzey and defensive end Drew Ott measured in at Iowa's pro day but did not participate in drills. Free safety Jordan Lomax ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, had a 38.5 vertical and a 10'1 broad jump.
Quarterback Steven Bench apparently impressed at USF's pro day.
Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves opted to rest on his numbers from the NFL Combine, but he did go through position drills at Florida's pro day. One scout said Hargreaves' performance in position drills was the best he'd seen since Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Some teams are concerned about Hargreaves' size, but his performance in position drills at pro day should elevate his draft stock.
Safety Keanu Neal improved on his Combine numbers, running a 4.56 unofficial at Florida's pro day. Neal ran a 4.62 at the Combine. Neal also was able to shine in position drills, catching every ball that was thrown his way, according to Walter Football's Tony Pauline. Neal also ran a 4.25 shuttle drill.
The Iowa State Cyclones had nine former players take part in pro day drills, and 21 NFL teams were represented.
Pro Day is tomorrow for the following #Cyclones: Bundrage, Floyd, Lynn, Omoile, Lalk, Pierson, Taiese, Richardson (DB), Richardson (QB).— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) March 21, 2016
All 32 NFL teams were on hand to watch defensive tackle Vernon Butler, quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Kenneth Dixon at Louisiana Tech's pro day.
Driskel, who began his college career at the University of Florida under then-coach Will Muschamp, posted the fasted 40 time of any quarterback at the NFL Combine, a 4.56. Driskel has spent the month since the Combine cleaning up his mechanics and hopes to impress teams with his throwing ability at Tech's pro day.
North Carolina Central
Missouri's pro day had more than 30 NFL personnel on hand to watch a handful of former Tigers. Linebacker Kendrell Brothers improved some of his testing numbers, as he shaved 0.17 seconds off his 40 time and added three inches to his vertical jump. None of those results would have ranked highly among linebackers at the combine, but did represent personal bests for Brothers, according to a school rep.
Although the pro day at Texas was not as highly anticipated as in past years, there were still scouts representing 31 teams in Austin (all except the Bengals). For the Longhorns' best NFL prospect, DT Hassan Ridgeway, much of the focus was on his work in the positional drills. Ridgeway had a terrific workout, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, and scouts were shocked at how strong physically he is.
Desmond "Tank" Jackson put up perhaps the most impressive number at the Longhorns pro day, with a whopping 36 reps on the bench press. That would have been the top mark at the Combine in February, besting the 34 reps done by Arizona State guard Christian Westerman.
Reps from several teams including the Dolphins, Jets, Bears, Steelers and Jaguars were on hand to watch a bevy of prospects at USC's pro day, most notably QB Cody Kessler, RB Tre Madden and DB/LB Su'a Cravens.
Kessler, who is looking to join a long list of drafted Trojan quarterbacks, had a solid performance with his scripted throws, per Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times.
Cravens boosted his stock with an excellent 4.65 40 time on Wednesday. After getting mixed reviews at the Combine because of his disappointing results in the physical testing (27-inch vertical, 114-inch long jump, 16 reps on the bench press), he also improved in the vertical measurement by jumping 30.5 inches.
Missouri Western State
North Dakota State
Carson Wentz was the headliner on Thursday, and according to various reports, he didn't disappoint the onlookers during his workout. Although only 18 teams were able to travel to Fargo because of snowstorms (all 32 were credentialed), the ones that did make it were treated to a spectacular performance.
NFL Media's Gil Brandt, with more than five decades of NFL scouting experience, called it one of the best pro days he's ever witnessed, and said that Wentz reminded him of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He noted that Wentz completed 63 of 65 throws during the scripted session, with one overthrow and one drop.
A lot of people asking what the best QB pro day I have ever seen. It was Sam Bradford's. Best I had seen since @TroyAikman's.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 24, 2016
NFL Media's leading draft analyst Mike Mayock noted Wentz's exceptional athleticism and ability to create extra yardage outside the pocket, calling him "every bit as athletic as Andrew Luck or Cam Newton." Mayock went on to offer glowing remarks about his intangibles, too, comparing him to Philip Rivers in terms of his toughness and competitiveness on gameday.
Wentz also went through additional drills with Browns quarterback coach Pep Hamilton, who had him make a few passes with a soaking wet ball to see how he'd handle passing in adverse conditions. The first one of those throws bounced into the turf, but he rebounded to toss some nice spirals with the drenched footballs.
Following his excellent showings at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, it is clear that Wentz made another very strong impression on Thursday as he looks to become the first quarterback off the board in April's draft.
Houston linebacker Elandon Roberts, who led FBS with 88 solo tackles last season, wowed scouts at his pro day with some outstanding numbers in the physical testing portion of the workout.
Pro Day numbers for #Houston LB Elandon Roberts:— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 24, 2016
5-ft-11 3/4, 234 lbs
Defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, who is a projected third or fourth rounder, drew a lot of attention from scouts and other NFL personnel at BYU's pro day. Kaufusi opted to rest on his Combine numbers and just participated in position and agility drills at Pro Day. Receivers Mitch Mathews and Devon Blackmon. Unofficially, Blackmon ran a 4.41, and Mathews, who is 6'6", ran a 4.4.
Ole Miss had many big name NFL hopefuls working out for NFL personnel at their pro day, and it was a record turnout for the Rebels. According to the program's official Twitter account, five NFL GMs were on hand to personally assess the Rebels' talent. John Dorsey from the Chiefs, Les Snead from the Rams, Jerry Reese from the Vikings, Rick Spielman from the Vikings and Jon Robinson from the Titans were all present, and Robinson brought head coach Mike Mularkey along.
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who has a very good shot at being selected by the Tennessee Titans with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, definitely impressed at pro day. Tunsil looks to be in ideal shape. He opted to not run the 40-yard dash at pro day, and he also declined to run at the Combine, but he impressed nonetheless. Tunsil added 33 bench press reps and a 28.5" vertical.
Laquon Treadwell also declined to run the 40 at the Combine, opting instead to take some additional time to prepare. Treadwell had said that he hoped to run in the 4.5 range. Treadwell posted, unofficially, a 4.63 and a 4.65. In the position drills, however, Treadwell reminded everyone why he's penciled in as a first rounder.
Robert Nkemdiche needed to impress at pro day as some inconsistent effort on the field last season, as well as an off-the-field incident, may make teams think twice about selecting him in the first round regardless of his talent. Nkemdiche skipped the 40 as well, but showed off his athleticism in other ways.
A couple of lesser-known Ole Miss players also made an impression at pro day. Safety Trae Elston certainly improved his stock with a 4.5 40-yard dash. Defensive back Mike Hilton ran a 4.3 40.
Jalen Ramsey took center stage on Tuesday, as dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and front office personnel flocked to Tallahassee for Florida State's pro day event. Ramsey did not participate in any of the physical fitness testing -- he had already established himself as one of the draft's most freakish athletes with his fantastic numbers at the Combine -- but did go through a full set of positional drills here.
Representatives from 30 NFL teams, including four general managers and two coaches, were on hand to watch Ramsey and more than 20 former Seminoles pursue their dream of playing in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans, who hold the No. 1 pick in the draft, had the largest contingent, with GM Jon Robinson, head coach Mike Mularkey, defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau, director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield and scout Tim Ruskell here to check out the All-American defensive back.
Ramsey, a Tennessee native, put on a thoroughly impressive performance as excelled in both the cornerback and safety drills. He played numerous positions in the secondary at Florida State, so it was important that he perform well in multiple roles during the workout. He looked very smooth and fluid in his backpedal, and displayed his outstanding leaping ability as scouts looked on.
Ramsey back to the TB scout. pic.twitter.com/lx8gTw1DkC— Andrew Miller (@Andrew_Miller36) March 29, 2016
The versatile defensive star is projected to be a top-five pick and he showed Tuesday why he is considered one of the top players overall in the 2016 draft class.
Ramsey might have been the highest profile prospect in Tallahassee but he wasn't the only one who put on a show Tuesday. Robert Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, was booting 50-plus yard field goals with ease.
Roberto Aguayo from 55. Plenty. pic.twitter.com/2UUZNFgLpP— David Visser (@DavidBVisser) March 29, 2016
South Carolina State
It was pouring down rain at the University of Miami's pro day, where they don't have an indoor practice facility, and the weather impacted players' ability to perform in the various drills. Miami said they were expecting over 150 NFL personnell from all 32 teams to be present.
Some Canes alumni, including Ed Reed, were on hand to watch Miami players working through pro day drills.
Defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou managed 35 bench press reps at pro day. Inside linebacker Raphael Kirby, who put up 27 bench press reps at the combine, improved to 33 reps at pro day.
Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns has some draft advice for teams.
Spoke with @A1hurns after Miami pro day. He said to watch out for Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters during the draft process. Both looked great.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 30, 2016
Cornerback Artie Burns is Miami's top prospect this year, and he opted to not run the 40-yard dash in the rainy conditions at pro day. Burns ran a 4.46 at the combine. Free safety Deon Bush and wide receiver Rashawn Scott skipped the bench press.
At South Carolina's pro day, tight end Jerell Adams opted to not run the 40. Adams, who is 6'5 and 247 pounds, had a very strong showing at the combine. His 4.6 second 40-yard dash was the best among all tight ends, and Adams also led his position group in the 20-yard shuttle and three cone drills at the combine. Adams did participate in position drills.
Jadeveon Clowney was on hand to cheer on his former teammates at pro day.
Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, another top Gamecocks prospect, plays faster than his 40-yard dash time at pro day would suggest.
Pharoh Cooper is another WR who seems faster onfield (with that forward lean) than running high 4.5s - low 4.6s at his Pro Day @lifesyourcup— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) March 30, 2016
The Volunteers had 17 former players scheduled to participate in Tennessee's pro day. Defensive end/outside linebacker Curt Maggitt, who was unable to run at the Combine as he continued to recover from a hip injury that ended his season, was also limited in pro day. Maggitt did 22 bench press reps and participated in position drills.
Another Vol who has been hindered by injuries, wide receiver Marquez North, improved upon his combine performance in the 40-yard dash. North, who is nearly 6'3 and 226 pounds, ran a 4.42 40 at pro day, unofficially. His combine time was 4.48.
Defensive tackle Owen Williams impressed with 42 bench press reps. Safety Brian Randolph made an impression with a 4.4 40-yard dash and 31 bench press reps.
There were 27 NFL teams represented at Maryland's pro day, including the Ravens, Steelers and Washington.
A busy day on the pro-day schedule Thursday with several top prospects in the spotlight. At TCU, Josh Doctson had an impressive performance in front of dozens of scouts, solidifying his first-round buzz. The Vikings, Cowboys and Rams were well-represented in Fort Worth, along with the Texans, Browns, Dolphins, Bengals, Seahawks, Jets, Patriots, Falcons, Lions, Raiders, Bears, Eagles and Packers.
Doctson decided to stand on his 4.50 40 time from the combine, but did go through an exhaustive set of receiver drills during the session.
Trevone Boykin was the other headliner at TCU's pro day. He participated in both quarterback and wide receiver drills, as NFL teams are considering him at both positions. According to the Star-Telegram's Charean Williams, Boykin finished 35 of 38 in the scripted throwing portion of the workout and ran eight routes at wideout. He also showed off his rocket arm with this 80-yard bomb:
Representatives from all 32 teams were in South Bend to watch Notre Dame's pro day, with several early round prospects eager to show off their talents in front of NFL scouts, coaches and front office personnel. Linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was considered a likely top-five pick before he suffered a devastating knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl, did participate in the bench press and recorded 24 reps.
Wide receiver Will Fuller did not run the 40 (his 4.32 at the combine led all wideouts) but did run routes and participate in the positional drills.
Another top prospect expected to be taken on the first day, offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley, went through all the O-line drills and got some extra coaching from the Lions staff members that were on hand.
Fifteen scouts were on hand at Appalachian State's pro day to watch defensive lineman Donald Blair. The Sun Belt Conference's Defensive Player of the Year boosted his stock by running a 4.84 40-yard dash, shaving .31 seconds off his combine time. He is a "diamond in the rough" prospect that projects to be a DE/DT hybrid lineman at the next level.
Another off-the-beaten-path prospect, 22-year-old German receiver Moritz Boehringer, put his skills and athleticism on display at Florida Atlantic's pro day event. The 6'4, 225-pound wideout really impressed the dozens of onlookers with his "Olympian-type" results in the testing portion of the workout. He posted a vertical jump of 39 inches, a broad jump of 10 feet 11 inches, was timed from 4.38 to 4.45 in the 40, and ran a 4.09 in the short shuttle and 6.64 in the 3-cone. Those numbers have rarely been replicated by any recent NFL prospect.
That wasn't all for Boehringer, who apparently also looked equally good catching the ball and in positional drills. Pro scout Tony Pauline notes that he's heard Boehringer is considered a legitimate prospect and could go as early as the fourth round.
A large crowd (roughly 45 scouts, position coaches and coordinators) was on hand for Boise State's pro day, primarily to watch safety Darian Thompson and LB/DE Kamalei Correa. Thompson was sick at the combine, and ran a much faster 40 time here in Boise, clocking in at 4.53 and 4.55 seconds. Correa, who is getting late first-round consideration, improved on both his vertical jump (34 inches vs. 33 inches at the combine) and broad jump (9'9" vs. 9'0" at the combine) results from February.
It was a light schedule of pro days to begin the month; Indiana drew the most interest as dozens of scouts were on hand to see top offensive line prospect Jason Spriggs. The senior had already cemented himself as arguably the most athletic lineman prospect with his outstanding performance at the combine (top-four marks in bench press, 40-yard dash, broad jump and 20-yard shuttle). He added to those superlatives by participating in the three-cone drill and vertical jump and showing improvement in both tests, solidifying his status as a first-round pick.
The top prospect at West Virginia's pro day was safety Karl Joseph, who is still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered last October. He did put up 19 reps on the bench press, but didn't participate in any of the other drills as he continues to rehab his knee. He is progressing well and expects to be ready for training camp this summer.
Nicholas Kwiatkoski was another intriguing prospect to watch in Morgantown. The versatile defender played all three linebacker spots at WVU and is projected as a late day 3 draft pick. He stood on his combine numbers at the pro day, but participated in the positional drills and showed off his strong tackling and coverage skills in front of the scouts.
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Paxton Lynch had quite an impressive performance at Wednesday's pro day in challenging weather conditions (wind gusts reportedly up to 40 mph). There were reportedly 26 teams represented at the workout in Memphis, with Bills OC Greg Roman and Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt among them.
Lynch completed 57 of 69 passes during the scripted session, which included a "2-minute drill" exercise, and then was asked by Whisenhunt to make some extra throws on the move against simulated pressure. He showed excellent arm strength on deep routes and scouts noted that this footwork looked much improved.
Based on the buzz coming out of Memphis, Lynch really boosted his stock with his outstanding pro day performance and took advantage of the opportunity to showcase his big-time arm and athleticism. NFL Network's draft guru Mike Mayock noted that Lynch would have one of the five strongest arms in the NFL right now, and called him a "first-round talent."