We will continue to post more pro day updates up on the website and Twitter over the next couple weeks. Today's Pro Day Report highlights notable pro day performances from across the country by some of the under the radar prospects in this year's draft class. Our next update will include NUC NFL Draft Bible on location reports from Maryland, Notre Dame and Indiana. Just one month to go until the 2016 NFL Draft!!! use code nfldraft2016 to get 30 days free at www.nfldraftbible.com for all updates.
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We will continue to post more pro day updates up on the website and Twitter over the next couple weeks. Today’s Pro Day Report highlights notable pro day performances from across the country by some of the under the radar prospects in this year’s draft class. Our next update will include NUC NFL Draft Bible on location reports from Maryland, Notre Dame and Indiana. Just one month to go until the 2016 NFL Draft!!! use code nfldraft2016 to get 30 days free at www.nfldraftbible.com for all updates.
UMass QB BLAKE FROHNAPFEL (6055/230) flashed deceiving quickness with a 4.68 forty-yard dash and measured 10 ¼” hands. His jumps included marks of 33 ½” in the vertical jump and 9’7 in the broad jump. The Marshall transfer met with the Lions before his workout and had interest from the Chargers after the practice. Frohnapfel is a developmental quarterback with a strong arm who could wind up landing on a practice squad.
Tennessee-Chattanooga QB JACOB HUESMAN (6005/229) flashed his athleticism with forty-yard dash times of 4.52/4.55, a vertical leap of 35” and 10’1 broad jump. Huesman went through defensive back drills upon the request of the Giants scout—only three teams were in attendance. Huesman also participated in Tennessee pro day, where he threw passes in front of 27 NFL teams in attendance. He is also being considered as H-back.
Virginia Tech speedy RB JC COLEMAN (5068/189) was clocked in the low 4.4-range during his forty and had shuttle times of 4.23 and 11.41, to go along with a 6.98 three-cone time. He registered a 37” vertical and added 19 bench press reps for good measure. Coleman can squat 465 pounds, more than some lineman on the team. While he wasn’t utilized much this past season out of the backfield, Coleman looked fluid lining up in the slot and catching the ball at his workout—he finished with 38 career receptions and totaled 2,465 career all-purpose yards.
Liberty RB DJ ABNAR (5070/177) registered a 33” vertical jump and 10’ broad jump, five months after having season-ending ankle surgery. Abnar rushed for 1,289 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior and displayed capable hands catching the ball out of the backfield. He spoke with the Bills, Bucs, Jags and Jets afterwards his workout.
Ole Miss WR LAQUON TREADWELL (6020/221) timed between 4.63-4.69 on his two forty-yard dash times, along with a 4.23 shuttle, 7.00 three-cone and 33” vertical jump. He met with the Chargers at pro day and the 49ers the night before. Treadwell will also work out for the Bengals and Dolphins.
Southeastern Louisiana CB/FS JORDAN BATISTE (5090/184) shocked over 20 scouts when running 4.52 on his 40 and 4.06 shuttle to go with 39.5 inch vert. He spoke with Saints and Raiders post workout. He is now moved into the priority free agent category due to his great numbers with great film.
Houtson WR DEMARCUS AYERS (5093/182) improved his forty-yard dash time from 4.72 at the Combine, to 4.58/4.60 at his pro day. He also ran 6.91 in the three-cone and 11.35 in the sixty-yard shuttle. Ayers has been invited to the Cowboys and Texans local days and will have a private workout for the Patriots on March 29th. His draft stock borders late day three/priority free agent.
Duke WR MAX McCAFFREY (6020/200) surprised some with a 4.40 forty-yard dash mark and clocked in as low as 4.36 in front of 29 NFL teams in attendance. He added a 36” vertical jump and 10’2 broad jump, leaving no questions about his athleticism. A projected undrafted free agent, McCaffery caught passes from JMU QB VAD LEE (6012/225), who just had plates removed from his broken left foot in February.
Cincinnati WRs were on display, with JOHNNY HOLTON (6005/190) improving his forty-yard dash from the Combine, running 4.36 and leaping 36 ½” in the vertical. MAX MORRISON (6000/181) timed 4.66, and had a 31” vertical. SHAQ WASHINGTON (5080/178) timed 4.48, with a 34” vert. MEKALE McKAY (6040/206) leaped 37” in the vert. CHRIS MOORE (6010/206) stood on his combine times. The wide outs were worked out by Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and wide receivers coach James Urban.
A healthy DANNY ANTHROP (6000/193) was timed between the 4.37-4.41-range in the forty-yard dash and added 19 bench press reps. The workout was attended by 23 NFL scouts and 2 CFL teams. After an outstanding East-West Shrine Game, Anthrop was snubbed by the combine but his performance at pro day, plus strong all-star week may have been enough to get drafted.
Possession WR JORDAN WILLIAMS (6024/224) of Ball State ran forty-yard dash times of 4.62/4.66 and had 22 bench press reps in front of 17 NFL/CFL scouts. Williams totaled 2,723 receiving yards, on 200 catches and 24 touchdowns over the past three seasons for the Cardinals. He projects as a priority free agent who can compete as a big-bodied possession receiver.
BYU WR MITCH MATHEWS (6055/222) exceeded many expectations with a forty-yard dash time of 4.44, to compliment a 38” vertical jump, 10’9 broad jump, 6.96 three-cone and 12 reps on the bench press. Mathews finished 12th in BYU history with 152 career receptions for 2,083 yards and 24 touchdowns. He should have plenty of interest following the draft as a priority free agent.
Colorado State-Pueblo WR KIEREN DUNCAN (5100/176) is drawing Tyler Lockett comparisons after his pro day workout in which he lit the turf up with a 4.25 forty, 37 ½” vertical, 10’6 broad and six bench press reps. Duncan, whose mom ran track for Jamaica has received interest from a handful of NFL teams. As a senior, he amassed 36 receptions for 622 yards and six touchdowns and ended the season with 1,527 all-purpose yards.
Florida Tech WR TJ LOWDER (5110/190) turned some heads with his performance, including a 4.49 forty, 34 ½” vertical, 10’2 broad and 20 bench press reps. Lowder, who began his career at FIU can also return kicks. He finished with 616 receiving yards on 46 receptions and five touchdowns for the Panthers in 2015.
Southern Mississippi LS LANCE SCHUFFERT (5113/230) shows why he is NFL Draft Bible's #1 Long Snapper in the draft. He was pinpoint in his snaps, both long and short and had impressive testing numbers. He ran 4.88 in the 40 yards dash, 30 inch vertical, 8-11 broad jump
Division-II WR REECE HORN (6025/215) from the University of Indianapolis timed 4.54 in the forty, with a 4.08 shuttle time, 6.68 three-cone and 11.18 in the sixty-yard drill. He added jumps of 34 ½” in the vertical and 9’10 in the broad, along with 18 bench press reps. Horn has bulked up a dozen pounds since January while training at Saint Vincents Sports Performance and holds virtually every receiving record possible for the Greyhounds. In 2015, he finished with 108 receptions, 1,396 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Thanks to help from a member of the Chargers, Division-III WR BRANDON ZYLSTRA (6023/214) of Concordia College was allowed to participate in the North Dakota State pro day. Afterwards he met with the Chargers and Jaguars. He timed 4.64/4.68, with 36” vertical, 10’4 broad, 4.25 shuttle at the Arizona Regional Combine and also has worked out for the CFL. Zylstra finished his Cobbers career with 3,322 all-purpose yards — 114.6 per game in 29 games — and 23 touchdowns. He caught 120 passes for 1,932 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Tulsa OG GARRETT STAFFORD (6043/309) didn’t wow anyone in combine drills but the run-mauler bully flashed excellent waist and knee bending flexibility in position drills. Stafford turned in a 5.45 forty-yard dash time, had a 26 ½” vertical, 8’5 broad jump and 25 bench press reps. He also ran 4.79 in the shuttle and 7.86 in the three-cone. Stafford spent time training at Chip Smith Performance Systems leading up to his pro day.
Sacramento State OL LARS HANSON (6062/310) timed 5.20 in the forty and met with the 49ers afterwards. He also had dinner with the Bengals and lunch with the Lions.
DL ROBERT NKEMDICHE (6034/294) looked like a thoroughbred going through a rigorous workout conducted by the Bengals and Dolphins at Ole Miss pro day. The likely first round prospect is scheduled to meet with fourteen teams including the 49ers, Bears, Bucs, Broncos, Chargers, Giants and Raiders. He met with the Cowboys prior to his workout.
Texas DT HASSAN RIDGEWAY (6033/303) improved his numbers from the Combine with a 4.69 shuttle time and 7.33 three-cone mark. Lions DL coach Kros Kocurek conducted the positional drills portion of the workout. Ridgeway was given a second round grade by the NFL Advisory Board.
With 31 NFL teams in attendance Florida Atlantic DT BRANDIN BRYANT (6024/295) clocked in at 4.85 in the forty-yard dash—he previously ran 4.81 at the NFL Regional Combine (New Orleans). He added 38 bench press reps to boast, to go along with a 7.16 three-cone mark. Bryant suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2014 and bounced back his senior year with 35 tackles, 10 ½ for loss and five sacks, playing in a 10-man defensive line rotation. Strong bloodlines run in the family, as both his father and grandfather were All-Americans. Bryant has one workout and two visits lined up.
Stony Brook DE/OLB VICTOR OCHI (6011/250) stood on his combine times and added 22 bench press reps. He’s scheduled to visit with the Cardinals. The Jets and Titans are also said to be interested. Other teams in attendance include the Bears, Bills, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars, Packers, Patriots, Raiders and Redskins. Ochi is projected as a top 100 overall selection.
North Carolina State DE MIKE ROSE (6024/261) timed 4.66 in the forty, 4.40 in the shuttle and 7.47 in the three-cone drill, to go along with 17 bench press reps. He leaped 33 ½” in the vertical and had a 9’8 broad jump. Afterwards, Rose met with the 49ers, Broncos, Browns, Chargers, Colts and Jaguars. Rose had 51 tackles last season for the Wolfpack, 15 for losses, 10 ½ sacks and forced two fumbles.
One player gaining major traction is Illinois State OLB DAVID PERKINS (6020/230) who recorded a 37” vertical, 10’1 broad, 4.33 shuttle, 6.84 three-cone, 21 bench press reps. He was timed in the 4.4-fast range on some watches! Second on the depth chart behind Ryan Shazier as a freshman, Perkins transferred from Ohio State to Illinois State in seek of playing time. He’s proven to be able to get to the quarterback with 24 tackles for loss and 16 ½ sack over the past two seasons. Perkins is a dark-horse candidate to hear his name called late in the draft.
Houston LB ELANDON ROBERTS (5115/234) timed 4.60 in the forty, leaped 36” in the vertical and 10’ in the broad jump, to go along with 25 bench press reps. His short shuttle time came in 4.60 and three-cone was 7.20. It should be noted that Roberts’ measureables are among the best of any linebacker in this draft across the board. Texans linebacker coach Mike Vrabel conducted his positional drills. Due to his lack of size, it’s hard to project whether or not a team will be intrigued enough to draft him but if not, this is one player who’ll be a hot commodity as an undrafted free agent. The Bills, Cardinals, Chargers, Jets, Packers, Rams, Raiders and Ravens have shown interest thus far.
Virginia Tech LB RONNY VANDYKE (6050/220) timed 4.62-4.66 in the forty, 7.27 in the shuttle, 11.69 in the sixty and added a 33” vertical, along with 9’10 broad. A versatile linebacker who can play inside/outside, Vandyke has been a special teams standout for the Hokies and one of their biggest leaders in the locker room.
Notre Dame CB KEIVARAE RUSSELL (5111/192) ran a 4.43 on his first forty-yard dash attempt and pulled his left hamstring on the second attempt. Despite the injury, he managed an 11’2 broad jump. Russell, who was unable to workout at the Combine due to a broken leg, was once considered a potential first round pick. Now, he is viewed as a potential mid-late round bargain value. He had 17 bench press reps in Indianapolis.
Western Kentucky CB PRINCE CHARLES IWORAH (5097/192) timed in the 4.35-range, with a 35” vertical jump, 10’8 broad jump and had 25 reps on the bench press. Charles Iworah is one of the more underrated players in this year’s draft and reminds us of a Bryce Callahan clone.
Northern Iowa's OLB BRETT MCMAKIN (6037/242) competed just eight days post appendectomy for UNI's pro day and put up respectable numbers 4.76 40, 29.5 vertical jump, but will also be setting up a pro day for timing on April 8th in Kansas City, in which we expect improved numbers. He is a fast rising underclassmen prospect whose film is extraordinary and is a draftable player. He met met with Packers, Falcons, Lions, and 49ers post pro day.
After a strong week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Arizona DB WILL PARKS (6006/204) had another eye-opening performance at pro day and has worked himself into a draftable grade, despite not receiving a combine invite. Parks was clocked at 4.55, with a 32” vertical jump and 9’7 broad jump. He added 22 bench press reps. In addition to playing safety, Parks is also viewed as a nickel corner at the next level. He is scheduled to visit the Chargers and Seahawks.
Tulsa tackle-machine SS MICHAEL MUDOH (5086/195) was timed 4.52 in the forty, with some having as low as 4.48, had a 32 ½” vertical, 10’6 broad jump and 23 bench press reps. He added a short shuttle time of 4.22, to go along with a 7.04 three-cone drill in very cold conditions. A three-year starter, Mudoh has registered 110-plus tackles in each of the past three seasons, including 21 games in which he totaled double digit tackles! The last Tulsa player drafted was Charles Clay in 2011.
One of the biggest combine snubs was Middle Tennessee S KEVIN BYARD who clocked impressive forty times of 4.49/4.50, along with a 38” vertical, 10’ broad jump and 22 bench press reps. After his workout he met with the Lions, Raiders and the Titans, whose scouting assistant Patrick Callaway, played linebacker with Byard at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithona, Georgia. He also met with the Browns the following day.
Bowling Green FS/SS EILAR HARDY (6001/194) timed 4.61 in the forty, with a 35” vertical, 9’8 broad jump, 7.09 three-cone and 4.12 short shuttle, which would’ve been the third best time for safeties at the combine. The Lions put Hardy through a set of individual drills after the workout held at Notre Dame, which is where he began his career.
Midwestern State all-time leading tackler S MARQUI CHRISTIAN (5104/196) is aiming to become the second Mustangs player ever drafted. He was timed as low as the 4.3-range running his forty with the wind and added a 35” vertical, 10’ broad jump and 14 bench press reps. Christian was the Cliff Harris Award winner for the 2015 season as the top defensive player in the country for NCAA Division II, D-III and NAIA. Thus far, he has had visits with the Cardinals, Raiders, Rams and Jets.
Two-time D-II All American CB MICHAEL JORDAN (6006/200) of Missouri Western had an audience of 17 NFL teams, plus one CFL team at his pro day. Jordan registered a 37 ½” vertical, 10’7 broad, and 15 reps. His senior season featured a team-high five interceptions, 17 pass break-ups and 22 passes defended — second-highest in the nation. Prior to the workout, Jordan met with seven teams, including the Panthers and he’s also scheduled to meet with the Lions.
Houston DB LEE HIGHTOWER (6013/198) clocked 4.54 in the forty, registered leaps of 37” in the vert and 10’5 in the broad, to go along with 16 bench press reps. Hightower, who has been invited to the Texans local prospect workout in April, also turned in shuttle times of 4.30 in the short and 11.42 in the sixty.
Kentucky State DB ERIC RAWLS (6014/195) clocked in 4.50 in the forty, had jumps of 35 ½” in the vert and 10’5 in the broad, to go along with 11 bench press reps. He also registered times of 4.22 in the short shuttle and 6.78 in the three-cone. The Cardinals, Colts, Packers and Vikings met with him afterwards.
Michigan DB WAYNE LYONS (5106/190) who converted from cornerback to safety after coming to the Wolverines as a Stanford graduate transfer turned in a solid pro day showing with a 35 ½” vertical, 10’3 broad and 22 bench press reps. He was timed between the 4.48-4.54 range in the forty-yard dash, 4.38 in the short shuttle and 7.00 in the three-cone. In 43 games for the Cardinal, Lyons totaled 126 tackles, three interceptions and five passes defended. This past season he finished with six tackles and one pass defended in limited time.
Those teams looking for a special teams ace may want to dig into Georgia Tech DB CHRIS MILTON (5100/187) who timed in the sub 4.40-range, along with a 34” vertical and 10’3 broad jump. Milton has seven career blocked kicks and has been mentored by Champ Bailey at Chip Smith Performance facility leading up to his pro day.
Liberty DB ELROY DOUGLAS (5095/178), a native of Toronto, has dual citizenship and is NFL/CFL draft eligible. He was timed 4.50 in the forty, with a 33” vertical and 10’ broad jump. In 2015, Douglas had one interception (which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown against Missouri Southern), 24 tackles and three passes defended. The Southern Illinois transfer is scheduled to work out for two CFL teams.
Miami-Ohio DB BRISON BURRIS (5104/190) timed 4.59/4.63 in the forty, with a 31” vertical, 9’6 broad, 4.40 shuttle, 7.02 three-cone and 19 bench press reps. Burris had 12.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions and a pick-six during the 2015 season.
Southern Illinois had a pair of sleeper prospects have great days as OLB/DEBRANDON WILLIAMS (6047/253) had 37 inch vertical, 10-6 broad jump, 24 reps on bench and 4.41 shuttle to go along with his Northwestern Pro Day in which he ran 4.69 in the 40 and was incredible in the drills as both DE and OLB. Brandon has met with the Packers, Redskins and Rams post pro day. DJ CAMERON FS (6000/204) ran 4.62 in 40 to go with an incredible 35 inch vertical jump, 10-5 broad jump, 4.14 shuttle, and 6.81 3 cone drill. Brandon is a potential late round pick/preferred free agent and DJ is a preferred free agent/free agent pick up. SIU's Top level Tight End ADAM FUEHNE has already had private workouts with Lions and Cardinals and has visit in San Diego set up with Chargers. SIU's QB MARK IANNOTTI was invited to workout with the Bears on April 14th.
Appalachian State K ZACH MATICS drew some attention with his 65-yard field goal connection during the final portion of the Mountaineers pro day. He also attempted two field goals from 68-yards but was wide left and short on the two attempts. On the season, Matics converted on 14-of-17 field goal attempts, twice connecting on a 51-yarder and had 40 touchbacks on 81 kickoffs.
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