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Northern Iowa RB David Johnson "could be drafted in the Day 2 range before it's all said and done," noted ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Johnson "displays very good versatility on tape and continued to catch the ball well during the drill work portion of the workout," they wrote. "He is a great example of a small-school prospect who has taken full advantage of the postseason process by creating a buzz within scouting circles." At the combine, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Johnson clocked a 4.50 40-yard dash, and leaped to a 41.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump. Johnson posted the second highest Speed Score amongst running backs. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis calls him a "total mismatch" versus linebackers in the passing game.
Mar 5 - 11:45 PM

Clemson edge rusher Corey Crawford explained his absence at the Senior Bowl by saying he had a high ankle sprain.

An interesting note, especially in its belatedness, because, as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline pointed out, Crawford's "non-appearance in Mobile rubbed a lot of people the wrong way." At Thursday's pro day, the prospect hoisted just 17 reps on bench. Crawford was a potential third-round prospect coming into the season, but it now looks like he could drop into late Day 3 territory.
Mar 5 - 11:33 PM

Mississippi State DE Preston Smith impressed an NFL scout at Thursday's pro day.

"Smith showed impressive agility and strength throughout the defensive line drills and showed some body control when changing directions while dropping and even catching passes," CBS Sports' Rob Rang gleaned from the evaluator. Smith is having a heck of an offseason. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote after the combine that his "arrow is pointed up for me," and TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported that NFL teams "came away very impressed with the versatility" Smith displayed at Wednesday's pro day.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 11:15 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks sees Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne as a potential bargain option to replace Lesean McCoy in Philadelphia.

"He's used to up-tempo and playing out of the shotgun, so his eyes would be fine in terms of finding the holes, vision-wise," Brooks said. The analyst actually thinks Miami RB Duke Johnson would "be the best fit" to fill the vacancy, because he's a "carbon copy" of McCoy himself. Melvin Gordon and Tevin Coleman are also good options, he said. "[Gordon] played in a zone system at Wisconsin that is similar to what the Eagles do, in terms of how he reads lanes and cuts," Brooks wrote. "He didn't spend a lot of time in the shotgun, so that would be something new for him, but it wouldn't be much of an adjustment." As for Coleman, Brooks said he is a "home-run hitter, very explosive, and with his size and speed and ability to catch the ball, he would be a really good fit."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 11:00 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout.

That's roughly a tenth of a second better than the 4.93 time he posted at the Combine. On Thursday, Flowers worked out as both a defensive end and linebacker. "The 6-foot-2 266-pounder is a good athlete for his compact frame but showed some stiffness when flipping his hips in linebacker drills and shows only normal (rather than explosive) acceleration," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He's a savvy, physical pass rusher who could play a Pernell McPhee-like role in a 3-4 scheme or operate as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 alignment." Flowers was a disruptive college end who showed well against future NFL prospects, including Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 10:42 PM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah "is one of the more elusive and versatile backs in this class," wrote ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Some were disappointed by Abdullah's 40-yard dash time of 4.60 at the combine, but the Scouts Inc. duo notes that he "turned in outstanding results in the jumps and agility tests, which speaks to his elusiveness and short-area quickness to create yards on his own." To wit, Abdullah led all backs at the combine in the vertical jump (42.5 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 10 inches), short shuttle (3.95) and three-cone drill (6.79). "Abdullah comes with some durability and ball-security issues, but he should land in somewhere in the Day 2 range," wrote Muench and Weidl.
Mar 5 - 10:14 PM

Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney showed "light feet and quick, heavy hands" during pass rush drills at his pro day, according to an NFL scout.

"[Those are] traits that have scouts from 3-4 and 4-3 teams alike intrigued," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound McKinney has been "drawing strong interest from the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported recently.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 9:59 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley didn't meet with any teams prior to his pro day workout because his uncle recently passed away.

"An uncle who evidently was like a second dad to Beasley," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. "Beasley went to the funeral and drove back to school yesterday, arriving on campus at 4 a.m. this morning for the pro-day workout." The stud prospect weighed in at 246 pounds at Thursday's pro day. On hand at the event to take him in were Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Bills coach Rex Ryan, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, and many more. All 32 NFL organizations were present at the event.
Mar 5 - 9:42 PM

Arkansas TE A.J. Derby was clocked in the low 4.7s at his pro day workout and "showed crisp routes and secure hands during his positional drills," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Derby wasn't able to participate at the Combine, so this workout was crucial for him. Derby, a former QB who transferred over from Iowa via a JUCO, is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and has the wheels befitting of a former dual-threat signal-caller. In terms of stock, he's a more polished and less hyped version of Blake Bell. Because the tight end class is horrid this year, Derby could potentially make a late move up boards -- there's only so many to go around.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 9:26 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl believe Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "has just average versatility in the passing game."

"He caught the ball well [at the combine], but he also appeared to lack ideal body control in adjusting to throws, and he doesn't look to have natural hand-eye coordination bringing the ball in," they wrote. "Teams considering drafting him will have to feel comfortable that he can improve in this area." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound ran a 4.52-second forty-yard dash at the combine, posting a Speed Score of 103.0. He added a broad jump of 10 feet, 6 inches, and a vertical jump of 35 inches. "Gordon also displayed good body control and smooth feet through bag and cone drills," noted Scouts Inc.
Mar 5 - 9:06 PM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "had a phenomenal day" at Thursday's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He only did position drills but teams were impressed with his overall performance, especially his cover skills," Pauline wrote. "Anthony met with the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers yesterday before having dinner with the Philadelphia Eagles." Let's return to Pauline for a stock check on Anthony: "Anthony has been on a straight shot north up draft boards since September. He stood out during the Senior Bowl, then looked terrific at the Combine and capped it off today at pro day. How high will Anthony be selected? The second round seems like a lock but it now looks as though he'll be chosen in the early to middle part of the frame. That poses a problem for a team like the Green Bay Packers, who've shown a lot of interest in the linebacker." Anthony has some serious steam behind him at the moment.
Mar 5 - 8:50 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory "looked terrific" in both linebacker and defensive line drills at the school's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline added that the Vikings spent an "extensive amount of time with Gregory" before the workout and the prospect met with the 49ers afterwards. Interestingly, Gregory almost missed the pro day altogether, as adverse weather conditions caused several flight re-routings as he returned from filming Sports Science in Los Angeles.
Mar 5 - 8:37 PM

Purdue DL Ryan Russell met with the Cardinals and Eagles on Wednesday.

"Interesting in that the Eagles will be looking to replace Trent Cole, whom they recently cut," noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. Russell clocked a 4.70 forty at his Wednesday pro day workout. Afterwards, he was called a "sleeper of sorts" by Pauline, who added that Russell could "end up being selected earlier than people presently project as teams like his size, athleticism and versatility to line-up in different defensive packages."
Mar 5 - 8:22 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Texas A&M redshirt senior G Jarvis Harrison can "play left tackle or guard" at the next level.

"Harrison -- who has 33 1/4-inch arms -- is a good football player and looked very good in the positional drills. He can play left tackle or guard. Teams will just have to hope that a prospect with this much ability can get his act together because he can have a future in the NFL," Brandt wrote. The Texas A & M prospect happened to show up late for the Aggies pro day, which is not the perfect way to impress future employers. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Harrison stood on his numbers from the combine, where he was a top performer in the three-cone drill for his position group.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 4:05 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo noted that Utah senior CB Eric Rowe missed two tackles all season.

The former safety turned corner, offers some versatility to his game. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe, spent three years playing safety before switching to CB for the Utes in 2014. Rowe has ideal size and speed at the next level and runs a 4.39 forty. While Rowe prefers to play CB, having the ability to play both safety and CB gives a boost to his draft stock.
Mar 5 - 3:33 PM



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