After recording a 4.57 forty at the Combine, LSU EDGE Danielle Hunter produced a 36 1/2" vertical, 10'10" broad jump and 6.95 3-cone at the school's pro day.
These are outstanding times for a 6'5/252 lbs edge player, however, they need to be kept in perspective. Hunter is solely a run defender at this time. He will absolutely flash as a pass rusher, but Hunter will need to turn a weakness into a strength in order to succeed on passing downs in the NFL. It is somewhat a common theme with LSU players in recent years. Still, these numbers project to a player who can convert speed to power.
USF TE Michael McFarland pieced together a very good pro day workout and could emerge as a late round target.
Per Gil Brandt, ran the 40 in 4.73 seconds with the wind and 4.85 seconds against the wind and added a 35-inch vertical, 9-foot-8 broad jump, 4.4 short shuttle and the three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds. The crop of tight ends is not a large one, and teams will be searching for a possible late round contributor.
BYU WR Jordan Leslie has received draftable grades from multiple teams, according to Dane Brugler.
Leslie measured in at 6'1 3/8" and 208 lbs, ran a 4.44 40, and recorded a 36" vert and 10'10" broad jump. The UTEP transfer recorded 55 catches for 779 yards and six touchdowns.
Tennessee sophomore T Coleman Thomas is facing a felony theft charge and has been suspended by the team.
He reportedly stole items ranging from $500 to $1,000. In fact, the story goes that Thomas stole a gaming system from a dorm room and sold it to a local store. Thomas started five games at right tackle as a true freshman.
Alabama FS/CB Geno Smith was arrested for a DUI early Saturday morning, his second such arrest.
He was arrested and charged for a DUI in 2013 and was suspended for the season opener. Smith was expected to take over the school's starting free safety spot with Nick Perry departing for the NFL.
The Redskins are scheduling a visit for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, according to Albert Breer.
Obviously there is a lot of interest in Mariota lately. Who knows if the Redskins would select Mariota at No. 5, and if the decision is really up to the GM and HC. Despite some mocking Mariota outside of the top 10, teams' interest seems to point towards this not happening.
The Jets are working out Oregon QB Marcus Mariota on Saturday in Eugene, according to Manish Mehta.
"General manager Mike Maccagnan and five key team decision-makers will hold a private workout for Marcus Mariota on Saturday," Mehta writes. Teams are not limited by restrictions for these on-campus workouts outside of money they are willing to spend. Beat writer Rich Cimini recently said the Jets are more likely to trade back to acquire more picks rather than pick Marcus Mariota.
The Chargers will put Oregon QB Marcus Mariota through a private workout on April 15, according to Albert Breer.
We knew the team would work out Mariota, but now a date has been set. The initial report was the first link between San Diego, Mariota and a possible Philip Rivers departure, which is a connection that has gained steam. We think something is actually there, even if it does not come to fruition. The great Adam Schefter seems confident Mariota and Jameis Winston will be the top two picks in some order.