Cal WR Chad Hansen improved on his Combine 40-yard dash of 4.53 seconds with a 4.42-second 40 during Friday's pro day.`
Insert caveat about pro day times often being faster than Combine times. However, in this case, homefield advantage would appear to be negated due to inclement weather. Draft Analyst Tony Pauline writes that "it rained harder as the workout progressed." He hears that the conditions were "miserable." We think that the likely Day 2 pick proved enough regarding his top-end speed at the Combine even before he posted this faster, water-logged pro day mark.
NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes there is a "good chance" Youngstown State edge rusher Derek Rivers is drafted in Round 2.
Jeremiah had Rivers stamped with a third-to-fourth-round grade entering the 2017 evaluating process. He notes that due to strong performances during the Senior Bowl practice week and NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot-4, 248-pounder has gained upward mobility toward an early Day 2 pick. DJ additionally writes that "[t]eams that run a 3-4 defense believe [Rivers] is an ideal fit at outside linebacker."
Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton told sophomore DE Rashan Gary that he would be disappointed if Gary is not being talked about as a potential top-10 pick in two years.
Gary was a consensus No. 1 recruit out of high school in 2016 and there has been talk about his being a potential top-10 selection after he completes his junior 2018 season since long before he committed and signed with the Wolverines. During Michigan's spring combine, the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder registered a smokin' 4.57-second 40-yard dash, which topped the marks of a number of UM players at traditionally faster positions such as linebacker, corner and running back. He recorded a relatively modest 23 tackles (5.0 for loss) and half-a-sack as a freshman this past season. Those numbers could be in for a supernova explosion come the 2017 campaign.
An NFC pro personnel director told NFL Media's Bucky Brooks that Florida LB Jarrad Davis is "a hard-nosed player who has a nasty streak that you need to excel at the position."
"Plus, he makes plays from numbers to numbers and has a bit of thump to him," the personnel director said. "Someone's going to get a good football player when they get him." Brooks sees the 6-foot-1, 238-pound Davis as similar to 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman on tape, writing that "[f]rom his nastiness to his tackling ability and toughness, Davis has a game that's reminiscent of the perennial Pro Bowler prior to his injury." In addition to this Bowman comp, we have also seen Davis' game likened to that of Bobby Wagner and Shaq Thompson.
Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that a whopping 19 NFL OL coaches attended Utah's pro day on Thursday.
The Jets, Browns, Jaguars and Lions were among that large crew of offensive line coaches. Garrett Bolles was one of the star attractions and did not disappoint. The 6-foot-5, 297-pounder stood by his stellar Combine testing results, but did take part in positional drills, with Pauline writing that he "left no doubt he’s the premiere left tackle in the draft." A first-round lock, Pauline is hearing that he could climb as high as a top-12 selection and that most insiders he has spoken with think that top-20 is pretty much a done deal.
TCU HC Gary Patterson said, "I think [redshirt senior QB Kenny Hilly] lost a little bit of confidence at the end of last year, and I don’t think all of it was his fault."
"I was too tough on him, to be honest. But you’ve got to look like it doesn’t matter to you that you threw a pick. You can’t let the rest of the offense know that it gets to you," Patterson said. It did not help that TCU's wideouts proved largely incapable of hauling in Trill's passes. Per Pro Football Focus, Hill was plagued by 38 drops, most in the country. Patterson alluded to these issues, too, saying, "we have to have a wide receiver step up" and making an allusion to Horned Frog greats of yore. "Trevone Boykin was a good player. But he was also a good player because of Kolby Listenbee and Josh Doctson," Patterson said. Hill accounted for 27 total touchdowns last season and could improve on that number during the coming campaign if he can shore up some of turnover tendencies (he led the Big 12 with 13 interceptions in 2016).
Pro Football Focus compared Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds to Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews.
"Like Matthews, Reynolds is a long stride receiver, which makes him more effective in a deep threat role than an in-and-out breaking receiver," explains the PFF analysis team. "Both players show the ability to track deep balls and make plays in the air when needed to." We like the 6-foot-3, 194-pounder as an underrated receiving prospect in this draft. He is one of the best ball-catchers in this class and has the chops to serve as a red zone target early in his NFL career.
Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that BYU QB Taysom Hill "turned in an incredible workout" during Friday's pro day.
Hill hasn't much been part of the draft conversation to date, but the aged quarterback's athletic testing on pro day might draw him a bit more interest down the stretch. Among the numbers turned in by the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder, a 40-yard dash of 4.44 seconds, a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. For context's sake, at the Combine those marks would have respectively ranked first (unseating Trevor Knight's 4.54-second 40), first (sorry again, Trevor -- Knight led Combine QB's with a 35.5-inch vertical) and third for quarterbacks. While Hill turns 27 in August and has a complicated (to put it kindly) medical history which could easily put him on the outside looking in when it comes to the draft, these strong testing results are a reminder that he has never lacked for athleticism.