NIU S Jimmie Ward was timed by one scout at 4.47 seconds on two forties at the school's pro day.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris has said Ward is a top three safety in this class and has a legitimate chance to be a first-round pick. Ward's versatility to play corner, line up in the slot, or cover ground in the deeper portions of the field could lead to some Kenny Vaccaro comparisons.
Arizona State edge rusher Carl Bradford believes he can play almost every position in a seven-man front.
"I talked a lot more to 3-4 teams about playing on the outside at linebacker than being a true d-end. I got a lot of teams talking to me about playing middle 'backer as well, which I would love. I also got asked to play just a rush end. I had a team talk to me about playing three-technique on the line in some pass situations. I believe I could play almost every position in the seven-man front," Bradford said. While Bradford might not have the length(6 foot 1 and 250 pounds)he does show power and explosion when rushing the passer. With his athleticism and instincts he could be utilized more as an inside linebacker at the next level.
When asked to rate the QB class of 2014, NFL Films' Greg Cosell called it "average."
Cosell went on to add that, even though he has not fully studied him, Oregon's Marcus Mariota would likely have been considered a true top five pick. "Not a manufactured one," Cosell said. The well respected NFL analyst does have UCF's Blake Bortles as his top prospect at the position, but notes he needs a lot of work in multiple areas. "Size is a big factor."
Ohio State off line of scrimmage LB Ryan Shazier re-injured his hamstring after his first forty, an unofficial 4.36, and will miss the remainder of the school's pro day.
This is upsetting, since Shazier elected not to run his forties at the Combine due to the lingering hamstring issue. The linebacker did produce some explosive measurements in the vertical and broad jump, however, and his athleticism stands out on film. Shazier has great length and closing speed and improved as a blitzer this season. He could be asked to matchup with tight ends in the NFL.
TCU CB Jason Verrett's labrum surgery is scheduled for March 17, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.
Pauline notes to expect Verrett to complete private workouts for teams prior to the surgery. In fact, the corner is scheduled to meet with the Panthers on Friday. Verrett decided to follow through with surgery despite some doctors suggesting he could heal naturally. He is a top four corner on Josh Norris' board.
Central Michigan RB Zurlon Tipton ran forty times of 4.70 and 4.71 seconds at the school's pro day.
After missing seven games this season due to a broken ankle, Tipton measured in at 5-foot-11 3/4 and 223-pounds. He posted a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump as well as a short shuttle time of 4.48 seconds and a 6.89 second 3-cone time. Tipton also recorded 17 bench press reps. The Chippewa has talent, but has a history of injuries.
Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 seconds at the school's pro day.
Carey barely improved his Combine time of 4.70 seconds, a number many were disappointed in. Apparently he worked with the wide receivers during his pro day workout, but teams have plenty of tape to look at Carey as a ball carrier.
Arizona CB Shaq Richardson ran forty times of 4.44 and 4.43 seconds at the school's pro day.
Richardson's workout also included a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-7 broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.17 seconds, 14 bench press reps and a three-cone time of 6.85 seconds. The Wildcat has the length NFL teams will reportedly covet in this year's draft.