Pro Day April 3: Mississippi

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Just a single pro-day workout on today’s schedule but it's a critical one in Oxford. Receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow and quarterback Chad Kelly, both surprise combine snubs, take the field for NFL teams today.

The players are running the 40 at present moment.

Unofficially I’m told receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow timed under 4.60s. Those on the field texted me a time of 4.55s on his first attempt. As with all pro-day workouts, times will be all over the board.


5:25 p.m.

Receiver-turned-cornerback Derrick Jones put on a show.

Measuring 6020 and 189 pounds, Jones touched 41 inches in the vertical jump and 11 feet in the broad jump and timed as fast as 4.40s in the 40.

He looked exceptional during position drills. Some claimed Jones looked better than teammate Tony Bridges, while others said he looked like a second-day pick.

Jones switched between receiver and cornerback the past four years. Last year he played in nine games -- starting three -- and finished with 21 tackles, two interceptions and three PBUs. Entering the season Jones received a May camp grade from scouts, meaning he would receive an invitation to May camp but would go no further.

As I analyzed in Jones' scouting report, “Jones is a project in the works but has the size and athleticism to stash on a practice squad with the hopes of developing him into a dime back.”

The Oakland Raiders are bringing Jones in for a workout next week.

The other player who stood out was defensive tackle/nose tackle D.J. Jones.

Jones completed 28 reps on the bench then looked good in position drills. He easily moved his large frame (319 pounds at the combine) around the practice field -- something he readily did on game film every Saturday.

4 p.m.

I’m told the New England Patriots were among a few teams waiting around at the workout to get a further update on Kelly and to see if he’s going to be able to throw.

How did the other Rebels look?

I’m told the time for Damore'ea Stringfellow “officially” came in at 4.67s/4.66s. He looked terrific running intermediate and short routes and caught the ball well, but anything outside of 20 yards was a struggle.

Quincy Adeboyejo, the team's other receiver and an underrated prospect, looked very good.

Adeboyejo re-did the vertical jump and touched 37 inches. He looked outstanding running routes and caught the ball very well.

Adeboyejo met with the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders on Sunday. He’s had private workouts with the Lions, Bengals and New Orleans Saints.

Running back Akeem Judd measured 5106 and 225lbs, timed as fast as 4.53s in the 40 and touched 32.5 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-6 in the broad. He looked very good in drills, easily moving his large frame around and catching the ball well.

3 p.m.

I’m told Chad Kelly was on the field with a large brace on his knee warming up for his passing workouts. Early in the workout, when Kelly had thrown about 10 passes, he walked off the field.

Early reports have been sketchy, but I’m told it’s a wrist injury to his throwing hand.

Though yet to be confirmed, some I’ve spoken with tell me Kelly’s teammates have said it’s a significant injury.