Pro Day April 4: LSU, Ball State & New Mexico State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

While teams around the league are assembling for final draft meetings, scouts are still attending pro days around the nation. LSU is the big one on today’s schedule, though there are a lot of eyes on Ball State as well.

Over the past few days, I’ve heard complaints from a number of people over pro-day workouts stretching into the first week of April. There are a variety of legitimate complaints, but the biggest issue is the overlapping schedule. Many of the pro-day events this week are poorly attended, as teams are kicking off final draft meetings and can’t afford to send scouts or coaches away from facilities for the workouts. 

One example was yesterday’s Boise State workout, where just two linebackers coaches showed up for Leighton Vander Esch, who will be a mid-first round pick in three weeks. Only 10 teams showed up to watch Anthony Winbush of Ball State work out today. Winbush was a combine invitee whose participation was limited due to a hamstring issue.

Part of the problem is the late scheduling of the combine, which the league pushed back to maximize its marketing schedule, but it's had a negative impact on players, scouts and NFL teams.

Duke's pro day took place yesterday, and running back Shaun Wilson was really impressive. 

Wilson measured 5083 and 185 pounds, touched 37 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-11 in the broad jump and completed 17 reps on the bench press. He timed 4.43 in the 40, 4.2 in the short shuttle and 6.90 in the three-cone.

Wilson met with the Tennessee Titans on Monday, sat with the Cleveland Browns after the workout to review film and has private workouts with the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers this week.

Ball State

The Ball State workout was still going on at the time of posting. Ten teams were on hand primarily to watch edge rusher Anthony Winbush work out.

Winbush, who did not run at the combine due to a hamstring issue, completed 29 reps on the bench today (compared to 25 at the combine), touched 36 inches in the vertical jump and timed in the mid-4.7s (4.75/4.77) in the 40. After the shuttles and three-cone, Winbush will participate in both linebacker and defensive line drills.

He has an official visit set up with the Indianapolis Colts.