Pro Day April 5: Arkansas State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Just one pro day of note on today’s schedule and that’s Arkansas State, where 10 teams turned out for the workout. The Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars were just a few of the teams on hand.

Pass rusher Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, the school's only combine participant, performed poorly. He measured 6020 and 251 pounds (two fewer than the combine) and timed a pedestrian 5.12 in the 40, 4.65 in the short shuttle and 7.63 in the three-cone. While at the combine, Rolland-Jones timed 4.88 in the 40 but did not complete the shuttle or three cone. He didn’t jump in Indianapolis and turned in a vertical jump of 27.5 inches and a broad of 9-foott-7.

Defensive tackle Davion Liner, who entered the season with a sixth-round grade, measured 6025 and 334 pounds, completed 23 reps on the bench press and touched 25 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-5-inches in the broad jump. His 40 timed 5.02 with a short shuttle of 4.9 and three-cone of 8.14. Liner has already had a private workout with the New Orleans Saints. His list of official visits includes the Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cornerback and return specialist Blaise Taylor, a priority free agent, measured 5060 and 170 pounds and timed 4.52 in the 40, 4.43 in the short shuttle and 7.01 in the three-cone.

Sleeper receiver Chris Murray had a good day. Tipping the scales at 185 pounds, he completed 16 reps on the bench press, timed 4.45 in the forty (best time of the pro day) and 7.13 in the three-cone and posted a vertical jump of 10-foot-3.


On the heels of breaking the story on Kentavius Street last night, we’ve been notified of another potential injury which took place during a private workout. 

On Monday, the Detroit Lions traveled to Wisconsin where they worked out fast-rising safety Natrell Jamerson, cornerback Nick Nelson and several other Badgers.

Three unrelated sources tell me Nelson hurt a knee during the workout. I'm told it was nothing major and Nelson is still getting the injury checked out, but some believe it was very likely meniscus-related. 

On March 24, we relayed information on the successful workout by small school offensive lineman Matthew Gono of Wesley. 

The Detroit Lions and New York Jets had offensive line coaches work Gono out yesterday, and the reviews were positive. Gono was on an official visit to see the Minnesota Vikings this past Monday.

Monday was also the day Indiana cornerback Rashard Fant ran for teams at pro day. The corner was timed under 4.40 on a number of watches. Fant has private workouts with the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons coming up.