Pro Day March 13: Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest & JSU

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

It's later than usual, but here’s our pro-day report for March 13 on the first big day of free agency in the NFL.

Wake Forest

About 28 teams were on hand for Wake Forest's pro day, and just about everyone in attendance was there to watch safety Jessie Bates III. As we reported yesterday, Bates had dinner with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, and besides Pittsburgh, position coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers were all in attendance.

Bates ran the short shuttle and timed 4.07 then looked terrific in position drills. There’s a belief he could end up in the early part of Round 1 due to the thin talent at the free safety position in the draft.

Kansas State

The Atlanta Falcons had their top brass on hand at Kansas State's pro day, as I’m told Thomas Dimitroff, Scott Pioli and Dan Quinn all attended.

They were on hand primarily to watch cornerback D.J. Reed.

Reed stood on his 40 time from the combine (4.51) but improved his vertical jump (36.5 inches), broad jump (10-foot-6), short shuttle (4.06) and three-cone (6.85). Reed then looked good in position drills.

Receiver Byron Pringle was a big winner today, as his 40 times ranged from 4.32 to 4.38, much better than the 4.46 time he ran at the combine. Pringle is working out for the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow.

Vanderbilt

Linebacker Oren Burks is a linebacker who continues to rise up draft boards, and he looked good today.

Burks, who had dinner with New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern last night, stood on most of his combine numbers but ran the 60-yard shuttle and timed 11.12. He looked good in drills and spent an extensive amount of time with Los Angeles Chargers linebackers coach Richard Smith. Burks will be meeting with at least a half-dozen teams this week.

Two lesser-known Vandy receiver prospects really impressed scouts today.

Caleb Scott measured 6021 and 203 pounds, timed in the high-4.3s in the 40 and 6.67 in the three-cone and touched 37 inches in the vertical jump. Trent Sherfield measured 6003 and 203 pounds, timed in the low-4.4s and hit 10-foot-5 in the broad jump.

Jacksonville State

JSU has as many as four draftable players, and three stood out at the school's pro day.

On a cold and windy day, safety Reginald Hall timed in the low-4.5s in the 40 and 3.96 in the short shuttle and completed 17 reps on the bench. He met one-on-one with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.

Edge rusher Darius Jackson timed 4.72 in the 40, much better than the 4.87 time he turned in at the combine. He was put through a battery of linebacker and pass-rushing drills afterwards and looked good. Jackson met with the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Washington Redskins. I’m told the Redskins have a lot of interest in Jackson.

Finally, running back Roc Thomas stood on his combine numbers and looked terrific in position drills. Thomas interviewed one-on-one prior to the workout with New York Jets scout Dom Green.