Pro Day March 13 UPDATES: Wake, Albany St, Minnesota & Montana
Tony PaulineDraft Analyst Writer
There’s a baker's dozen workouts today and although no major schools will be performing in front of scouts, there are some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on.
Safety Damarius Travis, who did not run at the combine, timed the 40 in 4.58s today and posted a vertical jump of 33 inches (a half-inch better than his performance in Indianapolis). Travis is considered a tremendous football player player, but speed was a concern. Getting under 4.6s helps him. The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings both had defensive back coaches on hand.
Tackle Jonah Pirsig measured 6077 and 315 pounds, completed 21 reps on the bench and touched 27 inches in the vertical jump. His 40 time of 5.36s included a 10-yard split of 1.87s. He was the only offensive lineman on the field and looked solid.
Eight teams showed up today for Montana's pro day, and for the first time in a while the program did not have a player attend the combine.
Defensive end Caleb Kidder measured 6050 and 269 pounds, timed 4.72s in the 40 (including a 10-yard split of 1.69s), touched 33 inches in the vertical and 8-feet-9 in the broad jump and completed 30 reps on the bench. His other marks included a three-cone time of 6.91s and 4.18s in the short shuttle, both solid marks. Kidder looked solid in defensive line and linebacker drills. The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks put him through a battery of drills, asking Kidder to backpedal and move in space. Kidder also met with the Green Bay Packers today.
Quarterback Brady Gustafson measured 6070 and 230 pounds, timed 4.9 in the 40 and ran the short shuttle in 4.71s and the three-cone in a time of 7.51s. He also completed 16 reps on the bench press. Gustafson showed a rifle arm during throwing drills, though his accuracy was wayward on more than one occasion.
A few other highlights included safety Yamen Sanders, who measured 6040 and 215 pounds, timed 4.56s in the 40 (much faster than expected) and touched 42 inches in the vertical jump.
Running back Joey Counts measured 5100 and 215 pounds, timed 4.48s in the 40, touched 44 inches in the vertical jump and completed 27 reps on the bench press.
Linebacker Thomas Brown had a solid showing today. He measured 6020 and 224 pounds, timed 4.72s in the 40, completed 16 reps on the bench and touched 33 inches in the vertical and 10-feet-3 in the broad. He was run through linebacker and safety drills afterward and looked good.
Cornerback Brad Watson measured a touch over 6-foot, weighed 189lbs, reached 35 inches in the vertical jump and 11-feet in the broad jump and ran the 40 in the low 4.5s. He also completed 11 reps on the bench.
Wake Forest entered the season with three defensive players stamped as draftable prospects by NFL scouts; defensive tackle Josh Banks, cornerback Brad Watson and linebacker Marquel Lee. Only Lee was invited to the combine.
It’s critical for Banks and Watson as well as underrated linebacker Thomas Brown, whom I would expect good numbers from today.
Testing is just getting underway, and I’m told Watson reached 11 feet in the broad jump and ran the 40 in the 4.5s.
I’m told the New York Jets have a decent contingent of people on hand, including their director of college scouting.
Albany State (Ga)
The final tally of teams who showed up at Albany State was 24, not a complete league ensemble but an impressive number none the less. Stewart measured 6045 and 334 pounds and completed 30 reps on the bench, much fewer then expected, but he did well in the runs. His 40 was clocked under 5.1s (5.06s) and he ran the short shuttle in 4.76 second and timed 7.65 seconds in the three-cone. His broad measured 8-feet-10 and he touched 26 inches in the vertical jump, albeit against a wall. I'm told he looked real good in drills. The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals had coaches on hand
The league's 32 teams will be in Georgia today for the Albany State pro day.
The attraction? Defensive lineman Grover Stewart.
Stewart was a prospect I mentioned back on January 17 from the Shrine Game, as he was lighting it up at another All Star contest, the NFLPA Game.
Just to remind everyone, Stewart measures 6-foot-4.5, weighs 340 pounds and is expected to complete 40 reps on the bench and run close to five seconds flat in the 40.
Stewart already has nine official pre-draft visits scheduled with teams and five private workouts with defensive line coaches. He is receiving grades as early as the fourth round.
The Harvard Crimson has put a fair number of offensive players into the league recently, and tackle Max Rich is the next in line.
Fifteen teams were on hand to watch the big blocker who measured 6072 and 311 pounds and timed as low as 5.04s in the 40, 4.37s in the short shuttle and 7.16 in the three-cone. Rich completed 25 reps on the bench press, touched 30 inches in the vertical jump and reached 8-foot-9 in the broad jump.
All in all it was an exceptional workout for Rich, whose game film is solid.
To update you from Friday’s pro day at Alabama State, offensive tackle Jylan Ware, the highest-rated prospect from the program on our board, performed brilliantly.
Measuring 6074 and 316 pounds, his marks included 40 times which ranged from 4.93s to 4.95s and a short shuttle at 4.7s as well as a 29-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-5 broad jump.
There were several offensive line coaches on hand, and I’m told the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears are showing a lot of interest in Ware, who we grade as a priority free agent.
Two quick notes from last week’s pro day at Idaho.
Weather kept Austin Rehkow from working out. Rated by many as the top punter in the draft, Rehkow also did kickoffs during his combine workout. In high school, Rehkow hit a field goal from 64 yards. He has a workout scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts.
Nose tackle Glen Antoine put up some impressive numbers. Tipping the scales at 337 pounds, Antoine completed 37 reps on the bench (with 31 7/8 inch arms) posted a 30-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-7 broad.
The New York Jets met with the potential nose tackle (their third one of the week) while Antoine also met with the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams.