Pro Day March 14: Richmond & Wake Forest

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Despite miserable conditions, there was a large crowd of NFL scouts on hand for the West Georgia pro day on hand to watch one of the better small-school gems in this draft.


Richmond had two prospects of interest on each side of the ball.

Safety David Jones came into the season highly rated by scouts but had his campaign cut short after fracturing his forearm. He was given the all-clear sign two months ago and started training in January.

He measured 6014 and 205 pounds today and timed 4.43s/4.45s in the 40 and 4.3s in the short shuttle. His vertical jump topped 34 inches, and his broad measured 10-foot-9. Jones also completed 12 reps on the bench.

Today he met with the Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, the latter of which Jones is expected to visit.

Receiver Brian Brown timed 4.49s and posted a vertical jump of 31.5 inches. He’s garnering interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers.

Wake Forest

Cleaning up a few details from yesterday, defensive tackle Josh Banks measured 6031 and 280 pounds and timed 4.9s in the 40, 4.3s in the short shuttle and 7.5s in the three-cone. He completed 18 reps on the bench and touched 31.5 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-5 in the broad jump.

Banks is getting late-round consideration and is a lineman being viewed as a potential 3-4 defensive end or three-technique tackle. We definitely favor him with the latter.

He met with the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins the day before the workout.

West Georgia

More than two dozen teams were on hand for pro day at West Georgia and watched players work outdoors on a cold, 40-degree day with rain coming down.

The program’s top prospect, defensive end/outside linebacker Dylan Donahue, performed well.

He measured 6026 and 248 pounds, completed 31 reps on the bench press (five more than his combine number) and timed 4.16s in the short shuttle despite a slip -- he timed 4.46s at the combine.

Donahue, who projects as a solid last-day pick, looked solid in position drills and met one-on-one with the Seattle Seahawks.

Unheralded fullback Alex Armah also had a good day.

Measuring 6001 and 244 pounds with nine percent body fat, Armah timed 4.68s/4.71s in the 40 and clocked 4.29s in the short shuttle and seven-flat in the three-cone. He completed 26 reps on the bench press and touched 34.5 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot-2 in the broad jump.

A two-way player, Armah was worked through a battery of fullback and linebacker drills. He also met with the Seattle Seahawks as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

Word is still coming in for West Georgia’s big defensive tackle Jason Carr, but thus far I’m told he looked less impressive, timing 5.56s in the forty.

Carr entered the season graded as a fringe late-round pick while Donahue wasn’t expected to make it though the first round of cuts. Needless to say, the situation has drastically changed.

San Jose State

More than a dozen teams were on hand at San Jose State to watch predominantly offensive prospects.

Fullback Shane Smith measured 6013 and 244 pounds, completed 36 reps on the bench and touched 37 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot-6 in the broad jump. He timed the 40 at 4.77s and clocked an average of 4.39s in the short shuttle and 7.2s in the three-cone.

I’m told tight end Billy Freeman also ran relatively well, timing in the mid-4.7s.