Pro Day March 27: Houston

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Monday’s pro-day schedule was a bit light, although Western Kentucky and star lineman Forrest Lamp worked out for NFL teams.

Four offensive line coaches, Jim Bob Cooter of the Detroit Lions and front office personnel from the Miami Dolphins were all on hand for WKU's pro day, primarily to watch Lamp.

The big offensive lineman stood on his combine numbers but looked good during position drills. His workout was conducted by offensive line coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals.

I’m told during a good portion of the workout they had Lamp, who played left tackle for WKU but is projected to guard on Sundays, snap the football.

He was asked top do some conventional snapping as well as shotgun snapping and looked good at both. Several teams feel Lamp could eventually find a home at the center position.

Lamp, who had dinner with the San Diego Chargers last night, is considered a plug-and-play lineman by most teams. In our most recent mock draft, we have him being selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 22nd selection of Round 1.

The team’s right tackle, Darrell Williams Jr, has already worked out privately for the Carolina Panthers and met with the New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts before pro day.


A decent crowd was on hand for Houston's pro day, including linebacker coaches from the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.

Tyus Bowser, the Cougars highest-rated prospect, stood on his combine numbers but participated in position drills and looked good. He’s incredibly athletic and easily moves about the field. As you can tell from above, most teams feel he’s best suited for a 3-4, but the athleticism makes some believe Bowser will be equally effective in a 4-3 alignment.

Senior cornerback Brandon Wilson turned in an incredible workout.

He completed 24 reps on the bench and touched 41 inches in the vertical jump and 11-foot-1 in the broad. His 40 was timed in the mid-4.3s (4.35s). Wilson then did position drills at cornerback and later some running back drills for the Seattle Seahawks.

As a junior, Wilson was forced to start two games at running back due to injuries on the team and rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns against Navy. The very next game he totaled 70 yards rushing on 11 carries against a very tough Temple defense.

Wilson met with the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals over the past day and will be working out for the New England Patriots next week.

Now for the bizarre.

Redshirt sophomore Howard Wilson ran the 40 in the high-4.5s (4.58s), similar to the time he ran at the combine.

Then things got really strange.

Wilson refused to participate in position drills. When scouts asked if he was injured he told them no and that it was recommended he not take part in drills. Scouts tried to coax him into drills by reminding him Myles Garrett, expected to be the first pick of the draft, was scheduled to work out on Thursday. Wilson would still not participate in drills.

Later on Wilson was throwing the ball to former Cougars signal caller Greg Ward Jr., who was warming up for receiver drills. According to eyewitnesses, someone ran down and yelled for Wilson to stop throwing the ball -- which he did.

We rated Wilson as a free agent before all this took place and this only confirms our grade.


We’ve mentioned Jonathan Calvin several times since January, and the defensive end/outside linebacker had a great pro day. Measuring 6027 and 275 pounds, Calvin timed as fast as 4.72s in the 40, touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and reached 9-foot-4 in the broad jump.

He has official visits set up with the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

Bucknell offensive lineman Julie'n Davenport had a full workout with the New England Patriots today which included film and board work and was impressive. Davenport will be working out with the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans this week.