Pro Day March 28

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Florida, Florida State, Eastern Washington, Texas, Iowa State and Eric Saubert all take the field for scouts today on what is a very busy pro-day schedule.

Florida

Safety Marcus Maye was the day’s big winner. He tipped the scales at 207 pounds, three less than his combine weight. His 40 times were clocked between 4.47s and 4.52s, his three-cone between 7.05s to 7.10s and short shuttle 4.12s to 4.18s.

During drills Maye looked as good as the Gators' highly rated corners, displaying a quick, fluid pedal and smooth hip turn. One interesting note -- a year ago Maye received the same grade from the advisory committee as Keanu Neal, who was a first-round pick in 2016.

Maye met with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert last night and also spent time with the Cleveland Browns. Today he met with the Houston Texans and their defensive coordinator.

Linebackers Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis both looked terrific. Anzalone stood on his combine numbers while Davis timed in the mid-4.6s. Each linebacker performed well in position drills.

What to say about Jalen Tabor?

Back on December 1 during my Week Twelve Risers/Sliders article, I reported word from the scouting community was that Quincy Wilson would be a better NFL corner than Tabor.

His lack of speed was well-known in the scouting community, but I don’t think anyone pegged him as a 4.75s corner -- his time at pro day. While I thought he looked good during drills, Tabor could now fall out of the draft’s second day.

Florida State

It seems everyone at Florida State pro day who participated at the combine improved their 40 time by one-tenth.

As has been reported, running back Dalvin Cook timed in the low-to-mid-4.4s then looked really good in drills. New York Jets running back coach Stump Mitchell was on hand for the workout.

Receiver Travis Rudolph timed 4.56s in the 40, better than his 4.65s at the combine.

Reports are receiver amd return specialist Kermit Whitfield ran in the low-4.3s, but that time still needs to be confirmed.

Texas

There’s only one draftable prospect at Texas pro day, running back D'Onta Foreman, who participated in the bench press at the combine but was disallowed from running.

The way it was told to me, Foreman was red-flagged by combine doctors who informed him a stress fracture in his foot had been found and they would not allow him to run.

Despite the fact several team doctors on hand thought it was no big deal and Foreman was willing to sign a waiver should anything occur while he ran, combine doctors on hand would not allow him to participate.

Expect some pretty swift times from the 233-pound ball carrier.

UPDATE

D'Onta Foreman ran fast, just as we expected. His marks included 40 times of 4.45s (some had him as fast as 4.42s), a vertical jump of 33 inches and a broad of 10-feet even.

Foreman’s pass catching really stood out in drills as he made every catch, grabbing the ball away from his frame. There was no body catching, bobbling of the ball or double-catching.

Iowa State

Shrine Game star Eric Saubert, who was unable to run at the combine due to a hamstring strain, will run for scouts at the Iowa State pro day. The tight end has a lot riding on the day.

I’ll also be closely watching Jhaustin Thomas, an athletic beast on the defensive line who flashes dominance on occasion.

Early word from Iowa State on Saubert is that the tight end tipped the scales at 249 pounds and was timed anywhere from 4.65s to 4.69s in the 40.

He also posted a 34.5 inch vertical jump, an improvement of 1.5 inches from the combine.

UPDATE

I received further confirmation Eric Saubert, who measured 6047 and 249 pounds, timed between 4.65s to 4.69s in the 40. There is a slight correction on his vertical jump as it was 35.5 inches, not the 34.5 inches we previously posted.

He ran the three-cone and short shuttle, but I’m told there were problems with the turf as all the players slipped and were asked to rerun the shuttle amd cone runs multiple times. As a result times are all over the place.

During drills Saubert looked terrific.

He caught every ball thrown and trapped just one pass, though it was a low-ball drill. Scouts on hand were impressed with his blocking, as Saubert showed much better leg and hip drive.

The Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals had tight end coaches on hand.

Eastern Washington

It’s a cold, windy day at EWU as the players are working out in 39-degree weather. John Robinson of the Tennessee Titans is on hand.

Thus far in the testing portion, defensive end/outside linebacker Samson Ebukam has been the star of the show.

Ebukam measured 6020 and 240 pounds and posted a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and a broad of 10-foot-10 after completing 25 reps on the bench.

The Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals timed him at 4.44s with the wind and 4.47s against the wind. His three-cone timed 6.98s while his short shuttle clocked 4.35s.

Star receiver Cooper Kupp improved on his combine 40 time, running 4.50s with the wind and 4.62s against the wind. The team’s other wideout, Kendrick Bourne, also improved from Indianapolis after timing 4.50s/4.55s.

Visits/Workouts

Cincinnati linebacker Eric Wilson has an official visit with the Green Bay Packers on his schedule. Wilson was the star of UC pro day last week.

Oregon offensive guard Cameron Hunt is visiting the Denver Broncos during the first week of April.