Pro Day March 6: Purdue & Georgia State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The ink on the combine results is barely dry and we are already into the start of the pro-day schedule. First up was Purdue and Georgia State.


Results are slowly coming in from Purdue, and three underrated linebackers looked solid for the scouts on hand.

Senior Bowl participant Ja'Whaun Bentley, who many thought should have received a combine invitation, looked really good. At 246 pounds -- Bentley measured over 6-foot-1 in Mobile -- the linebacker timed in the high 4.6s (4.67) in the 40 after completing 31 reps on the bench press. I’m told Bentley looked quick and powerful during drills.

Defensive tackle Eddy Wilson sat on his bench press mark of 26 reps from the combine but lowered his 40 time to 5.28 while also touching 28.5 inches in the vertical jump and 8-foot-4 in the broad jump.

Danny Ezechukwu, a player we grade as a priority free agent, timed 4.68 and 4.71 in the 40 after measuring in at 6014 and 247 pounds. He completed 26 reps in the bench, touched 31.5 inches in the vertical jump and reached 9-foot-9 in the broad jump. Ezechukwu then looked solid in position drills.

Ezechukwu is an athletic linebacker who has a real chance to make it as a designated pass rusher and special-teams player at the next level.

Western Kentucky transfer T.J. McCollum, another linebacker with next-level potential as a backup and special-teams player, also had a solid outing. After measuring 6-feet-1.5 and 236 pounds, he timed 4.75 in the 40, 7.1 in the three-cone and 4.4 in the short shuttle. McCollum was able to reach 34 inches in the vertical jump and had a nine-foot broad jump. 

McCollum met with the Dallas Cowboys today.

Little known offensive tackle Dave Steinmetz put up some impressive numbers. He measured 6074 and 320 pounds, completed 26 reps on the bench, touched 33 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-7 in the broad jump.

Georgia State

Fast-rising cornerback Chandon Sullivan, who worked out on Monday at the combine, has pushed his pro day back to March 17 at 9 a.m. Sullivan was struggling with a hamstring issue at the combine but still chose to run the 40 and timed 4.6. His other marks from Indianapolis included an impressive vertical jump of 40.5 inches as well as an equally terrific broad jump of 11-foot-2. 

Suillivan, who was not graded by scouts coming into the season, is ranked by several teams as a mid-round pick.