Pro Day March 9: Auburn, Rutgers & Princeton

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

There was a big crowd at Auburn, while a number of scouts trekked in the cold to watch Princeton’s sleeper quarterback. 


The Tigers drew a large crowd despite having seven players who participated at the combine. Two of the players who weren't invited to Indianapolis fared reasonably well. 

Safety Tray Matthews measured 6005 and 213 pounds, touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and completed 22 reps on the bench press. His 40 times were in the mid 4.5-range (4.54/4.55) on most watches.

Linebacker Tre' Williams measured 6020 and 236 pounds, touched 34.5 inches in the vertical jump and completed 21 reps on the bench press. His 40 times clocked right around 4.70, though a few watches had him in the high-4.6s.

The linebacker, who should’ve received a combine invitation, looked terrific in position drills. Williams had been suffering from a shoulder stinger since the Senior Bowl and was only able to put up 13 reps when he started pro-day training. He improved that number by eight reps today, finishing with 21 in total.

A pair of underrated offensive linemen assured they will be signed after the draft.

Center/guard Austin Golson measured 6046 and 304 pounds, completed 27 reps on the bench and touched 28.5 inches in the vertical jump. His 40 times came in between 5.2 and 5.3.

Casey Dunn, who played much of the year at center, measured 6033 and 297 pounds, reached 29 inches on the vertical jump and timed under 5.10 in the 40.

Cornerback Carlton Davis improved on his 40 time from the combine (4.53) and timed anywhere from 4.5-flat to the high-4.4s.

Safety Stephen Roberts, who was struggling with a stiff shoulder, also slightly improved on his combine time of 4.53 with some scouts clocking him at 4.48. Despite the shoulder, Roberts looked good in position drills.

The New York Giants spent one-on-one time with Roberts, as did the Tennessee Titans.

Offesive lineman Braden Smith stood on most of his combine numbers but looked terrific in position drills. Smith was re-measured today, and ironically his arm grew three-quarters of an inch in a week's time. At the combine, his arm measured 32-1/4 inches but today at pro day it was 33 inches, which means the teams that like him can breathe a sigh of relief.

Most teams view Smith predominantly at guard but understand he has possibilities at right tackle.

The Giants, who had executive scout Steve Verderosa (good guy) on hand at Auburn's pro day, evidently like Smith. During a webcast I did with John Schmeelk and Paul Dottino of the New York Giants during the combine, I mentioned Smith as a potential third-round target for Big Blue.

This assumes Smith gets out of Round 2, which may not happen. The New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, two teams also interested in Smith, had offensive line coaches at the pro day.


Rutgers completed its pro day and results are slowly coming in.

Edge rusher Kemoko Turay is still not 100 percent from the strained hamstring he suffered during combine workouts, when he turned in a 4.65 40 at 253 pounds. He did complete 18 reps on the bench today.

The hope is that Turay will be able to work out for scouts later this month.


Twelve teams were able to make it to the Princeton workout to watch quarterback Chad Kanoff. More were expected, but the nor’easter up the east coast made travel impossible for number of people.

Kanoff did not disappoint those on hand.

The big-armed passer measured in at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, timed 4.90 in the 40 and posted a vertical jump of 32.5 inches. His hands measured 10-1/4 inches, a big number for a quarterback. Kanoff threw 55 passes; all had excellent velocity, and all were on the money.

The Giants, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts have all shown a lot of interest in Kanoff and were in attendance today. The Cardinals intended to have multiple people on hand, but the weather prevented some from attending.

The quarterback-needy Jets, ironically, did not attend the workout.