Pro Day - Penn State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

There’s a large crowd in State College and much anticipation for a number of Nittany Lions working out today. The workout is still going on, but here are some early results.

Receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who had terrific weeks of practice at the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, ran much better than expected. His 40 times ranged from 4.47 to 4.52, on average about one-tenth better than scouts expected. Scouts were high-fiving Hamilton, who also completed 16 reps on the bench after his run.

Tomorrow the receiver will be meeting with New England Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea.

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I’m told at least five general managers were on hand for Penn State's pro day, including Kevin Colbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Marty Hurney of the Carolina Panthers. The New York Jets and Carolina Panthers both had receivers coaches on hand. I hope to have an extended list of those on hand later. 

As far as the numbers:

Defensive back Marcus Allen ran the 40 and timed a pedestrian 4.59. He did not run the 40 at the combine.

Little-used receiver Saeed Blacknall turned a lot of heads with his testing. He measured 6020 and 208 pounds, timed 4.39 in the 40 and 6.77 in the three-cone. Those on hand said Blacknall did not translate that speed or athleticism into position drills.

Jason Cabinda, who did not run the 40 at the combine, did not run it at pro day either. He did time 4.28 in the short shuttle and 7.00 in the three-cone.

Cornerback Christian Campbell turned in a monster vertical jump of 41 inches and an equally impressive broad jump of 11-foot-3. He timed 4.51 in the 40, 4.13 in the short shuttle and 6.77 in the three-cone. Campbell did not test at the combine.

Curtis Cothran, one of the most underrated defensive lineman in this year’s draft and a player we grade as draftable, had a dominant day. 

Cothran measured 6047 and 283 pounds, completed 26 reps on the bench and posted a 29-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-11 broad jump. He then timed 4.85 in the 40 and 7.72 in the three-cone. Cothran spent extensive time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. He's also taking an official visit to see the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been invited to local pro days for the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and New York Jets.   

DeSean Hamilton’s official 40 time was 4.52. Hamilton will be meeting with Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers coach Skyler Fulton tomorrow for a film session.

By all accounts, Michael Gesicki had a tremendous day. 

He measured 6057 and 254 pounds, seven more pounds than his combine weight. Gesicki, our No. 1 tight end, stood on his combine numbers but looked tremendous catching the ball. In one instance, he was forced to go low and grab a pass near the turf and teams were impressed with his bend and athleticism coming away with the catch.

Offensive guard Brendan Mahon measured 6042 and 319 pounds and timed 5.21 in the 40 and 7.99s in the three-cone.

Not working out today was offensive tackle Andrew Nelson. Nelson came into the season stamped as a potential fifth-round prospect by Draft Analyst. Scouts also gave him a fifth-round grade, but the senior barely saw the field in 2017 and may not even get an invite to camp. He’s not listed as having an agent.