Pro-Day Report - Maryland

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Twenty-nine teams were on hand for pro day at Maryland, as the program could have as many as five players selected in this year’s draft, which would be its most in 10 years.

Safety Darnell Savage stood on his awesome combine numbers but went through position drills. He looked very fluid and especially smooth in his hips.

The New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers are showing a lot of interest in Savage, who will be a top-75 choice.

While I understand the Panthers' interest, as I previously posted the team will load up on safeties in the draft, the interest from the Jets and Steelers surprised me. The Steelers took a safety in the first round last year, while the Jets took two safeties in the top 40 picks in 2017. I was later told the belief is that Savage could transition to cornerback, so the interest from the Steelers and Jets made more sense in that light.

Running back Ty Johnson ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds, a very good time, but tweaked his hamstring and was unable to complete the shuttles or position drills. That doesn’t help Johnson, as while he stood out during practices for the Shrine Game, position drills during pro day are geared towards Sunday football. Additionally, teams on hand often request specific routes or drills during a pro-day workout.

Defensive lineman Byron Cowart ran times which ranged from 4.90 to 5.00 seconds in the 40, a significant improvement from his combine mark. His short shuttle was timed at 4.59 seconds and his three-cone came in at 7.68 seconds.

Cowart is someone I’ve ranked highly since his days at Auburn, and he has official visits set up with the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers as well as a workout with the New York Jets. He’s also receiving a lot of interest from the Tampa Bay Bucs.

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Tackling machine Tre Watson timed in the area of 4.78 seconds in the 40 as well as 4.15 seconds in the short shuttle. He posted a 30-inch vertical jump and completed 20 reps on the bench.

Besides meeting with the Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens the past day, Watson is set to make an official visit to see the New York Giants soon.

Pass rusher Jesse Aniebonam completed 21 reps on the bench and ran the 40 in the low 4.6s. 

He spent time with New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.