Pro-Day Report - Mississippi

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

It was a rather remarkable pro day at Ole Miss as scouts, offensive coordinators and position coaches all came away impressed with everything they saw.

Let’s start off by naming a few of the people on hand. Offensive line coaches from the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts attended the pro day. The New Orleans Saints had their offensive coordinator and receivers coach on hand. The Buffalo Bills had their receivers coach on hand. Tight ends coaches from the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys also took in the workout.

So what took place?

Multiple players came away winners from the workout, but none more than quarterback Jordan Ta'amu. 

He made all the passes, showed great arm strength and was very accurate. Except for a few red-zone passes, all of his throws were on the mark. Ta’amu was inconsistent during his senior season and during Shrine Game practices, but he’s had limited experience at quarterback. Today’s performance assures Ta’amu will be selected during the final day of the draft, and he's a terrific developmental prospect with great upside.

Ta’amu met extensively with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. The quarterback could not stick around for very long after the pro day, as he was expected at the Oxford State Police; Ta’amu is doing an internship with the police and had to be at the precinct today!

All three big-name receivers had a terrific workout, but DaMarkus Lodge was the best of the trio.

Lodge ran great routes and caught the ball incredibly well. He met with the New York Giants last night and spent time with receivers coaches from the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints.

A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf also caught the ball very well. The one criticism I heard was that Metcalf was very heavy-footed running routes and did a lot of stomping getting in and out of breaks.

Greg Little completed 16 reps on the bench press and touched 29 inches on the vertical jump. I’m told Little had five more reps in him, but the bar was pulled away early due to concern he was about to hurt his pectoral muscle.

Little worked at both left and right tackle. During the workout, the New York Giants stepped in and requested Little do certain “team-specific” drills at right tackle.

Besides the Giants, Little met with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

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As I reported earlier, Dawson Knox timed between 4.51 to 4.57 seconds in the 40 as well as 6.81 seconds in the three-cone. His shuttle times ran anywhere between 4.18 seconds and 4.26 seconds. 

Knox looked terrific in position drills, and his overall workout was rather remarkable when you consider he’s just 12 weeks removed from hernia surgery.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos spent time with Knox and are very interested in him. The Dallas Cowboys are another team throwing a LOT of love in Knox's direction.

Safety Zedrick Woods stood on most of his combine marks but did touch 38 inches in the vertical jump, an improvement of 3.5 inches from Indianapolis.

Woods had dinner with the Tennessee Titans last night and spent extensive time with the New York Jets.