Fresh off the heels of the Scouting Combine held last week in Indianapolis, the Atlanta Falcons sent representatives to several of the first few pro days this week. They included Vanderbilt and Northern Arizona on Thursday, as well as Arizona State and Eastern Kentucky on Friday. 31 teams sent reps to the University of Kentucky’s pro day on Friday, which almost certainly included the Falcons.
Newly added scout and former Tennessee Titans GM Ruston Webster returned to his old stomping grounds in Nashville to check out Vanderbilt’s pro day on Thursday. The Commodores’ top draft prospect is tight end Steven Scheu, who the Falcons reportedly talked to at the East-West Shrine Game back in January.
Per the Tennesseean, Scheu clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.65 seconds and did 23 bench reps of 225 pounds. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt indicates that Scheu’s 40 times were clocked slightly slower at 4.70 and 4.79 seconds. He did record a vertical leap of 33 inches, broad jump of 9 feet, 8 inches and had an impressive three-cone drill of 7.14 seconds.
Another standout at the pro day was safety Andrew Williamson, who ran as fast as 4.43 seconds on some stopwatches in the 40. Brandt lists his 40 at 4.48. Williamson also impressed with a 35-inch vertical, 6.81-second three-cone and 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, all of which would have ranked him among the top performances at the Combine last week.
Falcons were at Northern Arizona on Thursday according to the Arizona Daily Sun. That paper also reported that kicker/punter Ryan Hawkins was the standout among those participating at the pro day, thanks in part to injuries limiting the likes of cornerback Marcus Alford, fullback Nick Butier and tight end R.J. Rickert from fully participating. Hawkins made nine of 12 field-goal attempts and booted a 69-yard punt during workouts.
The Falcons sent representatives to Arizona State on Friday. The Sun Devils’ top prospect is guard Christian Westerman, who sat on his Combine numbers and just participated in positional drills.
Fellow Combine participant in running back/wide receiver D.J. Foster was able to improve upon his 4.57-second 40 time at the pro day to the 4.47-4.49 range according to Brandt. Foster spent the first three years of his career playing running back before converting to wide receiver as a senior.
Fellow wideouts Gary Chambers and Devin Lucien also impressed at the pro day. Chambers measured 6’3″ 211 pounds, clocked a 4.54-second 40 time, 36-inch vertical, 16 bench reps, 6.98 three-cone and 10 foot, 6 inch broad jump. Lucien, who led the Sun Devils in receiving last year, measured 6’1″ and 222 pounds and ran a 4.48-second 40 time, 34½-inch vertical, 13 bench reps, a three-cone in the 6.9-second range and 9 foot, 9 inch broad jump.
Guard Vi Teofilo put up an impressive 43 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Linebacker Antonio Longino measured in at 6’2″ and 235 pounds, benched 225 pounds 22 times and ran a 40 in the mid-4.6 range according to Tony Pauline of Walter Football.
Eastern Kentucky’s standout was pass-rusher Noah Spence, who was able to improve on a less-than-impressive Combine 40 time of 4.8 seconds to 4.75 seconds according to NFL.com. Spence worked out exclusively as a defensive end by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers position coach Jay Hayes.
Fellow EKU prospects included running back Dy’Shawn Mobley and cornerback Stanley Absanon. Mobley had an impressive 24 bench reps and 7.11-second three-cone drill, but his 4.66-second 40 time was subpar. Absanon also timed slowly in the 40-yard dash (4.67 seconds), with a 32-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump.
Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest struggled with a stomach virus during last week’s Combine, which helped explain his pedestrian 40 time of 4.91 seconds. The Courier-Journal reports that he was able to improve that time to 4.75 seconds at the pro day.
Walter Football reports that offensive tackle Josh Swindle measured in at 6’7″ and 313 pounds, did 22 bench reps, ran a 5.38-second 40, and leap 9 feet, 5 inches and 29 inches on the broad and vertical jumps, respectively.