Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/8
It was a busy pro day slate on Thursday, with the Falcons being confirmed to be in attendance at three pro days: Colorado, Miami, and Washington.
The standout for the Buffaloes was running back Rodney Stewart, who measured in at 5’6 1/2″ 179 pounds, but ran a 4.53 40, did 21 bench reps, and posted 36-inch vertical and 10’4″ broad jumps. He also had an impressive 6.72 3-cone drill time.
All 32 teams were represented at Miami. Wide receivers Aldarius Johnson and LaRon Byrd both ran 40 times in the 4.4-range. Safety JoJo Nicholas (6-0, 196) ran a 4.56 40. Defensive end Olivier Vernon is starting to move up draft boards and clocked a 40 at 4.68. Bethune-Cookman defensive end Ryan Davis was also invited and impressed in outside linebacker drills. The 6’2 1/2″ 259-pound pass rush ran a 4.79 40 time and posted a 35-inch vertical and 9’6″ broad jump.
Per Rob Rang of CBS Sports, running back Chris Polk looked quicker and slimmer at his pro day, running at a 4.45 40 at 212 pounds. Guard Senio Kelemete improved his bench press, putting up 25 reps of 225 pounds, four more than he did at last month’s Combine. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse caught every pass in workouts that hit his hands, and ran a 4.40 40, 0.14 seconds faster than what he did in Indianapolis. Cornerback Quinton Richardson also impressed with speed, clocking a 40 in the mid-4.3 range.
Other notable pro days that took place on Thursday were Clemson, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Syracuse. There has been no confirmation that the Falcons attended any of them, but it’s likely they were at least represented at some.
Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen opted against running a 40 at their pro day, after clocking a 4.89 at the Combine last month. But he did catch the ball well in position drills per Tony Pauline of SI.com. Defensive end Andre Branch looked solid in positional drills. Offensive tackle Landon Walker put up an impressing 32 bench reps and clocked a 5.30 40 time. Fullback Chad Diehl did 28 bench reps and ran a 4.90 40.
At Mississippi State, most had come to see defensive tackle Fletcher Cox work out. But per Pauline, many came away impressed with offensive tackle James Carmon, measuring in at 6’6″ 330 pounds. He ran a 5.24 40, 4.17 short shuttle, and did 22 bench reps. According to reports, 18 teams were represented there.
At Nebraska, defensive end Jared Crick who did not lift last month at the Combine posted 26 bench reps of 225 pounds according to Husker Extra.com. Wide receiver Brandon Kinnie impressed, measuring in at 6’4″ 218 pounds, but ran a 4.41 40, 36.5-inch vertical, and 10’5″ broad jump. But cornerback Marcus Mendoza might have showcased the most impressive athleticism, blowing away the competition with a 4.37 40 time and 45.5-inch vertical leap, two inches more than any seen in Indianapolis. The 5’10″ 190-pound corner also had an 11’1″ broad jump and put up 20 bench reps. Twenty scouts reportedly attended the workout.
Northwestern wideout Jeremy Ebert impressed with a 4.38 40 time at their pro day, leaving the 25 teams that were in attendance buzzin according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Quarterback Dan Persa threw the ball well and showed nice athleticism with a 4.80 40 and 32-inch vertical jump.
The big name at Syracuse was defensive end Chandler Jones. Jones measured in at 255 pounds, down 11 from the Combine due to a persistent stomach flu. Between 29 and 31 teams were reported to be in attendance at that pro day.