Pro Day Round-Up 3/3: Falcons Eye Auburn Speedster

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Auburn RB Corey Grant

It is that time of year again where NFL teams are criss-crossing the nation to attend various college’s pro days. Here’s an update on which pro days that the Atlanta Falcons were confirmed to be in attendance along with others where they are suspected of being at.

Virginia

On Monday, initial reports indicated that all 32 NFL teams were represented at Virginia’s pro day, although NFL.com reports just 20 teams went there. The main prospects on display were outside linebackers Eli Harold and Max Valles, along with running back Kevin Parks. Harold stood on his numbers from the Combine, but reportedly performed well in positional drills alongside Valles. Valles failed to improve on his Combine numbers, clocking a 4.88-second 40-yard dash time at the pro day.

According to Tony Pauline of Walter Football.com, Parks ran a 40 time in the low 4.7-second range. He also had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches.

Wake Forest

Between 22 and 23 teams were represented at Wake Forest’s Pro Day on Monday as well. There, cornerback Kevin Johnson drew a lot of eyeballs and stood on his Combine numbers, which saw him emerge as one of the top performers at his position group in multiple drills.

Johnson was one of several prospects that the Falcons met with during the Scouting Combine last month.

Minnesota

The Falcons were confirmed to be at the pro day at Minnesota, along with an ex-Gopher Ra’Shede Hageman, who just finished his first season in Atlanta. Hageman is reportedly excited about working with new Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

Tight end Maxx Williams is their top prospect and stood on his Combine numbers, but did participate in positional drills. According to Pauline, Williams will be considered among teams picking at the tail end of the first round.

Running back David Cobb was unable to work out at the pro day due to a quadriceps strain he suffered at the Combine, but is scheduled to work out again the first week of April.

Safety Cedric Thompson was able to improve his draft stock with a good workout according to NFL.com. He measured in at just under 6-feet tall and 211 pounds and ran a 40 time of 4.48 seconds. He also had a 40.5-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump and a 6.96-second three-cone time. He also did 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Auburn

Tuesday’s pro day at Auburn was a full house, with all 32 NFL teams attending. Pauline writes that the Falcons have been one of a handful of teams that have taken significant interest in running back Corey Grant. Grant blazed with a 40 time clocked as low as 4.27 at the pro day, and also recorded a 37-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump and lifted 22 reps on the bench press.

Other notable prospects that also attended were wide receiver Sammie Coates, running back Cameron Artis-Payne, center Reese Dismukes, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, and cornerback Nick Marshall, who is converting from the quarterback position.

Pittsburgh

27 teams were represented at Pitt’s pro day on Tuesday, which likely included the Falcons. Most notable among Pitt’s prospects include offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings. According to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Clemmings only participated in positional drills and stood on his Combine numbers. Other notable performances according to Batko:

  • Guard Matt Rotheram: 22 bench reps
  • Linebacker Todd Thomas: 4.58-second 40 time, 15 bench reps
  • Safety Ray Vinopal: 26 bench reps, 35-inch vertical jump

Sam Houston State

The Falcons were confirmed to be attendance at SHSU’s pro day on Tuesday. That school’s most prominent draft prospect is tight end Shane Young, who is projected to be an undrafted free agent.

Northwestern

There were 29 teams at Northwestern’s pro day, including the Falcons. Safety Ibraheim Campbell, who participated in the bench press at the Combine did not work out for scouts today, but instead will postpone until March 17 according to Pauline.

SB Nation’s Inside NU site has some of the pro day results for the various participants. Northwestern’s pro day also featured a large number of prospects from smaller schools located in Illinois.

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