Tuesday featured no collegiate pro days, but the two personal pro days of two prominent prospects at Alabama and Kansas State.
NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora reports that all 32 teams were expected to be in Tuscaloosa today to see Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy hold his personal pro day. McElroy has yet been able to throw for scouts this off-season after injuring his hand. Receiving passes from him were teammates in tight end Preston Dial (who was unable to run routes due a sports hernia) and wide receiver Earl Alexander. Alexander pulled his hamstring at the end of the workout. South Alabama wideout Courtney Smith was also on hand to catch passes from McElroy.
Click here to read a scouting report on McElroy and Dial.
Twenty teams showed up at Kansas State to see RB Daniel Thomas work out, although no confirmation if the Falcons were among them. A dozen of those teams sent their running backs coaches. Early reports clocked Thomas with a 40 time in the 4.5-4.6 range. He had been limited by a hamstring injury throughout the off-season, but a strained quadriceps muscle prevented him from running a second 40 during his workout.
You can read a scouting report on Thomas be clicking here.
The Falcons were among seventeen teams in attendance of Southern Methodist’s pro day on Monday. The main attraction was wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, pegged by many as a potential mid-to-late first round pick.
According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Robinson stood on his combine numbers and just performed in positional drills, which he performed solidly per Brandt.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Robinson.
DE Da'Quan Bowers
NFL pro days are practically coming to a close with just a handful of workouts scheduled for next week. NFL teams then will use the ensuing two weeks to meet with players and finalize their boards.
Today, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was in Clemson to see the personal pro day of DE Da’Quan Bowers. Bowers who suffered a torn meniscus in his knee during this past year, has been limited from fully participating in workouts due to the injury and today was the chance to showcase his skills to NFL talent evaluators. Bowers entered the off-season as a potential No. 1 target, but most reports have him disappointing during today’s workout. There is some talk that Bowers may tumble out of the Top 10 now given team’s lingering concerns about his knee. Per Pro Football Weekly, teams are questioning how much he will contribute in his first year.
At 276 pounds, Bowers ran 40 times in the 4.8 to 5.0 second range according to most watches, leaped 34.5 inches on the vertical jump and 9 feet, 2 inches on the broad jump. He did not perform in the bench, and struggled in his 3-cone drill recording a time around 7.0 seconds.
However, Dimitroff was praising of Bowers after the workout, calling him an “impact player” and conceding he won’t be running 40 yards as a defensive end and uses his hands like an All-Pro according to various sources.
Also working out alongside Bowers were his teammates Jarvis Jenkins, MIguel Chavis, and Jamie Cumbee.
After Bowers workout, Dimitroff will meet with Clemson DB Marcus Gilchrist.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Clemson cornerback Marcus Gilchrist has a meeting scheduled for this afternoon with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff.
Gilchrist is considered one of the better defensive backs in this year’s class and has been projected as high by some as a potential second round pick. But there is some debate about whether his NFL future lies best as a cornerback or safety going forward. He played both positions at Clemson, and combined for 16 pass breakups and an interception in the past two seasons. The 5-10/195-pound defensive back had a strong performance in Indianapolis last month, clocking a 4.50 40-yard dash time, jumping 38.5 inches on the vertical jump, and a 6.81 3-cone drill.
The Falcons appear to be looking to upgrade their depth at cornerback and potentially safety due to the departures of veterans Brian Williams and Erik Coleman.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Gilchrist.
NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora tweets that the Falcons are on deck to get a visit from Arizona pass rusher Brooks Reed next week. Reed is a fast-rising prospect this past off-season, moving up from a potential mid-round pick to a possible late first round pick that the Falcons could be targeting. Reed has been compared favorably to current All-Pro Green Bay Packer outside linebacker Clay Matthews in terms of his NFL potential. Reed is considered a potential prospect for 4-3 teams looking for a defensive end, as well as 3-4 teams looking for an outside linebacker. He measured in at around 6-3, 260 pounds at his pro day earlier this month.
Click here to read a scouting report on Reed.
Adam Caplan of FOX Sports reports that California defensive end Cameron Jordan will visit the Falcons on April 3. Jordan is considered one of the premier defensive ends in this year’s class and is projected by some as a potential Top 10 pick.
He played exclusively in a 3-4 scheme at Cal, but has the athleticism and versatility to also potentially play in a 4-3. This past year, Jordan had 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He is the son of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Jordan.
Caplan also reported a week ago that Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore already worked out for the Falcons. Moore’s stock has been rising this off-season as he came on strong at the end of his senior season averaging over 100 yards per game in his final six games and then had a strong performance during the NFLPA All-star game in early February.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Moore.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will fly out to Purdue today to conduct an on-campus workout of defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Wilson first reported a week ago that the Falcons were to conduct a workout of Kerrigan. According to Wilson’s report, it also looks like the Falcons will bring Kerrigan to their own facility at some point next month to get another look at him. NFL teams are only allowed to put players through drills during on-campus workouts, but can bring in up to 30 non-local prospects to their own facilities to do non-on-field work such as film study and potentially to get a better assessment of the players character, personality, and mental traits.
Based on an interview that Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael had with Wilson, the Falcons are among several teams that the corner has talked to and showed interest in him. Carmichael impressed at his pro day, showing his trademark speed and athleticism.
Wilson also seemingly confirms the confusion presented yesterday about whether the Falcons would look at Miami cornerback Brandon Harris in addition to DeMarcus Van Dyke. According to Wilson, Harris did also work out alongside Van Dyke while the Falcons were in Miami yesterday.
The biggest pro day in these waning days of 2011 pro days on Thursday is that of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are several top NFL prospects will be working out in front of all 32 teams, including the Falcons. Those players are defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant is a player on the Falcons radar.
Other UNC prospective pro players include QB T.J. Yates, RBs Shaun Draughn and Johnny White, WR Greg Little, TEs Zach Pianalto and Ryan Taylor, Ss Da’Norris Searcy and Deunta Williams, CB Kendric Burney, and LB Bruce Carter.
According to Adam Caplan of FOX Sports, the Falcons will hold a private workout with T.J. Yates. Yates reportedly completed 110 of 112 throws during his pro day. Most quarterbacks throw about half that much and still don’t complete that high a percentage. Yates is coming off his best year where he was widely credited with showing leadership to keep the UNC team together despite the off-field situations that caused much of their core talent to be suspended.
Other pro days on Thursday include Hawaii and Stephen F. Austin. Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea will be holding his own personal pro day as well.
Dan Greenspan of SC Playbook reports that Southern California defensive tackle Jurrell Casey has been receiving the most interest from the Falcons and Chicago Bears in this draft process.
Casey played the 3-technique at USC this past year under Lane and Monte Kiffin in their Tampa-2 style defense, while playing some nose tackle and defensive end in 2009 when Pete Carroll was still the head coach. Casey was a productive pass rusher, combining for 126 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks the past two years at USC.
Despite using two early round picks at the defensive tackle position the past two years in Corey Peters and Peria Jerry, the Falcons still seem poised and interested in potentially upgrading that position even further. Casey is projected to go in the second to third round range.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Casey.
Today will be a busy day for most teams as pro days begin to come to a close. Some big schools such as South Carolina, Southern California, and Washington all hold their pro days today. Also Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward held his private workout today as well.
The Falcons sent representatives so far to the Washington pro day as well as the South Carolina pro day according to Josh Kendall of The State.
Some small schools are also holding their pro days today: New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The Falcons also sent representatives to the University of Miami to work out CB DeMarcus Van Dyke this afternoon. They may also be looking at his teammates DE Allen Bailey and CB Brandon Harris. Sayre Bedinger of the Mile High Report indicates that the Falcons won’t be looking at Harris. Yet a tweet by Van Dyke himself hints that the Falcons will get a look at Harris during that workout.