Over 15 scouts were present at Nebraska’s pro day today, including the Falcons according to Grant Muessel of Huskers Illustrated. Linebacker Will Compton shined per Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald, clocking a 4.54 second 40 time, 24 bench reps, and a 32-inch vertical jump. Tight end Kyler Reed also impressed with a 4.45 40 time, 41-inch vertical jump, 19 bench reps, and a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump. Running back Rex Burkhead clocked a 40 in the 4.7-range at last month’s Combine, but improved on his numbers by running in the 4.5-range today.
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Falcons have an upcoming workout with TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga, scheduled for this Sunday. Maponga worked out for more than 20 NFL teams today for TCU’s pro day. Per Watkins, he ran a 4.84-second 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 30 times, and had a vertical jump of 29.5 inches. Maponga didn’t run at last month’s Combine due to a broken toe, which he is currently in the midst of seeking opinions to determine if it requires surgery. Maponga opted to forgo his senior season at TCU, after a disappointing junior season where he had 26 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. That production came on the heels of a strong sophomore year where he had 55 tackles, 13.5 for loss, and 9 sacks. Maponga is projected as third day (Rounds 4 through 7) draft pick. He measured in at 6-2, 256 pounds at the Combine with 34-inch arms.
Also at the TCU pro day, wideout Skye Dawson put up impressive numbers, clocking a 4.39-second 40 time and a 35.5-inch vertical jump. Dawson caught passes from former TCU quarterback and current Cincinnati Bengal Andy Dalton.
Pro days began in earnest this past Friday, and Chris Steuber of Ourlads.com tweets that the Falcons were among over a dozen teams that each attended the pro days at Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Massachusetts on Monday.
Per Gil Brandt of NFL.com, offensive tackle Terren Jones was the star of the Alabama State pro day. He measured in at nearly 6-8 and 341 pounds with 36-inch arms. He clocked a pair of 40s at 5.59 and 5.50 seconds and had a 24-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-7-inch broad jump. Jones did not lift.
The biggest name of the three pro days belonged to Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead. Armstead shine at last month’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, clocking a 4.71 40 time, the fastest ever for an offensive lineman. At 6-5, 306 pounds with 34-inch arms, Armstead has the build of a smooth, athletic left tackle and has moved up boards in recetn weeks. His athleticism was so alarming, that Brandt indicates some teams might work him out at tight end. Armstead only did positional drills at his pro day, standing pat on his Combine numbers. He did 31 bench reps of 225 pounds, jumped 34.5 inches on the vertical leap (also the best among linemen at the Combine), and had 9-feet-7 inches on the broad jump in Indianapolis.
Linebacker Brandon Thurmond also put up impressive workout numbers at Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s pro day. He measured at 6-1, 253 pounds. His fastest 40 time was clocked at 4.74 per Brandt, and had a 32-inch vertical jump, and did 20 bench reps of 225 pounds.
UMass tackle Stephane Milhim was invited to the Combine, where he measured 6-4, 314 pounds with 34.25-inch arms. He clocked a 5.23 second 40, 28.5-inch vertical jump, 8-foot-8-inch broad jump, and 4.87 short shuttle. According to reports he was able to improve on all those numbers.
It’s been over a week since I’ve given you an update on Falcons draft-related news, but here’s a run-down of many of the pro days and scheduled visits/workouts the Falcons have reportedly had over the past week or so. Pro days are ostensibly over, with SMU capping off the schedule. McNeese State is slated to have a pro day as well this week on Friday. For the most part, the rest of this month will be filled with private workouts and personal pro days for a handful of players that have been rehabbing injuries.
Today, SI.com’s Tony Pauline reports that the Falcons sent offensive line coach Pat Hill to Wisconsin center Peter Konz’s workout today. Konz had yet to really work out in front of scouts due to a dislocated ankle he suffered at the end of this past season. Konz was invited to Indianapolis for the Combine in February, and disappointed with only 18 bench reps of 225 pounds. At today’s workout, he improved to 23 reps. He did not run a 40-yard dash, but did go through positional drills alongside teammates Kevin Zeitler and Josh Oglesby. Per Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Konz reportedly considers himself to be at 90% recovery from his injury.
The Falcons were confirmed to be at Hill’s former employer, Fresno State’s pro day on March 28. There, they likely got a long look at undersized, but explosive wideout/return threat Devon Wylie. Wylie clocked a 4.39 40 time in Indianapolis, which was tied for sixth best among all prospects at the Combine.
Hill is not the only Falcons assistant getting mileage watching pro days. The Falcons sent new quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas to Chattanooga earlier this week to watch UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman. At that workout, Coleman completed 34 of 43 passes. Reports surfaced that the Falcons also got a long look at East Carolina QB Dominique Davis following his pro day back on March 22. The Falcons also sent brass to look at Southern Miss QB Austin Davis according to College2Pro.com’s Bo Marchionte. There they also got a look at wideout Ryan Balentine.
Other pro days the Falcons were confirmed to attend last week were Alabama, Brigham Young, and Georgia Southern, held on March 29. They were also at South Carolina on March 28. And it’s also been confirmed they went to James Madison’s pro day way back on March 16.
College2Pro also reports that the Falcons have gotten looks at Lafayette TE Kevin Doty and Portland State DT Myles Wade.
Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports that the Falcons have a private workout scheduled with RB David Wilson (Virginia Tech), and have gotten looks at DE Melvin Ingram (South Carolina), and OG Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State). Other prospects that per Wilson the Falcons have shown interest in are WR Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma), CB Trumaine Johnson (Montana), and OT Mitchell Schwartz (California).
The Falcons were present at Temple’s pro day today. There were some impressive numbers being put on display in the speed department, as highly-rated running back Bernard Pierce clocked a 40 time as fast as 4.35 seconds according to some stopwatches. Also wideout Rod Streater was timed in the 4.3 range. Defensive end Adrian Robinson weiged in at 250 pounds and did 25 bench reps of 225 pounds. That was the same number of reps for guard Derek Dennis, who also ran a 5.23 40 tie.
The Falcons were also in attendance at Virginia’s pro day on Thursday. There they got to see highly-rated pass rusher Cam Johnson workout in positional drills. Johnson did not lift at last month’s Combine, and put up 16 bench reps at his pro day.
The Falcons were confirmed to be at three pro days on THursday, including Florida State, Penn State, and William & Mary, and likely to have also attended a fourth at Michigan State. Other pro days held on Thursday included California, Marshall, Maryland, and Oklahoma.
According to SI.com’s Tony Pauline, the Florida State pro day was uneventful although left tackle Andrew Datko was able to put up 20 bench reps. That was impressive given Datko’s struggles with recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the 2011 season.
It was the first pro day at Penn State not helmed by the late Joe Paterno in a long time. Guard Johnnie Troutman ran a 40 time in the 5.3 range. Running back Stephfon Green had 17 bench reps, 9-10 broad jump, 33-inch vertical, and ran in the 4.4 range according to reports.
The top prospects at William & Mary are a pair of potential late round picks in tight end Alex Gottlieb and linebacker Jake Trintin.
Various reports put the number of teams attending Michigan State’s pro day between 26 and all 32 NFL teams. That makes the odds good that the Falcons were also there. Tight end Garrett Celek, the younger brother of Eagles tight end Brent, ran a 4.69 40 with a 34-inch vertical, 9-11 broad jump, 4.39 short shuttle, and 19 bench reps .
At Marshall’s pro day, defensive end Vinny Curry made headlines with some major improvement from his Combine performance. He ran a 40 time in 4.65 seconds, 0.22 seconds faster than his Combine time. He also did 28 bench reps and jumped 35.5 inches on the vertical, a 3.5-inch improvement from Indianapolis. He is projected as a potential late first round pick due to his performance after a disappointing Combine, reportedly due to nerves.
Also, it has been confirmed that the Falcons were among 22 teams at California (PA)’s pro day on Tuesday. There, guard Rishaw Johnson is their top draft prospect, only performed in positional drills after a solid Combine performance last month. Wide receiver Thomas Mayo showed excellent athleticism, posting a 41.5-inch vertical jump and 4.48 40-yard dash time.
Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the Falcons were among four teams at Massachusett’s pro day on Monday. The biggest name there was tight end/fullback Emil Igwenagu, who was invited both to the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine in the past few months. At the Combine, Igwenagu measured 6’1″ 249 pounds, ran a 4.75 40, did 19 bench reps, and leapt 34.5 inches on the vertical.
According to Reiss, wide receiver Jesse Julmiste clocked a 4.47 40 time. Offensive lineman Josh Samuda put up 30 bench reps of 225 pounds. The Falcons have been regular attendees of the UMass pro day the past few years, attending each of the last two pro days.
The Falcons sent representatives to at least six pro days held on Friday, including those of Florida International, Furman, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Purdue.
For FIU, the big name was wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who showcased his explosiveness clocking a 4.36 official 40 time during the workout. Furman’s top pro prospect is cornerback Ryan Steed, who was less impressive with a 40 time of 4.55. For Ole Miss, offensive tackle Bobby Massie was impressive during positional drills according to SI.com’s Tony Pauline. Massie is seen as a potential Top 50 draft choice.
Ohio State’s pro day also featured a top offensive tackle in Mike Adams. Adams improved upon his Combine performance of 19 bench reps by adding two more. Linebacker Andrew Sweat was timed in the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-range, with some stopwatches having him time in the high 4.5s. At Purdue, linebacker Joe Holland weighed in at 231 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 time, and did 22 bench reps of 225 pounds. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly, measuring 6’8″ 320 put up and impressive 30 reps.
The biggest name working out on Friday of course was Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Every NFL team showed up to Stillwater to see Blackmon among others. Blackmon, who opted not to work out at last month’s Combine ran an official 40 of 4.46 seconds. He also jumped 10’3″ on the broad jump and 35 inches on the vertical. He caught 14 of 16 passes thrown to him by highly rated passer Brandon Weeden, with two drops.
Offensive tackle Levy Adcock, who was not invited to the Combine ran a 5.18 40, did 26 bench reps, and leapt 27.5 inches on the vertical. Fellow wideout Josh Cooper clocked a 4.62 40 officially.
Other pro days held on Friday included Montana, Northern Illinois, Texas Christian, and Troy. It is unknown if the Falcons attended any of them. Twenty-three teams showed up for Montana’s pro day, primarily to check out cornerback Trumaine Johnson. For Troy, Jonathan Massaquoi who is projected by many as a 3-4 outside linebacker weighed in at 261 pounds, recorded a 34-inch vertical and did 20 bench reps.
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.
A number of pro days took place on Wednesday, including some big schools such as Alabama, USC, Texas A&M, Wisconsin. Kentucky and Louisville also held their pro days as well.
The Falcons were definitely at the Wisconsin and Alabama pro days, and likely to be at the USC (although unconfirmed as of yet). Twenty-three teams were counted at Kentucky, 18 at Texas A&M, and 12 at Louisville. Whether the Falcons were in attendance at the latter three has not been confirmed.
For Wisconsin, quarterback Russell Wilson managed to impress with his arm strength in passing drills, completing all but 3 of 65 attempts. Tony Pauline of SI.com reports that observers called guard Kevin Zeitler’s work in positional drills “outstanding” and “beastly.” Zeitler played right guard for the Badgers is projected as a second round pick. A player that emerged at the pro day was wide receiver Derek Carrier, hailing from Division III school Beloit. Carrier mesasured 6’3″ 240pounds, ran a 40 under 4.5, measured a 40-inch vertical, 10-2 broad, and 6.69 3-cone drill. Carrier led the Beloit Buccaneers last year with 75 catches for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns. His workout had scouts “scrambling” for more tape per Pauline.
Alabama’s pro day was marred from the fact that top prospects Courtney Upshaw, Trent Richardson, and Mark Barron did not work out. But that did not stop cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick from “wowing” scouts in position drills according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. Tight end Brad Smelley also had an impressive workout according to sources. The undersized tight end (6’2″ 237) ran a 4.76 40 time, did 13 bench reps, and recorded a 7.15 3-cone drill.
The big name at Texas A&M’s pro day was quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who sat out due to his injured foot. But in his absence, wide receiver Jeff Fuller improved his draft stock. Fuller weighed in at 225 pounds, ran a 4.65 40, but als had a 36-inch vertical leap and 7.10 3-cone drill. Cornerback Terrence Frederick clocked an impressive 4.47 40 time. Fuller is expected to work out with Tannehill later this month on March 28.
Tomorrow’s pro day schedule will be a busy one which will include Clemson, Colorado, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Alabama, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Utah State, Washington, Western Kentucky, and Wyoming. All of those schools potentially will feature at least one draftable prospect. The University of Miami’s official site indicates that Falcons eastern regional scout Marvin Allen is expected to attend tomorrow.