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Default Pro day workout updates

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Pro day workout updates
By Gil Brandt | NFL.com


In between the combine and the NFL Draft, NFL coaches and personnel -- not to mention the prospects themselves -- turn their attention to the various college "pro day" workouts. These are not as all-encompassing as the combine, but they are important enough for the key decision-makers in the league to travel around the country for more than a month to see the talent up close and personal. NFL.com's Gil Brandt has his sources at each of these workouts and will update this pro day scouting report on a daily basis:



? Pro day updates by school: A-G | H-M | N-R | S-Z



Most recent pro days




Oklahoma (April 9)
Twenty-five NFL teams sent representatives to Norman, Okla., to see four key players in a follow-up to last month's school pro day. Prospects worked out indoors on Field Turf. And as an added quirk to the event, the person throwing passes in the position drills was a former quarterback from arch-rival Nebraska -- Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch. Bengals WR coach Mike Sheppard ran the receiving drills and Bengals assistant DB coach Louis Cioffi ran the DB drills for Smith and Walker?

? TE Joe Jon Finley (6-6 3/8, 252: Ran the 40 in 4.85 and 4.86, had a 31 ?-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 9-inch long jump, 4.16 short shuttle, 7.11 cone drill, ran position drills and kept everything else from the combine.

? WR Malcolm Kelly (6-3 7/8, 227): Ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.68, had a 32-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 9-inch long jump, 4.24 short shuttle, 7.00 cone drill, and ran position drills. Kelly looked very good.

? DB Reggie Smith (6-0 1/8, 192): Ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.61, had a 39 ?-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 9-inch long jump, 4.03 short shuttle, 6.70 cone drill, ran position drills.

? CB Marcus Walker (5-10 3/8, 194): Ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.62, had a 37-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 1-inch long jump, 4.10 short shuttle, 6.90 cone drill, ran position drills.

Oregon (April 3)
? QB Dennis Dixon (6-3 ?, 201): Dixon tore his left ACL late in the 2007 season and could not do any running, lifting or workouts at the combine. He had a workout on April 3, with three NFL teams present -- Atlanta, Baltimore and the Giants. He did not run the 40, do any shuttles or jumping, but he looked good throwing the football.

USC (April 2)
There were 90 NFL people from 29 teams on hand. Green Bay's Ted Thompson was the only GM in attendance and there were no head coaches -- but plenty of coordinators were here to see 25 Trojans work out (19 from the 2007 USC squad, six from previous years). Prospects ran the 40-yard dash and did position drills on the outdoor, grass surface? USC assistant coach Steve Sarkisian led the drills for QB, RB, WR, and TE positions. Bengals LB coach Jeff FitzGerald led the LB drills. Speaking of the Bengals, Cincinnati TE coach Jonathan Hayes spent some extra time after the session with USC tight ends Fred Davis and Dale Thompson. Hayes has spent extra time at various pro days -- so it's a safe guess that Cincinnati will draft a TE somewhere?

? OL Sam Baker (6-4 ?, 308): Ran the 40 in 5.50 and 5.50, had a 28 ?-inch vertical jump, 9-foot long jump, 4.92 short shuttle, 8.02 cone drill, had 29 reps in the bench press, ran position drills.

? QB John David Booty (6-2 3/8, 216): Had a position workout only, kept everything else from the combine.

? TE Fred Davis (6-2 7/8, 254): Ran the 40 in 4.68 and 4.69, had a 33-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 8-inch long jump, 4.68 short shuttle, 7.36 cone drill, ran position drills.

? TE Dale Thompson (6-4 ?, 245): Davis' backup? Ran the 40 in 4.76 and 4.77, had a 34-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 5-inch long jump, 4.24 short shuttle, 7.63 cone drill, 20 reps in bench press, ran position drills.

? DL Sedrick Ellis (6-0 ?, 298): Ran the 40 in 5.05 and 5.07, had a 30-inch vertical jump, 36 reps in the bench press, ran position drills and kept everything else from the combine.

? DL Lawrence Jackson (6-4 ?, 267): Had a 34 ?-inch vertical jump, ran position drills, kept everything else from the combine.

? OL Chilo Rachal (6-5, 306): Had a 28-inch vertical jump, 4.84 short shuttle, 8.07 cone drill, ran position drills and kept everything else from combine.

? OL Drew Radovich (6-4 ?, 312): Had a 26 ?-inch vertical jump, 23 reps in the bench press, ran position drills, kept everything else from the combine.

? LB Keith Rivers (6-2 ?,, 232): Ran the 40 in 4.54 and 4.59, had a 42-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 7-inch long jump, 4.38 short shuttle, ran position drills and kept everything else from combine.

? OL Matt Spanos (6-5 3/8, 322): Ran the 40 in 5.28 and 5.31, had a 29-inch vertical jump, 8-foot, 9-inch long jump, 4.92 short shuttle, 8.04 cone drill, had 20 reps in the bench press, ran position drills.

? CB Terrell Thomas (6-0 5/8, 199): Ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.53, had a 36-inch vertical jump, 4.24 short shuttle, 7.07 cone drill, ran position drills.

? RB Chauncey Washington (5-11 ?,, 216): Ran the 40 in 4.45 and 4.45, had a 36-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 11-inch long jump, 4.58 short shuttle, 7.53 cone drill, had 18 reps in the bench press, ran position drills.

? LB Thomas Williams (6-1 ?, 225): Ran the 40 in 4.77 and 4.75, had a 35-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 10-inch long jump, 4.40 short shuttle, 7.73 cone drill, ran position drills.

Villanova (April 2)
There were 14 teams present to see three players from Villanova plus 24 from other area schools. Prospects worked out outdoors on the Field Turf of Villanova Stadium. With 15-20 mph winds, they ran the first 40-yard dash with the wind and the second against the wind?

? TE Matt Sherry (6-4, 255): Ran the 40 in 4.67 (with the wind) and 4.77 (against), had a 32 ?-inch vertical jump, 10-foot long jump, 4.59 short shuttle, 7.18 cone drill, 24 reps in the bench press, ran position workout. Despite not real good conditions, he looked pretty good.

North Carolina (April 1)
Twenty-five NFL scouts were on hand to see six players work out indoors on a Tartan surface. Panthers DL coach Sal Sunseri and Rams DL coach Brian Baker ran the drills for top prospect Kentwan Balmer?

? DL Kentwan Balmer (6-4 ?,, 307): Ran the 40 in 5.11 -- ran just once and then said his hamstring tightened. Ran position workout and kept everything else from the combine. Reportedly looked good in the workout.

? LB Durrell Mapp (6-1 1/8, 233): Ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.65, had a 34 ?-inch vertical jump, 4.29 short shuttle, 7.00 cone drill, ran position drills and kept his numbers from the combine for everything else.

Hawaii (April 1)
Twenty-eight NFL teams were on hand to see 19 players work out at the Home Depot Center in southern California. Prospects worked out outdoors in Field Turf on a windy and cool day?

? QB Colt Brennan (6-2 ?, 218): Brennan injured his hip during a Senior Bowl practice, and it was recently announced that he would have labrum surgery on April 7. It will be about eight weeks before he can run and 12 weeks until he can work out. Still, he did throw 88 passes at this workout.

? WR Davone Bess (5-10 1/8, 189): Ran the 40 in 4.60, had a 32 ?-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 7-inch long jump, 4.28 short shuttle, 7.15 cone drill, 17 reps in the bench press, ran position workout.

? WR Ryan Grice-Mullen (5-10 3/8, 189): Ran the 40 in 4.36, had a 31 ?-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 2-inch long jump, ran position workout, kept everything else from the combine.

? WR Jason Rivers (6-1 ?, 204): Ran the 40 in 4.59, had a 34-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 6-inch long jump, 8 reps in the bench press, ran position workout -- but pulled a hamstring about three-quarters of the way through.

Houston (March 31)
Eighteen NFL teams sent representatives back to Houston to see WR Donnie Avery, who was unable to participate in the school's pro day two weeks ago while nursing a right hamstring injury. Avery, catching passes from former Texas Tech QB B.J. Symons, ran indoors on Astroturf, and he had a workout that can best be described as "lights out"?

? WR Donnie Avery (5-11 1/8, 182): Ran the 40 in 4.35 and 4.34, had a 37 ?-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 6-inch long jump, 3.91 short shuttle, 6.30 cone drill, ran position drills.

Arkansas State (March 31)
Nine NFL teams sent representatives, including DB coaches from Carolina and St. Louis, to see 10 players work out in the stadium on Field Turf?

? S Marcellous Johnson (5-11 7/8, 202): Had a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 4-inch long jump, 4.42 short shuttle, 7.16 cone drill, and had a very good position workout.

UNLV (March 31)
There were a total of 50 NFL scouts on hand, including LB coaches from Carolina, Cleveland and St. Louis. Prospects ran outdoors on Field Turf?

? LB James Bell (6-1 5/8, 239): Ran the 40 in 4.91 and 4.90, had a 28?-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 1-inch long jump, 4.56 short shuttle, 7.37 cone drill, ran position drills. Bell had a left knee bruise -- but all he did at the combine was the bench press (25 reps), so he doesn't have numbers to fall back on.

Coastal Carolina (March 28)
Eleven NFL teams sent representatives, and Bengals WR coach Mike Sheppard ran the workout for WR prospect Jerome Simpson, who ran outdoors on a grass field?

? WR Jerome Simpson (6-1 ?, 199): Had a 41 ?-inch vertical jump, kept everything else from the combine. Had a good workout.

Kansas State (March 28)
Fourteen NFL teams sent representatives and there were three WR coaches in attendance to see 14 K-State players work out, indoors on Field Turf?

? WR Jordy Nelson (6-2 7/8, 218): Ran position drills only, keeping all his numbers from the combine. But he reportedly had a very good workout.

? CB Justin McKinney (5-9 5/8, 192): Ran the 40 in 4.61 and 4.60, had a 33?-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 7-inch long jump, 4.38 short shuttle, 7.25 cone drill, ran position drills and kept everything else from the combine.
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