In the lead-up to the draft, we've been updating you on any interesting numbers from pro day workouts. Since our last update, the 2019 pro day has taken place for each of the following schools:
- March 25: Iowa, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Prairie View, Rice, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Texas Tech, UNLV, Villanova, West Florida, Western Illinois
- March 26: Campbell, Central Florida, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Iowa State, James Madison, Monmouth (New Jersey), Morgan State, Northern Iowa, Richmond, Southeast Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas-San Antonio
- March 27: Arizona State, Connecticut, Delta State, Florida, Incarnate Word, Jacksonville, Kansas, Lamar, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stony Brook, Texas, Utah State
Here were the more interesting results:
At Duke, quarterback Daniel Jones solidified his first round status with a strong throwing session and improved 40 time according to Tony Pauline. Also, linebacker Joe-Giles Harris was bothered by a calf cramp, but still posted a 7.03 in the three-cone drill, a much better number than any of his disappointing combine results.
Linebacker Cole Holcomb stood out at UNC's pro day:
Huge pro day for North Carolina LB Cole Holcomb— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 25, 2019
22 bench reps
skipped vert (jumped 39.5” at the regional combine)
6.77 3 cone
4.18 20 shuttle
At South Alabama, late round receiving prospect Jamarius Way posted disappointing numbers, although...
Here's a fun one. Jamarius Way still ended up with a below average #RAS, but his splits are something else. With that bad of a 10 and 20 split, and a poor but not dreadful 40, means he was really hauling at the end.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 24, 2019
Calculating MPH based on the flying 20, was over 22 MPH! pic.twitter.com/7oDiva3v5L
Here were the numbers from Texas Tech where combined participants Dakota Allen and Antoine Wesley looked to improve their overall numbers. Allen, a linebacker who posted excellent agility numbers, added three inches to both his vertical and broad jump, while Wesley - a 6'4" receiver - didn't run the 40 at the combine:
The Jets showed interest in a Shrine Week standout at Villanova's pro day:
Villanova OT Ethan Greenidge, a NY-area prospect out of Riverhead HS on Long Island, had breakfast with the #Jets this morning before his pro day. Jets will be looking for O-linemen in the draft.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 25, 2019
At Iowa, safety Amani Hooker and defensive end Anthony Nelson sat on their combine numbers. Of those who did test, a 245-pound back-up fullback called Austin Kelly had the most impressive number with a 39.5" vertical. Here's one guy looking to sneak into the late rounds:
Sleeper slot WR Nick Easley at Iowa’s Pro Day today:— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 25, 2019
Arm Length: 30.7
Bench: 8 reps
Vertical Jump: 36”
10 yd: 1.57/1.59
40 yd: 4.58
FAU's top prospect, Devin Singletary, did not run at their pro day, but his fellow running back Kerrith Whyte - a potential late-round pick- dazzled with a 4.36 40-yard dash, 11-foot broad jump, 42" vertical and 21 bench press reps.
UTSA linebacker Josiah Tauaefa, a combine snub, weighed in at 245 and posted 21 bench press reps and a 32" vertical.
Texas A&M had several prospects on hand, although most of the top ones sat on their combine numbers. Potential special teams monster Cullen Gillaspia was a stand-out, as he worked out at four different positions on either side of the ball.
Among the pro-day highlights were safety Donovan Wilson’s 39-inch vertical, Gillaspia’s 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and safety DeShawn Capers-Smith’s 10-foot-3 broad jump.
At Iowa State, running back David Montgomery improved his 40 time:
David Montgomery ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at Iowa State's pro day, per ISU. That's a .06 jump from his NFL Combine performance. That should serve him well.— Dylan Montz (@dylanmontz) March 26, 2019
Also, linebacker Willie Harvey ran a sub-4.5 40-yard dash. However, ISU has a reputation for having a fast track.
In Florida, the big story was that Jachai Polite pulled up with a hamstring injury again, having had the same thing happen on the other leg at the combine. Polite, who added 20 pounds of muscle since the season, looked "sluggish" running a 4.96 in the 40.
Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson crushed it in the positional drills according to Pauline and improved his broad and vertical jumps slightly.
One of the top prospects at the Kansas pro day suffered the same fate as Polite:
At Kansas football’s Pro Day. Joe Dineen looks like he hurt his right hamstring after his last 40-yard dash run. Not sure if he’s going to keep doing drills. Looks like he might be done.— Tyler Greever (@WIBWTyler) March 27, 2019
At UCF, defensive tackle Trysten Hill, a potential day two pick, stuck with his combine numbers but looked good in drills. Offensive tackle Wyatt Miller apparently worked out for the Jets.
With top prospect Darnell Savage just doing drills, a running back stole the show at Maryland:
Maryland RB Ty Johnson, a big play machine and underrated Day 3 prospect, ran 4.26 and 4.35 at his Pro Day per @b3dubose. Will be selected ahead of some much bigger names at the position.— Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) March 27, 2019
With fellow running back prospect Darrell Henderson just doing drills, Tony Pollard - who can also play as a slot receiver - bounced back in style from the combine where he apparently had food poisoning:
Memphis RB Tony Pollard says he ran a 4.3 at today’s Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/nKDsywHbEo— Grind City Media (@grindcitymedia) March 27, 2019
Utah State's best prospect had a good day:
Dax Raymond/TE/Utah State: 40 times between 4.58s and 4.62s at pro day, significant improvement from combine. Scouts say as many as 15 TE's selected in top 125 picks. Count Raymond in.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 27, 2019
Finally, at Texas, Edge defender Breckyn Hager impressed with a 39.5" vertical and a 121" broad jump and wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey improved his 40 time:
#Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey improved his 40 time at his proday, I’m hearing high 4.5’s for the big slot receiver per sources— Avery Duncan (@averydduncan) March 27, 2019