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 19: Alabama, Albany (New York), Bowling Green, California-Davis, North Carolina A&T, Louisiana Tech, Penn State, Sacramento State, Toledo
- March 20: Baylor, Boston College, Duquesne, Georgia, Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri Western, Northwestern State (Louisiana), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, USC, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky
- March 21: Azusa Pacific, California, Gannon, Grand Valley State, Louisville, Massachusetts, McNeese State, Missouri, Murray State, Sam Houston State, South Carolina, Tulane, West Virginia, Western Michigan
- March 22: Akron, Central Connecticut State, Citadel, Delaware, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina-Charlotte, San Diego State, Southern, Youngstown State
Here were the more interesting results:
At Louisiana Tech, Jaylon Ferguson - the NCAA's all-time sack leader, posted an awful set of numbers, despite some writers putting a positive spin on it. He had been viewed as a possible top 50 pick:
DL coaches from the Eagles, Cowboys, Dolphins, Vikings and Lions attended @LATechFB's pro day to see a player who was uninvited to the combine. Edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson (6-5, 271) had a good workout, according to scouts there.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 22, 2019
Also at La. Tech, the Jets met with defensive lineman Immanuel Turner after he ran a 5.0 at 309 pounds.
LSU's top prospect, cornerback Greedy Williams, didn't do a full workout but posted a solid 36" vertical and 124" broad jump. Nose tackle Ed Alexander put up 28 bench press reps and cornerback Terrance Alexander ran a 6.94 three-cone drill.
Dwayne Haskins got most of the attention at Ohio State, where other results were difficult to come by as many players just sat on their combine numbers.
At Pitt, running back Darrin Hall posted standout numbers. Fellow running back Qadree Ollison posted dramatically improved agility numbers and undersized edge defender James Folston turned heads with a 40.5" vertical.
At Alabama, running back Josh Jacobs ran a 4.52 and posted a 112" broad jump. Mack Wilson added a 4.58 40-yard dash and a 121" broad. Also, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams revealed to media that he played the last few games of the season with a broken finger.
At Notre Dame, cornerback Julian Love improved on his combine 40 by running a 4.45, while linebacker Te'Von Coney ran a 4.72 - although the rest of his results were underwhelming. This was the big story though:
Just some of the NFL players Notre Dame punter Tyler Newsome out-benched at his pro day...— For The Win (@ForTheWin) March 20, 2019
At USC, safety Marvell Tell couldn't improve on any of his spectacular combine numbers while battling the flu. He ran the 40 (which he didn't do at the combine) in 4.57 though. This was the coolest part of the day:
Amazing moment at USC Pro Day. Jake Olson, their blind long snapper, just had 17 reps on the bench press to raise funds for retinoblastoma, which took his eyesight. pic.twitter.com/kSxWZxanAX— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) March 20, 2019
With Josh Allen not working out, Kentucky's pro day gave some other players a chance to shine. Cornerback Lonnie Johnson ran 4.39 to shave 13 tenths off his combine time and 6'4" defensive back Chris Westry ran an unofficial 4.31 and posted a 38" vertical.
Two prospect posted good numbers at Toledo, while receivers Cody Thompson and Diontae Johnson sat on their combine numbers:
Two non-combine players at @ToledoFB's pro day yesterday emerged with draftable grades:— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 20, 2019
CB Ka'Dar Hollman (6-0, 196)
RS Jon'Vea Johnson (5-11, 191)
Boston College's top prospects, OL Chris Lindstrom and DL Zach Allen, sat on their combine numbers, although Lindstrom impressed in drills, according to Tony Pauline. Special teams monster Connor Strachan had a good day:
The linebacker and special-teams ace measured 5117 and 230 pounds, touched 36 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-10 in the broad jump and completed 25 reps on bench. Strachan timed 4.75 seconds in the 40, 4.21 in the short shuttle and a super-fast 11.29 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle.
The main attraction at UMass was wide receiver Andy Isabella, but he sat on his combine numbers. Charlotte offensive lineman Nate Davis was another to stick with his combine numbers.
At Missouri, quarterback Drew Lock was the headline act while receiver Emmanuel Hall - who the Jets have apparently shown interest in according to Pauline - just did possession drill. Linebacker Terez Hall strained his Achilles and will have to run again for teams at a later date. He had begun the day with an impressive 39.5" vertical.
At Akron, JetsFix-approved sleeper Kyron Brown had himself a solid day:
He wasn't the only one though. Ulysses Gilbert is coming off a disappointing season, but he killed it in his pro day workout:
LB Ulysses Gilbert from Akron is 6'1 224, ran 4.46, 39.5 vert, 126 inch broad, and 6.94 3 cone drill. He started all 12 games as a senior and racked up 85 tackles, 7.5 TFL and recovered a couple of fumbles. He also tied the school record for games played at 51. #NFLDraft #49ers pic.twitter.com/eh2eryl17K— Jbles (@jblesthree) March 24, 2019
At Eastern Michigan, edge defender Maxx Crosby only did the bench press (18 reps) but the buzz is that he's now widely considered a day two pick per Pauline.
Finally, at SDSU, tight end Kahale Warring was busy solidifying himself as a possible day two pick, while receiver and return man Fred Trevillion and offensive tackle Ryan Pope also boosted their stock.