The NFL Draft season is in full swing following the conclusion of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, this last week. In today’s Pro Day Update on Football Sapient, we will be talking about the twelve pro days that took place across the country. Those schools are as follows:
- Alabama A&M
- Kansas State
- Ouachita Baptist
Between wide receiver Dee Anderson and quarterback Aqeel Glass, there was some intrigue to the Alabama A&M pro day among NFL teams. Dee Anderson has great size and tested very well across the board at his pro day.
The Arkansas Razorbacks worked out six prospects ahead of the draft today, with 30 of 32 NFL teams in attendance. Dwight Blakey from Central Arkansas also worked out at the pro day with Arkansas.
It’s worth noting that Eagles wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead led drills for Treylon Burks today. This is not exactly normal – typically college coaches lead their receivers through the drills. Overall, Burks was reported to look good but didn’t touch his forty-yard dash from the Combine, electing to bench and jump vertically (35.5″).
Kansas had a well attended pro day to see five Kansas players take the field, none of which performed at the NFL Combine this weekend.
Edge rusher Kyron Johnson had himself a hell of a day, standing out with his explosion and speed. His test results were better than almost anyone at the NFL Combine this year. The biggest issue with Johnson is his lack of size (6’0″ and 231 lbs) which has not previously translated well as an edge rusher.
It’s also worth noting that Baker University running back JD Woods worked out as well, running a 4.38 forty reportedly. He’s an undersized scat back, listed in college at 5’8″ and 192 lbs, but the speed is an intriguing factor at the very least.
18 NFL teams appeared for the Kansas State pro day today, including the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Houston Texans were confirmed to be on location. Other reports noted that the Atlanta Falcons were there too.
Skylar Thompson looked comfortable in his natural habitat, throwing well throughout the day to his teammates from Kansas State.
Josh Rivas stood out, as Kellis Robinett reported, was among the only names that he mentioned as receiving buzz at the pro day event. Rivas, a combine snub himself, left everything out on the field.
All 32 NFL teams attended the Oklahoma pro day, which was live streamed on Oklahoma’s official website.
Kennedy Brooks did a little bit better with his three-cone than I had anticipated. He’s a power runner who had some shiftiness to his game on tape in college, but it was still good to see him post a 7.00 flat on this drill.
11 players took the field at UAB this morning with all 32 NFL teams in attendance.
UAB also hosted players from Samford as a part of the pro day.
No numbers were reported publicly coming out of the event that I could find.
There were no real reports of how the UTEP day went, other than a few videos that were posted, but it appeared to be attended decently well. The two names to take away from this day were Bobby DeHaro, an underrated developmental guard prospect, and Walter Neil Jr who is a Kansas State transfer into the program at safety.
Walter Neil reportedly ran a 4.39 forty-yard dash, which could make him an intriguing nickel option at the next level. He was productive his final year in college, making 32 tackles (4 for loss) and defending 2 passes.
UTSA held a pro day for all draft-eligible prospects in the school today, while the rising seniors will work out on Saturday, March 12th.
There were no reports that came out of the pro day.
Wisconsin fielded fifteen prospects at their pro day event this year. All 32 NFL teams were in attendance, as well as some scouts from the XFL. Packers Director of Football Operations, Milt Hendrickson, was spotted there as well.
Combine snub Matt Henningsen, who attended the Shrine Bowl this past February, tested much better than anyone could have imagined.
Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, TJ Watt, was on the premises as well doing some simple coaching with the other prospects in attendance. A former Wisconsin Badger player himself, it was a classy move on his part to be in attendance.
The Steelers have already been busy, covering several pro days in the first two days of action. This helps us paint a picture of who is on the Steelers board and who they could be interested in, which is why it’s important to watch the pro days and pay attention to who is in attendance.
Ouachita Baptist cornerback Gregory Junior, who participated in the 2022 Senior Bowl, tested extremely well, as Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy reported.
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