Today we have several schools hosting their annual pro day: Baylor, California, Central Florida, Lindenwood, San Jose State, Utah, Virginia Tech, and Western Kentucky.
The Baylor Bears will have a handful of prospects on display today including mid to late round picks safety Ahmad Dixon and guard Cyril Richardson. Dixon checked in with good size at the combine (6-0, 212lbs) but posted a pedestrian 4.64-forty which was a surprise since most thought one of Dixon's strengths was his straight line speed. Dixon was the Bears' emotional leader of defense playing physically and fast. He's also versatile enough to be moved around the defense having lined up at safety, linebacker, and nickel corner.
Richardson was once believed to be one of, if not the best guard prospect in this draft. At 6-5, 329lbs, why not? Then Richardson attended the Senior Bowl in January were he was exposed by quicker, more athletic defensive linemen like Aaron Donald. Richardson's run blocking is the best part of his game but he still plays like he's thinking too much. He'll need to show better footwork and pass blocking technique to stop his slide down the draft boards. I have him as a fourth round pick as of today.
Keep an eye on RB Lache Seastrunk. Another likely mid round selection could provide nice depth on a team looking for a primary backup. Seastrunk has the talent to one day become an every down back in the NFL and will be nice value in the 4th-5th rounds.
Potential number one overall pick quarterback Blake Bortles from UCF will be competing today. Bortles will be looking to take advantage of what was reportedly and average workout from Teddy Bridgewater yesterday.
In recent pro day posts I've admittedly been hard on some of the smaller schools. Today, however, is a different day. That's because Lindenwood's Pierre Desir is competing. Desir exploded onto the scene in January at the East-West Shrine Game, then the Senior Bowl, and then he destroyed the combine last month. The senior corner checked in at 6-2, 198lbs and ran a 4.59-forty while impressing with his length and technique. Desir was a ball-hawk at Lindenwood recording 25 interceptions over four years. Of course the biggest question marks surround the level of competition Desir faced in college. I don't put too much stock into that as in the past few years small school corners have proven themselves just fine in the NFL.
San Jose State's David Fales is widely believed to be one of the top 5-6 quarterbacks available this year. His stock has hit a plateau but a strong showing today should have Fales selected firmly in day two or early on day three.
Another big corner will be on display for scouts today in Utah. Keith McGill has unfairly drawn comparisons to Richard Sherman due to his 6-3, 211lbs frame. McGill impressed at the combine with a solid 4.51-forth and 39" vertical, which for a guy already 6-3 seems unfair. His technique will need work at the next level and some teams may view him more as a safety. Nevertheless, McGill is a player many teams figure to have an eye on today.
What a difference a year makes. Many experts last year figured the potential first round corner in 2014 from Virginia Tech would be Antone Exum. Instead, Kyle Fuller has emerged as the likely first round candidate. Exum tore up his knee in January of 2013 and missed most of last season. When he finally returned he only played in three games before a badly sprained ankle forced him to miss the remainder of the year.
Exum's injury pushed Fuller into the spotlight and he took advantage of Exum's misfortune. At the combine Fuller was one of the better testing corners all-around recording a 4.49-forty and a vertical of 38.5" while checking in at 6-0, 190lbs. Fuller has good instincts and is excellent in the run game, something the 49ers put a premium on. With another plus performance today, Fuller should be squarely on the radar for teams picking in the back half of the first or early in the second. Check out Trevor Woods' scouting report on Fuller.
QB Logan Thomas will also be competing today at Virginia Tech. The big, strong armed QB hasn't had a great pre-draft showing as a QB but his elite athleticism and size has some thinking a switch to tight end could be in the cards. It will be interesting to see if Thomas does any non-QB drills today.
Our pro day coverage continues tomorrow with: California (Pa.), Fresno State, Heidelberg, Kent State, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Stanford, and Tennessee State.