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2011 NFL Pro Days: Illinois, Maryland And Small School Question Marks

We're back for another day of 2011 NFL Pro Days as we continue on our road to the 2011 NFL Draft. Today's teams include Arkansas-Monticello, Bowie State, California (PA), Delaware, Florida A&M, Illinois, Indiana, James Madison, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Union, and William & Mary. It's a mix of Division I and lower levels, with the bigger schools bringing most of the talent.

The top player working out today would appear to be defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who Drew K wrote about in detail yesterday. It remains to be seen if the 49ers will address the defensive tackle in the draft, but he is an intriguing talent. Other talent includes the likes of Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure (also discussed by Drew) and outside linebacker Martez Wilson, and Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith.

The various small schools included in today's Pro Days do not have much talent available. However, there are some names out there from smaller schools. The first one that pops to most folks mind is quarterback Pat Devlin. For 49ers fans it's not because he's necessarily the best player available, but he's a quarterback and most available quarterbacks are somewhere on the radar.

My point here is to raise the issue of small school players. Although he was generally praised, Mike Iupati had a question mark surrounding his level of competition at Idaho. He's answered that question quite well, but even Idaho is still Division I. Lower level players have had great success but it's still a question raised. How much stock do you put into level of competition in your overall player analysis leading up to the NFL Draft?

03/03/2011 Baylor, FAU, Tulane, Utah State
03/04/2011 Alabama State, Albany State, Lindenwood, Troy, Weber State
03/07/2011 Arkansas Tech, Central Arkansas, Rhode Island, Tuskegee
03/08/2011 Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Auburn, Fordham, Liberty, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Prairie View A&M
03/09/2011 Alabama, BYU, California-Davis, California, Clark-Atlanta, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Mississippi State, Nebraska-Omaha, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Rutgers, West Georgia, Wisconsin, UTEP
03/10/2011 Akron, Buffalo, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Texas Tech, West Texas, Wofford
03/11/2011 Eastern Illinois, Idaho, Jackson State, North Texas, Ohio State, Oregon State, Purdue, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee
03/12/2011 Arizona
03/14/2011 Air Force, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, LSU, Montana, Newberry, Wake Forest, Widener
03/15/2011 Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Emporia State, Florida, Kansas State, McNeese State, Montana State, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, Southeast Louisiana, Towson
03/16/2011 Arkansas-Monticello, Bowie State, California (PA), Delaware, Florida A&M, Illinois, Indiana, James Madison, Louisian-Monroe, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Union, William & Mary
03/17/2011 Appalachian State, Grambling State, Lehigh, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Missouri, North Alabama, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
03/18/2011 Arkansas State, Indiana State, New Mexico State, Northwestern State (LA), Temple, Virginia Union
03/21/2011 Abilene Christian, Georgia Southern, Iowa, North Dakota State, Valdosta State
03/22/2011 Iowa State, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota State
03/23/2011 Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas State
03/24/2011 Boise State, Maine, Middle Tennessee State, UNLV, New Hampshire, New Mexico, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky
03/25/2011 Arizona State, Ball State, Wofford
03/28/2011 Central Missouri, Cincinnati, Citadel, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State, Rice
03/29/2011 Coastal Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Utah
03/30/2011 New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, Southern California, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Washington
03/31/2011 North Carolina, Stephen F. Austin
04/01/2011 Eastern Washington
04/04/2011 Southern Methodist
04/07/2011 Jacksonville State, Notre Dame