Another day of Pro Days are on tap on the last Wednesday of March. Today we have Duke, Indiana, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Syracuse, and Texas. Here are some notable prospects, and if you would like to add a player you feel is worth mentioning, feel free to talk about them in the comments.
Ross Cockrell, Cornerback: Cockrell is a player that has undesirable measurables (short arms, not very fast, small frame), but flashes potential on tape. Cockrell was a shut-down corner for Duke this year and a big reason why they had their best season in over two decades. Against a top prospect in the Chik-fil-A Bowl, receiver Mike Evans, Cockrell held his own more often than not, and had Evans number for most of the first half. He does have bad film too, as Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin got the better of him in that matchup. The Duke standout has good ball skills and has a knack for breaking up passes. He's not a beast or a burner, but he's feisty and could have success in the NFL.
Cody Latimer, Wide Receiver: For some players, their pro day isn't a make or break day in regards to their draft status, for Latimer it is. Latimer was a combine invitee but was limited to just the bench press (23 reps) because he was still recovering from foot surgery. Standing 6'3" 215 lbs, with good speed and physicality, Latimer could be a bargain option. The Hoosier wideout was their number one receiver, with 72 receptions for 1,096 yards, and 9 touchdowns.
Jay Bromley, Defensive Tackle: After putting together a good combine performance, Bromley's stock could rise more if he puts together a solid pro day. He's viewed as a late round prospect, but don't tell him that. Bromley thinks he's better than where pundits have him on their mock boards. "I don't think you can take 10 defensive tackles before me, but in the case that it does happen, the team that gets me will be a much improved team." I like his confidence, now he has to go out and back that statement up. At 6'3" and 305 lbs, Bromley can be a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end. He had a good year in 2013, piling up 14.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Sleeper potential perhaps?
Jerome Smith, Running Back: Smith is strictly a short-yardage power back prospect. If he wants to get drafted he must improve on his 4.84 forty combine time. Smith recorded 12 rushing touchdowns last season. His ability to find the end zone could find him in an NFL camp, be it at running back or getting a look at a position switch to fullback.
Jackson Jeffcoat, Defensive End: This was a down year for Texas and the end of the Mack Brown era, but that doesn't mean the season didn't have bright spots. Jeffcoat was a shining light for the Longhorns, notching 13 sacks en route to winning the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Award. His 4.62 forty time at the combine is great for his position and size (6'3' 247 lbs). Jeffcoat will either be a 4-3 end or converted to an outside linebacker in the NFL, where I believe he would be better utilized. Jeffcoat should come off the board early in round two.
Mike Davis, Wide Receiver: A mid round prospect who I don't find to be all that good. Davis was the go to receiver at Texas this year, but that isn't really saying much. He drops a lot of passes, can't beat press coverage, and doesn't show any strength with the ball in his hands or when called on to block. Many better options with more upside will be available in the same range that Davis is likely to be drafted.
Anthony Fera, Kicker: Fera hails from the same college as one of the greatest kickers in the history of every level of football, Phil Dawson. The Lou Groza Award finalist has a strong leg, making 6 of 7 attempts from forty plus yards.