The pro days are almost a wrap for this year, with only two more after today on April 7th. Today features Florida, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, and Washington.
OLB Dante Fowler- Has experiencing lining up as a defensive end and outside linebacker. Fowler had a 4.60 forty at the combine and could improve on that today. Fowler had 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2015. He should be drafted in the top ten picks.
OT D.J. Humphries- Humphries played for a bad Florida team this year and had a high motor most of the time despite the offenses struggles. He plays nasty and agressive at times, but can also be mentally lazy which can lead to defenders getting around the edge. I love Humphries in pass coverage, he can handle the blitz well, giving his quarterback time to throw.
CB DJoun Smith- While Smith didn't crack my top ten cornerback rankings, he wasn't too far off, and ranks in the top ten in many other rankings you can find. Smith had a bit of a down year, recording just one interception after he had a breakout season in 2013 after defending 20 passes and notching 8 interceptions. Smith is a competitor and if you watch how he plays it is evident he never feels he's "beat" by a receiver on any given play. That effort allows Smith to break up a lot of plays by the seat of his pants when he gets outmuscled at the line and needs to regain ground. Overall, Smith is a prospect worth drafting if he slips into round three.
DL Danny Shelton- Not many players are built like Danny Shelton, at 6'2" 339 lbs Shelton is a natural run clogger in the middle. Shelton will be a solid run stuffer in the NFL with enough strength to push the middle of the offensive line back to disrupt a passing attack as well. Shelton can turn a run defense around in his rookie season. While Shelton isn't of the Suh/Aaron Donald, mold, he can become Vince Wilfork/Haloti Ngata type nose tackle. Shelton had 93 tackles and 9 sacks last year. I will have a scouting report on Shelton published tomorrow. He's one of my favorites in this class.
OLB Shaq Thompson- The versatility of Thompson is rare. Thompson played safety, linebacker, and running back for Washington at different times in his career. His best bet may be at safety, as Thompson didn't pass rush a ton and could have trouble shedding blocks against defenders who are much bigger and stronger than his 6' 228 lbs frame. Thompson would be considered a tall and strong safety, but wouldn't be an outside linebacker any team would fear right now, he needs to add weight and more skill as a pass rusher. I would avoid Thompson, as he's a player without a true position.
OLB Hau'oli Jamora- Although Jamora wasn't able to perform at the combine, he will be all systems go today. Jamora lead college football in sacks with 19. Jamora is the more advanced pass rusher between he and Thompson.
CB Marcus Peters- Peters had a pre-draft visit with the 49ers, and Peter King mocked him to the 49ers in round one. He was kicked off the team last season and appeared to be very rusty at the combine, performing at a mediocre level at the combine. Teams are going to want to see improvement from Peters, as a better performance today will be indicative of how hard he has been working this off-season on improving himself and his game. If Peters falls flat in any form today, be it from his forty or drills, the 49ers should stay away from him. He is a first round talent based on his game film. I expect Peters to have a lot of the rust shaken off today and for him to remind those who have forgot about him that he can potentially be a shut-down corner in the NFL
As always, if there's a prospect you would like to mention drop them in the comments. I have a feeling there's a Shelton and Peters advocate or two.