Auburn, Ala.--Friday will be one of the biggest days in the football lives of many Auburn Tigers players with the annual Pro Day taking place on the Plains. Following impressive performances at the NFL Combine last week, Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson will have a chance to showcase their talents once again but for the rest of the guys it will be the opportunity to jump onto the radar with a solid day on the field.
One of the guys that has the most to gain is cornerback Josh Holsey. Coming back from a pair of knee injuries to become Auburn’s most consistent defensive back as a redshirt senior, Holsey wasn’t invited to the combine so this is his big chance to show that he belongs in the NFL. Without ideal size to play the position, Holsey needs to run well in the 40 and in the agility drills to show teams he’s fast enough to get the job done in coverage situations on the next level.
Josh Holsey with an interception vs. Ole Miss
For Adams and Lawson, after both performed well in the 40-yard dash and other tests at the combine the story on Friday will be told in positional drills. With both putting themselves in position for a potential first round draft spot, a strong day may be just the thing that puts them over the top.
A question mark on Friday will be just how much if anything Johnathan Ford is able to do. Unable to finish the week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and still bothered by an ankle injury at the NFL Combine, it would be good if he’s able to go through workouts on Friday but that’s still to be determined.
An interesting guy to watch on Friday will be quarterback Jeremy Johnson because of his physical tools and impressive frame. The drafting of quarterbacks is always a wildcard because NFL teams put so much emphasis on arm strength, accuracy, etc. Those are things that Johnson has, so a big day on Friday from him could put him in position for a shot to make an NFL roster when the time comes.
Two more players that have a chance to help themselves on Friday are offensive tackle Robert Leff and wide receiver Tony Stevens. Coming off his only season as a starter for the Tigers, Leff is a much better athlete than people realize. If he puts up some good numbers in the drill portion of the workout on Friday, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Leff get a late call come draft time.
Robert Leff graded out as one of the top offensive linemen in the SEC this past year
For Stevens it’s all about consistency. He’s got the physical tools to get the job done and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him run in the 4.5 range. With his size that would be a solid time, but he needs to show his hands are reliable enough to get the job done.