FSU Stars Shine at Pro Day

Former Florida State players worked out in front of representatives from every NFL team, with several players improving their stock with outstanding performances.

Eddie Goldman flashed tremendous athleticism running a 5.12, an outstanding time for a 6'3.5, 336 pound interior defensive lineman. Goldman also looked unusually smooth and athletic while running, which is something scouts also watch closely during drills.

P.J. Williams, who ran a disappointing 4.57 official 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine (Williams later explained he had been ill during the Combine), dramatically improved his time on Pro Day, with the buzz among scouts that Williams had run in the 4.4 range on Tuesday.

Bobby Hart led the way among the offensive linemen with 22 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press. Josue Matias managed 21 reps while Tre' Jackson did 20. By comparison, Cameron Erving did 30 reps at the Combine, which was good for fifth among offensive line prospects.

Goldman, who has especially long arms that are a disadvantage on this drill, managed 19 reps, a slightly disappointing figure for a 336-pounder. By comparison, Texas' Malcolm Brown did 26 reps and Oregon's Arik Armstead did 24 reps at the Combine.

Darby did 15 reps, improving on 12 at combine as he attempts to show that he's ready to be more physical at the next level.

Among other players who did the bench, Desmond Hollin did 19 reps, Scooter Haggins 11 reps, and Christian Green did 14 reps.

Jameis Winston, Ronald Darby, Rashad Greene, and Nick O'Leary stood on their combine numbers, with their performances limited to position drills (O'Leary sat out entirely as he is still recovering from his torn hamstring).

Goldman and Edwards each looked outstanding in defensive line drills, with Edwards' burst and ability to sink his hips and explode plainly visible at a svelte 272 pounds. The former #1 recruit is likely to be a steal for someone in the second or third round, as he tests and moves like a top 15 pick when at a good weight—the team taking him would be smart to put incentives in his contract tied to his body weight.

Goldman's bend, foot quickness, and ability to move laterally at 330+ pounds stood out, as did his burst when moving forward. He did flash minor limitations in hip bend when braking and going in reverse, but that's nitpicking given his position on the defensive interior. Goldman's position workout appeared to confirm his ability to play the jumbo defensive end position, though he projects best as a two-gapping defensive tackle on the inside.

All told, I think four players made significant gains with their pro day performances:

1) PJ Williams. He ran 4.45 despite having the flu and had an outstanding DB workout. He looked better than I expected in the drills.

2) Eddie Goldman. A 5.2 at 335 is the kind of athleticism he needed to show, and the 4.87 in the short shuttle is very good for a guy that size and really matters more. He showed he can move and bend and had a good day in drills as well. Guy is a definite first rounder at this point.

3) Mario Edwards, Jr. may have raised his stock a round or more. After what we saw today, I'll be a little surprised if he makes it past the middle of the second round. He was inconsistent in terms of production, but he showed top 15 physical traits today. If a team believes they can keep him at the proper weight (sub 280), he's going to be the steal of the draft.

4) Josue Matias had a poor NFL combine performance, with his 17" vertical jump a miserably poor mark. Matias improved that to 24.5" at Pro Day and also ran a respectable short shuttle, validating the athleticism he had shown on the field.

Cam Erving and Tre Jackson did not necessarily improve their stock, but Erving had an outstanding day and Jackson a good one. Erving has done everything he can to position himself for a spot in the late stages of the first round at this point; it's just a question of how the draft actually plays out. Jackson will be one of the first guards off the board and is most likely a second rounder at this point.

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