All eyes were on the headliners like Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and John Jenkins, but some of the players who needed a strong showing to build their stock, like Kwame Geathers, may have done just that with their performances Thursday.
The group started the morning indoors in the weight room. Players bench-pressed 225 pounds as many times as they could before moving to the vertical and broad jump stations. Sanders Commings posted a solid 23 reps on bench, a lofty number for a cornerback, while Jarvis Jones posted 20 reps.
At the broad jump, used to measure explosiveness and burst, there were a few surprises. After a number of jumps by Jarvis Jones and others around the 8' range, Richard Samuel jumped 10-feet-5-inches and followed that up with another jump of over 10 feet.
Bacarri Rambo jumped a little under 10 feet, and not long after, Branden Smith posted the best jump of the day at 10'8". Smith also blew away the competition in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.38 seconds...into the wind.
Smith's 40 time was by far the best in a group of times that were a little disappointing. Alec Ogletree's 4.6 was near expectations and slightly better than the 4.7 he recorded at the combine. Ogletree chose to avoid all other measurable drills and allow his combine numbers to stand.
Rambo ran a 4.59, good for third best of the day but slower than many anticipated.
Jarvis Jones makes no claims to be a speed demon, but he will lean on his ability as a pure football player after logging a disappointing 4.92 (according to Georgia) in the 40. Keep in mind that number doesn't tell the full story. His first run, which was wind-aided, ended with a mis-step near the 35-yard mark; his second run went smoothly but was into the wind. Either way, Jones was remarkably impressive on the bag drills and pass-rushing drills. He performed decently in coverage drills.
Kwame Geathers really showed out during the defensive linemen and bag drills. He also was impressive during pass-rushing drills. Geathers showed violent hands and appeared quick out of his stance. Judging off his Pro Day performance, Geathers' stock may have gotten a bump up. Geathers' fellow defensive tackle John Jenkins turned in a 5.2 forty and performed well in the pass-rushing drills. He also showed violent hands during the defensive line drills but wasn't as tight in his turns upfield and appeared a slight second slower off the ball than Geathers.
Cornelius Washington sat out of the measurable drills, but he performed well in coverage, despite struggling to reel in a few passes. His hands aren't great but his athleticism allowed him to swivel, rotate and change direction easily in coverage.
Also, in spite of being players on the fringe of being drafted, Christian Robinson and Richard Samuel had notable days. Robinson didn't have a great forty (4.95), but he performed well in the linebacker drills. Samuel ran a 4.56 forty, had an impressive broad jump and logged the best vertical jump of the day at 36.5 inches. Samuel's 23 reps on bench were also the best of the day.
Overall, no one's stock took a dramatic—if any—decrease after Georgia's Pro Day, but a few players may have caught a few more scouts' eyes with their performances Thursday.
*Note 2 – Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Falcons head coach Mike Smith, Jets coach Rex Ryan and new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan were some of the many coaches and scouts on hand Thursday for Pro Day. Current NFL stars A.J. Green, Justin Houston and Akeem Dent were also hanging around during the day.