Utah State held their annual pro day today. The main guys the Scouts came to watch were Brian Suite, Zach Vigil, Kevin Whimpey, Joe Hill and BJ Larsen. The Raiders and Redskins seemed to be the most active talking to players. I talked to a couple scouts that told me they were most "surprised" with Suite and even asked me how he played this year. No doubt they are going to break out the film and watch him more because he hit the numbers he wanted and has the measurables.
Participating in this year’s Pro Day event included defensive back La’Ron Bennett, punter Jaron Bentrude, wide receiver Ronald Butler, placekicker Nick Diaz, running back Joe Hill, defensive end B.J. Larsen, defensive back Rashard Stewart, safety Brian Suite, safety Frankie Sutera, offensive lineman Bill Vavau, linebacker Zach Vigil and offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey.
Former USU players in defensive back Quinton Byrd, linebacker Jake Doughty, running back Robert Marshall and wide receiver Travis Reynolds also participated in the drills along with several former Southern Utah and Weber State players.
Highlighting Thursday’s action was Hill who ran a 4.26 40-yard dash, while Suite clocked in a with a time of 4.45. Butler had a time of 4.50, Stewart ran a 4.59, Bentrude ran a 4.61. Bentrude has the title of most athletic Punter. Sutera ran a 4.64, Vigil ran a 4.66 and Larsen clocked in with a time of 4.82.
Suite had the best vertical jump during the day with a leap of 37.5”, while Bentrude jumped 36.5”. In the broad jump, Suite again had the best mark with a jump of 10’2”, while Hill recorded a jump of 9’8”.
Whimpey recorded the top mark on the 225-pound bench press with 39 reps, while Vigil had 26 reps and Vavau finished with 25.
A guy like Denzell Perryman from Miami compares to Zach Vigil. Neither wow in the 40 and Perryman is actually only a shade over 5'10. Right now Perryman is listed as a top 5 LB in the draft by Mike Mayock. Perryman was Laser timed at 4.78. Perryman is considered a lock yet Vigil may not? One guy that is lobbying hard for Vigil to get drafted is Bojay Filimoeatu with the Raiders. I would love to play with Vigil in Oakland.
Brian Suite I could compare to Eskridge from Syracuse or Cody Prewitt as far as Safeties with good size. It seems like big safeties are all the rage and Suite showed last year playing with Maurice Alexander that he is fast enough to play free safety but he is big enough to be a Strong Safety at 6'3 205. If he was invited to the combine he probably would have been the tallest safety. Today he proved he has the size and athleticism to match the best safeties in the country.
I don't know who to compare Kevin Whimpey to because he did more reps on bench than anyone at the combine. He will probably have to prove in camp that he is good enough to translate that strength to the field at Guard or Tackle.
I was really hoping BJ Larsen would wow the scouts. The problem the NFL puts a premium on Edge Freak rushers and Huge Interior Lineman. He is really neither but is a "Gamer" for sure.
Jeremy Langford from Michigan State put up similar numbers to Joe Hill. What Joe has to show though is that he can be as physical. Joe Hill is so good in catching passes and running routes that he could get a chance as a role guy as a 3rd down back. Everyone in attendance was impressed by Joe in the receiving drills.