Pro Day's around the country have been conducted over the past week and today Vanderbilt will conduct their own, on campus in front of the majority of NFL scouts.
The Commodores sent two prospects to the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. Both Zach Cunningham and Will Holden had stellar performances in Indianapolis and now several other Dores football players will try to impress said scouts and earn themselves a chance to play in the NFL.
Vanderbilt will roughly throw out ten players today in front of NFL scouts, including both Cunningham and Holden. The 1st team All-American, Cunningham is considered a 1st or 2nd round draft pick and might have pushed himself into round one with his performance at the combine. Holden is though of as a day selection going in either round two or three.
As of now, those two players are the only ones considered a draft worthy prospect, if you follow multiple draft analysts. If you talk to people inside the Vanderbilt program, they feel several other Commodores are and will get looks by the NFL and it all starts today at Pro Day.
Defensive lineman Adam Butler is a guy who could get strong look by NFL scouts. Butler is a big man who can move and has the versatility to play multiple positions along the defensive line. His pass rush skills, ability to stop the run and his versatile play, I believe the scouts and NFL coaches will give him a shot to play in the pro's.
Another guy who could be high on scouts radar's could be offensive guard/center Barrett Gouger. The Chattanooga native lineman has versatility to play all three interior offensive line positions, which is of strong value to NFL coaches. He has already reportedly set up interviews with NFL teams and that isn't surprising. Gouger is also a highly intelligent guy who has the ability to call plays from the center position. In today's NFL where you can only have seven lineman active on gameday's, regardless if Gouger is drafted, he will get a shot at making someone's roster.
A few other names that scout's will be keeping their eyes on today include Darrius Sims, Torren McGaster, Andrew Jelks, Jakarri Thomas, Torey Agee, Nehemiah Mitchell, Latevius Rayford, Jacob Schultz and Wilson Johnson.
Sims is a dynamic athlete who could contribute on both offense and in special teams. His speed and game breaking abilities will be looked at by NFL scouts. McGaster had a down senior season but still possesses the size and physical man to man coverage that is coveted by pro coaches. Jelks is looking to prove to NFL scouts and coaches that he is injury free and ready compete for a spot in pro football. Instead of returning for a sixth season at Vanderbilt, Jelks decided to leave now while he could and take a shot at his dream to play in the NFL. His size and natural talents could give him look but the biggest question is can his knee's stand up? He will work at proving that today.
Thomas, Agee and Mitchell all have traits on defense that translate to the NFL game. Thomas is an active, fact run stuffer who is getting better the older he gets. Agee is a quiet but disruptive interior lineman who could fit perfect in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Mitchell is another 3-4 guy who could play outside linebacker and put his hand in the dirt at defensive end. All three guys could be undrafted but get looks in camp with the chance at earning a roster spot.