After a solid workout at the combine sources have told us Michael Turner did not run during NIU's pro-day. He did participate in the drills but looked only average catching the ball and it is safe to say he had a better session in the RCA Dome. One player that's really made scouts take notice is Husky center Todd Gihlani. Under the radar screen coming into the season, scouts have been incredibly impressed with the centers athleticism and especially his ability to block on the move. Concerned about his size, I was assured by one of the NIU coaches today Gihlani is a legit 305-pounds. The one area he must concentrate on is his upper body strength according to people close to him.
Safety Akil Grant ran a below par 40-time but is still suffering from a knee injury sustained four months ago and is not 100%. Another NIU defender struggling with injury is middle linebacker Nick Duffy. Surgery was required to repair an ankle injury sustained in the middle of October and we've been told Duffy is just now beginning to jog. He hopes to get a workout in the week prior to April's draft.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain really dampened today's pro-day in Stillwater as the Oklahoma State prospects had to move indoors and were really limited in what they could get accomplished. One player that received high marks was linebacker Greg Richmond. Lining up in a three-point stance at defensive end most of the season, scouts were impressed with his ability to move laterally and drop in coverage.
At TCU Bo Schobel weighed in eight pounds lighter than he did at the combine but ran a pair of 40's in the 4.7 range and 4.2's in the short shuttle, both times much faster than his Indianapolis numbers.
At North Dakota State running back Rod Malone ran a 4.46 for scouts at the indoor facility. He also had a vertical leap of 40-inches and completed 18-reps at 225-pounds. The Niners have been working out Malone privately and the Colts will visit with him soon.
We are awaiting word on the Arkansas workout and will update this report once we have it.
Pro-Day Update: March 3 & 4
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