We're not sure if anyone in the Jacksonville organization fears tortoises, but if they do, they decided to face those fears when the Jags were one of the teams that visited the University of Maryland's Pro Day. The top prospect was of course Terps wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, who is likely to be a first-round pick.
Although Heyward-Bey didn't run at his pro day, he was still impressive with his knowledge of the game and in individual drills. The Maryland standout clocked in officially at a 4.30 at last month's combine, and there is talk that his mind-blowing speed could vault him from a second-round pick prior to the combine, all they way into the top half of the first-round.
"I think the main thing is what they did on tape," Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said during the workout. "(Today) can either validate or not validate what (the scouts) have seen on tape. If you don't test well, it can hurt you. If you have a really good day and have played well on tape, I think it can really help you. I think the bottom line is really how you play. But I've seen guys jump up and I've seen guys drop down so it's important to do well on these days."
Heyward-Bey is a player who the Jags may consider trading back up into the first round to get assuming he drops into the late 20's. His agent said that Jacksonville was one of the teams who expressed the most interest in him at the Pro Day.
Other players who performed at the Pro Day were The 24 NFL hopefuls included DB Jeff Allen, DB Kevin Barnes, OL Scott Burley, LB Moise Fokou, TE Dan Gronkowski, DL Jeremy Navarre, OL Dane Randolph, OL Jaimie Thomas, OL Edwin Williams and WR Isaiah Williams.
Barnes, Fokou, Gronkowski, Heyward-Bey, Thomas and Edwin Williams already had one opportunity to impress the pro scouts when they worked out at last month's NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Gronkowski had the third-best performance (26 reps) among tight ends in the bench press and the second-best mark (11.72) in the 60-yard shuttle. He, along with Heyward-Bey only performed individual drills for the scouts. Gonkowski could be a solid pick for the Jags during the second day as he's currently projected as a fourth to fifth-round pick.
Isaiah Williams posted the top time in the 40-yard dash (4.38) and 60-yard shuttle (11.10). He also had the third-best time (4.24) in the 20-yard shuttle and matched Barnes for the top vertical jump (41 inches). Williams, the second receiver option for the Terps, is likely to be a priority free agent.
RB Rashad Henry had the top time (4.11) in the 20-yard shuttle and Allen posted the second-fastest time (4.17).
Barnes posted a time of 4.44 in the 40, while Henry clocked a 4.53 and had a 36-inch vertical leap. Kevin Barnes has been rising up draft boards, and the 6'0", 187 lb. corner is currently projected as a third-round pick.
Navarre proved to be the strongest player, posting 36 reps on the bench press. DL Dean Muhtadi was not far behind with 34. Randolph had 29 reps, while LB Chase Bullock and OL Jack Griffin had 26 apiece.
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