Pro Day Tour '14: Stanford, Irish Defenders

On a day filled with big names at Stanford and Notre Dame, underrated safety Ed Reynolds had a big day at Stanford's pro day on Thursday. He's smart, athletic and a proven playmaker. Those pro days were two of the five in which a Packers scout was in attendance.

If HaHa Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor represent the first tier of safeties in this draft and Jimmie Ward and Deone Bucannon the second tier, who leads off the third tier?

Stanford's Ed Reynolds stated his case at Stanford's pro day on Thursday.

Reynolds (6-1, 207) had a solid Scouting Combine with his 4.57 in the 40-yard dash and 32.5-inch vertical leap. He had a much better showing at pro day, with a 40 time as fast as 4.37 (4.44 was typical) and a 38-inch vertical, according to a source. That huge improvement could push him past the likes of Florida State's Terrence Brooks, Baylor's Ahmad Dixon, LSU's Craig Loston, USC's Dion Bailey and Vanderbilt's Kenny Ladler in the quest to be the fifth safety off the board.

After missing 2011 due to injury, Reynolds — the son of 10-year NFL linebacker Ed Reynolds Sr. — burst onto the national scene as a redshirt sophomore in 2012. He earned a bunch of All-America accolades with his six interceptions. He returned three of those for touchdowns, with his 301 yards on interceptions returns falling 1 yard shy of the national record.

Statistically, Reynolds wasn't nearly as good in 2013, with one interception, but he became a back-to-back All-American, anyway.

After showing "exceptional" footwork in drills, the source said Reynolds was a "riser for sure."

That obviously puts him in play for the Packers, since there's no guarantee Clinton-Dix, Pryor, Ward and Bucannon will be available or the right match.

The Cardinal had talent at all levels of interest for the Packers. Trent Murphy (6-5, 260) would be hard to pass up if available in the second round. Murphy, who played outside linebacker in Stanford's 3-4 scheme, had 15 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses during an All-American senior season. Physicality is the name of his game. He ran in 4.78, according to Stanford's Web site. Another outside linebacker prospect, Ben Gardner (6-4, 262), who was considered a sixth- or seventh-round choice, had a monster day. The native of Mequon, Wis., was first-team all-conference as a senior and tallied 16.5 sacks and 32 tackles for losses in his three seasons in the starting lineup. He flashed a 39.5-inch vertical but lacked Murphy's speed with a 4.95.

Josh Mauro (6-6, 280) would fit the Packers' desires for more athleticism on the defensive line. He ran in 5.19 with a 31-inch vertical and 29 reps on the bench. He'd be an option in the third round. Finally, inside linebacker Shayne Skov (6-3, 242) tweaked a hamstring and didn't test, other than putting up 28 reps on the bench. He didn't run at the Scouting Combine, either. He'll have a personal pro day for scouts on April 21. That will be a big day if he has hopes of getting into Day 2.

Notre Dame

Between Stanford and Notre Dame, a team could build a pretty good defense. The Fighting Irish contingent was led by the big defensive line duo of Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. The burly Nix (6-2, 331) stuck with most of his numbers from the Combine, though he did run the 40 — shirtless, no less, in improving to 5.36. He said his weight is the lightest its been since he was a high school junior. Tuitt (6-5, 299) is sidelined after a broken bone in his left foot was discovered at the Combine.

Notre Dame's Web site had results from everyone who performed for scouts.


The headliners were Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, the star defensive ends who would play outside linebacker in a 3-4. Ealy (6-4, 265) ran a stunningly slow 4.92 at the Combine, though his three-cone time of 6.83 blew away Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack. On Thursday, Ealy ran an eye-popping 4.57. He might not get to Green Bay at No. 21. Sam (6-2, 263) wasn't quite as fortunate. He ran in 4.91 with a 25.5-inch vertical at the Combine and improved to 4.72 with a 30-inch vertical on Thursday, though he injured a hamstring and wasn't full-go for position drills. The SEC's co-defensive player of the year might be a late-round pick.

Receiver L'Damian Washington (6-4, 194), who ran in 4.46 at the Combine, improved to 4.39. He recorded 50 receptions for 893 yards (17.9 average) and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Tight end Eric Waters (6-3, 250) ran in 4.58 with a 39.5-inch vertical. Those numbers will get him a look after he caught just eight passes as a senior.

Middle Tennessee State

Guard Josh Walker (6-6, 320), a three-year starter and first-team all-conference selection as a senior, put up 27 reps on the bench, ran in 5.18 and posted a 27.5-inch vertical. Cornerback Sammy Seamster (6-0, 198), a part-time starter with intriguing measurables, ran in 4.44 with a 35-inch vertical. Defensive lineman Jimmy Staten (6-3, 311), a three-year starter with seven tackles for losses during that period, put up 30 reps on the bench and had a vertical jump of 27 inches but injured his hamstring on his 40.

Tennessee State

We received late word that the Packers were at Tennessee State. Guard Kadeem Edwards (6-4, 313) and tight end A.C. Leonard (6-2, 252) are considered late-round picks. At the Combine, Edwards ran in 5.18 with a 27-inch vertical and 26 reps, and Leonard enjoyed a big day with a 4.50, 34-inch vertical and 20 reps.

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