Pro Day Tour '14: Returners

Among the prospects at two minor pro days on Monday were returners with plenty of big-play production. Bigger things are coming, with Penn State on Tuesday and LSU on Wednesday.

The Green Bay Packers had scouts at Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State on Monday. While neither school figures to have a player drafted, return prospects were among the top attractions.

McNeese State

Tight end Nic Jacobs is the top prospect, though he might not be a consideration for Green Bay. Jacobs opened his career at LSU. In 2012, he was suspended for the final four games of the season and wound up transferring to McNeese State. In his lone season for the Cowboys, he caught 32 passes for 453 yards and four touchdowns.

"The competition was definitely lower in (FCS)," he said at the Scouting Combine. "I blocked smaller guys. I really feel like I got better at my route running, better at my catching and everything at McNeese State. But at LSU, I really polished my blocking game, so I became a very dominant run blocker at LSU and I really polished my route-running (at McNeese State)."

Jacobs didn't go through testing at the Combine. According to the school, he ran in 4.76 seconds with a 33.5-inch vertical at pro day.

Diontae Spencer, a 5-foot-9 receiver, caught 50 passes for 835 yards (16.7 average) and nine touchdowns as a senior. His return production could put him on the Packers' radar, despite his lack of preferred height. He averaged 29.4 yards per kickoff return with two touchdowns and 7.6 yards per punt return with another touchdown.

Spencer ran as fast as 4.29 with a 40-inch vertical, according to the school.

"I achieved beyond the goals that I set coming in and showed the scouts what I can do with my athletic ability," he said. "Overall, I had a pretty good day. I think I wowed some scouts with some of the things I did because they weren't expecting me to do any of it."

Cornerback/safety Guy Morgan (5-11), who is coming off of surgery to mend minor tears of his ACL and MCL, ran his 40 in about 4.5 seconds with a 35-inch vertical. He was held out of positional drills on his doctor's advice but should be ready for the start of rookie camps after the draft. He had a team-high four interceptions as a senior and seven during his final two seasons.

Louisiana-Lafayette

The Ragin' Cajuns top prospect is receiver Darryl Surgeant (5-11, 189).

As a senior, he caught 31 passes for 400 yards (12.9 average) and five touchdowns. The big numbers are in the return game, with Surgeant averaging 10.5 yards per punt return with one touchdown and 26.6 yards per kickoff return with a 100-yard touchdown against Kansas State.

Results were not available but, according to The Advertiser, he had a 39.5-inch vertical.

"Of course I would love to be drafted, but, however I get there, if it's (as) a free agent, or draft (pick), or even a tryout, that's fine with me," he said. "I'm not worried about how I get there, but I know when I do get there I'm gonna make an impact."

Inside linebacker Justin Anderson (6-2, 232) had 131 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception as a senior. He had 16 tackles and two forced fumbles against Western Kentucky and 15 tackles against Kansas State. He had 24 reps on the bench.


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