Seven teams made their way to Wyoming's pro-day last week. The star of the show was cornerback Derrick Martin who significantly improved his combine time, clocking a 4.40 on a fast surface. Martin, whose been climbing up draft boards recently, is being hotly pursued by the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.
Another player catching the Ravens fancy that day was receiver Jovon Bouknight. Running a pedestrian 4.75 at the combine, Bouknight broke the 4.55 barrier. Several on hand said his performance was good enough to move the large receiver/punt returner into the draft's first day.
Quarterback Corey Bramlet turned some heads with his workout. Measuring 6'4.5"/222lbs, Bramlet ran his forties in 4.69/4.71. Sources from the Cowboys program are convinced Bramlet possesses the tools to be a third passer at the next level.
For the most part the top Volunteer's available in April's draft ran at last month's combine, except for two.
Running back Gerald Riggs Jr. clocked a 4.50-forty weighing 229-pounds. The talented ball carrier, who did not run at the combine because of a bad ankle, also completed 15 repetitions on the bench. There have been several red-flags thrown up about Riggs past and many suspect he will drop far into the draft.
After being snubbed by the combine offensive tackle Albert Toeaina had something to prove yesterday. Weighing 328-pounds, ten-pounds lighter then what he showed up at the Senior Bowl, Toeaina ran a very fast forty and was timed between 4.80-and-4.94 by scouts on hand after completing 36-reps on the bench. Many were awed by his performance and Toeaina is being heavily pursued by the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Green bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.
Cornerback Charles Gordon was able to improve on a slow combine time, running a 4.56 for NFL scouts yesterday. More impressive was his position workout afterwards when Gordon looked sterling during cornerback drills. The Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots have all set up dates to bring Gordon into their complexes for further interviews.
If there was any mystery as to what position the New England Patriots will be targeting early in April's draft it is no longer a question. The Patriots have been hot after a pair of west coast defensive backs. They are enamored with Fresno State junior Richard Marshall as the cornerback turned in a fast 4.44 at his pro-day workout last week. And there is history with the Pats and Fresno State players.
Another defensive back the team really likes is Donnie McCleskey, the safety from Cal. The Pats feel in their system, McCleskey can play cornerback.