The pro-day schedule heats up this week and one of the more important dates leading up to the draft took place today in Gainesville. Here are up to the minute reports from pro-day's at Florida and Washington State.<<>>Florida<>>
After some disappointing times at the combine two Gator defenders really stood out today.
Safety Reggie Nelson was timed as fast as 4.31-seconds during today's pro-day workout and as "slow" as 4.38-seconds. Nelson also turned in some swift times during the drills clocking 6.68-seconds in the cone drill and 4.39 seconds in the short shuttle.
The versatile defensive back was flawless during drills. His hands were so soft people rarely heard a sound when he caught the ball, as opposed to the usual "thud" that occurs when defensive backs usually catch the ball.
Why such a big improvement since last Tuesday in Indianapolis?
In a nutshell, the long drain of the combine process.
We have learned that Nelson was one of the most interviewed players on hand while at the combine. 27 teams interviewed Nelson in Indianapolis. The interview process was so lengthy it took him past 11PM in the evening and twice Nelson was unable to have dinner.
Nelson was so impressive today that Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli of the Patriots will be sticking around in Gainesville to individually work him out tomorrow.
The Jaguars have also set up an individual workout with him as did Buddy Nix of the San Diego Chargers.
The other Gator defender who improved on his numbers from the RCA Dome was linebacker Earl Everette.
Everette, who ran in the 4.9's at the combine last Monday when he was struggling with a hamstring injury, improved to a 4.74 today.
Like Nelson he also stood out in position drills.
Out on the west coast things got started a little later.
Receiver Jason Hill, one of the stars from the combine, will do nothing today but run routes. We can confirm the St. Louis Rams sent offensive coordinator Greg Olson to Pullman to specifically watch Hill.
Defensive end Mkristo Bruce improved many of his combine marks in the early going. Bruce turned in an 8-foot-11-inch broad jump, well ahead of his 8-foot-6-inch mark from Indy. His vertical jump was also four inches better at 33-inches.
Safety Eric Frampton had a 10-foot-2-inch broad jump and a 36.5-inch vertical leap.
Mkristo Bruce, defensive end. Ran his forties in 4.93-to-4.95 secondss. 3-cone time was 7.31-seconds. Chicago Bears are very interested.
Eric Frampton improved his slow forty times running between 4.65-to-4.61 seconds.
Tyron Brackenridge also improved from Indianapolis timing a 4.62-to-4.64 seconds. His short shuttle was also terrific at 3.99-seconds.
Finally, tight end Cody Boyd posted times between 4.87-to-4.94 seconds.