The star of Nebraska's pro-day was Adam Carriker. Improving his forty times from the combine, Carriker was clocked as low as 4.61-seconds during his first run and as fast as 4.71 on his second try. These convert to the high 4.7/low 4.8 range due to the favorable conditions and fast track in Lincoln.
Yet Carriker made his biggest impression, and most of his money, after the forty.
Weighing in at just over 290-pounds Carriker was put through a grueling session of defensive line drills, many he had not trained for and was seeing for the first time. But Carriker responded and looked great in everything the scouts asked him to do.
The St. Louis Rams had head coach Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Jim Hasslett on hand for the workout.
The team loves every bit of Carriker's game, character and personality. They feel he is capable of holding down the defensive tackle spot and has the ability to comfortably add upwards of 35 pounds to his frame.
It is unlikely Carriker ever makes it to the Rams selection at number 12 and the team realizes this.
The Miami Dolphins have been hot on Carriker's trail recently. The Washington Redskins, one of the few teams not in attendance at the Nebraska pro-day, are also set to fly him into their facility as early as next week. Carriker is scheduled to fly to Philadelphia and meet with the Eagles in the coming days.
One Cornhusker who did not fare as well was defensive end Jay Moore.
While Moore improved his 40-times from the combine, his overall performance was uninspired.
Moore displayed minimal quickness and looked ineffective when teams ran him through a battery of linebacker drills.
While several premium NFL people were on hand for Cal's pro-day, not a single head coach from the league showed up.
Marshawn Lynch was the main attraction and he did not disappoint. The ball carrier took part solely in drills and looked good all day.
Cornerback Daymeion Hughes improved on his poor forty times from the combine yet did not perform well enough to salvage his sinking draft grade.
Hughes turned in times of 4.60 and 4.53 in the forty, as well as a short shuttle time of 4.34 seconds. His three-cone run of 7-seconds flat was poor. The thinking in scouting circles is Hughes was overrated coming into the off-season and presently sits as a third round choice.
Cal's other corner, Tim Mixon, was relatively impressive.
Still rehabbing from the reconstructive knee surgery he underwent in late
August, Mixon is nowhere near 100% and won't be for some time. He did perform
agility drills and looked good, so much so that scouts asked him to hold back to
prevent any possible further harm to his knee joint. Mixon is likely to run for
scouts in early April yet even then the expectations are he'll turn in nothing
faster than 4.6 seconds in the forty.
Underrated interior blocker Erik Robertson had a very solid day. Weighing 312-pounds, Robertson completed 33-reps on the bench. He did not run or participate in any agility drills as he's overcoming a calf injury suffered during the Texas vs. The Nation Game less than a month ago.
The Bears and Seahawks have set up individual workouts with Robertson.
Another Cal player the Bears like is undersized defensive end Nu'u Tufisi. Measuring in at six-feet-one-half-inch and 260-pounds, Tufisi completed 25 repetitions on the bench. Some project Tufisi at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme while others feel he's best suited as a one-gap lineman.
Chicago is flying Tufisi in for interviews and the Colts have also taken a liking to him.
A name starting to surface as a "sleeper" candidate at the cornerback position is Anthony Arline. One of the tallest corners available in April's draft, Arline capitalized on a good combine with a standout performance at his pro-day.
Though he did not run, Arline participated in position drills and looked terrific.
Several teams which run cover-two defenses were at the Baylor workout, including the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. They are poised to individually workout Arline in the coming weeks. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are also set to personally interview him.
There is a feeling Arline's recent performances are good enough to sneak him into the late part of the draft's first day.
The FSU pro-day took place Thursday with mixed results.
Offensive tackle Chris Denman significantly improved his combine numbers, running as fast as 5.45-seconds in the forty, completing the 3-cone in 7.78 seconds and finishing the shuttle in 4.58 seconds.
On the other hand Kyle Young timed a 5.65 seconds in the forty, completed just 23-reps on the bench and touched the vertical jump at 25-inches.
Young was out-of-shape and in poor condition, weighing in at 353-pounds at the start of the workout.
Were that not enough, not a single offensive line coach from any of the league's 32-teams were on hand and neither Denman nor Young were asked to participate in any drills.
Sources have told us this is almost a death-blow to Young's chances of being drafted in April.
The fact he was not invited to the combine and no single team was on hand to work him out today leads many to believe few are interested in using a draft pick to acquire his services.
SAM HOUSTON STATE
More than 16 franchises headed just outside of Houston earlier this week to watch pro-day at Sam Houston State. The largest collection of NFL scouts to arrive on campus since Josh McCown's senior season came to observe another prospect from the offensive side of the ball.
The main focus was multi-purpose player D.D. Terry.
The former defensive back switched to running back last season then led SHSU in rushing. Totaling 1328-yards on the ground with 15 touchdowns, Terry averaged 6.2-yards per carry. He also added 22-receptions and another score.
Prior to the combine there was a belief in the scouting community that Terry was worthy of receiving an invitation to Indianapolis yet got snubbed. Hence half the teams in the league went to watch his workout.
Terry's numbers were impressive. He measured just over 6-feet and 196-pounds. His first forty was hand-timed between 4.40-and-4.42 seconds. The second clocked between 4.37-to-4.38 seconds. He then posted a 38-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1-inch broad jump.
Scouts are still up in the air as to what position Terry will play at the next level. After the physical tests he was worked out at running back, receiver and also went through a battery of defensive back drills.
Terry has the body type of a sprinter which makes many believe his best position at the next level will be receiver.
The Miami Dolphins have set up a private workout for him. Terry is a possible replacement for the versatile Wes Welker, whom the team recently lost. While Terry has not done any punt or kick returning to speak of, the belief is he has that ability.
Another Bearkat prospect scouts came to see was receiver Michael Malone, son of NBA Hall of Fame player Moses Malone. An underachiever who's done little to distinguish himself on the field, Malone's natural athleticism was apparent to everyone in attendance. Yet scouts as well as SHSU coaches were in agreement that Malone's desire is a fraction of his physical skill.