Pro Day Buzz: March 14th

Get the "buzz" on NFL prospects following their Pro Days from's Ed Thompson as he pulls together information from our network of publishers, college media relations departments, players, agents, and reports from around the web.

Arkansas OT Tony Ugoh wasn't able to perform in front of pro scouts this week due to a quadriceps injury. The projected first-rounder reportedly pulled the muscle while running the 40-yard dash at the Combine and didn't feel he was back at full speed as of yet. He plans to workout on March 26th instead.

RB Adrian Peterson
only participated in one timed-event, the 60-yard shuttle at Oklahoma's Pro Day this week. His 11.78 time was the best amongst the five players who were tested. Peterson had little to prove as he was well-satisfied with his Combine numbers, but he used the opportunity to show off his pass receiving talent in front of 17 teams. Browns GM Phil Savage liked what he saw.

"Adrian is a terrific talent," he said. "He caught the ball well today and showed some versatility. At the Combine, he double-caught some balls. It put some people's minds at ease that he caught it better today."

LB Rufus Alexander posted the best bench press amongst the Sooners with 26 reps. He also had the best 40-time (4.69) out of those who ran. At the bottom of this article, you'll find all the times for the participants, compliments of

Cal-Poly's Courtney Brown is on the rise thanks to his Pro Day workout back on March 6th. A cornerback who was considered by many to be a bubble guy who would either be a 7th-rounder or a high-demand undrafted free agent is now getting reviews that are speculating that he could be picked as high as the fifth-round. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound receiver, who didn't even draw a Combine invitation, ran a 4.35 forty on his first attempt and followed it up with a 4.32 time. That matches the best Combine time that was turned in by Arkansas' Chris Houston. He also reportedly put up numbers that were highly competitive with the times posted in Indianapolis, including a 41.5" vertical, a 4.07-second short shuttle, and a 10'11" broad jump. 

WR Courtney Taylor (Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)
Auburn WR Courtney Taylor had a good performance at the Combine, but was determined to improve his numbers in front of scouts during his Pro Day that was held earlier this week. Taylor ran two 40-times under 4.5 seconds, posted a 35 1/2 inch vertical and had the longest standing broad jump of the day. The Auburn receiver was the sole player at his position, so when they broke into position drills, he had the full attention of a number of NFL Scouts. subscribers can read more about Taylor's results in this feature at our Auburn site.

Here's a tidbit from Toledo. Yes, that's right, Toledo. They've got a a two-time All-MAC linebacker by the name of Mike Alston who's hoping his Pro Day performance will give him a chance at becoming a late-round pick or at least as an undrafted free agent. Running his 40 on a hardwood floor, he posted unofficial times in the 4.6 to 4.7 range. Although he played at 220 pounds, he bulked up to 231 in hopes of showing the scouts in attendance he could carry more weight with losing speed.

The other Rocket that stood out and gave himself a chance for at least an undrafted free agent spot was defensive lineman J.P. Bekasiak, whose unofficial times fell in the 4.9 to 5.1 range. But what impressed the scouts was his strength when he benched 32 reps, which would have been good enough for a top-ten finish in that event out of the defensive linemen at the Combine.

Arizona TE Zach Miller helped himself when he ran his forty in the 4.72 range at his Pro Day a few days ago. At the Combine, he was clocked at 4.86 seconds. Miller also improved his times in the three other drills he participated in to boot -- the 10- and 20-yard dash, as well as his 20-yard shuttle (4.36 seconds). Miller didn't do the bench press at the Combine due to a wrist injury, but hoisted 16 reps at his Pro Day.  To find out more about his results and which NFL teams have already put him on their schedule for a pre-draft visit, subcribers can check out this report at our Arizona site.

And while we're talking about Arizona, you can't help but be impressed by one player who pushed 14 reps while doing his bench press. What's the big deal about that? It was their kicker, Nick Folk who showed off some surprising strength. For more on Arizona's Pro Day, subscribers can check out Brad Allis' report at our Arizona site

One player who is drawing comparisons to the Colts' speedy defensive end, Robert Mathis, is Florida International DE Antwan Barnes. While results from his Pro Day earlier this month haven't been available, 24 scouts attended his Pro Day primarily to get another look at him after his second-place finish amongst the LB group in both the bench press (31 reps), and the 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds). At 6-foot-1, 234 pounds, he's an inch shorter and about 10 pounds lighter than Mathis, which is leading to some speculation that he'll draw interest as a rush end in a 3-4 defense. In any case, his stock is rising so sharply that he's now considered a player that will be a late first-day or early second-day pick.

March 15th Pro Days and some of their top prospects:

  • Central Michigan: OT Joe Staley, DE Dan Bazuin
  • Florida State: OLB Lawrence Timmons, ILB Buster Davis, RB Lorenzo Booker, WR Chris Davis
  • Georgia Tech:  OG Mansfield Wrotto, CB Kenny Scott, OLB KaMichael Hall
  • Hampton:  IL Justin Durant, CB Travarous Bain
  • Oregon:  C Enoka Lucas
  • Other Schools include: Samford, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Howard, Morgan State, Bloomsburg, Indiana (PA), Middle Tennessee State, Saginaw Valley State, Louisiana Tech

Oklahoma Pro Day Results
(Compliments of Sooner

Vertical Jump

Jason Carter – 37-0
Chris Messner – 32-0
Laenar Nixon – 30.5
Calvin Thibodeaux – 30.0
Paul Thompson – 35.0

Broad Jump
C.J. Ah You – 9-7
Calvin Thibodeaux – 9-4
Jason carter – 10-1
Chris Messner – 8-7
Larry Birdine – 9-6
Paul Thompson – 10-2
Laenar Nixon – 9-11

40-yard Dash
Rufus Alexander – 4.69
Larry Birdine – 4.88
Jason Carter – 4.64
Zach Latimer – 4.70
Chris Messner – 5.38
Laenar Nixon – 4.67
Calvin Thibodeaux – 4.80
Paul Thompson – 4.64

20-yard Shuttle
C.J. Ah You – 4.26
Rufus Alexander – 4.27
Jason Carter – 4.30
Zach Latimer – 4.46
Chris Messner – 4.68
Laenar Nixon – 4.34
Calvin Thibodeaux – 4.49
Paul Thompson – 4.25
Larry Birdine – 4.52

60-yard Shuttle
Rufus Alexander – 12.11
Zach Latimer – 12.32
Jason Carter – 11.87
Laenar Nixon – 12.18
Adrian Peterson – 11.78

Jason Carter – 7.02
Zach Latimer – 7.43
Chris Messner – 7.75
Laenar Nixon – 7.52
Calvin Thibodeaux – 7.24
Paul Thompson – 7.02
Larry Birdine – 7.47

Bench Press
(Reps at 225 pounds)
Rufus Alexander – 26
Laenar Nixon – 21
Jason Carter – 10
Chris Messner – 18
Calvin Thibodeaux -- 22


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