Representatives from 31 NFL were present at the Florida State Pro Day on Tuesday – the only team not represented was the Cincinnati Bengals. The main attraction at this event was defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who is expected to be one of the first players off the board and possibly even the No. 1 overall selection.
Even though Ramsey was the star of the event, there are many teams who will not be in play for him, including the Minnesota Vikings. Instead, they were more than likely there to check out some of the other players participating in the workouts.
One of those players was defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample. Before his pro day he was expected to go somewhere in the range of the sixth round, but he may have increased his draft stock after the performance he put on.
The 6-foot-1, 314-pound defensive tackle ran the 40-yard dash in 5.15 and 5.13 seconds and recorded times of 4.78 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.81 seconds in the three-cone drill. Lawrence-Stample also recorded a 27-inch vertical, a 10-foot-5 broad jump and 24 reps of the 225-pound bench press.
He will more than likely still be selected on the third day of the draft, but this workout definitely helped out his stock. It may not have been enough to get him into the second day, but he may have worked his way into the fifth round.
Another Florida State player expected to go late in the draft, or possibly be an undrafted free agent, is defensive end Giorgio Newberry. He is an interesting prospect because at 6-5, 285 pounds he has a frame that makes him look like an early selection. His play on the field, however, never really seemed to match up.
He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school but struggled to see the field throughout his college career. He finally became one of the defense’s main contributors his senior season, but it may not have been enough to boost his draft stock as he is still viewed as a very raw project.
At his pro day, he recorded times of 4.94 and 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.66 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.34 in the three-cone drill. He also recorded a 30½-inch vertical, a 9-foot broad jump and 21 reps of the bench press. His pro day performance alone likely did not help his draft stock too much, but it’s possible that a team decides to draft him because of the potential he possesses.
Linebacker Terrance Smith is another player participating at the pro day that the Vikings very well could have had their eyes on. Building linebacker depth is always important and the Vikings seemed to be lacking that depth at times last season.
Smith is a player that has the ability to play both inside and outside but is probably better suited to play outside in a 4-3 system. He may be one of the most athletic linebackers in this year’s draft, which is shown by the fact that he is a former track and field jumper and sprinter.
He measures in at 6-3, 235 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.79 seconds at the pro day. He also recorded times of 4.89 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.14 in the three-cone drill. The linebacker would also post a 32½-inch vertical and a 10-foot-2 broad jump.
Smith is still a very raw talent and needs to build up his strength if he hopes to succeed in the NFL. He is currently seen as a seventh-round pick or an undrafted free agent and is a player that the Vikings could take a chance on, especially since head coach Mike Zimmer loves to work with players who are very athletic and can do multiple things out on the field.
Another late-round talent/undrafted free agent whom the Vikings could take interest in was safety Lamarcus Brutus. He measured in at 6-0, 205 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.70 seconds. He also recorded times of 4.29 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.08 seconds in the three-cone drill. The safety later recorded a 33-inch vertical and a 9-foot-6 broad jump.
If Brutus ever saw the field it wouldn’t be for a few years. He needs to develop his skill set more and will more than likely be a special teams player in the NFL.
While most teams who attended the Florida State Pro Day were likely there to check out Ramsey, there could have been a couple other players that caught their eye. If that were the case any number of these players could have helped out their draft stock.