Michigan: LB Jake Ryan
Brown: Long snapper Courtland ClavetteMichigan Linebacker Jake Ryan looked solid in all his position drills. His hip turn needs a bit of work, but overall, he received positive reviews. The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings both sent linebacker coaches.
As tweeted earlier, Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman was in attendance. Viking fans will want to consider both Funchess and Ryan at some point in their team's mock.
Oklahoma: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, DB JulianWilson, OT Tyrus ThompsonOf note during Brown's pro day was the work out of long snapper Courtland Clavette, who measured 6-3, 241 pounds and then ran a best 40 time of 4.71 seconds. He also completed 22 reps on the bench and looked good snapping the ball. Six teams (Patriots, Dolphins, Redskins, Chiefs, Packers) were on hand, including the Minnesota Vikings, who sent special teams coach Mike Prefier. Many feel Clavette now ranks as one of the top two long snappers available in the 2015 NFL Draft.
UAB: Tight end Kennard BackmanReceiver Dorial Green-Beckham sat on his 40 time from the Combine after weighing in at 236 pounds, one less than the Combine. He did post a 10-foot broad jump (9-11 Combine) and 33-inch vertical (33.5 Combine).
Defensive back Julian Wilson improved his 40 time from Indianapolis, timing 4.50 (4.53 Combine), after measuring 6-2 and 201 pounds.
Offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson, who did not run at the Combine due to a foot injury, timed 5.40.
As reported earlier, Thompson and teammate Daryl Williams met with the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. I've also been informed both players met with the Tennessee Titans and St Louis Rams.
Arizona State: DL Marcus HardisonSince UAB no longer has a football program, the draft-eligible prospects worked out in front of nearly 18 teams as part of Samford's pro-day.
Jamarcus Nelson, who scorched the track at the combine, sat on his 40 time from Indianapolis but looked very good catching the football.
The star of the day was little-known tight end Kennard Backman, whom I presently grade as a free agent. Backman came into the workout measuring 6035/238lbs and ran 40 times as fast as 4.57 seconds on watches (some had him in the mid-4.6-second area). His other marks included 35 1/2-inches in the vertical and 9-9 in the broad.
Backman looked incredibly athletic during the workout (he was also recruited as a basketball player) which was run by New England Patriots director of personnel Nick Cesario. Later, Backman worked out with the Philadelphia Eagles, and his schedule includes workouts with the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts.
Clemson: LB Stephone AnthonyMarcus Hardison, who did not participate at the Combine because of an injury, stood out and was a star at Arizona State's pro day. Hardison measured 6-3 1/4, 305 pounds, then ran his 40s in times of 4.92 and 4.95, though some watches had him in the 4.8s. His 10 split was in the 1.70 range. Hardison's short shuttle timed at 4.68 with a 7.29 three-cone.
Hardison looked terrific in line drills, which was run by the Minnesota Vikings, as scouts commented on his exceptional quick twitch muscles. Coaches in attendance remarked that had he been able to run at the Combine, Hardison would've ranked as one of the top overall performers on the defensive line. Yesterday, Hardison met privately with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
Nebraska: Randy GregoryI'm told linebacker Stephone Anthony had a phenomenal day. He only did position drills but teams were impressed with his overall performance, especially his cover skills. Anthony met with the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers yesterday before having dinner with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Anthony has been on a straight shot north up draft boards since September. He stood out during the Senior Bowl, then looked terrific at the Combine and capped it off today at pro day. How high will Anthony be selected? The second round seems like a lock but it now looks as though he'll be chosen in the early to middle part of the frame. That poses a problem for a team like the Green Bay Packers, who've shown a lot of interest in the linebacker.
The Minnesota Vikings have spent and extensive amount of time with Gregory before the start of today's workout. We expected there will be a team or two who grabs him afterward. At the time of posting, Gregory is only planning on participating in position drills. From the standpoint of position drills, I'm told Gregory looked terrific. He did both linebacker and defensive line drills, and really impressed, though some were surprised the workout was shorter than expected.