Pro Day Tracker (continued)
Tuesday, March 16, 5:26 p.m.
At Pittsburgh, cornerback Aaron Berry, who was recently described by Notre Dame's Golden Tate as the toughest defensive back he faced all year, ran as fast as 4.47 seconds in the 40, posted a swift 3.88 in the short shuttle and timed 6.73 in the three cone. His 37-inch vertical jump was also solid. Berry is a talented cover corner but struggled with injuries as a senior. He could be a steal in the late rounds.
Tight end Nate Byham, who also struggled with injuries last season, improved since his combine performance. Byham ran as fast as 4.84 in the 40 after weighing 268 pounds and by all accounts looked terrific catching the ball.
The Panthers other talented tight end, Dorrin Dickerson, stood on his tremendous combine numbers.
At Bowling Green, Freddie Barnes' times in the forty ranged from a low of 4.58 seconds to a high of 4.65. He touched 31 on the vertical jump. These numbers will not move Barnes in with the second tier of receivers available next April but he'll still be a quality pick in the later rounds.
Tuesday, March 16, 3:45 p.m.
Scouts lined the field in Athens for the Georgia pro day and most of them came away very impressed with the effort put in by the draft eligible Bulldogs.
Defensive tackle Jeff Owens, who completed 44 reps on the bench press at the combine, improved many of his other numbers from Indianapolis. Owens ran 40 times which were as fast as 4.83 seconds, .15 quicker than his combine time. His short shuttle time of 4.5 seconds was also better.
Scouts said Owens tore it up during drills and has solidified himself as a top 100 choice.
Kade Weston was another defensive lineman who stood out. He measured just under 6-foot-5, weighed 315 pounds and ran a 5.0 40. His vertical jump was solid at 29.5 inches. Weston received applause from the coaches during position drills as he displayed terrific hand punch and foot quickness during the bag drill. Weston did not live up to expectations during his Georgia career, yet his size and athleticism may be too good to pass up in the late rounds.
Rennie Curran was another big winner and looked strong from start to finish. The 5-11 Curran weighed 235 pounds, completed 27 reps on the bench press then ran his 40 in times which ranged between 4.63-to-4.71 seconds. His vertical jump of 35 inches was also impressive.
By all accounts, Curran transferred that speed and athleticism onto the field during drills, as he looked terrific in pass coverage and quickly moved from sideline-to-sideline. An NFL team looking for a one-gap linebacker may look to Curran in round three.
Cornerback Prince Miller, who was not invited to the combine, had one of the best days in Athens. The smallish cover man (Miller measured 5-8, 190) completed 22 reps on the bench, touched 37 inches in the vertical jump and posted a 40 time in the low 4.4s.
Barry Church raised eyebrows during Toledo's pro day this morning.
The big defensive back weighed 220 pounds, four less than the combine, and ran 40 times which clocked right around the 4.6 range, almost one-tenth faster than his time from Indianapolis. Scouts are torn whether Church projects to outside linebacker or safety in the NFL. He was successful at both spots in college and the athleticism Church displayed this morning will give coaches even more confidence in his abilities.
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