Posted: Thursday March 1, 2012 2:32PM ; Updated: Wednesday April 4, 2012 5:34PM
Tony Pauline

2012 NFL Draft Pro Day Tracker

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Source: SI's Andrew Perloff and Tony Pauline debate the most underrated prospects as the 2012 NFL Draft nears.'s draft analyst Tony Pauline of checks in daily with news and notes about top prospects participating in pro days.

Wednesday, April 4, 4:34 p.m.

Four pro days dotted the schedule today, but they were more individual workouts than anything else.

Fifteen teams showed up in Madison to watch Wisconsin center Peter Konz perform. The junior, who struggled late in the 2011 season with a dislocated left ankle, did not run or complete any of the jumps as he continues to rehab his injury. He did 23 reps on the bench press, then participated in position drills.

Konz reportedly looked smooth and fluid throughout the drills, showing no ill-effects from the injury. The teams on hand feel Konz can play any of the three interior offensive line spots and even line up at right tackle in a pinch. He'll likely be drafted late in the first round.

Badger guard Kevin Zeitler also took part in position drills and showcased strength and terrific power. He's expected to go off the board early in Round 2.

In Iowa, defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who is returning from a labrum injury, stood out for the teams on hand. His marks included 4.93 in the 40, with a very quick 10-yard split at 1.59. Daniels touched 36.5-inches in the vertical jump and 9-11 in the broad jump. Those were impressive numbers for Daniels, who tipped the scales at 293 pounds, a good weight for a defensive line prospect who's been characterized as undersized.

Former USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead worked out in front of 11 teams at Sacramento State. He measured 6-feet, 4.5-inches and 289 pounds and was timed at 5.01 seconds in the 40 and posted a 3-cone best of 7.48 seconds. His other marks included a 30-inch vertical jump and 9-10 broad. Armstead later looked very athletic in position drills.

Armstead was a late addition to the draft and is an interesting story. He entered the 2011 season ranked as the top senior prospect on the Trojans, but ended up sitting on the sidelines with an illness last year. He chose to leave USC after a falling out with the coaching staff and entered the draft only after deciding not to transfer to another school.

Armstead offers the size and skill set to line up at several defensive line positions, but must show he hasn't lost the edge on his game after missing an entire campaign.

Friday, March 30, 2:56 p.m.

The second pro day for Arizona State is over and the reports for Brock Osweiler have been positive.

Scouts said the junior passer looked good today and was accurate on most of his throws. Osweiler, who possesses one of the strongest arms at the quarterback position, did not have receivers reaching for passes.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict also improved his 40 time from the combine. I've been told the consensus on his times ranged between 4.90 and 4.94 seconds, though additional sources said the linebacker ran as fast as 4.85 seconds.

Friday, March 30, 1:53 p.m.

Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner erased any skepticism that lingered after missing the combine due to pneumonia, turning in a terrific workout today.

Wagner's testing numbers would've matched just about any linebacker who worked out in Indianapolis. He measured just over 6-feet tall and weighed 235 pounds. His early marks included a vertical jump of 39 inches, 11 feet in the broad jump and 24 reps on the bench. Wagner's 40 times were as fast as 4.45 seconds, and he clocked 7.03 seconds in the three cone and 4.2 seconds in the short shuttle.

During position drills, Wagner looked incredibly smooth and quick in all his movements. Most importantly, he showed well in coverage drills, as Wagner got depth on pass drops and made several nice plays down the field. He also displayed good hands catching the ball, which impressed scouts, many who branded him as a two-down, run defender. The versatility and completeness shown in his pro day workout will push Wagner into the top half of the second round.

Friday, March 30, 11:04 a.m.

The final day of March is highlighted by a pair of important workouts on the pro day schedule.

In Logan, Utah scouts will finally get an opportunity to watch linebacker Bobby Wagner perform. The Utah State senior was in a hospital bed during the combine suffering from a bout of pneumonia yet is ready to go today.

At Arizona State, much maligned junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict is expected to run the 40 today and try to improve on his time of 5.0 seconds from the combine. Today is also a make or break day for Brock Osweiler, the junior quarterback who did not throw at the combine or participate in Arizona State's first pro day. The big-armed signal caller is expected to throw for scouts, who grade Osweiler all over draft boards.

Thursday, March 29, 7:05 p.m.

Offensive tackle Matt Reynolds stood out in position drills at BYU's pro day.
Offensive tackle Matt Reynolds stood out in position drills at BYU's pro day.
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images Sport

The pro-day schedule for Thursday has come to a close.

At BYU, several of the senior prospects performed better than expected, yet it was a little known former basketball player from Westminster College who turned heads today.

Les Brown, a former college basketball player who has worked in the accounting department for Huntsman Gay Global Capital the past two years, wowed scouts with his athletic skills. The former NAIA Academic All-American, who never played college football, but lined up at small forward for the Westminster Griffins, measured 6-feet-4, 238 pounds and, despite a sprained ankle, ran a 4.44 in the 40. His other marks included a 39-inch vertical jump and 10-3 broad jump.

Scouts project Brown, whose younger brother Braden plays offensive tackle for BYU, as a tight end. During position drills, he did not struggle catching the ball. After the workout, he was privately interviewed by a handful of teams. There remains a question of whether Brown, who graduated from high school in 2006, is even eligible for the draft or will be declared a free agent. Regardless, he caused enough of a stir to get into a camp this summer.

Defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo, who only has one year of starting experience under his belt, looked good in position drills. The 325-pound plugger moved exceptionally well laterally and showed good power in his game. Several people commented how uncommon it was to see such a big-bodied person effortlessly move in every direction.

Offensive tackle Matt Reynolds, who struggled through his combine workout with a sprained ankle, also stood out in position drills. He was smooth and displayed solid footwork in pass protection drills. Some of his marks from today included 7.63 in the three cone and 4.64 in the short shuttle. Reynolds, who started at left tackle for BYU, is getting looks at right tackle and guard from NFL teams.

Several small school players also turned in good workouts.

Jewel Hampton, the former Iowa Hawkeye who struggled with injuries before transferring to Southern Illinois, looked very impressive at his pro-day workout. Hampton, who measured 5-9 and 215, posted a 4.47 in the 40 and vertical jump of 33 inches. His other marks included 6.9 seconds in the three cone and 4.2 in the short shuttle. Hampton rushed for 1,121 yards last season on his way to winning all-Conference honors. He plays to his size and speed and is a legitimate NFL prospect with next level skills, yet needs to show some durability on the field.

Northwestern State cornerback Jeremy Lane has been building some late draft buzz and proved why today.

His marks included 4.48 in the 40, 4.1 in the short shuttle as well as an impressive vertical jump of 42 inches and a broad jump which measured 10-10. Lane, who broke into the starting line-up on a full-time basis in 2011, caught the attention of scouts after a standout game against LSU last season. Thus far, the cornerback will be traveling to visit eight NFL teams before the draft.

Southern Connecticut defensive lineman Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, known simply as Ike, wowed scouts during his workout. Measuring 6-3 and 288, he posted a vertical jump of 38 inches, a 40 time of 4.94 and three-cone mark of 7.06. Igbinosun has a versatile game as both a run stopper (58 tackles last season) and pass rusher (12 tackles for loss and seven sacks).

Thursday, March 29, 4:05 p.m.

The 40 times for Alabama running back Trent Richardson from today's pro day were all over the place, ranging from a fast of 4.45 seconds to as slow as 4.61 seconds. So what gives? Unlike the combine, there is no real timing mechanism to clock players in the 40 during pro-day. Basically a group of scouts sit at the finish line with stopwatches in hand, timing each participant as they cross the line. Most teams use the times recorded by their scout on the scene. When the 40 is complete most of the scouts gather together and share the times they've recorded for the prospects who ran. A happy medium between the fastest and slowest 40 time is found, hence the "official" pro day 40 time. Still, teams will use the time clocked by their scouts at the workout. The times posted for Richardson on the tracker were readings from the stopwatches of several scouts at the finish line of the 40. I've since received additional confirmation from a separate team at the workout who timed Richardson between 4.58 and 4.62 seconds.

Big swings in 40 times from pro days are not unusual, yesterday's South Carolina pro day being a perfect example. The times for receiver Alshon Jeffery were initially reported as 4.37 seconds, then 4.53, before an "official" time of 4.49/4.50 was found.

Thursday, March 29, 12:43 p.m.

Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson didn't display elite speed at his pro day, but excelled otherwise.
Sports Illustrated

The Alabama pro day has come to an end for the top three prospects who participated.

Though he failed to run an elite 40 time, Trent Richardson showed why he's considered far and away the best running back in the draft during position drills. He was fluid and smooth changing direction and practiced with his feet underneath him all morning. He moved his frame with great balance and displayed a quick change of direction. Richardson ran solid routes in pass catching drills, catching the ball extremely well and consistently grabbing the pass away from his frame. During blocking drills Richardson showed terrific power, at one point knocking a scout from the Cleveland Browns to the ground. Richardson did not answer the concerns about his lack of breakaway speed, but showed every other trait necessary to be a feature running back in the NFL.

Mark Barron had his moments during position drills. For the most part Barron looked very fluid moving about the field, displaying a good change of the direction and the ability to quickly flip his hips transitioning from moving backwards to running forwards. Barron was always on balance and looked very athletic on the field. He needs to improve his backpedal as Barron was a little stiff moving in reverse and the big safety showed little burst in drills and looked more like a one speed player. Considering he underwent double hernia surgery a little more than two months ago it was a solid performance by Barron, who solidified himself as a mid-to-late first round pick.

Opinions on Courtney Upshaw's workout are sure to be varied, but the productive college defender showed little in the way of speed and quickness during position drills. In many of the drills which required Upshaw to move laterally he struggled with his balance and seemed to trip over his feet. He displayed a minimal burst of speed and his change of direction was only adequate. During bag drills Upshaw displayed great punch and power. Upshaw, whose official 40 time came in at 4.78 seconds, is still likely to be selected in the first round, but his limited speed and lateral movement skills will narrow the number of teams willing to draft him in the top 32 .

Thursday, March 29, 11:30 a.m.

Another big pro day on the calendar with two important workouts that could shape the first round.

In Alabama all eyes are on Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron, three players who had yet to run the 40 for scouts. In the case of Barron, the safety has been recovering from offseason hernia surgery and hadn't done a workout of any kind for NFL teams.

Richardson, who is still only 75 percent after undergoing minor knee surgery after the national title game, struggled to break the 4.6-second barrier in the 40, timing an unofficial best of 4.59 seconds. The results for Courtney Upshaw were worse, as the feisty defender could not break the 4.8-second mark, timing 4.82 unofficially. Mark Barron's best time thus far was 4.55 seconds.

Down in College Station, Texas quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who struggled with a broken bone in his foot and missed both the Senior Bowl and combine, will throw for scouts today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2:11 p.m.

Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery's stock has been on the decline since the season ended, but he had a solid pro day.

The pro day at South Carolina is over, and the Gamecocks' top four prospects all left a tremendous impression on the 32 teams on hand.

Melvin Ingram continues to receive rave reviews for his display of athleticism and football ability. Ingram was worked through defensive line and linebacker drills today and, according to one source at the workout, it was an A+ performance. He was described today as being a "freakish athlete" combining quickness, balance and tremendous movement skills. During coverage drills Ingram's ability to swivel his hips and transition from moving backward to running forward was comparable to many of the defensive backs who worked out. His explosion and ability to stay on his feet while swiftly moving in every direction wowed the teams in attendance. Ingram has solidified himself as a top-10 pick, but the question is, will the playmaking defender break into the draft's first six picks?

For the most part receiver Alshon Jeffery leaves the workout with improved opinions from teams than when he started this morning. His official 40 times are being charted as 4.49/4.50 seconds, and Jeffery posted an impressive three-cone time of 6.71 seconds. His other marks included a short-shuttle of 4.09 seconds and 60-yard shuttle of 11.10 seconds. Jeffery came to the workout looking buff at 6-2 and 213 pounds. Scouts were impressed with his conditioning and the way he proceeded through the workout. During position drills Jeffery caught just about everything thrown in his direction, plucking the ball away from his body and effortlessly making receptions. His route running is still suspect, as Jeffery struggled to quickly get in then out of breaks, and its a skill he needs to improve. Overall the effort today is likely to push the big receiver back into the top part of round two.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore stood on most of his combine numbers but was impressive in position drills. Gilmore was fluid and smooth in all his mechanics and displayed terrific quickness breaking to the ball. There were several people who told me last night that Gilmore will compete to be the second cornerback selected in next month's draft after Morris Claiborne of LSU.

Safety Antonio Allen also watched his draft stock improve today. Allen timed in the mid-4.5s today in the 40, an improvement over his combine hand time of 4.58 seconds. During drills he displayed a quick backpedal and fluid hip turn, all important for Allen, who lined up at a hybrid linebacker position last season for the Gamecocks and was rarely asked to make plays moving in reverse.

Finally, former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia turned in a noteworthy performance. Still a fan favorite, Garcia was greeted with loud cheers and a standing ovation from the Gamecock faithful as he entered the field for the workout. His testing numbers were impressive as Garcia measured 6-2 and 218 pounds, then posted marks of 31 inches in the vertical jump, 4.3 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.26 seconds in the three-cone. Garcia's throwing was equally effective, as several noticed his improved passing mechanics and the ability to drive the ball downfield. Garcia delivered deep passes which had terrific velocity and were right on the money. His ability to place the longer throws into the hands of receivers without having them twist or break stride to catch the ball was impressive. Garcia missed on just four of the almost 50 passes he threw today. He's already scheduled to privately work out for a trio of NFL teams.

Wednesday, March 28, 12:22 p.m.

The anticipated workout of South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery is almost over, and thus far the reviews have been mixed. Jeffery weighed in at 213 pounds this morning, three less than his combine weight. His vertical jump touched 36 inches, slightly better than the average of 35 7/8 inches for the wideouts who jumped at the combine. Unofficially, his broad jump measured 10-2, again slightly better than the average of 9-11 from receivers at the combine.

His 40 times averaged between a high of 4.55 seconds on his first attempt to a low of 4.47 seconds on the second run. Those in attendance said Jeffery seemed to stumble a bit at the start of his second run. All 32 teams are represented at the workout and the players are about to start position drills.

Wednesday, March 28, 10:58 a.m.

After a slow start to the pro day calendar the schedule picks up steam today, as South Carolina takes the field for NFL scouts. All eyes will be on receiver Alshon Jeffery, who did not run at the combine and is a prospect watching his draft stock drop. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive lineman/outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, both first round picks, are expected to take part in position drills. Former Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was dismissed from the program midway through the 2011 campaign, will also be taking part in the pro day workout.

From yesterday comes word that Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman, who performed brilliantly at the Shrine Game only to run poorly at the combine, improved his 40 time significantly during pro-day. Norman ran in the mid 4.5s (4.57 seconds) on a wet grass surface. The time is likely to be lowered by scouts to adjust for the poor conditions. Norman also lowered his three-cone time to 6.8 seconds, three-tenths from his combine mark of 7.1 seconds. Why the difference? Sources say the times Norman ran yesterday are more in line with his abilities, and the small-school corner was just a little bit tight at the combine.

At the Arkansas State pro day, linebacker DeMario Davis, who ran brilliantly at the combine, improved his 40 time by clocking as fast as 4.46 seconds yesterday, compared to a personal best of 4.49 seconds from Indianapolis. Davis later did position drills. It should be noted that the 6-2, 235-pound linebacker has always been penciled in as a weakside defender in a 4-3 alignment, but is now getting long looks from 3-4 teams.

Last Friday during the Southern Mississippi pro day, sleeper prospect Cordarro Law performed much better than scouts anticipated. Law, who accumulated 48 tackles for loss and 23 sacks the past three seasons, was branded as slow and unathletic by scouting services entering the season. He put those criticisms to rest, timing 4.74 seconds in the 40, 4.32 seconds in the short shuttle and posting 23 reps on the bench. Measuring 6-1 and 257 pounds, the productive defender is sure to get late-round consideration.

Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis, who threw well at the combine, had another strong passing session during pro day and is also looking like a solid late-round pick.

Friday, March 23, 4:20 p.m.

A very light schedule on Friday ends what was a hectic week of pro days.

Nearly 20 teams traveled to Nashville, Tennessee for the Vanderbilt pro day and concentrated on three prospects.

Cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Sean Richardson stood on most of their numbers from the combine, but completed 25 minutes of position drills. Hayward was solid in ball drills, displaying natural cover skills and catching every pass thrown to him. Richardson, who measured 6-2 1/2 and weighed 214 pounds today, looked comfortable moving in reverse and changing direction. In a draft void of safety talent, Richardson could surprise.

The buzz around the workout centers on sleeper Tim Fugger.

The Commodores' top pass rusher, Fugger posted 13.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks last season. Several NFL teams project the 6-3 1/2, 248-pound college defensive end to outside linebacker and an athletic workout was needed to place Fugger into the late rounds. He responded today by running both his 40s under 4.6 seconds, with a best of 4.55. This was after completing 29 reps on the bench. His times of 6.97 in the three-cone and 4.10 in the short shuttle were both solid marks.

Afterward, Fugger was put through defensive line and linebacker drills and looked effective in both. He was fast in pass rush drills, but also looked fluid and smooth dropping off the line in pass coverage drills. He displayed little stiffness in his game, which was a concern entering the workout.

Fugger's versatility to line up in a three-point stance or stand up over tackle will surely entice teams on the draft's final day.

Thursday, March 22, 7:37 p.m.

Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck had a great showing at his pro day, confirming why scouts are so high on the former Stanford passer.

• Another long day of pro-day workouts has come to a close as the excitement of Andrew Luck's passing workout gave way to the position drills of his teammates.

David DeCastro snapped the ball to Luck during the passing drills and the reviews were poor. DeCastro struggled with the shotgun snaps as the spirals were not clean or tight getting back to Luck. Yet during the position drills the big blocker displayed terrific footwork and movement skills. He was smooth moving laterally yet also strong. Scouts left the workout thinking that while DeCastro does not have a future at center in the NFL he can line up at either guard or right tackle. The latter will most definitely boost his draft stock if enough teams in the top 12 of the draft have a similar opinion.

Junior tackle Jonathan Martin started the workout strong, showing solid footwork and more importantly, blocking with good fundamentals. He was consistent bending his knees throughout the drills and showed well in pass protection. Martin became winded as the session progressed, but the feeling at the workout was he locked himself up as a first-round pick.

Scouts, coaches and general managers were amazed at the athleticism displayed by tight end Coby Fleener. Despite a gimpy ankle he played to his 4.5 speed during drills. Fleener caught the ball well and easily extended to make catches in the end zone. He was constantly on balance and practiced with tremendous body control. Did Fleener do enough to secure himself as a first-round pick? The opinions of many leaving the workout was Fleener is not a three down defender as his blocking is a liability. If a team is looking for a one-dimensional pass catching tight end at the end of round one, then he's your guy.

Defensive lineman Matthew Masifilo also turned in a solid workout. After completing 38 reps on the bench he showed a lot of skill in position drills. Masifilo has the ability to play in the NFL and was highly rated after a terrific junior campaign. He performed below expectations last season and some question his passion for the game, which has raised a few red flags.

During the South Dakota State pro-day receiver Dale Moss certainly met, and even exceeded expectations. Moss measured 6 feet, 3.5 inches and 213 pounds, posted a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches. His forty time clocked at 4.45 seconds then Moss ran an amazingly fast three cone time of 6.32 seconds and 60 yard shuttle of 10.82 seconds. One scout at the workout mentioned in seven years of attending pro day and combine workouts Moss' three cone time was the fastest he's witnessed. Moss was then run through about a dozen pass routes and asked to catch the ball.

What makes this story so intriguing is Moss was a member of the SDSU basketball team and never played college football until 2011. In his first and only season on the football field with the Jackrabbits he led the team in receiving with 61 receptions for 949 receiving yards and six touchdowns and Moss started just nine of 11 games. His upside is enormous and Moss worked his way into the draft's final day with his performance today.

Thursday, March 22, 5:35 p.m.

• The Boise State pro day, characterized as low key by most in attendance, finished up earlier this afternoon.

As reported earlier, Billy Winn was the only combine participant to re-run the 40, and turned in significantly better times. Tyler Shoemaker, the Broncos' leading receiver last season and a prospect not invited to Indianapolis, ran better than expected in the 40, posting times in the mid-4.4-second area. He later looked solid in pass-catching drills, displaying soft and reliable hands.

Two players on the rise, Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford, both stood out in position drills. Each was worked in defensive line and linebacker drills and the reports have been positive. Scouts on hand said both players moved exceptionally well and really stood out in linebacker drills. That's important, as both McClellin and Crawford primarily played the defensive end position at Boise.

McClellin was used at multiple linebacker positions during the Senior Bowl and has looked seamless in the transition to linebacker. Crawford is likely to stay in a three-point stance at the next level, but the ability to drop into space will be attractive to zone blitz teams.

Finally, safety George Iloka rebounded from what was a tough combine workout and really impressed scouts on hand. He was fluid moving side-to-side and showed good ball skills. Those at the workout said quarterback Cody Hawkins, the former Colorado signal caller trying to catch on with a professional team in North America, tried to make it a bit difficult for Iloka with his passes, but the 225-pound safety came through.

• Andrew Luck's throwing session has ended at Stanford and the quarterback did nothing to hurt his status as the expected first pick in next month's draft.

Smiling and loose, Luck was poised throughout the entire workout and on the money with all his throws. Just four passes hit the ground, and three of them bounced off the hands of intended receivers. Throwing to his former Cardinal teammates, Luck was accurate and displayed great timing with every type of pass he tossed around the Stanford practice facility. His throws had good speed and he was able to deliver many of the deep outs on a line. Luck perfectly placed most all his throws into the intended target's hands, rarely forcing pass-catchers to break stride or reach vertically to grab the ball. He looked exceptional rolling outside the pocket and throwing on the move, losing no accuracy or speed on the ball. Luck was natural in all his movements and skills, looking off the invisible safety down the field and going through receiver progression and delivering passes with proper fundamentals.

His quarterback coach, George Whitfield Jr., added elements not witnessed at pro day workouts in the past. Whitfield came at Luck with an ordinary kitchen broom in hand, extended well over his head to simulate oncoming pass rushers. Throughout the workout Whitfield did a variety of other exercises to disrupt Luck's concentration and throwing, to no avail.

Luck's final pass was a 73-yard bomb which was accurately placed in teammate's Chris Owusu's hands, which Owusu promptly dropped.

The two criticisms of Luck's workout was the inability to drive deep passes through the wind, as early in the practice session his long throws tended to hang in the air. Unlike Robert Griffin's workout, which took place in an indoor facility yesterday, the wind was a factor during the Stanford workout today. This won't be an issue of the Indianapolis Colts select Luck in five weeks time. He also needs to improve his corner and fade patterns a bit.

All in all Luck delivered what was expected and there's no reason not to think he'll be wearing a Colts uniform in just a few weeks.

Thursday, March 22, 3:33 p.m.

• Thus far tight end Coby Fleener has looked terrific on an ankle that's just 90 percent. Fleener has posted marks of 37 inches in the vertical jump, averaged 4.51 seconds in the 40 and 4.25 seconds in the short shuttle. Other marks from the day include 40 times of 4.41 seconds for defensive back Johnson Bademosi and 5.23 seconds for tackle Jonathan Martin.

At the Boise State pro day, the majority of the Broncos who participated in the combine sat on their numbers, except for defensive lineman Billy Winn, who improved his 40 time from Indianapolis by almost a quarter of a second, posting a time of 4.72 seconds.

Quarterback Kellen Moore had a solid passing session, as only two of the 50 passes he threw hit the ground. Doug Martin looks tremendous thus far in the early going and has really impressed in position drills, standing out in all aspects of the running back position.

Thursday, March 22, 1:21 p.m.

• Early results from the LSU pro day are coming in, and thus far players have sped up 40 times from the combine on a swift surface.

Receiver Rueben Randle shaved one-tenth off his time, clocking 4.45 seconds. Linebacker Ryan Baker shaved .15 from his combine number running just under 4.65 seconds. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers saw a similar improvement, timing 5.18 seconds. Earlier in the workout, the 316-pound Brockers completed 21 reps on the bench press, a slightly disappointing number.

Other marks of note include top ranked cornerback Morris Claiborne, who posted 4.45 seconds today after a best of 4.50 from the combine.

In Maine, a pair of underrated safeties wowed scouts with their performance. Jerron McMillian, who participated in the combine, improved just about every one of his marks from last month. His 40 time clocked as fast as 4.35 seconds, vertical jump measured 39 inches and broad jump 10-6. Teammate Trevor Coston, who was not invited to the combine but is ranked ahead of McMillian on a number of boards, was slightly slower in the 40, timing 4.41 seconds but posting a vertical jump of 43 inches and three-cone time of 6.82 inches; both terrific marks.

The New England Patriots put both players through position drills for the teams on hand, and the reviews for each have been positive.

Thursday, March 22, 12:12 p.m.

• Another circled date on the pro day schedule has arrived, as most of the league is in Palo Alto, California for the much anticipated Stanford workout. And though much of the outside attention has been focused on quarterback Andrew Luck, two other prominent Stanford prospects are also working out for the first time.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, projected as a first-round choice, was sick during the combine and only took part in position drills. He is expected to lift on the bench press, run the 40 and perform the other tests. Coby Fleener, rated as the top tight end in next month's draft and another projected first-round choice, received a medical exclusion from the combine due to an injured right ankle. Though the ankle is only 90 percent as of last night, Fleener's camp told he will participate in the full workout.

LSU is another big pro day on the schedule as scouts will be focused on receiver Rueben Randle and defensive tackle Michael Brockers to see if they can improve on their combine marks. Finally, we'll also be keeping close watch on the South Dakota State pro day, where basketball player-turned-wide receiver Dale Moss, a potential star in the making, will perform in front of scouts for the first time.
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