Over the next few weeks leading to the NFL draft, the National Football Post will break down and analyze prospects’ pro days at their respective colleges. Scouts recently visited Missouri, TCU and several smaller schools, including Liberty, Troy and Buffalo. The scouting report:
FB Frank Summers continues to impress in his postseason outings. He measured 5-9, 241 pounds; ran a 4.63 40-yard dash and a 4.35 short shuttle; and put up 30 reps on the bench. He’s a bit of a FB/RB 'tweener, but his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield could help him find a home in the NFL.
RB Rashad Jennings again impressed scouts with a 4.52 40 time and a 6.79 three-cone drill. Both times were improvements over his 4.58 40 and 6.86 three-cone drill at the NFL combine. Jennings weighed 231 pounds and carries his weight well for a man his size.
One of my favorite prospects in this year’s draft, FS/CB Sherrod Martin had a brilliant pro day, running in the mid-4.4 range and posting an impressive 36.5-inch vertical. He also looked smooth during position drills, and his ability to play both corner and safety can only improve his stock. He’s one of the most fluid defensive backs in the draft class. And with so many cornerbacks struggling at the combine, I can see why so many teams project him as a corner.
Martin’s Troy teammate, SS Terence Moore had a disappointing workout, finishing with a 4.72 40 time. Moore is a pure in-the-box safety, and his lack of straight-line speed could force him to add some bulk to his 218-pound frame and make the switch to outside linebacker.
Three of Missouri’s top prospects (WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Chase Coffman and QB Chase Daniel) elected to sit out the initial Missouri pro day and wait until March 19 to work out.
However, the top SS on my board, William Moore, is starting to create some buzz. Moore (6-0, 221) clocked a 4.49 in his second 40 attempt, impressive for a 220-plus-pound defender. He looked fluid during position drills and appears more than capable of being efficient in space at the next level. He also seems to be healing from injuries that took away some of his effectiveness last season, and returning to the form that made him one of the nation’s top prospects as a junior.
DT Evander Hood continues to impress scouts with his combination of athleticism and strength. Hood put up 35 reps on the bench and recorded a 34.5-inch vertical. He now appears to have solidified a spot as a late first-round pick.
One of the more interesting pro-day prospects was Missouri backup quarterback Chase Patton. Patton played behind starter Chase Daniel each of the past three years, but his size (6-4, 222) and overall skill set make him one of the more intriguing senior QBs in the draft. Patton threw the ball well on his pro day and showcased good arm strength and a quick release. Scouts love his upside and think he has the tools to develop, with some NFL coaching.
Some bad news came from ILB Jason Phillips, who revealed to scouts that he tore the meniscus in his left knee and will be out 12 weeks. Obviously, this will cause his stock to fall, although he should return in time for training camp.
TCU center Blake Schlueter had one of the most impressive performances so far during the pro-day season. He ran his 40 in an astounding time of 4.7 seconds, had a 35-inch vertical and ran a 4.28 short shuttle. He weighed in at a chiseled 6-2, 290 pounds and, with the type of performance he had, now looks to be making his way into the latter portions of the draft.
QB Drew Willy stood on all his numbers from the combine except the short shuttle. After producing a 4.9 in the short shuttle at the combine, he ran a much-improved 4.51 for scouts.
WR Casey Fitzgerald measured 5-10, 188 pounds and ran his 40 in the 4.7 range. The productive standout is unlikely to be drafted, but he could get a camp invitation later.
Northwestern State (La.)
WR Dudley Guice had one of the best workouts so far among small-school prospects. Guice (6-2, 209) posted an impressive 4.40 40-time and recorded a 39-inch vertical, 4.01 short shuttle and 6.61 three-cone drill. He also had a notable performance at this year’s Texas vs. the Nation Bowl and seems to be gaining momentum. He will move up draft boards in the coming weeks and could hear his name come off the board during the latter portions of the draft.
One of the nation’s top FB prospects, Tony Fiammetta, participated in only the short shuttle (4.33) and the three-cone drill (7.03); both were improvements over his times at the combine.
OG Ryan Durand measured in at 6-5, 305 pounds and ran his 40 in 5.10 seconds. He also posted a 27-inch vertical, 4.66 short-shuttle time and 28 reps on the bench. Durand showcases quick feet and good athleticism for his size and will definitely sign on as a free agent after the draft if he doesn’t hear his name called.
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- Chase Daniel