Pro day recaps: Strong outings for Nittany Lions

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Over the next few weeks leading up to the NFL draft, the National Football Post will break down and analyze prospects' pro days at their respective colleges. Scouts recently visited Penn State, Stanford, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke.


Maybin during a drill at the combine.

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Penn State
DE Aaron Maybin (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) appears to be carrying his additional weight better since the scouting combine in Indianapolis and had one of the best workouts of the pro day season. Maybin ran his 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.64 seconds and displayed elite explosion with his 10-foot-10-inch broad jump and 40-inch vertical. Maybin also has some of the longest arms in this year's defensive line class (35¾ inches) and is starting to see a spike in his overall stock.

WR Deon Butler (5-10, 181) ran a 4.23 short-shuttle drill but elected to stand on the rest of his numbers from the combine.

OT Gerald Cadogan (6-6, 310) has seen a nice rise up draft boards the past couple weeks. He elected to only jump at the Penn State pro day and posted a 25-inch vertical and an 8-3 broad jump.

DE Maurice Evans (6-2, 270) finally had the kind of workout to help generate some positive buzz. He ran his 40 in 4.78 seconds, had a 30-inch vertical, a 4.32 short shuttle and did 22 reps on the bench. Evans, at one time considered a possible first-round pick, has fallen a long way. However, he proved he can be productive and will likely warrant consideration toward the end of the draft.

WR Jordan Norwood (5-11, 184) ran a 4.58 40, a 4.18 short shuttle and a 6.91 three-cone drill. He's an undersized wideout but has great hands and looks like an ideal slot guy at the next level.

WR Derrick Williams (6-0, 198) had a much better workout this time than at the combine. He ran his 40 in 4.47 seconds, had a 4.21 short shuttle and a 6.96 three-cone drill. Williams isn't the elite athlete many believed, but his ability to consistently separate should allow him to come off the board in the third round.

C A.Q. Shipley (6-1, 306) stood on all his numbers from the combine.

C Alex Fletcher (6-2, 299) did 31 reps on the bench and posted an 8-6 broad jump.

DE Pannel Egboh (6-6, 277) ran his 40 in a time of 4.86 and displayed impressive explosion with a 35-inch vertical. Egboh is an interesting prospect who might be best served adding weight and developing into a five-technique defensive end.

CB Wopamo Osaisai (5-10, 201) was unable to work out because of a left calf injury.

RB Anthony Kimble (6-0, 214) had a decent workout, running as low as 4.54 in the 40 and posting a 4.55 short shuttle.

DE Connor Barwin (6-4, 251) had another great workout for scouts, showing off his impressive straight-line speed with a time of 4.50 in the 40. He also benched 225 pounds 23 times and looks to be moving up into the latter portions of Round 1.

OG Trevor Canfield (6-5, 308) produced a 5.30-second 40 time, 32 reps on the bench, a 4.90-second short shuttle and a 7.86 three-cone drill. Canfield is one of the nation's top guard prospects, and I expect his name to come off the board some time during the third round.

CB Mike Mickens (6-0, 186) failed to impress with his 4.57 40 time but was said to look good during position drills. He's had a rough postseason, and we now expect him to fall into the third/fourth-round range.

CB DeAngelo Smith (5-11, 191) also struggled with his straight-line speed, timing in at 4.63 in the 40. His lack of make-up speed was obvious at the Senior Bowl, and Smith will likely need to make the transition to free safety at the next level.

OLB Corey Smith (6-0, 221) is an undersized linebacker but displays good sideline-to-sideline speed and range. He recorded a 4.71-second 40 time and a 4.34-second short shuttle. Smith showcases the athletic ability to make it, but he may be limited to a Cover 2 scheme.

Wake Forest
All 32 teams were in attendance to see OLB Aaron Curry take part in position drills. Curry's body control, athleticism and explosion were obvious as he went through his workout effortlessly. Curry elected not to run or lift, but he certainly reinforced the notion that he's one of the nation's top prospects.

CB Alphonso Smith also elected to only take part in position drills and was said to look very fluid and smooth. Smith possesses some of the best footwork and body control of any corner in this year's draft; the only knock on him is his lack of height (5-9).


Hakeem Nicks

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North Carolina
WR Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 226) weighed in 14 pounds heavier than his listed weight at the combine. However, Nicks carried his weight well during the workout, posting a 4.43 short shuttle and a 6.96 three-cone drill. He's one of the most physical receivers in the draft and might end up being the third receiver off the board.

WR Brooks Foster (6-1, 201) decided to only run the 40 (4.44) and sat on the rest of his times from the combine.

SS Trimane Goddard (5-9, 198) ran a disappointing 4.68 40 but impressed scouts with his change-of-direction skills by posting a 4.19 short shuttle and a 6.86 three-cone drill. Goddard lacks great top-end speed, but he gets by with his instincts and ability to cleanly get in and out of his breaks.

OT Garrett Reynolds (6-8, 315) ran his 40 in 5.32 seconds and elected to sit on the rest of his times from the combine.

WR Brandon Tate is still recovering from an ACL injury and was unable to work out.

North Carolina State
RB Andre Brown (6-0, 228) looked good during position drills and only ran the short shuttle (4.28) and three-cone drill (7.04) during his workout.

TE Anthony Hill (6-5, 260) elected to sit on all his numbers from the combine and was only measured and weighed. Hill is a massive blocking tight end who displays good body control and fluidity in the pass game. However, he could be asked to add some bulk and make the transition to offensive tackle at the next level.

DT Antoine Holmes (6-2, 289) had an excellent workout, turning in a 4.83 40 time, 32 reps on the bench and a 4.71 short shuttle. Holmes looked impressive on tape and is a DT we really like. He was downright unblockable at times in the ACC and should find his way into a one-gap scheme at the next level.

Offensive linemen Fred Roland (6-7, 303) and Cameron Goldberg (6-4, 286) each had solid workouts. Roland ran his 40 in 5.07 seconds while Goldberg was able to break the 5.0-second mark with a time of 4.97 seconds. Roland has a massive frame and projects as a finesse right tackle in a zone-blocking scheme. Goldberg will likely need to get kicked inside to guard at the next level.

LB Michael Tauiliili (5-10, 231) is considered short by NFL standards for the linebacker position, although he displayed good athletic ability with his 4.77 40 time and impressive 6.96 three-cone drill.

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