by Greg Gabriel
April 05, 02014
With the pro day schedule winding down, this will be our next to last update. After this week, we have Georgia, LSU, Penn State and Maryland to go.
The big workout this week was of course South Carolina, with Jadeveon Clowney workout out for a huge contingent of scouts and coaches. Clowney looked the part as he went through positional drills. He was in excellent shape and showed the athleticism that will make him a top three pick. Many (including me) believe that he will be the first pick in this year’s draft.
Defensive tackle Kelce Quarles also looked good. He ran the 40 in 5.03 and showed good change of direction and body control. There were reports that he looked out of shape, but the scouts I talked to all agreed that Quarles has a strong day. I see him going in the second round.
Receiver also had a strong day. While he lacks great size, he is both quick and fast with excellent hands. He too, could go as high as the second round.
Running back Rajion Neal ran the 40 in 4.57, as well as leaping 9’11" in the long jump and 38” in the vertical jump. His 28 reps in the bench were impressive. On the field, he showed very good quickness and caught the ball very well. Neal could go as high as the fifth round, but most likely, will get drafted in the sixth.
Tennessee has a number of offensive linemen, and all looked good doing drills for the offensive line coaches. The highest rated lineman are tackles Antonio Richardson and Ja’Wuan James.
Defensive tackle Dan McCullers improved his 40 time to 5.32, but he still has marginal change of direction. Scouts have mixed opinions as to his value. I have heard as high as the fourth round and as low as the seventh.
The player scouts wanted to see is linebacker/defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu. He was unable to work at the combine but had a strong showing at his pro day. He ran a 4.59 at 249 pounds as well as 37.5” vertical jump and a 9’3 long jump. His three-cone was also an impressive 7.28. I see Jeremiah getting drafted in the second round.
Scouts wanted to see offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Brandon Linder. Linder, who has position versatility having started games at both guard and tackle, looked very good working for the coaches. Conversely, Henderson disappointed, as he was not able to finish the workout. His agent says he was suffering from dehydration. No matter what the cause, it turned off scouts and coaches. There is no excuse for dehydrating or being out of shape. This was a chance for him to impress and he didn’t.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was unable to work out due to a stress fracture in his foot. He will not be healed by draft day so clubs will base their entire opinion on tape evaluation. The tape is good and Seferian-Jenkins should go in the second round.
Running back Bishop Sankey stood pat on his combine numbers, but his position work was very impressive. He has great hands and showed he can adjust to the ball. He will be the first or second back taken in this draft.
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