Pro days are often overlooked but are a very important part of the process. NFL Combine snubs can boost their stock, prospects can improve their times, and they get the chance to be worked out by NFL positional coaches during on-field drills.
To help me catch up on some of these pro days, I talked with Andew DiCecco of Eagles Wire for a BGN Radio Special. What follows are notes on the four colleges he attended and there’s more detail in the show itself.
Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin helped his stock by leaping 39.5” on the vertical jump. He’s been rising throughout the process and some think he’ll sneak his way into the first round. Has he been mocked to the Eagles yet? If not he will be in the next couple of weeks.
The other two names to keep an eye on are running back Ryquell Armstead and defensive tackle Michael Dogbe. Armstead’s impressive 4.45 40-yard dash should garner attention while Dogbe’s 34 reps on the bench press are a sign of his work ethic.
DiCecco came away impressed with safety Juan Thornhill’s football intelligence after speaking with him. The Eagles’ brought Thornhill for an official visit and he was worked out privately by their safeties coach Tim Hauck.
From DiCecco’s recap of Thornhill’s day:
“The versatile defensive back opted to stand on his outstanding Combine numbers, but took part in the on-field drills. Thornhill looked smooth in and out of his breaks, adjusted well to the ball in the air and impressed with his innate sense of detail — perfecting the little nuances of each drill and running everything out.”
The main attraction was safety Darnell Savage Jr., who I’ve been pounding the table for since the draft process began. Much to my delight, the Eagles’ have shown interest in him by bringing him in for an official visit.
Looking outside of Savage, running back Ty Johnson blazed a 40-yard dash that was reported to be as low as 4.26. Johnson was hampered by a calf injury last season and even pulled up lame at the end of his run, citing hamstring tightness. Simply put, he can scoot.
Unfortunately for safety Nasir Adderley, the top safety on my board, he has been unable to complete a healthy 40-yard dash. The good news is despite pulling up during his first attempt, he still reportedly ran a 4.54. He also hit 10’9” on the broad and 38” on the vert.
You can hear more analysis on these pro days on our BGN Radio Special: Pro Day Circuit episode! Listen on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts? Check out our guide on how to listen to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY!