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2014 NFL Draft: What we learned from Tuesday's pro days


It didn't quite reach Bieber fever, but the discussion on Monday was, rightfully so, dominated by Teddy Bridgewater's pro day performance. Tuesday, the big draw was in Bridgewater's home state, with national champion Florida State hitting the field for a star-studded pro day with tons of NFL personnel in attendance.

Tallahassee wasn't the only stop on the scouts' tour, however. Here's a look at what happened Tuesday at pro days across the country.

Florida State: Benjamin impresses

Big draw: WR Kelvin Benjamin
Don't forget: DT Timmy Jernigan
Notable attendees: Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, at least two position coaches from all 32 teams.
The skinny: Given the number of recent NFL draft picks to come out of Tallahassee and the Seminoles' recent run to a national title, the interest in Florida State's pro day was sky high. Mike Mayock even remarked that as many as six players from the team could be selected in the top 100 picks. The star of the show was fringe first-rounder Kelvin Benjamin. He mostly stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine but added a 33-inch vertical and solid short shuttle time Tuesday. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt recapped the entire session and said Benjamin had an impressive workout that puts him in first-round consideration. Don't overlook teams evaluating linebackers such as Telvin Smith and Christian Jones as mid-round picks either.

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Montana: Tripp meets with Colts scout

Big draw: LB Jordan Tripp
Don't forget: LB Brock Coyle
Notable attendees: Scouts from the Jaguars, Colts, Titans, Chargers, Chiefs, Seahawks, Broncos and Texans among others.
The skinny: Tripp was the most highly regarded player at Montana's pro day but did not work out, opting to show off his skills for scouts at a later day. He did, however, spend a lot of time talking to a Colts scout in attendance, according to one report. Linebacker Brock Coyle had a nice afternoon and posted 25 reps on the bench and a solid 40 time. Perhaps the most notable on-field item was former Notre Dame/Montana/West Virginia Wesleyan quarterback Nate Montana, son of 49ers legend Joe, throwing passes to skill position players.

California: Coleman, Rodgers, Bigelow work out

Big draw: DL Deandre Coleman
Don't forget: TE Richard Rodgers
Notable attendees: Over 30 scouts were in attendance, as well as Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch, a Cal alum.
The skinny: Yes, the Golden Bears suffered from an embarrassing season in 2013, but current Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford did leave some talent on the roster. Though RB Brendan Bigelow didn't get a combine invite, some NFL scouts on hand no doubt were interested to see if he has what it takes to have a better, more consistent career at the next level than he did at Cal.

Delaware: Scouts check out Kerr

Big draw: DT Zach Kerr Notable attendees: Scouts from the Eagles and Jets among others. The skinny: Joe Flacco's alma mater drew a few scouts to pro day, mostly to check out and chat with Zach Kerr. He didn't do too much testing on the advice of his agent, and it sounds like he'll be focusing mainly a few private workouts with teams.

Sam Houston State: Flanders to visit Saints

Big draw: RB Tim Flanders
Notable attendees: Scouts from the Texans and 49ers among others.
The skinny: Flanders put up big numbers for the FCS powerhouse in college and is hoping to get a shot at showing teams he can do the same at a much bigger level. He had a solid showing at the combine and told reporters Tuesday that he has an upcoming visit with the Saints.

Pittsburg State: Sub-4.4 WR attracts teams

Big draw: WR John Brown
Notable attendees: Scouts from the Saints, Browns, Bengals, Rams, Chiefs and Colts.
The skinny: Brown burst onto the radar of many with a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine. He had a solid week at the Shrine Game and looked solid during drills in Indianapolis. Brown also posted eight reps on the bench in addition to on field work.

On tap for Wednesday

UCF, Baylor, Lindenwood, San Jose State, Utah, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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