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


It's hump day, and in addition to being an actual Wednesday on the calendar, March 19 also marked the fact that we're over the hump with important quarterback pro days. The focus was clearly on UCF's Blake Bortles, but he wasn't the only big name in action.

Here's a look at what happened at pro days across the country.

UCF: Bortles shines in spotlight

Big draw: QB Blake Bortles
Don't forget: RB Storm Johnson
Notable attendees: Texans general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien, Falcons head coach Mike Smith, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall also stopped by his alma mater.
The skinny: The focus was, undeniably, on the Blake Bortles Show in Orlando. The crisp on-field workout was well received by just about everybody in attendance and caused NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt to say the signal-caller cemented his status as a top prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. While Bortles did struggle a bit with his deep ball, he didn't draw any red flags from analyst Mike Mayock. Johnson was another guy teams wanted to see, but he injured his hamstring running the 40-yard dash and was limited in what he did afterward.

Virginia Tech: Teams check out Thomas, Fuller

Big draw: CB Kyle Fuller
Don't forget: QB Logan Thomas
Notable attendees: 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, plenty of scouts
The skinny: The workout was closed to the media, so we only had bits and pieces leak out, but what did leak was understandably positive. The presence of Harbaugh was notable, since Fuller is one of several corners who the 49ers could wind up with at the bottom of the first round. A lot of attention was paid to Thomas. He put on a show, according to his quarterback coach, George Whitfield Jr. Alluding to the various opinions about him, Thomas himself said he's been told he'd go anywhere from Round 1 to Round 7 in the draft this year.

Baylor: Plenty of speed on display

Big draw: OL Cyril Richardson
Don't forget: RB Lache Seastrunk
Notable attendees: Scouts from all 32 teams, Titans WR Kendall Wright and Cowboys WR Terrance Williams
The skinny: It says plenty about what Art Briles is building in Waco that the team sent six players to the NFL Scouting Combine this year. Even more players were on hand Wednesday to show off for scouts and there was plenty to see with such a fast track inside the Bears' indoor facility. Richardson looked good in on-field drills, but the day simply belonged to the skill-position players. Seastrunk ran an unofficial 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and receiver Tevin Reese ran 4.40. Safety Ahmad Dixon also turned in a solid 4.45 unofficial time.

Utah: Reilly, McGill have solid day

Big draw: S Keith McGill
Don't forget: LB Trevor Reilly
Notable attendees: Scouts from the Dolphins, Titans, Lions, Bengals and Packers were among the 24 teams represented.
The skinny: The Utes have sent many players to the NFL the past decade and figure to add a few more names to the list in 2014. McGill ran a very good 40-yard dash time of 4.52, and his stock could be rising. Reilly appeared to be better recovered from his his knee injury and ran a 4.66 in the 40, but several teams told him to sit out the on-field drills. One surprise was Karl Williams, who ran well and could jump onto a few teams' radar as a fullback prospect.

San Jose State: Fales throws well

Big draw: QB David Fales
Don't forget: WR Chandler Jones
Notable attendees: 49ers QB coach Geep Chryst, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, scouts from 25 NFL teams
The skinny: Fales was the big attraction as he went through a 53-throw workout. He reportedly missed on only one deep throw, with four other incompletions being drops. It's possible he has enough to move to a late second-day pick, but private workouts figure to be the real test for Fales. In addition to Jones, cornerback Bene Benwikere drew a lot of praise for his on-field work.

Lindenwood: Desir betters 40 time

Big draw: CB Pierre Desir
Notable attendees: Scouts from the Rams, Chiefs, Jaguars, Packers, Lions and Bears
The skinny: Desir looked like he slightly improved his 40 time from the combine by running an unofficial 4.52. He could be somebody moving up the draft boards of teams with his size (6-1, 198 pounds).

Western Kentucky: Multiple teams check out deep roster

Big draw: RB Antonio Andrews
Don't forget: LB Andrew Jackson
Notable attendees: Scouts from the Bears, Packers, Lions, Texans and Panthers among others
The skinny: Andrews was one of the big attractions, and teams could find a great value in him in the later rounds. He told reporters afterward that the Rams, Chiefs, Patriots and Titans were among the teams that have talked with him.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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