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


In case you didn't hear about it, the top prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft was in action at his pro day Wednesday. He goes by the name of Jadeveon Clowney, and let's just say there was a little bit of interest in how he performed.

» Gil Brandt's 2014 pro day reports

While Clowney was undoubtedly the star attraction of pro days across the country, there were a number of other top prospects hitting the field to try to impress scouts. Here's a look at what happened on the NFL radar from the East Coast to the West Coast.

South Carolina: Clowney lives up to hype

Big draw: DE Jadeveon Clowney
Don't forget: DT Kelcy Quarles
Notable attendees: 30 teams showed; the Texans' sizable contingent included coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith.
The skinny: What will he look like? Will he show up in shape? Can he do anything to hurt his draft stock? These were all questions that were asked about Clowney heading into Wednesday, and he answered them all so well that coaches walked off the field at Williams-Brice Stadium with their jaws dropped. He showed off some of his athleticism by broad jumping over seven bags during one drill and still showing burst as he scooped up a tennis ball on the ground. He went through position drills, including some at linebacker, and looked great even if he was a tad stiff in the hips. It later came out that he was battling a slight groin injury so his freakish display of athleticism was even more impressive. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock was on hand, and he couldn't stop raving about what he saw out of Clowney.

It was a big day for other Gamecocks, too. Quarles showed what he needed to teams and had the Bears taking a long look at him during drills. One player who reportedly boosted his stock was quarterback Connor Shaw, who threw the ball well despite a few bad throws. Linebacker Chaz Sutton similarly had a stumble or two during drills but still impressed those in attendance. Corner Vic Hampton turned in unofficial 40 times in the high 4.4 range.

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Tennessee: Richardson, McCullers healthier

Big draw: OT Antonio Richardson
Don't forget: DT Daniel McCullers
Notable attendees: All 32 teams sent a representative to Knoxville
The skinny: Richardson, a possible second-round pick, measured in at 6-foot-5, 326 pounds, and showed he was as healthy as ever with an explosive 31-inch vertical jump. He had been bothered by a knee issue but flashed some of the skills at pro day that made him a top prospect coming into his final year with the Vols. Also looking better physically was McCullers, who continued to shed weight and showed up at 348 pounds, according to results provided by the school. Offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James also had a good day and could wind up as a third day pick.

Washington: Price proves doubters wrong

Big draw: RB Bishop Sankey
Don't forget: QB Keith Price
Notable attendees: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell made the short trip to see the Huskies
The skinny: Only 20 teams showed up to the workout, and we're sure most of them were on hand to see Sankey. Mike Mayock's top running back in this draft class didn't do much but did look sharp catching the ball out of the backfield. The pro day was really about Price, who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He had a good showing and was able to alleviate some concerns about his arm strength. Though it's possible he still goes undrafted come May, Price doesn't mind proving people wrong and wore a hat to show it during the drills. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was present but didn't participate as he recovers from surgery.

North Texas: Big uptick in scouts

Big draw: WR Brelan Chancellor
Don't forget: QB Derek Thompson
Notable attendees: 16 teams sent at least one scout to Denton
The skinny: Gil Brandt has the full write-up on the Mean Green pro day, but it's safe to say it was good news for both Chancellor and Thompson as they look to hook on with at least one NFL team.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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