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2015 NFL Draft: What we learned from Monday's pro days

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The NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and the calendar flipping over to March means only one thing on the road to the 2015 NFL Draft: pro days. College Football 24/7 will be your one-stop shop for information on workouts from Alabama to Yale and everybody in between.


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There were not a ton of big names in action at the start of pro day season, but there were plenty of scouts, coaches and general managers keeping an eye on the action. Here's a look at what happened Monday at pro days across the country.

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Minnesota: Vikings GM praises Williams

Big draw: TE Maxx Williams
Don't forget: LB Damien Wilson
Notable attendees: Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer; scouts from the 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Falcons, Jaguars, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Raiders, Seahawks, Steelers, and Titans; Atlanta Falcons DT Rashede Hageman also stopped by his alma mater.
The skinny: The latest in a long line of top-tier Gophers running backs, David Cobb, was not the star of the show Monday; he elected not to work out at the event while dealing with a lingering quad injury. As a result, Williams was the one most scouts had their eyes on. He elected to stand on his combine numbers and focus on drills, where he impressed those on hand, particularly Spielman. Wilson did the same, and that offered a chance for safety Cedric Thompson to turn heads by running an unofficial 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range with a 40.5 inch vertical jump.

Tennessee-Chattanooga: Lott absent with illness

Big draw: DT Derrick Lott
Don't forget: LB Davis Tull
Notable attendees: 22 NFL teams sent a representative
The skinny: Lott failed to show up because of an illness, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. That allowed those in attendance a better look at Tull, who looked good in positional drills despite dealing with a hamstring injury.

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Troy: Receiver posts blazing 40

Big draw: OL Terrence Jones
Don't forget: WR Chandler Worthy
Notable attendees: 11 NFL scouts
The skinny: Despite some damp conditions, there was a solid outing from the top Trojans prospects on Monday. Jones could be an undrafted free agent and had a decent day, but it was Worthy who stole the show. He reportedly ran an unofficial 40-yard dash of 4.34 and was able to look sharp during agility drills. That's a head-turning time by Jones that could earn him some additional looks.

Virginia: Harold's arrow pointing up

Big draw: OLB/DE Eli Harold
Don't forget: OLB Max Valles
Notable attendees: Redskins Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell and executive Doug Williams; scouts from 20 NFL teams.
The skinny: Pro days are designed to showcase what you can do, and it appears that Harold did just that. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt said Harold looked good in pass-rushing drills and did so with his hand in the ground to boot. He stood on most of his numbers from the combine and might have shot up a few teams' draft boards. Valles (4.84 40-yard dash) had a solid outing, and safety Anthony Harris (shoulder) did not work out due to injury.

Wake Forest: Johnson impresses scouts

Big draw: CB Kevin Johnson
Don't forget: CB Bud Noel
Notable attendees: Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and defensive backs coach Carnell Lake; representatives from 21 other teams.
The skinny: Johnson was the star of the show and smartly chose to stand on his good numbers at the combine. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt said Johnson looked "very good" going through drills in front of scouts, which should continue to fuel his rise up draft boards and make him a potential first-round pick.

On deck for Tuesday: Auburn, Duquesne, James Madison, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Pitt, Sam Houston State, Tuskegee.

You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.

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