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Representatives from 22 NFL teams, including two special teams coaches, were present for UAB's pro day Tuesday.


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The player the NFL personnel were on hand to see in action was wide receiver J.J. Nelson (5-foot-10 1/4, 159 pounds), who posted the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.28 seconds) at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Nelson -- who measured 5-foot-10 and 156 pounds at the combine -- looked really good catching the ball and fielding punts at UAB's pro day.

Tight end Kennard Backman (6-3 1/4, 243) ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.66 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.49 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.23 seconds. He performed 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Backman had a good enough workout that he could warrant being a priority free-agent pickup for a team following the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cornerback Jimmy Jean (6-1 7/8, 202) ran the 40 in 4.59 and 4.57 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.34 seconds. He performed seven strength lifts. Jean is primarily a cornerback, but could possibly play some safety, too.

Kicker Ty Long (6-0 5/8, 207) has a strong leg and was worked out by a special teams coach from the Indianapolis Colts.

Defensive end Diaheem Watkins (6-3 1/2, 260) ran the 40 in 4.87 and 4.89 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.63 seconds and the three-cone in 7.52 seconds. He also performed 20 reps on the bench press. Watkins is one of those guys teams bring in as a free agent and sometimes said team will find itself a good, serviceable player.

The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.

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