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LSU's Danielle Hunter wows scouts with dazzling pro-day display

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Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including the general managers from the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, and offensive line coaches from the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers -- were present for LSU's pro day on Friday, when 20 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.


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Outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (6-foot 3/4 inches, 227 pounds) had a good positional workout. He moves well and is very athletic. Alexander worked as both a linebacker and as a hand-in-the-ground pass rusher.

Cornerback Jalen Collins (6-1 3/8, 199) was unable to work out due to a foot operation that took place within the past couple of weeks. Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte performed the surgery for the Jones fracture, and has sent a letter to each team at LSU's pro day to assure them that Collins will be ready for minicamp.

Offensive tackle La'el Collins (6-4 5/8, 320) is very athletic and had a really good positional workout. He is described as the typical small-town Louisiana kid.

Running back Kenny Hilliard (5-11 1/2, 223) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.68 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical jump. He also performed 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Hilliard has quick feet for his size and did a good job catching the ball out of the back.

Defensive end Danielle Hunter (6-5 1/4, 251) had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-10 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds, which is really fast and shows his tremendous change-of-direction abilities. Hunter ran a 4.57 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was the best time among defensive linemen.


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Hunter blew the scouts on hand out of the water with his workout. He started slowly in the pass-drop drills, but ended up having a very good performance. He caught the ball well when dropping into space, and also did a good job in the pass-rush drills. Hunter is described as having great upside. One of the scouts at LSU's pro day said that in his mind Hunter is a better prospect than Barkevious Mingo -- the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns -- was two years ago.

Running back Terrence Magee (5-8 3/4, 210) ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.66 seconds. He had a good workout, catching the ball well coming out of the backfield.

Outside linebacker Jermaurie Rasco (6-3, 247) ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.79 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.65 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.11 seconds. He performed 12 strength lifts, but has a shoulder problem so unable to perform better on the bench press. Rasco was better going forward with his hand in the ground than in space in linebacker drills. Pass-rushing defensive end might be his best position moving forward.

Strong safety Ronald Martin (6-0 1/2, 200) ran the 40 in 4.64 and 4.63 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Martin -- a former wide receiver -- caught the ball well in drills. Martin -- who has lost about 10 pounds since the end of the 2014 season -- is a priority free-agent possibility for a team following the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.

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