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Hassan Ridgeway among those to surprise at Texas' pro day


There were representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, defensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, and a special teams coach from the Indianapolis Colts -- were on hand for Texas' pro day on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Bengals were the only team to not have a representative in Austin for the pro-day workout.

The workout was held indoors, and run on a surface that was not considered a fast track. So, scouts were surprised by how well these players moved around during the workout.

Check out the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft in action at their on-campus pro days.

Defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway -- 6-foot-3 3/8, 307 pounds -- did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.69 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.33 seconds. That three-cone time is really good for a player of Ridgeway's size. Ridgeway had a great workout, and scouts were shocked at how strong he is. Ridgeway -- who was included in my list of the draft's most underrated defensive prospects -- is a very powerful person.

Defensive end Shiro Davis -- 6-2 7/8, 267 -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.76 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.26 seconds. He performed 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Davis was described as being very fluid in his workouts. He had a really good day.

Wide receiver Marcus Johnson -- 6-0 7/8, 204 -- ran the 40 in 4.45 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and 11-foot-3 broad jump. Johnson did the short shuttle in 4.39 seconds and the three-cone in 7.26 seconds. He put the bar up 22 times on the bench press, which is two more than the top total among receivers from the NFL Scouting Combine (20, by Michigan State's Aaron Burbridge and Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard).

Cornerback Duke Thomas -- 5-10, 184 -- ran the 40 in 4.44 and 4.46 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the three-cone in 6.72 seconds. He performed 17 reps on the bench press. Thomas also had a great positional workout.

Scouts did not go into Texas' pro day expecting to see these types of performances.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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