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MTSU safety Kevin Byard garnering pre-draft interest

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Middle Tennessee State safety Kevin Byard is garnering a good amount of pre-draft interest. Five NFL teams have come to MTSU to work out Byard -- the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans.

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At Middle Tennessee State's pro day on March 31, representatives from 23 NFL teams -- including position coaches from the Browns, Lions and Titans -- were on hand for the workout, which was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Byard -- 5-foot-11 1/4, 212 pounds -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 and 4.48 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.73 seconds. He performed 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Those kind of pro-day numbers would suggest that Byard could be selected in the fourth round, or even earlier, in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Florida Tech

Representatives from five NFL teams -- including position coaches from the Lions and Eagles -- were present for Florida Tech's pro day on March 31.

The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. A total of seven players worked out, and one has the possibility of being selected in the draft.

Tight end Gabe Hughes -- 6-3 1/4, 240 -- ran the 40 in 4.72 and 4.63 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.26 seconds and the three-cone in 6.9 seconds. He performed 26 reps on the bench press.

Wide receiver T.J. Lowder -- 5-9 7/8, 182 -- ran the 40 in 4.56 and 4.47 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.14 seconds. He had 20 reps on the bench press. Lowder has 8 7/8-inch hands, and is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the draft.

Florida Tech completed just its third season of football in 2015, and competes at the Division II level.

Arkansas State

Representatives from 15 NFL teams -- including a quarterbacks coach from the Indianapolis Colts -- were on hand for Arkansas State's pro day on April 5.

The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff tight end Kyle Coleman -- 6-0 5/8, 231 -- ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.71 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.52 seconds and the three-cone in 7.44 seconds. He performed 20 reps on the bench press. He is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the draft.

Arkansas Tech quarterback Arsenio Favor -- 6-2 5/8, 232 -- ran the 40 in 4.74 and 4.72 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.43 seconds and the three-cone in 7.44 seconds. He had 22 reps on the bench press. Favor is a rookie free-agent possibility.

Southeast Missouri State

Representatives from 18 NFL teams were present for Southeast Missouri State's pro day on April 7.

A total of three players worked out outdoors and on FieldTurf.

Wide receiver Paul McRoberts -- 6-1 3/4, 200 -- ran the 40 in 4.6 seconds on both attempts. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.42 seconds and the three-cone in 7.28 seconds. He performed eight reps on the bench press. McRoberts did a good job catching the ball in his positional drills, and he is very good at catching the ball over his shoulder.

Kansas

Reprsentatives from five NFL teams were on hand for Kansas' pro day on March 23.

A total of 11 players worked out outdoors and on FieldTurf.

Running back Taylor Cox -- 5-10 5/8, 208 -- ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds with the wind and 4.74 seconds against the wind. He had a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.41 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.36 seconds. He put the bar up 18 times on the bench press. Cox is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the draft.

Jayhawks head coach David Beaty is entering his second season at the school, and will help Kansas become more of a factor moving forward. He is doing a good job of recruiting and trying to turn that program around.

Cincinnati

Representatives from 17 NFL teams -- including wide receiver coaches for the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and New York Giants -- were on hand for Cincinnati's pro day on March 14.

There were 14 Bearcats players, plus two more from area small schools, who worked out indoors and on FieldTurf.

Four wide receivers had noteworthy workouts.

Chris Moore -- 6-1, 203 -- stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, and had himself a real good positional workout at the pro day. Moore is a very capable receiver.

Mekale McKay -- 6-4, 206 -- ran the 40 in 4.61 seconds on both attempts. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.29 seconds and the three-cone in 7.09 seconds. McKay also had a good positional workout at the pro day.

Johnny Holton -- 6-1, 188 -- ran the 40 in 4.42 and 4.43 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.2 seconds and the three-cone in 6.9 seconds. Holton has 10-inch hands.

Shaq Washington -- 5-7 3/4, 178 -- ran the 40 in 4.63, pulled his left hamstring on that attempt and was unable to run the short shuttle or three-cone drill. He did have a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did 25 reps on the bench press. Washington is a free-agent possibility following the draft.

Ball State

Representatives from 22 NFL teams -- including wide receivers coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions -- were on hand for Ball State's pro day on March 24.

The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Wide receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert -- 6-2 7/8, 227 -- ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds on both attempts. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.45 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. He did 21 reps on the bench press. He has big, 10 1/8-inch hands. Williams-Lambert is a priority free-agent possibility following the draft.

University of Indianapolis wide receiver Reece Horn -- 6-2 1/2, 217 -- ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.27 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.76 seconds. He performed 18 reps on the bench. Horn had a good pro-day workout, and could be a rookie free-agent pickup for some team.

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