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What we learned from Wednesday pro days: Watt could be ILB


It's pro-day season, and College Football 24/7 is your one-stop shop for information and analysis on the on-campus workouts that allow draft prospects to make an up-close impression on NFL club personnel. Here's a look at the key takeaways from Wednesday's action.

One thing to keep in mind: Pro-day testing results tend to be more favorable for prospects than combine results.

Wisconsin: Watt draws interest as ILB

Big draw: LB T.J. Watt
Don't forget: OT Ryan Ramczyk
Attendance: All 32 NFL clubs were represented among 65 scouts, per the school. Notables included Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
The skinny: Watt made a successful position change in college. Could he make another in the NFL? The Badgers' edge rusher said he has been asked by at least one NFL club about the possibility of playing inside linebacker at the next level. Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter put Watt and OLB Vince Biegel through position drills, and the Packers' Thompson reportedly kept a close eye on Watt in position drills, but he did not do any other drills, nor did Ramczyk. ... RB Corey Clement apparently wasn't satisfied with his combine 40 clocking of 4.68, because he ran again at pro day and clocked a 4.54, per the school. He and RB Dare Ogunbowale were put through position drills by the Detroit Lions.

Virginia Tech: Browns, Saints to meet with Hodges

Big draw: TE Bucky Hodges
Don't forget: WR Isaiah Ford
Attendance: Evaluators from all 32 NFL teams were on hand.
The skinny: Hodges was put through position drills by coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets, and had meetings set up with the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. ... After clocking just a 4.61 40-yard dash at the combine, WR Isaiah Ford ran a 4.52 at the pro day, per the school.

Western Michigan: Davis out of action

Big draw: WR Corey Davis
Don't forget: OL Taylor Moton
The skinny: Davis didn't work out Wednesday, but at least we know his 6-foot-3 height listing is pretty legit. He measured at 6-2 7/8. ... Moton, a tackle prospect who competed at the Reese's Senior Bowl, performed for scouts in position drills. ... It was an especially big day for the Broncos' accomplished quarterback, Zach Terrell, because he didn't receive a combine invitation, and he showed off his accuracy in his throwing session.

Georgia: McKenzie stands on combine numbers

Big draw: WR Isaiah McKenzie
Don't forget: OL Greg Pyke
Attendance: All 32 teams were represented, including Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff.
The skinny: McKenzie didn't run the 40-yard dash after turning in a 4.42 at the combine. He did, however, work with the Falcons staff on punt returns. He also told reporters that an academic issue was one reason he decided to enter the draft as an underclassman.

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Arkansas: WR Reed impresses

Big draw: TE Jeremy Sprinkle
Don't forget: OT Dan Skipper
The skinny: WR Dominique Reed turned a lot of heads, according to senior analyst Gil Brandt. Reed recorded a broad jump of 11 feet 4 inches, vertical jumped 40 inches, and reportedly ran a 4.38 40-yard dash. Not bad for a guy who caught just 16 passes last year for the Razorbacks. ... Sprinkle turned in a broad jump of 9-8, matching his mark at the combine. ... Skipper's positional workout was handled by the Dallas Cowboys.

Also in action Wednesday: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Buffalo, Cal-Davis, James Madison, Mercer, New Hampshire, UNC-Charlotte, Sacramento State, Tarleton State.

On deck for Thursday: Arizona State, Central Arkansas, Clemson, Illinois, Oregon, Ouachita Baptist, Penn State, Pittsburgh State, St. Francis (Pa.), Vanderbilt, Virginia, William & Mary.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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