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What we learned: Saints, Cardinals among draft fits for Mahomes

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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 Friday's action.

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

Texas Tech: Mahomes would fit nicely in New Orleans, or Arizona

Big draw: QB Patrick Mahomes
Attendance: Reps from 28 NFL teams attended the Red Raiders workout, per the school, including Giants coach Ben McAdoo, 49ers GM John Lynch and Seahawks GM John Schneider. Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson was on hand as well.
The skinny: After Mahomes' 68-throw session, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock, who attended the workout, said the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals would be two strong fits for the former Red Raiders star. Why? Because because it would afford him a short-term understudy role.

"Best-case scenario is he plays behind a quality starter for a year or two, a veteran. New Orleans, Arizona, one of those situations," Mayock said.

Might the two clubs see things the same way? Both traveled to Lubbock for a private workout with Mahomes earlier this month, and the Saints remarked to Mahomes about his impressive progress afterward. As for Mahomes' workout Friday, Mayock saw both positives and negatives.

"The big-arm throws that most quarterbacks don't like to make: 20-yard comeback, cover-2, throw in between the corner and the safety -- he threw both of those beautifully," Mayock said. "The deep, outbreaking routes where you really got to drive it, he was outstanding. Now, some of the throws he struggled with, I thought he was more concerned about his new footwork and mechanics and forgot to drive the football."

Mahomes was the unquestioned main attraction, as Texas Tech's other pro-day participants are considered fringe prospects. He went through passing drills only and stood on his combine testing. He met with McAdoo on Thursday.

Tennessee: Barnett works out despite troublesome hamstring

Big draw: DE Derek Barnett
Don't forget: RB Alvin Kamara
Attendance: All 32 NFL clubs were represented in Knoxville.
The skinny: Neither the combine nor pro day gave Barnett a chance to work out at full strength. He went through the pro day workout despite a reported hamstring problem. At the combine, he was ill, but went through most of the testing there. He clocked a 4.89 40-yard dash Friday, squarely in line with his combine time of 4.88, and did not attempt a second run. He bench-pressed 20 reps, a test he skipped at the combine, and matched his combine vertical jump of 31 inches. ... Kamara said he's had a private workout for the Saints.

West Virginia: Steelers' Lake leads Douglas' drills

Big draw: DB Rasul Douglas
Don't forget: WR Shelton Gibson
Attendance: Reps from all 32 teams were at WVU, per the school.
The skinny: Douglas, the Mountaineers' top prospect, went through positional drills under the direction of Pittsburgh Steelers DB coach Carnell Lake, per ESPN. ... Gibson reportedly clocked an unofficial 4.38 40-yard dash, a significant improvement from his 4.50 at the combine. Gibson was spotted chatting with the Denver Broncos, and Douglas spoke with the Buffalo Bills.

Indiana: Feeney stands on combine results

Big draw: OL Dan Feeney
Don't forget: RB Devine Redding
Attendance: Scouts from all 32 NFL clubs were on hand.
The skinny: Feeney, one of the draft's top interior OL prospects, was put through a positional workout, but otherwise stood on his combine results. ... WR Mitchell Paige ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, per the school. ... Redding improved his vertical jump from the combine by 2.5 inches, testing at 33 inches Friday.

Also in action Friday: Jacksonville.

On deck for Monday: Ole Miss.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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