Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim -- were present for Clemson's pro day on Thursday, when 20 prospects worked out indoors on Tartan Turf.
The top draw at the pro day was outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who is projected by NFL Media analysts to be selected in the top half of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Beasley (6-foot-3, 246 pounds) stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, which were outstanding -- he posted the fastest 40-yard dash time among linebackers (4.53), had the most bench press reps among linebackers (35 at 225 pounds), and was a top performer in his position group in vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard short shuttle.
Beasley displayed outstanding athleticism in the position drills. Beasley originally came to Clemson as a running back, then was moved to tight end, but was moved to defense when Clemson assistant coach Marion Hobby convinced the staff that a move to the defensive side of the ball would be beneficial for both player and team. Now, Beasley is a likely top-10 pick.
Defensive end Tavaris Barnes (6-3 7/8, 284) ran the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.62 seconds. He had a three-cone time of 7.56 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot broad jump. He looked very quick in the drills.
Defensive end Corey Crawford (6-5 1/8, 299) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.16 and 5.08 seconds. He also performed 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Nose tackle Grady Jarrett (6-0 3/4, 298) ran the 40 in 5.13 and 5.08 seconds. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-5 broad jump. He had a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.63 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.52 seconds. He performed 23 strength lifts. He also had a good positional workout.
Cornerback Garry Peters (5-11 5/8, 201) ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.62 seconds. He had a 9-foot-10 broad jump. He was really smooth in his backpedal and has good ball skills.
Punter Bradley Pinion (6-5 1/2, 229) caught the ball well and was good as a holder, but he was not consistent as a punter.
Defensive tackle DeShawn Williams (6-0 1/2, 303) ran the 40 in 5.10 and 5.03 seconds. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.70 seconds. He also performed 23 strength lifts. Williams has a chance to be a low-round draft choice.
After the workout, the NFL scouts and personnel were treated to a great catered lunch. It was so great that they thought they were at a luxury hotel with that kind of spread.