Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and three members of his staff, and assistant coaches from the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots -- were present for Missouri's pro day on Thursday, when 14 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf.
Defensive end Markus Golden (6-foot-2 1/4, 256 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 and 4.76 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.57 seconds and had a three-cone drill time of 7.38 seconds. Golden performed 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Golden looked really good in his drops during the positional drills.
Offensive guard Mitch Morse (6-5 3/8, 306) went through a short, 15-20 minute workout because he was the only offensive lineman at the pro day. Morse also got looked at as a center. He has really good feet and had an impressive workout. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Morse was a top performer among offensive linemen in the bench press, broad jump and 20-yard short shuttle.
Running back Marcus Murphy (5-8 5/8, 198) ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.57 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-7 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time in 4.39 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.16 seconds. Murphy is described as being more quick than fast, which is good for a running back. He did a good job catching the ball out of the backfield at the pro day.
Defensive end Shane Ray (6-2 1/2, 249) ran the 40 in 4.64 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. Ray did the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds and the three-cone in 7.71 seconds. Ray was only able to lift while at the combine (21 reps of 225 pounds), so he didn't participate in that event at the pro day. Ray is described as having added some weight, but in the upper part of his body. When he was taking part in linebacker drills, he seemed to slow down toward the end of longer pass routes when in coverage. Ray did look really good going straight ahead as a pass rusher.
Wide receiver Bud Sasser (6-2 5/8, 219) ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.57 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10 1/2-foot broad jump. Sasser ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.86 seconds. He also performed 18 strength lifts. Sasser runs really good routes and caught the ball really well. He could garner a late-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft or be a priority free-agent pickup for a team following the draft.
Scouts enjoy visiting Missouri for its pro day. They are treated like royalty there, and head coach Gary Pinkel goes out of his way to be helpful.