P.J. Fleck does things interestingly. For example, at Minnesota's pro day on Monday, the head coach asked every scout in attendance what school they had graduated from. He wrote every one down on a piece of paper to make sure none were ever credentialed for a future Gophers game that immediately preceded a contest involving their alma mater.
Now that's next-level thinking.
» QB Mitch Leidner (6-3 3/8, 231) stood on his combine numbers but went through a brisk workout that saw him throw 69 passes. He started solid but tailed off near the end with some incompletions. This could be a player who switches positions in the NFL.
» CB Jalen Myrick (5-9 3/8, 203) stood on his combine numbers with the exception of the short shuttle (4.15 and 4.17 seconds), and the three-cone drill (7.02 seconds). Myrick is a good athlete who should get drafted.
» Safety Damarius Travis (6-0 5/8, 208) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 and 4.68 seconds, had a 33-inch vertical, a 4.14-second short shuttle, and a 6.96-second three-cone. He had what was described to me as an exceptional workout, showing toughness. Besides safety, he should be a gifted special teams player.
» OT Jonah Pirsig (6-7 7/8, 314) is built like a house. He ran the 40 in 5.38 and 5.38 seconds, had a 27-inch vertical, an 8-foot-6 broad jump, a 4.87-second short shuttle, a 7.78-second three-cone, and added 20 lifts on the bench press. He should be a priority free agent after the draft.
» LB Jack Lynn (6-2 1/2, 246) ran the 40 on 4.75 and 4.81 seconds, had a 30.5-inch vertical, a 9-5 broad jump, a 4.45-second short shuttle, a 7.34-second three-cone, and 21 bench lifts. Like Pirsig, he should be a priority free agent.
Other notable pro day results from Monday
Wake Forest held its pro day, and 20 NFL teams sent representatives to work out 15 players indoors on FieldTurf.
» OLB Marquel Lee (6-3 1/4, 235) ran the 40 in 4.78 and 4.78 seconds, had a 4.33-second short shuttle and a 7.28-second three-cone drill. He stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
» DB Brad Watson (6-0 3/8, 188) ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.66 seconds, had a 33.5-inch vertical, 11-0 broad jump, a 4.25-second short shuttle, a 7.62-second three-cone, and added 11 bench lifts. He played cornerback in college but will likely shift to safety in the NFL. While he wasn't invited to the combine, he's a projected Day 3 pick or priority free agent.
» DT Josh Banks (6-3 1/2, 278) ran the 40 in 4.90 and 4.89 seconds, had a 31.5-inch vertical, a 9-4 broad jump, a 4.50-second short shuttle, a 7.81-second three-cone, and 17 lifts. He's a priority free agent prospect.
Twenty teams sent representatives to work out 19 players indoors on FieldTurf.
» Place-kicker Matt Wyman (6-1 5/8, 206), the only NFL prospect at the workout, was only measured. He showed a strong leg in his workout, and will be a priority free agent after the draft.
Representatives from 15 teams made their way to Canada, including Packers Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith, to watch TE Antony Auclair.
Despite suffering from an injured left hamstring, Auclair (6-5 3/8, 256) ran the 40 in 4.86 and 4.88 seconds, had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-6 broad jump, A 4.31-second short shuttle, a 7.40-second three-cone, and 21 bench lifts. He had a very good workout, catching the ball well and showing power as a blocker. He's a projected Day 3 pick.
Representatives from six team watched nine players work out outdoors on FieldTurf.
» DE Caleb Kidder (6-4 1/2, 269) ran the 40 in 4.93 and 5.02 seconds, had a 33-inch vertical, an 8-9 broad jump, a 4.47-second short shuttle, a 6.91-second three-cone, and added 30 bench lifts. He's a projected priority free agent player.
» QB Brady Gustafson (6-5 7/8, 230) ran the 40 in 5.02 and 5.06 seconds, had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-0 broad jump, a 4.63-second short shuttle, and a 7.12-second three-cone. He's a projected post-draft free agent.
Held at Furman, three teams worked out five players outdoors on FieldTurf in rainy, 40-degree weather.
» FB Lorenzo Long (5-8 1/8, 204) ran the 40 in 4.62, 4.64 and 4.62 seconds, had a 33.5-inch vertical, a 9-5 broad jump, a 4.43-second short shuttle, a 7.34-second three-cone, and 20 bench lifts. He's a projected free agent prospect.
» OT Anton Wahrby (6-2 5/8, 300) ran the 40 in 5.29, 5.31 and 5.27 seconds, had a 29.5-inch vertical, a 8-6 broad jump, a 4.65-second short shuttle, a 8.49-second three-cone, and 27 bench lifts. He's a projected free agent.
Two NFL teams watched seven players work out outdoors on FieldTurf.
» QB Michael Birdsong (6-4 1/8, 243) ran the 40 in 4.90 and 5.03 seconds (into the wind), had a 31-inch vertical, a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.60-second short shuttle, and a 6.92-second three-cone.. He's a projected free agent.
» QB Drew Bauer (6-2 3/4, 211) ran the 40 in 4.82 and 4.88 seconds, had a 31-inch vertical, an 8-11 broad jump, a 4.11-second short shuttle, and a 6.92-second three-cone. He's a projected free agent.
ALBANY (GA.) STATE
Representatives from 28 teams watched 11 players work out indoors on AstroTurf.
» DL Grover Stewart (6-4 3/8, 334) ran the 40 in 5.12 and 5.15 seconds, had a 26-inch vertical, an 8-10 broad jump, a 4.75-second short shuttle, and a 7.71-second three-cone. Stewart has exceptionally long arms (33.5 inches), which makes his 30 bench lifts even more impressive. He's a Day 3 draft pick.
» OT Javoris Wilburn (6-4, 314) ran the 40 in 5.52 and 5.41 seconds, had a 24.5-inch vertical, an 7-9 broad jump, a 5.01-second short shuttle, a 7.96-second three-cone, and 17 bench lifts. His arms are 35 3/8 inches long, a trait that helps make him a free agent prospect.