Trio of Arkansas defenders stand out at pro day

Representatives from 28 NFL teams, including position coaches from the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, were on hand for Arkansas' pro day on Wednesday.

A total of 17 prospects worked out, including four who were at the NFL Scouting Combine. The event was held indoors and run on a very good surface.

Defensive tackle Darius Philon (6-foot-1 1/8, 198) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.99 and 4.89 seconds. He had a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.75 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.53 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Philon is a good player, who will probably be a third-day pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Tight end A.J. Derby (6-3 3/4, 251) ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.69 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.51 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.99 seconds. He had a good workout, and caught the ball well going through his tight end drills.

Defensive end Trey Flowers (6-2 1/8, 263) ran the 40 in 4.83 and 4.87 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump, did the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer among his peers in the vertical jump, broad jump and 60-yard shuttle). At Arkansas' pro day, Flowers worked out both as a defensive end and as a drop-back type linebacker. His best NFL position, however, will be with his hand in the ground rushing the passer.

Outside linebacker Martrell Spaight (6-0 1/8, 237) ran the 40 in 4.80 and 4.83 seconds. He had a 9-foot-6 broad jump, a 7.10-second three-cone time, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Spaight looked good in the positional drills and will probably be a third-day draft selection.

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