NFL Draft 2012: A Full Pro Day Calendar for Top Draft Prospects
The 2012 NFL Combine has come to a conclusion, and the focus quickly turns to pro days. Starting on March 1st, pro days continue into the early days of April, giving NFL general managers and coaches a busy month of racking up frequent flier miles.
Although there's a little less drama surrounding pro days now that Robert Griffin III has rescheduled his to avoid a scheduling conflict with Andrew Luck, there's still plenty of intrigue involving prospects who didn't run or even participate at all at the combine.
Continue on for a rundown of when the most notable prospects will hit the field for their pro days.
Georgia: OT Cordy Glenn, TE Orson Charles, CB Brandon Boykin
Cordy Glenn helped himself immensely at the combine and could be a first-round pick. Teammate Orson Charles did not help himself much, though, by not running the forty-yard dash. A good time should help his stock significantly.
Arkansas: WR Joe Adams, WR Jarius Wright
Both Arkansas receivers are clearly talented, but Adams will likely by the only to be drafted on Day 2 come April. However, Wright helped himself more than Adams with a 4.42 40 time and 4.03 in the 20-yard shuttle. He is also a good route runner, so he has the chance to further help his stock with another solid showing.
Illinois: DE Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus is the only top prospect coming out of Illinois this season, but he carried that burden well at the combine. He looked like one of the most athletic defensive linemen in attendance and should draw attention from teams seeking a pass rusher in the second-round range.
Alabama: RB Trent Richardson, OLB Courtney Upshaw, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, S Mark Barron, ILB Dont'a Hightower, DT Josh Chapman
Alabama has an array of prospects, most of which will be off the board in the first round. Richardson, Upshaw, and Kirkpatrick could potentially be top-10 picks, making this pro day a must for most teams drafting in that range.
Southern California: OT Matt Kalil, DE Nick Perry, DT Dajohn Harris
The two top prospects out of USC, Kalil and Perry, will make this a difficult choice for NFL teams choosing between heading out to the West Coast to visit this pro day or traveling to Alabama, which is loaded with prospects this year. Both USC products are first-round talents and Kalil could go as high as second to the Rams.
Texas A&M: QB Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill has many questions regarding his NFL preparedness, so it doesn't help matters that he has been sidelined thus far through the offseason activities with a broken foot. Hopefully he'll get to show NFL teams if he has regained some mobility by the time we reach his pro day.
Wisconsin: OC Peter Konz, WR Nick Toon, OG Kevin Zeitler
All three Wisconsin prospects are set to be Day 2 picks and are well-rounded players who are worth it. Although Konz disappointed with only 18 reps on the bench press at the combine, he'll have a chance to win back some scouts with the athleticism that made him a great player while at Wisconsin.
Clemson: DT Brandon Thompson, DE Andre Branch, TE Dwayne Allen
Dwayne Allen had a poor combine, and there are some character concerns coming up as well. He's a player who is falling on my board right now, and he needs a good pro day to make up the ground that he lost.
Miami (FL): RB Lamar Miller
Miller has elite speed and athleticism, making him one of the top running backs of this class. He's also relatively fresh after starting only one entire season while with the Hurricanes.
Mississippi State: DT Fletcher Cox
Cox was impressive in all phases at the combine. He looked quick and powerful, and while Dontari Poe is getting all of the attention right now, I still think Cox is the better prospect at this point.
Nebraska: CB Alfonzo Dennard, DE Jared Crick, OLB Lavonte David
I think all of the Nebraska players are slightly overrated right now, but I'll give them the opportunity to prove me wrong. None performed poorly at the combine, but there's more talent at other pro days on March 8, in my opinion.
North Alabama: CB Janoris Jenkins
This will be the most-attended North Alabama pro day of the century in all likelihood. Jenkins transferred from Florida and has elite talent, but a boatload of off-the-field issues.
Syracuse: DE Chandler Jones
Jones battled through a knee injury in 2011, is a bit undersized and could definitely use some added muscle. He needs to look quicker at his pro day than he did at the combine.
Washington: DT Alameda Ta'amu, RB Chris Polk
Many have Ta'amu very low on their boards, but I like him. He's not a pass rusher in any sense, but he is a force against the run who can demand double teams at times.
Montana: CB Trumaine Johnson
Playing at Montana, Johnson has been dominant against competition that is mostly below his level. He's very athletic and can be physical in coverage. He's a heady player who could be the highest drafted out of the Big Sky Conference in recent memory.
Ohio State: OT Mike Adams
Mike Adams has about as bad of a combine as you could imagine. His 19 reps were mystifying, and he wasn't particularly good on his feet either. He doesn't appear to have the overall athleticism and attitude to be successful at the next level.
Oklahoma State: WR Justin Blackmon, QB Brandon Weeden, S Markelle Martin
This will be an interesting combine to watch because Justin Blackmon did not participate in the 40-yard dash at the combine. We know he has good speed, but teams like St. Louis and Cleveland will be intrigued to see just how well he runs.
Marshall: DE Vinny Curry
Curry is very athletic and could draw some serious attention from a team looking for a pass rusher with solid upside and room for growth as a Day 2 pick.
Florida State: OT Zebrie Sanders
Sanders is an athletic tackle who is a great pass protector due to his athleticism and footwork, two aspects of his game that are sure to be highlighted at his pro day.
Michigan State: DT Jerel Worthy, QB Kirk Cousins
Jerel Worthy has been up and down my board, but I believe he's settled somewhere in the early to mid second-round range. He's a solid run stuffer who can play with elite power at times.
Oklahoma: OLB Ronnell Lewis, CB Jamell Fleming
Lewis did well at the combine as a top performer in the bench press with 36 reps and a solid showing in the other drills as well. He's a relentless player who plays with good leverage and intelligence.
Penn State: DT Devon Still
Still is far and away Penn State's best prospect this year. He is not the most consistent player, but it's his natural talent that shows through and could encourage a team to take a chance on him in the first round.
Virginia: CB Chase Minnifield, DE Cam Johnson
Minnifield is a well-rounded player who isn't incredibly athletic or stout against the run. He is simply an effective prospect who plays with good instincts and technique.
Virginia Tech: RB David Wilson
Just like Miami's Lamar Miller, Wilson is a top running back prospect who doesn't have too many miles on his tread. He is quick, has a low center of gravity and shows great vision.
Arizona State: QB Brock Osweiler, ILB Vontaze Burfict
I love Osweiler as a prospect, not only because of his height, but because of his natural throwing ability and improvement over the past year. Burfict's career has taken a much different path as his stock has steadily plummeted over the 2011 season.
Arizona: QB Nick Foles
I think Nick Foles is a better prospect than Ryan Tannehill and by a wide margin. He has elite arm strength, he has shown the ability to his any throw with great accuracy, all while facing pressure. Those are three big check marks.
Iowa: OT Riley Reiff
Reiff is a bit underwhelming in terms of athleticism and power for a player that some say might be better than USC's Matt Kalil. He simply does not show the strength and success on tape to be a top-10 pick.
Iowa State: OG/T Kelechi Osemele, CB Leonard Johnson
Osemele is one of my top sleepers of this class. His natural explosiveness and aggressiveness make me believe that he can be a better player than Iowa's Reiff at the next level. He just has to put it all together on a more a consistent basis.
North Carolina: DE Quinton Coples, OLB Zach Brown
We all know how athletic Zach Brown is and Coples has every bit as much talent as any other prospect in this draft class, but both have character corcerns. They aren't getting into trouble off the field, but there are questions about their commitment to becoming professionals.
Baylor: QB Robert Griffin III, WR Kendall Wright
Robert Griffin will finally throw for NFL scouts, so if he still has hope of being the first overall pick, this will be his last hurrah.
Boston College: ILB Luke Kuechly
Kuechly is a nice player who above all else is productive and reliable. He's a good, but not explosive, tackler and an instinctive player who has a knack for getting to the football.
Louisiana State: CB Morris Claiborne, DT Michael Brockers, WR Rueben Randle
Both Claiborne and Brockers will be first-round picks and could be top-10 picks. Brockers was rising up draft boards until an underwhelming combine. If he wants to regain the momentum he had and potential to be picked in the top-10, he must show better athleticism and quickness at his pro day.
Memphis: DT Dontari Poe
Poe helped himself with a great combine, showing an elite combination of strength and nimble feet for a huge defensive linemen. The interviews will be the integral part of the process now.
Stanford: QB Andrew Luck, OG David DeCastro, OT Jonathan Martin, TE Coby Fleener
There are a lot of great pro days out there, but this takes the cake for offensive talent. All four players could be eventual blue chip players, and two come at the most important positions on the offense. Expect the Colts to be in attendance; they like that guy Andrew Luck.
South Carolina: DE Melvin Ingram, WR Alshon Jeffery, CB Stephon Gilmore
This is another interesting pro day. Ingram is a versatile prospect who has been labeled a tweener by some, but I see it as a positive. He can easily play outside linebacker in a 3-4 or defensive end in a 4-3. Receiver Alshon Jeffery needs to run an impressive 40 if he wants to be drafted in the same neighborhood as his teammate.
Notre Dame: WR Michael Floyd, S Harrison Smith
Floyd helped his stock tremendously with a sub 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He also displayed natural hands and elevated his stock to likely top-20 pick. He simply needs to go out and have a repeat performance at his pro day.