The 10 Most Impressive 2012 Pro Day Performances
The NFL Scouting Combine gets all the coverage and glory. However, college pro days are equally as important.
They give scouts more of an up-close-and-personal view of a prospect's skill set and mindset. Players are more comfortable and open to participating in drills and events that they might not have wanted to do at the combine. For example, quarterbacks can throw to their own receivers rather than players they have little-to-no chemistry with.
Here are the top-10 pro-day performances leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.
Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota State
Moss came to my attention earlier this year when talking with small-school guru Matt Elder of BuffaloBillsDraft.com.
The former basketball player stood out on film due to his athleticism. He showed everyone that athleticism with an eye-popping pro day.
He started off with a 41.5-inch vertical jump, honed by performing acrobatic dunks the last few years. An explosive 10'10" broad jump and a 4.45 40-yard dash were also very impressive.
What stood out was the 6.32 seconds in the three-cone drill—the fastest time we have ever seen. Moss won't be a high draft pick, but a team looking to take a flier on an athletic kid might take a chance on him in the later rounds.
Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Greg Childs is a little over a year removed from a devastating patella-tendon injury. With that in mind, the numbers that he put up at his pro day are simply unreal.
At 212 pounds, Childs ran a 4.39 40-yard dash while showing off a 40.5" vertical leap and a 10'7" broad jump.
If Childs can show that sort of explosiveness on the field, perhaps he will return to his superb 2010 form and be a mid-round steal.
Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
After skipping the NFL Scouting Combine due to a bout with pneumonia, Wagner was very impressive at his pro day.
A 4.46 40-yard dash, combined with a 39.5" vertical and an 11' broad jump, is borderline ridiculous for a linebacker. He also had a decent 7.03-second three-cone time and did 24 reps on the bench.
Wagner is a dark-horse first-round pick at this point.
Brandon Brooks, OL, Miami-OH
Dontari Poe received a lot of press due to his fantastic combine performance. Brooks, arguably the biggest combine snub, made up for it with his own impressive pro day.
Coming in at 6'5" and 346 pounds, Brooks ran a 4.98 40-yard dash while putting up 36 reps on the bench press, along with a three-cone-drill time of 7.42 seconds to round out his workout.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the underrated Brooks be drafted on Day 2 this April.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Griffin impressed in nearly every way possible at the NFL combine. The only thing he didn't do was throw.
He put any questions about his accuracy to rest with a blistering 49-of-51 show at his Baylor pro day. While I don't think there is any way that RG3 ends up as an Indianapolis Colt, I'm sure that workout made Colts owner Jim Irsay pause.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Ryan Tannehill has had to silence a lot of doubters this draft season. Hitting on 65-of-68 passes—two were dropped—during his pro day should certainly help him.
Add a 4.62 40-yard dash to his impressive throwing performance, and you have a pretty good showing for the NFL scouts who were on hand to see the consensus No. 3 in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech
Danny Coale is just one of the receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft to have received the "next Wes Welker" moniker. He might actually be too fast for that now.
Coale ran a blistering 4.37 40-yard dash. He also posted a 37" vertical leap and a 10'3" broad jump. Like Moss, Coale's 6.63-second three-cone time was especially impressive.
Coale wasn't a lock to be drafted coming into March, but his pro day performance is going to make that much more likely at this point.
Jordan Bernstine, CB/S, Iowa
After finally having a healthy season with the Hawkeyes, Bernstine finished his time in Iowa City with a phenomenal pro-day performance.
At 211 pounds, Berstine ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and recorded a 41" vertical leap. He did 18 reps on the bench and posted an impressive 6.98-second three-cone time.
As a hybrid defensive back with a knack for special teams, Bernstine's athleticism will at very least make him a priority free agent.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
If there were ever a prospect who needed a good pro day, it was Jeffery, who chose not to do anything at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jeffery clocked in at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash while posting a 36" vertical and a 10'2" broad jump. Jeffery also had a blazing 6.71-second three-cone time.
Perhaps most impressive was Jeffery's weight. He looked very trim at 6'3" and 214 pounds. If he can stay in shape, Jeffery is going to be a great receiver in the NFL.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Osweiler showed off two important things at his pro day: an impressive arm and athleticism.
After running a 4.98 40-yard dash, Osweiler connected on 72 out of 79 passes, showing great accuracy. With his off-the-charts leadership, Osweiler might end up being a first-round selection, although I have him ranked as a third-round pick.
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