NFL Supplemental Draft RB Wesley's Full Workout Numbers Improve His Stock
On Monday, former TCU running back Ed Wesley held his pro day workout, and the only information that came out painted a poor picture of him as a pro prospect. His 40 times right around 4.7 seconds made him look like a marginal prospect at 5'8", 196 pounds—a size reserved for speedier backs.
Today, CBS Sports draft expert Rob Rang reports that the rest of the story puts Wesley in much better company.
On the 40 time, a scout told Rang that the slow time was expected and that it was unfair to compare Wesley to players who had weeks to prepare for their pro days. This is a good point to keep in mind if former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon runs in the 4.5s at his pro day workout on Tuesday despite reports that put him in the 4.3-4.4 range.
Wesley's straight-line speed is subpar even when you give him some leeway for less preparation time. His lateral agility, on the other hand, looks good compared to the 2012 NFL draft class—and that's without giving him a bump for less preparation time.
According to Rang, Wesley's three-cone drill times in the 6.91-6.93 range would have been fourth best at the combine among the 28 backs who did the drill, bettering first-round pick David Wilson and second-round pick Isaiah Pead. His short shuttle in the 4.18-4.21 range would have been ninth out of 28.
In addition, Wesley's 19 bench press reps, 34" vertical and 9'6" broad jump would have all been in the top 11 combine running backs, which is more than respectable.
In this age of the accelerated news cycle, the first report tends to overshadow more complete later reports, but we can count on the thorough nature of NFL scouting departments to care a lot more about Wesley's complete workout numbers than his poor 40 time.
Wesley is still no lock to get drafted on Thursday. Rang indicated that his size/speed combination and injury history are "likely to be enough to keep an NFL team from investing a draft pick in him."
If Rang (and many others) are right, and Wesley isn't drafted, it won't be due to his pro day performance.
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