NFL Draft 2013: Pro Days You Should Be Paying Attention to
With the NFL draft quickly approaching, there are just two remaining events—not counting the unforeseeable ones off the gridiron—that can significantly raise or lower a prospect's stock: the combine and his pro day.
The former is unrivaled in its ability to make scouts drool. Run a blazing 40-yard dash, bench press the equivalent of an NFL linebacker or complete any other number of impressive physical feats, and bam! You're in the first round. Unfortunately for guys like Vontaze Burfict—who went on to prove his critics wrong—the combine works in the opposite way, too.
But while pro days aren't quite as comprehensive or imperative, they are important for players trying to secure their draft stock.
Let's take a look at the ones that will reign most paramount.
Note: For a complete look at the entire pro day schedule, check out NFL.com.
Texas A&M (March 8)
Reason No. 1 to watch the Aggies is undoubtedly Luke Joeckel.
The talented left tackle is in the discussion for No. 1 pick, and a solid pro day would only strengthen his case, but the new SEC contenders have a slew of other intriguing prospects.
Damontre Moore is one of the most talented pass-rushers in a truly stacked class, while Jonathan Stewart, Sean Porter, Ryan Swope and Christine Michael are all other combine invitees who will likely hear their name called on draft day.
Alabama (March 13)
The Crimson Tide have a slew of potential first-round picks, but the man to watch on March 13 won't be one of them: tight end Michael Williams.
Williams drew rave reviews at the Senior Bowl (via CBS Sports' Dave Richard):
TE Michael Williams of Bama having a nice practice. Physical in block drills, showed big catch radius as receiver. twitter.com/daverichard/st…— Dave Richard (@daverichard) January 21, 2013
Nevertheless, the 6'6", 270-pound monster was denied an invite to the combine, making his pro-day performance all the more crucial. It will be integral for Williams to prove that he is more than just a top-notch blocker.
Moreover, we'll get a look at Alabam's three elite offensive linemen (D.J. Fluker, Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack), one of the best corners in the draft (Dee Milliner) and a running back skyrocketing up draft boards after a dominant performance in the national championship (Eddie Lacy).
Tennessee (March 20)
What pro day would you most want to attend?
There are certainly other schools (LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma to name a few) that boast more prospects, but I would be giddy about watching this quaterback-wide receiver combo strut their stuff in Knoxville.
QB Tyler Bray undoubtedly has the most to gain (and lose). The junior had a good year from a numbers prospective, but according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, many teams aren't enthralled with him.
He'll have a chance to change that on March 20, and he'll have help from two of the most dynamic wide receivers in the draft.
Justin Hunter is a talented player with lots of size while Cordarrelle Patterson has the skill set to be the first wide receiver off the board.
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