Auburn Pro Day 2013: How Workouts Impacted NFL Draft Stock of Former Tigers

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 5, 2013

November 24, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Auburn Tigers running back Onterio McCalebb (23) carries the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ranzell Watkins (21) during the first quarter at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Auburn Tigers football program had a very disappointing season in 2012, but the time has come for the draft-eligible Tigers to put that behind them and shine for prospective NFL coaches and general managers.

What began at the NFL Scouting Combine would be either confirmed or challenged at the Auburn Pro Day.

Check out this video that shows the draft hopefuls in action.

Here's who helped, hurt and maintained their stock at this stage of the pre-draft process.


Stock Up: Onterrio McCalebb

After running what was tied for the second fastest 40-time at the NFL Combine, McCalebb shaved 0.05 off his time at his Pro Day.

He ran an unofficial 4.29 40-yard dash, per CBS Sports, and that further confirms McCalebb's game-breaking speed to NFL scouts. He's only 5'10", 168 pounds, so he definitely needs to add some weight, but even at his current size, he could be a difference-maker on the field.

He has the type of speed that requires defenses to know where he is at all times, and with the right coach, he could have a package designed for him in the playbook.

His workouts at the combine opened some eyes, but his pro day has solidified his status as one of the draft's hottest names. McCalebb could be a late second-round pick by the time the draft rolls around.


Stock Unchanged: Corey Lemonier

The DE/LB didn't run the 40-yard dash, per CBS Sports. He had run a 4.60 at the NFL Combine and probably didn't feel comfortable he could better that time at the pro day. He did work out in linebacker drills, and he didn't do anything to hurt his stock there.

The only way he could have affected the perception of him as a prospect—positively or negatively—would have been to run the 40-yard dash.

By omitting that drill, he still projects as a third or fourth-round selection.


Stock Down: Emory Blake

Blake may very well turn into a solid NFL receiver, but he didn't wow anyone at his pro day. Even with his dad, former NFL QB Jeff Blake throwing to him, the younger Blake couldn't make a notable account of himself.

His 40-time was a mediocre 4.61, and he didn't look smooth coming out of breaks and changing directions. These workouts have to be taken with a grain of salt—but based on what is the general focus of these events, Blake didn't shine.

At 6'3" with a powerful build, he may get a look late in the draft, but he could also wind up as an undrafted free agent.


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