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West Virginia Football: Complete Pro Day Results and Analysis

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 26, 2016

West Virginia Football: Complete Pro Day Results and Analysis

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    Nearly all 32 NFL teams were represented at the 2013 West Virginia football pro day on March 14 in Morgantown, as Mountaineer stars Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and others took to the practice field to make one of their final public appearances before the rapidly approaching NFL draft.

    WVU's star trio made headlines at the NFL combine in February, but still had plenty to prove to potential suitors before April's draft.

    Did any of the West Virginia prospects see their stock rise during the WVU pro day?

    Let's take a look.

Geno Smith

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    Pass Completions: 60-of-64 (via USA Today)

    From all accounts, Geno Smith was very motivated for the WVU pro day and used that to put forth an excellent performance.

    He was able to show a lot of what he wasn't able to show while in the air raid offense at West Virginia, including the ability to come out from under center and the ability to throw on the run. He was also able to display touch on deep balls, which was one of the question marks following him into the workout.

    According to Jim Corbett of USA Today (linked above), Smith is drawing attention from many teams that currently hold early first round picks. 

    His most serious suitors at this point appear to be the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars—which represents three of the top eight selections in the upcoming draft.

    Quote of the day: 

    "If you walk away from this and don't think he's a top pick, I don't know what else Geno can do," said Chris Weinke, Smith's personal coach.

Tavon Austin

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    Position Drills Only

    After his incredible performance at the combine, Tavon Austin had nothing to prove numerically. So, not surprisingly, he elected to sit out the 40-yard dash and cone drills.

    However, the Baltimore native still participated in position drills and, not surprisingly, did very well. Once again, he showed off his elite speed and quickness, and could have worked his way into the top 20 of the draft in the process.

    Perhaps Austin's biggest downfall is his size. With that comes the question of durability—a question which is virtually impossible to answer at this stage of the game. However, Austin, or rather his head coach Dana Holgorsen, might have answered it.

    According to ESPN's Todd McShay, Holgorsen revealed that Austin never missed a single practice (or game) in his entire four-year career in Morgantown.

    That fact speaks volumes an athlete who came to WVU weighing just 156 pounds and left weighing 174.

    Tweet of the day:

    Geno Smith put on a show.Tavon Austin stole the show!

    — Todd McShay (@McShay13) March 14, 2013

Stedman Bailey

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    40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds (Via Todd McShay, ESPN)

    Stedman Bailey didn't turn heads at the combine, nor at West Virginia's pro day.

    Todd McShay of ESPN clocked him at a 4.51, though his official times weren't released. Regardless, Bailey isn't the type of prospect who is going to jump off a sheet of paper.

    It was widely reported (by McShay and many others) that two of Geno Smith's incompletions came on Smith drops. However, that shouldn't hurt Bailey's stock too much, as there are hours and hours of tape to confirm his ability catching the football.

    Regardless, Bailey won't be sliding up into the first or second round unless a team falls in love with him during his private workouts.

    Even through a slightly underwhelming pro day, expect Bailey to be in solid shape come draft day as a third- or fourth-round pick.

Joe Madsen

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    Vertical Jump: 27 inches

    Broad Jump: 8'10"

    Via Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated

    Madsen already completed many of the standard drills at the combine last month, so he didn't have a whole lot left to do during the WVU pro day.

    He served as the center to Geno Smith during his passing drills and put in solid numbers for an offensive lineman in the two measurable drills he did complete.

    When April rolls around, Madsen should end up as a late-round selection, or at the very least a post-draft free agency signing.

J.D. Woods

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    40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds

    Vertical jump: 31.5 inches

    Broad jump: 9'5"

    20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds

    60-yard shuttle: 11.31 seconds

    Three-cone drill: 6.92 seconds

    Via Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated 

    J.D. Woods was a solid third option for West Virginia in 2012, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to earn him a slot in the 2013 NFL draft.

    He helped himself out a bit with good shuttle and cone drill times, but his 40-yard dash may have hurt his chances.

    It may sound trivial, but a few hundredths of a second could really end up costing the Naples, Fla., native. If he would have brought that time down into the low 4.5 range or even down to the 4.4 range, he would have been in much better shape.

Josh Francis

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    40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds

    Three-cone: 7.06 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.29 seconds

    60-yard shuttle: 11.98 seconds

    Vertical jump: 34.5 inches

    Broad jump: 10'5"

    Bench press: 25 reps

    Via Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated

    According to Coyle, Josh Francis may have benefited more than any other player participating in WVU's pro day.

    Francis is coming off a breakout season as West Virginia's best pass rusher and followed it up with a successful pro day.

    He showed off his athleticism in all the drills, boasting great strength on the bench, a solid 40-yard dash, and most importantly, great lateral quickness with one of the day's best 20-yard shuttle times.

    After running the 40, he circled past the media, exclaiming "I got paid!" I'm not sure how much I trust in Francis' psychic abilities, but he could have done well enough to earn a selection in the upcoming draft.

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