It was another low-key day on the pro day front, although the football world wouldn't have noticed if it wasn't, awash in a tidal wave of free agency news.
We're used to Florida producing at least one first-round pick a year, but their pro day lacked star power this year. It still drew Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, who had great things to say about the program's best prospect, WR/RB Chris Rainey (via the Florida Times-Union):
“He’s multi-talented. He can do a lot of things; you just have to get him the ball in his hands and let him do his thing. He’s a little bit like Percy, just comparing guys from same school, same speed, same kind of qualities of a guy that can hurt you in many ways. …”
The speedy Rainey did not run, but an even faster ex-teammate did and topped anything Rainey did at the combine. WR Deonte Thompson ran between a 4.23 and 4.33 40 according to the Palm Beach Post, and they reported that a New England Patriots scout "eagerly" tried to get Thompson's attention to "set up a meeting." The Post also said Thompson did not drop a pass in his workout.
QB John Brantley has been working with former NFL QB Charlie Frye, who thinks Brantley has a late-round draft grade from NFL scouts, according to the Palm Beach Post. Brantley also drew praise from Mularkey, who said he was sure he will at least be in a training camp and added that Brantley is "field general" and that there was a "lot of things about him I like" according to the Times-Union.
SI.com's Tony Pauline brings us the news from the rest of the pro days on Tuesday. Pauline's news from Toledo concerned WR Eric Page, who was timed in the 4.48-4.51 range, which was one-tenth of a second better than his combine time. Pauline added that Page's routes were "sharp" and "crisp" in his drills and that he might even make it into the draft's second day and otherwise "solidified himself as a fourth-round pick."
Toledo RB Adonis Thomas was timed "as low as 4.44" in the 40 according to Pauline and also had an excellent 19 reps of 225 on the bench press and a 38" vertical, making him a nice priority free-agent target.
Division II California, Pa. (a stone's throw from where this writer grew up) hosted WR Thomas Mayo's workout. Pauline reported that his 40 was in the 4.48-4.55 range, and that he looked "terrific" in drills, "running NFL style routes and snatching passes from the air." Pauline added that the feeling is Mayo will "make a roster as a fifth wideout in September."
Western Michigan WR Jordan White is trying to follow in the footsteps of former WMU great Greg Jennings. Like Eric Page, he shaved a tenth off of his combine 40 time, coming in at 4.59 unofficially according to Pauline. Mlive.com reports that White said that he's meeting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
Pauline's last pro day nugget was from Sacramento State of all places, as former LSU recruit Akiem Hicks, who played his college ball in Canada, worked out. Pauline reports that "nearly two dozen teams" were in attendance because both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive teams see a fit with Hicks. Pauline reported that Hicks improved his combine numbers to 27 reps of 225 on the bench, a 33" vertical and 9'2" broad jump.