March 15th Pro Days: Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Emporia State, Florida, Kansas State, McNeese State, Montana State, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, Southeast Louisiana, Towson
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Typically, the Florida Pro Day would dwarf any other Universities that dare hold their Pro Day’s on the same day. Every year, there is usually a good amount of first round talent to come out of Gainesville. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case this year. The only guy considered to be an upper echelon player is, center/guard Mike Pouncey.
Pouncey is considered by most to be the top center/guard prospect in the draft. At the Combine, he didn’t necessarily stand out and improve his stock, but at the same time he didn’t do anything to damage it either. It is unknown whether or not he will partake in all of the drills today. He may very well decide to sit on his Combine numbers, and let the chips fall where they may.
The other big name out of Florida is safety, Ahmad Black. Black has some things to prove. Despite having terrific ball and coverage skills, his size has been called into question. Standing at 5’9″ 1/2, 184-pounds, he doesn’t possess the prototypical body of a safety. A strong performance could go a long way to silencing his doubters.
Other notable Florida players: Justin Trattou and Lawrence Marsh
Two guys that will garner the majority of the focus for Pittsburgh is, receiver Jon Baldwin, and defensive end, Jabaal Sheard. Both guys have questions to answer, and a solid performance today could go a long way to answer them.
For Baldwin, a mediocre showing at the NFL Scouting Combine has somewhat hurt his cause. He wasn’t overly impressive in his route running, and he didn’t run the 4.4 forty-yard dash that most anticipated. Scouts and coaches will be looking to see improvement in both areas. Baldwin also has some character concerns, so teams will request to spend time with him, in order to gauge his overall attitude and passion.
Jabaal Sheard has been creeping up draft boards in recent weeks. The 6’2″ 7/8, 264-pound defensive end ran a 4.69 forty-yard dash and showed good athletic ability at the Scouting Combine. Teams will surely be looking at him as a hybrid 3-4 outside linebacker. Like his teammate Baldwin, he to has some character concerns. Speaking with teams privately will be just as important for him as his on field workout.
Other notable Pittsburgh players: Dion Lewis, Henry Hynoski, Jason Pinkston, Greg Romeus